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Ayman El-Sheikh, MD, Division Chief


Dr. Ayman El-Sheikh is chief, division of the hematology/oncology department at Dayton Children’s. He leads a team of pediatric specialists, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and other care professionals who ensure that children battling cancer or blood disorders get the multidisciplinary approach that ensures that their unique medical and psychological needs are met. Dr. El-Sheikh is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. He is especially interested in blood and marrow transplants, solid tumor treatment, education and research.

Dr. El-Sheikh joined Dayton Children’s in 2015 from the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, where he was the director of the pediatric blood and marrow transplant program, the institutional principal investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and the medical director of the inpatient ward. He was also a clinical assistant professor of pediatric hematology/oncology at Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, as well as on the admissions committee. Along with English, Dr. El-Sheikh also speaks Arabic.

Dr. El-Sheikh is a member of the Scientific Committee for The Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC). The CBTTC is a collaborative, multi-institutional research program dedicated to the study and treatment of childhood brain tumors. The CBTTC provides free and open access data to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. Dayton Children's is one of sixteen primary members, which includes some of the finest pediatric institutions in the world.

meet Dr. El-Sheikh

education and training

  • medical school: Tanta University, Egypt
  • internship: UMDNJ Camden NJ
  • residency: Children’s Regional Hospital, Camden, New Jersey - Pediatrics
  • fellowship: Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City- Pediatric hematology/oncology and blood and marrow transplant
  • board certification:
    • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric hematology/oncology

publications and presentations

  • Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type I presenting as persistent pulmonary hypertension with pigeon chest deformity. El-Sheikh AA, Hashem H, Holman C, Vyas YM.
  • Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Aug;61(8):1460-2. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24945. Epub 2014 Jan 13. PMID: 24420417 Similar articles. Select item 243760493.
  • Neuroblastoma in monozygotic twins with distinct presentation pathology and outcome: is it familial or in utero metastasis. Abu-Arja R, Hashem H, El-Sheikh A, Abusin G.
  • Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Jun;61(6):1124-5. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24906. Epub 2013 Dec 23. Review. PMID: 24376049 Similar articles. Select item 202324244.
  • Inhibition of Aurora Kinase A enhances chemosensitivity of medulloblastoma cell lines. El-Sheikh A, Fan R, Birks D, Donson A, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Jul 15;55(1):35-41. doi: 10.1002/pbc.22465. PMID: 20232424

awards, honors and organizations

Member of:

  • ASH
  • ASCO
  • AAP

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

it gives me the opportunity to develop lifelong relationships with families and patients.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

it is a great institution to work for and it reflects on my own values of delivering compassionate, family-centered care to all we serve.

Dayton Children's is special because...

the team work environment that enable us to work collaboratively to care for children, their families and each other and because we continuously innovate to make Dayton Children’s even better.

ratings and reviews
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Dayton Survey

We always have a good experience at Dayton Children’s. The staff obviously love to work there and the atmosphere is so positive and child centered.

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Dayton Survey

We found Dr. El-Sheikh and his team to be caring, compassionate and very knowledgeable. They listened to all of our concerns, and were thoughtful and reassuring in response to all of our questions.

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Dayton Survey

Doctor was experienced and knew what to look for. Diagnosed and prescribed what was needed. Also talked everything through with my daughter so she knew what the exam would be

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