Since I completed my anesthesia residency, my professional goals have been to become an academic pediatric anesthesiologist and a clinical scientist. I practice evidence-based medicine. It gives me great pleasure to state that I enjoy working with children, especially in the academically stimulating environment of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I felt this way since 2004 when I joined this department as pediatric anesthesia fellow.
I have pioneered sedation and anesthesia protocols to ensure safe, effective care of pediatric patients who require sedation or general anesthesia for procedures outside the operating room, and neurosurgical procedures — especially those who need continuous surveillance of their nervous system during surgery.
I was honored to receive the following awards:
- Cincinnati Magazine Top Doctor in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
- Keynote Speaker at the Sudanese-American Medical Association Annual meeting, 2018
- Visiting Faculty Award in 2018 from the Sudanese-American Medical Association in recognition of my clinical contributions, mentoring, lecturing and workshops to alleviate the suffering of the pediatric patients of Sudan
- Chief Resident, Department of Anesthesia SUNY, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York July 2003 – June 2004
- Resident of the year SUNY, Upstate Medical University Syracuse, New York June 2004
- Best third-year presentation “Controversies in regional anesthesia” SUNY, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
I also presented a paper with my mentor, Dr. Michale Ok, titled “Effect of Adding Ketamine after Dexmedetomidine Administration on Upper Airway Configuration in Normal Children,” at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia 2019 meeting. Our study received the young investigator award during the meeting.
An important topic of my research is examining the effects of anesthetic agents — including propofol, dexmedetomidine and ketamine — on the upper airway morphology in children with and without a history of obstructive sleep apnea. My contributions in the field of anesthesia and sedation have been recognized and manifested in publications, scientific presentations and leading learning discussions at national and international meetings.
In my free time, I love playing and watching soccer — especially Liverpool team games.
Spinal surgery; dexmedetomidine effects on neuromonitoring
Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia