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Shehzad A. Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF


  • Associate Chief Medical Officer
  • Professor, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University
  • Chief Medical Value Based Care Officer, Dayton Children’s Health Partners


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education and training

  • medical school: Dow Medical College, University of Karachi
  • residency: Wyler Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago
  • fellowship: Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts University, Boston
  • board certification: Pediatric Gastroenterology

publications and presentations

Published Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • Saeed Shehzad A, Kelly David R and Hardin William D. Case Report: Pseudorheumatoid Nodule in the Liver of an Adolescent Male. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2006;41:1479-1482. PMID: 16863860
  • Saeed SA, Integlia MJ, Pleskow RG, Calenda KA, Rohrer RJ, Dayal Y, Grand RJ. Tacrolimus associated Eosinophilic Gastroenterocolitis in Pediatric Liver Transplant recipients: Role of potential food allergies in the pathogenesis. Pediatr Transplant 2006;10:730-735. PMID: 16911498
  • Teitelbaum Johnathan, Saeed Shehzad, Triantafyllopoulou Maria, Daum Frederic. Infliximab in Pediatric Crohn’s Disease Patients with Enterovesicular fistulas: a Case Series. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 2007;44:279-282. PMID: 17255846
  • Hammers Yuki A, Kelly David R, Muensterer Oliver J, Hardin William D, Saeed Shehzad A, and Mroczek-Musulman Elizabeth C. Case Report Giant Polypoid Gastric Heterotopia with Ectopic Thyroid Tissue: Unusual Cause of Jejuno-jejunal Intussusception. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2007;45:484-487. PMID: 18030218
  • Gibson Linda, Saeed Shehzad A and Henson Anne-Turner. Case Study on Ulcerative colitis in a pediatric patient. Pediatric Nursing 2007;33:136-137. PMID: 17542235
  • Saeed SA and Crandall WV. Managing Crohn’s Disease in Children and Adolescents: Focus on TNF Antagonists. Pediatric Drugs 2008;10(1):31-38. PMID: 18162006
  • Peterson N, Guthery S, Denson L, Lee J, Saeed S, Prahalad S, Biank V, Ehlert R, Tomer G, Grand R, Rudolph C, Kugathasan S. Genetic Variants in Autophagy Pathway contribute to pediatric Crohn’s disease. Gut 2008;57(9):1336-1337. PMID: 18719149
  • Britton Lacrecia and Saeed Shehzad. Abdominal Pain in Cystic Fibrosis:Thinking outside the box. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 2008;22(6):383-386. PMID: 18971085
  • Haricharan RN, Proklova LV, Aprahamian CJ, Morgan TL, Harmon CM, Barnhart DC, Saeed S. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy for biliary dyskinesia in children provides durable symptom relief. J Pediatr Surg 2008; 43(6):1060-1064. PMID: 18558183
  • Maheshwari Akhil, Kurundkar Ashish R, Shaik Sadiq S, Hartman Yolanda, Zhang Wei, Dimmitt Reed, Saeed Shehzad, Apprahamian Charles, Dutta Geeta, and Ohls Robin K. Epithelial cells in fetal intestine produce Chemerin to recruit macrophages. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol (May 14, 2009).90730. PMID: 19443732
  • Donnithorne KJ, Atkinson TP, Hinze CH, Nogueira JB, Saeed SA, Askenazi DJ, Benfield MR, Beukelman T, Brunner HI, Cron RQ. Rituximab Therapy for Severe Refractory Chronic Henoch-Schönlein Purpura. J Pediatr 2009;155:136-139. PMID: 19559299
  • Variation in care in pediatric Crohn’s disease. Colletti RB, Baldassano RN, Milov DE, Margolis PA, Bousvaros A, Crandall WV, Crissinger KD, D'Amico MA, Day AS, Denson LA, Dubinsky M, Ebach DR, Hoffenberg EJ, Kader HA, Keljo DJ, Leibowitz IH, Mamula P, Pfefferkorn MD, Qureshi MA. Pediatric IBD Network for Research and Improvement. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009 Sep;49(3):297-303. Contributed as collaborator. PMID: 19590456
  • Imielinski M, Baldassano RN, Griffiths A, et al. Novel Risk Common variants at five new loci associated with early-onset inflammatory bowel disease. Nat Genet 2009;41(12)1335-1340. PMID: 19915574
  • Wallander J, Madan-Swain A, Klapow J, and Saeed, S. A randomized controlled trial of written self-disclosure for functional recurrent abdominal pain in youth. Psychology and Health 2010, April 21;1-15. PMID: 20419562
  • Malik Talha Aziz and Saeed Shehzad. Autoimmune Hepatitis: A Review. Journal Pakistan Medical Association. 2010;60(5):381-387. PMID: 20527613
  • Hocking Matthew C, Barnes Marguax, Shaw Caroline., Lochman John E., Madan Swain A, Saeed S. Executive Function and Attention Regulation as Predictors of Coping Success in Youth with Functional Abdominal Pain. J Pediatri Psychol 2010. PMID: 20592102
