Dr. Ayman El-Sheikh is the medical director 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.