Nikola Puffinbarger, MD

Pediatric Surgeon
  • Position: Pediatric Surgeon
  • Primary Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Practice Started: 1/1/2000
  • Gender: Female

About Nikola Puffinbarger

Nikola K. Puffinbarger, M.D. is a fellowship-trained pediatric surgeon at Oklahoma Children's Hospital OU Health. She is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the OU College of Medicine.

An Oklahoma City native, Dr. Puffinbarger completed her undergraduate, medical and residency training at the University of Oklahoma and the OU College of Medicine before moving to New York City for a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Babies and Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University. She is board certified in both general and pediatric surgery. 

Her husband is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Oklahoma Children's Hospital. In their spare time, they enjoy fishing, playing tennis and interacting with animals with their three teenage sons.

Affiliations OU Health Physicians - Children's General & Plastic Surgery, Oklahoma Children's Hospital
  • Excellence in Surgical Research Award, Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 1995
  • NIH Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research, Department of Surgery, University of Oklahoma 1996
  • Rader Trust Award for Outstanding Resident Physician, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 1997
  • Aesculapian Award Nominee for Excellence in Teaching, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 1997
  • Doctor of the year for Oklahoma City School for Health Lifestyles 2016
Health Education
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Fellowship
  • Pediatric Surgery New York Presbyterian Hospital College of Physicians & Surgeons Columbia University
    New York City, NY
  • Residency
  • General Surgery University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery 2000
  • American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery 2001
  • Internship
  • General Surgery University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Training
  • Research Fellow, Immunobiology/Cancer Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
    Oklahoma City, OK
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