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Mohamed A. Mahmoud, MD

  • Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia
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.



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.

MD: Ain Shams University Medical School, Cairo, Egypt, 1996.

Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2000-2004.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004-2005.

Certification: Anesthesiology, 2005.


Spinal surgery; dexmedetomidine effects on neuromonitoring

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What Is the Role of Dexmedetomidine in Modern Anesthesia and Critical Care?. Chima, AM; Mahmoud, MA; Narayanasamy, S. Advances in Anesthesia. 2022; 40:111-130.

Drug-induced sleep endoscopy. Kou, YF; Mahmoud, MA; Ishman, SL. Pediatric Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care. 2022.

Why a Propofol Infusion Should Be the Anesthetic of Choice for Auditory Brainstem Response Testing in Children. Kandil, AI; Ok, MS; Baroch, KA; Subramanyam, R; Mahmoud, MA; McAuliffe, JJ. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2022; 134:802-809.

Outcomes of dexmedetomidine sedation for drug-induced sleep ciné magnetic resonance imaging studies in pediatric obstructive sleep apnea patients. Narayanasamy, S; Winograd-Gomez, V; Joshi, H; Yang, F; Ding, L; Ishman, SL; Fleck, RJ; Patino, M; Mahmoud, M. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2021; 31:1241-1249.

Pre-sedation Assessment. Horeczko, T; Mahmoud, M. Pediatric Sedation Outside of the Operating Room. 2021.

Optical Stylet and Light-Guided Equipment and Techniques. Subramanyam, R; Mahmoud, M. Management of the Difficult Pediatric Airway. 2021.

Effects on the Upper Airway Morphology with Intravenous Addition of Ketamine after Dexmedetomidine Administration in Normal Children. Mylavarapu, G; Fleck, RJ; Ok, MS; Ding, L; Kandil, A; Amin, RS; Das, B; Mahmoud, M. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9.

Nonanterior mediastinal masses still pose a significant risk of perioperative complications. Bacigalupo Landa, A; Mahmoud, M; Ok, MS. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2020; 30:1284-1285.

Dexmedetomidine: What's New for Pediatrics? A Narrative Review. Mahmoud, M; Barbi, E; Mason, KP. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9.

Safety and cost of drug-induced sleep endoscopy outside the operating room. Bergeron, M; Lee, DR; DeMarcantonio, MA; Kandil, A; Mahmoud, MA; Fleck, RJ; Ishman, SL. Laryngoscope. 2020; 130:2076-2080.

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