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Dina E. El-Metwally, MB,BCh, PhD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

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Administrative Title:

Medical Director, NICU; Interim Division Head


110 S Paca. 8th Floor S-152

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Education and Training


  • Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics.
  • Diplomate of ABP, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
  • Masters in Science. Pediatric Visual Evoked Potentials.
  • PhD: Neuroscience/Neurodevelopment of High-Risk Neonates.
  • Masters in Health Professions Education.

Dr. El-Metwally completed her Pediatrics Residency and Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal-Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI in 2000. She graduated as the top of her class at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University (FOMSCU) in Egypt, where she pursued her initial training in Pediatrics and moved up the academic ladder to Associate Professor. She also had a fellowship in Neonatal Transport at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto, Canada in 2007.


Dr. El-Metwally led the project of the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Children's Hospital at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Drs. Rouben and Violet JiJi NICU is a 30 million-dollar, state of art and a cutting-edge technology; 52 single-family-room unit established on 37.6,000 sq. foot that was launched in 2015.

Dr. El Metwally also pursued a parallel career in medical education; she obtained Masters in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), Netherlands; jointly with FOMSCU in 2005. Presently, she is the planner for the Program Evaluation module in the Masters program.  She worked as a health-manpower development S-T consultant for the WHO and other global organizations as the Higher Education Enhancement Projects HEEP funds/European Tempus, Nuffic-MUNDO-Capacity building at the Schools of Health Sciences, the Netherlands. Dr. El-Metwally was the founding Director of a Neonatal Medicine fellowship program at the KFAFH, Jeddah in 2008. She completed a fellowship in Medical Education at the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institute, ECFMG, Philadelphia, (FAIMER) in 2012.

Highlighted Publications

Driscoll CA, Schub JA, Pollard K, El-Metwally D. A Wireless Text Messaging System Improves Communication for Neonatal Resuscitation . American Journal of Medical Quality. 2016. DOI: 10.1177/1062860616650939

Sundarajan S, Blatz A, Dearborn D, Varnes A, Bearer C, El-Metwally D. Toxic metal contamination of banked blood designated for neonatal transfusion. Journal of Clinical Toxicology 2015. 2015 Nov 9;2015.

Falck AJ, Mooney S, Kapoor SS, White KM, Bearer C, El Metwally D. Developmental exposure to environmental toxicants. Pediatr Clin North Am 2015;62:1173-1197

Driscoll CH, El Metwally D. A daily huddle facilitates patient transports from a neonatal intensive care unit. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2014;2014;3:u204753.w2003

El Metwally D, Azzam M, Abou Al-Seoud M. Medical professionalism adapted to faith and cultural beliefs. Med Educ 2012 May;46(5):524-5

El Metwally D. The lacking ingredient in accreditation. Accreditation and quality assessment. Education for Health 2005;24(2):22-23

El-Metwally D, Vohr B, Tucker R. Survival and neonatal morbidity at the limits of viability in the mid 1990: 22-25 weeks. J Pediatr 2000;137:616-22


Research Interests

Dr. El-Metwally research interests are focused on the NICU environment and neurodevelopment outcomes of high-risk infants. She received the Sheila Wallace International Award, at the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA) Congress in Montreal, Canada in 2006. Her main areas of interest include Quality improvement projects to enhance safe practices which are integral to her leadership role in the NICU. The Drs. Rouben and Violet NICU at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine received the Intelligent Healthcare Association (IHA) 2016 Award Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery award at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in 2016.