Maisam A. Abu-El-Haija, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-803-2123


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Pediatric gastroenterology; hepatology and nutrition with special focus on pancreatic disease and Cystic Fibrosis.


Our research is essential to study pediatric pancreatitis etiologies, epidemiology, management protocols and outcomes. This disease was thought to be rare in the pediatric population, however recent studies have reported increased incidence to be as close as pancreatitis incidence in the adult patient population. Dr. Abu-El-Haija has the knowledge and motivation necessary to complete the proposed research successfully. Her knowledge in pancreatic disease stemmed from a major interest and then was nourished by her expertise in working with pancreatic disease in a Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Pig Model. This was a basic science lab work.

During Dr. Abu-El-Haija's fellowship training, she dedicated all her research time to conduct research in this Novel Cystic Fibrosis model to look at the pathways involved in pancreatic destruction. She worked with a great group of collaborators in the world of pancreatic disease, CF and pathology and this gave her a great deal of knowledge on how to be able to generate novel data in science. She was successful in getting grants that funded her research in the past. Their work has resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals and hopefully will help advance the care of our patients.

Education and Training

MBBS: Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Jordan, 1997.

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 2009.

Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 2012.


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