Terri L. Major-Kincade, M.D.

Pediatrician & Neonatologist


  • Double board-certified in general pediatrics and perinatal-neonatal medicine
  • More than 20 years experience in newborn health and neonatology
  • Thought leader in reducing perinatal and neonatal health disparities and in physician-parent communication
  • Two-time Amazon bestselling author


Terri L. Major-Kincade, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and a specialist in perinatal-neonatal medicine. Her research interests include health disparities, physician-parent communication, and the long-term follow-up of babies who’ve “graduated” from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

She defines her mission as a commitment to empower families to make collaborative and informed choices for their babies and children as valued members of the healthcare team. This is especially important at times when some believe they have no choice, she says. Major-Kincade is also very passionate about empowering physicians and nurses to help families when they need to make difficult choices.

She is a highly requested keynote speaker known for her authenticity and compassion in discussing challenging topics around pediatric and newborn health, racial health disparities, and neonatal palliative care.

Major-Kincade is a two-time bestselling author. She previously served as chair for the Texas March of Dimes Steering Committee for African American Outreach and currently serves as the chair for the Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for the national board of the Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA), and for the clinical advisory board of the nonprofit organization Return to Zero HOPE.

Major-Kincade has been happily married for more than 25 years and lives in Dallas with her husband, two children, two dogs, and two ferrets. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, traveling, and collecting African American dolls and a variety of charm bracelets.


Major-Kincade earned her bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M University, and her medical degree from the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program. She received her master’s degree in public health from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a concentration in population and family health. She holds a certificate in pediatric bioethics from the Bioethics Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

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