John W. Ibrahim, MD, FAAP

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

John Ibrahim, MD, FAAP completed his medical school at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt with honors, Dean's list in 2007. Ibrahim then worked as a clinical pathology resident in his university hospital for 1 year. Owing to his passion for caring for pediatric patients in the ICU setting, Ibrahim joined the main ICU hospital in the ministry of health in Cairo, Egypt as a ICU physician for one year. He immigrated to the United States and completed his pediatric residency at NYU-Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, NY (2012-2015) followed by fellowship training in perinatal-neonatal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas (2015-2018). He joined the Division of Newborn Medicine in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Attending Physician in the NICU at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

One of Ibrahim's primary interests is Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia of premature neonates. He enjoys participation in the multidisciplinary care for this vulnerable population and working with pulmonologists, supportive care and nutrition teams to develop care plans. Ibrahim is also interested in neonatal respiratory ECMO. He works with the newborn ECMO team to develop online teaching modules, review ECMO cases and present ECMO journal clubs.

Additionally, Ibrahim has interests in clinical research and is involved in several ongoing trials at Magee and Children's addressing recruitment barriers in clinical research studies and use of antibiotics in premature neonates. Ibrahim is also involved in clinical committees to establish divisional guidelines for using nasogastric tubes in neonates upon discharge.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • Egyptian Medical Syndicate, 2012-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015-Present
    • Sections of Perinatal Pediatrics, Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists, 2016-Present
    • Neonatal Perinatal Section, 2016-Present
    • Section on Early Career Physicians, 2018-Present
  • Society of Pediatric Research, 2018-Present

Education & Training

  • MBBCH, Ain Shams Medical School, 2007
  • Resident House Officer, Ain Shams University Hospitals, 2007-2008
  • Residency in Clinical Pathology, Ain Shams University Hospitals, 2008-2009
  • Residency in Pediatrics, NYU-Winthrop University Hospital, 2012-2015
  • Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2015-2018

Selected Publications

Kakkilaya, V., Tang, A., Wagner, S., Ridpath, J., Ibrahim, J., Brown, L. S., Rosenfeld, C., Pediatrics, - 2020: “Discontinuing Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Neonates ≤32 Weeks Gestational Age”. Under review 

Ibrahim, J., Garantziotis, S., Savani, R., December 2019: “The Inflammation Superhighway: Tolls, Signals and Pathways to Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia” chapter in “Updates on Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease” book, Hot Topic series. Editors: Suhas G. Kallapur and Gloria S. Pryhuber. 

Ibrahim, J., Journal of Pediatric Research, Narrative Medicine, October, 2019: “When a neonatologist become the father of a NICU baby, How do I feel and how did I change?”.  

McClelland K., Ibrahim, J., Index of Suspicion in the Nursery, Case 3: Neoreviews, July 2019: “Abdominal distention and bloody stools in a 2-week-old term neonate.” 

Freeman, M.C., Mitchell, S., Ibrahim, J., Williams, J.V.,: “Neonatal Toxic Shock Syndrome -Like Exanthematous Disease in North America. “,Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, September 2019. 

Ibrahim J, Mir I, Chalak L. Brain imaging in preterm infants <32 weeks gestation: a clinical review and algorithm for the use of cranial ultrasound and qualitative brain MRI. Pediatr Res. 2018. 

Ibrahim J, Bhandari V. The definition of bronchopulmonary dysplasia: an evolving dilemma. Pediatr Res., September 2018. 

Ibrahim, J., Pavageau, L., Miller, J., Timmons, C., Wickiser, J., Piper, H., Dariya, V., Brion, L.P. Index of Suspicion in the Nursery, Case 2: Neoreviews, July 2018: “A large Prenatally Undiagnosed Mass In a Preterm Infant, What Could It Be?”. 

Ibrahim J, Maffei D, El-Chaar G, Islam S, Ponnaiya S, Nayak A, et al. Should gentamicin trough levels be routinely obtained in term neonates? J Perinatol. 2016;36(11):962-5. 

Ibrahim, J., Sher I, Coren C, Nayak A. Index of Suspicion in the Nursery, Case 1: Neoreviews, November 2016: “Secondary structural cause of tachypnea following CDH repair in a full-term neonate”. 

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Interests

  • Perinatal Stroke and Chorioamionitis: risk factors and prevention 
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia: management and prevention strategies 
  • HEAL study: Co-site Investigator 
  • HEAL Recruitment Consultants study 
  • Co-investigator for “The NICU Antibiotics and Outcomes Trial”, NANO trial