At a young age, I recognized how a caring physician could transform the life of a sick child. During my training, I developed a strong interest in pulmonology and sleep physiology, which drew me to these two specialty areas.
As a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist, I believe that healthy sleep is essential to overall wellness and that caring for a sick child means caring for their whole family. To provide holistic care, it’s essential not only to treat the child's illness but to care for the child's support system as well.
Lung disease during childhood impacts lung growth and long-term lung function. As a pediatric pulmonologist, my role is to treat lung disease during childhood and prevent decline in lung function during adulthood.
In my practice, I focus on the following:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have funded my research for the last 15 years, and I have multiple awards from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Through my work, I want to understand the mechanisms of breathing disorders during sleep and the maturation of ventilatory control during childhood.
I speak English, Arabic, French and Italian. In my free time, I enjoy reading French literature and listening to classical music. I also have a passion for photography, especially nature photos.
MD: Aim Shams University, Cairo Egypt, 1978.
Residency: Pediatrics; Michigan State University, Flint, MI.
Certification: Pediatrics 1990; Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine 1994; Sleep Medicine, 1995.
Chronic respiratory failure; sleep disorders in children
Pulmonary Medicine, Rare Lung Diseases, Sleep Disorders, Home Ventilator, Aerodigestive and Sleep, Neuromuscular Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Upper Airway, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD
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Defining and Promoting Pediatric Pulmonary Health: Understanding Sleep and Ventilatory Health. Pediatrics. 2023; 152:e2023062292D.
Executive Functioning, Language, and Behavioral Abilities Related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2023; 44:e429-e435.
Phase-Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Inhaled Xenon Reveals the Relationship between Airflow and Obstruction in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2023; 208:e5-e6.
Establishing a Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network: Interventions to promote collaboration and data-driven improvement at scale. Learning Health Systems. 2023; 7:e10354.
The Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network: A mixed methods evaluation of program goals, attributes, and impact. Learning Health Systems. 2023; 7.
Peripheral Chemoreceptor Activity in Infants Less than 29 Weeks of Gestation?. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2023; 207:508-509.
Standardizing electronic health record ventilation data in the pediatric long-term mechanical ventilator-dependent population. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2023; 58:433-440.
Body composition and functional correlates of CF youth experiencing pulmonary exacerbation and recovery. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2023; 58:457-464.
Comparison of Caregiver- and Child-Reported Quality of Life in Children With Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2023; 168:74-81.
Computational assessment of upper airway muscular activity in obstructive sleep apnea - In vitro validation. Journal of Biomechanics. 2022; 144:111304.