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Medical News & Perspectives
May 16, 2017

A Day in the Life: NICU Medical Director Tends to Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

JAMA. 2017;317(19):1937-1939. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3567

This is the first in an ongoing JAMA Medical News series profiling the daily routine of health care professionals making a difference in their communities.

Dina E. El-Metwally, MD, PhD, is the medical director of the level 4 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital (UMCH) in Baltimore. Medicine runs in the physician’s family. Her mother was a professor of pediatrics and her father was a urological surgeon in her native Egypt. After graduating from medical school at Suez Canal University in 1990, El-Metwally joined the pediatric faculty there. She later trained in neonatal and perinatal medicine at Brown University School of Medicine before returning to Egypt to care for sick infants in 2000. She earned her doctorate in philosophy in neonatal neurodevelopment a year later.

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