Abeer A. Azzuqa, MD, FAAP

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Telehealth
  • Interim Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Associate Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
  • Medical Director, Neonatal Telemedicine Medical Director, UPMC APP Neonatal Fellowship Program

Azzuqa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology and completed her Neonatal-Perinatal fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Azzuqa serves as the Associate Medical Director of Magee-Womens Hospital NICU and the interim Medical Director of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh NICU. In her role, she provides oversight of the entire breadth of clinical activities in the NICU.

Azzuqa has been instrumental in establishing the neonatal telemedicine program for the UPMC Division of Newborn Medicine. She also serves as the Medical Director of the UPMC APP Neonatology Fellowship Program. In addition to her clinical and administrative duties, Azzuqa is involved in all aspects of the Division of Newborn Medicine’s educational activities.

Her research interests include digital health innovations, neonatal nutrition, and neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Jordanian Medical Association, 1998-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2002-Present
    • Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, 2008-Present
    • Fellow, 2009-Present
    • Section on Telehealth, 2016-Present
    • Section on Breastfeeding, 2016-Present
  • Academic Pediatric Association, 2016-Present

Education & Training

  • MBBS, Jordan University Faculty of Medicine, 1997
  • Transitional Year, Al-Basheer Hospital (Amman, Jordan), 1997-1998
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Jordan University Hospital, 1998-2002
  • Residency in Pediatrics, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, 2002-2003
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Mercy, 2003-2004
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2004-2005
  • Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2005-2008

Selected Publications

Watchko JF, Lin Z, Clark RH, Kelleher AS, Walker MW, Spitzer AR; Pediatrix Hyperbilirubinemia Study Group*. The Complex Multifactorial Nature of Significant Hyperbilirubinemia in Neonates, PEDIATRICS Vol. 124 No. 5 November 2009, pp. e868-e877. PMID:19858149

Harmon CM, Azzuqa AA, Ranganathan S, Mahmood B, Good M. Mid-Aortic Syndrome in a Preterm Infant: A Rare Cause of Hypertension. J Pediatr. 2015 Aug;167(2):492-el. PMID: 26037732   

Azzuqa A, Watchko JF. Bilirubin Concentrations in Jaundiced Neonates with Conjunctival Icterus. J Pediatr. 2015 Oct;167(4):840-4. PMID: 26239927

Azzuqa A, Watchko JF. Conjunctival Icterus - An Important but Neglected Sign of Clinically Relevant Hyperbilirubinemia in Jaundiced Neonates. Curr Pediatr Rev. 2017 Jul 18. PMID: 28721815

Bishop CE, Jackson LE, Vats KR, Azzuqa AA. Prenatal neonatology telemedicine consultation for patients with fetal anomalies during the COVID-19 pandemic era: rapid implementation and lessons learned. J Perinatol. 2020;40(10):1451-1452. doi:10.1038/s41372-020-00787-9

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Interests

  • Using Human Milk Analysis for Targeted Fortification 
  • Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Telehealth
  • Scleral Icterus and Newborn
  • Demographic, metabolic, and genomic description of neonates with severe hyperbilirubinemia
  • Neonatal Nutrition
  • Fetal US and MRI Assessment of Lung Development and Degree of Liver and Bowel Herniation to help predict Disease Severity, ECMO need and Outcomes in Patients with Congenital Diagphragmatic Hernia
  • Neonatal Hypoglycemia
  • Breastfeeding in the NICU
  • Quality improvement