  • Schaefer ME, Machan JT, Kawatu D, Langton CR, Markowitz J, Crandall W, Mack DR, Evans JS, Pfefferkorn MD, Griffiths AM, Otley AR, Bousvaros A, Kugathasan S, Rosh JR, Keljo DJ, Carvalho RS, Tomer G, Mamula P, Kay MH, Kerzner B, Oliva-Hemker M, Kappelman MD, Saeed SA, Hyams JS, LeLeiko NS. Factors that Determine Risk for Surgery in Pediatric Patients with Crohn's Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2010;8:789-794. PMID: 20566311
  • Hyams JS, Lerer T, Mack D, Bousvaros A, Griffiths A, Rosh J, Otley A, Evans J, Stephens M, Kay M, Keljo D, Pfefferkorn M, Saeed S, Crandall W, Michail S, Kappelman MD, Grossman A, Samson C, Sudel B, Oliva-Hemker M, Leleiko N, Markowitz J. Outcome following thiopurine use in children with ulcerative colitis: a prospective multicenter registry study. Am J Gastroenterol 2011;106:981-987. PMID: 21224840
  • Mann E and Saeed S. Gastrointestinal infections as a trigger for inflammatory bowel disease. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2012 Jan;28(1):24-29. Review. PMID:22080823
  • Hilliard ME, Ernst MM, Gray WN, Saeed SA, Cortina S. Adapting pediatric psychology interventions: Lessons learned in treating families from the Middle East. J Pediatr Psychol. 2012: 37: 882-892. PMID: 21990584
  • Zeisler B, Lerer T, Markowitz J, et al. Outcome Following Aminosalicylate Therapy In Children Newly Diagnosed With Ulcerative Colitis: A Prospective Multi-Center Registry Experience . J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Jul 26. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:22847466
  • Samson CM, Morgan P, Williams E, Beck L, Addie-Carson R, McIntire S, Booth A, Mendez E, Luzader C, Tomer G, Saeed S, Donovan E, Bucuvalas J, Denson LA. Improved outcomes with quality improvement interventions in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2012;55:679-688. PMID: 22699837
  • Lipstein EA, Lowell DA, Denson LA, et al. Parents' Information Needs in Tumor Necrosis Factor-α Inhibitor Treatment Decisions. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23059648
  • Dykes Dana Michelle Hines, Moore Sean R, Polk D Brent, et al. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)-related Enterocolitis and Weight loss. Case Reports in Pediatrics. Epub 2012 Oct 23. PMID: 23133776
  • Pfefferkorn Marian D, Marshalleck Francis E, Saeed Shehzad A, Splawski Judy B, Linden Bradley C and Weston Benjamin F. NASPGHAN Clinical Report on The Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Patients with Internal Penetrating Crohn’s Disease: Intra-abdominal Abscess with and without Fistula. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Sep;57(3):394-400. PMID:23783018
  • Dykes Dana MH and Saeed Shehzad A: Imaging for IBD: The new "sounding" board. Editorial Journal of Pediatrics. Pediatr. 2013 Sep;163(3):625-6. PMID:23791368
  • Hourigan SK, Chirumamilla SR, Ross T, Golub JE, Rabizadeh S, Saeed SA, Elson CO, Kelly CP, Carroll KC, Oliva-Hemker M, Sears C. Clostridium difficile carriage and serum antitoxin responses in children with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2013 Dec;19(13):2744-5 PMID: 24145927
  • Zacur George M and Saeed Shehzad: Thromboembolism in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Blood Stops Here. Invited Commentary. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Sep;57(3):265-6. PMID:23760227
  • Ryan JL, Mellon MW, Junger KWF, Hente EA, Denson LA, Saeed SA and Hommel KA. The clinical utility of Health Related Quality of Life Screening in a Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic. Inflamm Bowel Disease 2013 Nov;19(12):2666-72 . PMID:24051932
  • Hourigan Suchitra K, Chirumamilla Sankar R, Ross MT, Golub Jonathan E, Rabizadeh Shervin, Saeed Shehzad A, Elson Charles O, Kelly Ciaran P, Carroll Karen C, Oliva-Hemker Mari, Sears Cynthia L. Clostridium difficile carriage and serum anti-toxin responses in children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013 Dec;19(13):2744-52.. PMID:24145927
  • Kaplan HC, Adler J, Saeed S, Eslick I, Margolis PA. A Personalized Learning System for Improving Patient-Physician Collaboration. Harvard Business Review-New England Journal, Health Insights.
  • Minar P, Haberman Y, Jurickova I et al Utility of Neutrophil Fcγ Receptor I (CD64) Index as a Biomarker for Mucosal Inflammation in Pediatric Crohn’s Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2014 Jun;20(6):1037-48. PMID:24788216
  • Varni J, Bendo CJ, Denham J et al . PedsQL Gastrointestinal Symptoms Module: Feasibility, Reliability, and Validity. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Sep;59(3):347-55.PMID:24796799
  • Sunseri, Whitney, Hyams S ,Jeffrey , Lerer, Trudy et al. Retrospective Cohort Study of Methotrexate Use in Treatment of Pediatric Crohn Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2014 Aug;20(8):1341-5. PMID:24983976
  • Goyal Alka, Hyams Jeffrey S, Lerer Trudy, Leleiko Neal S, Otley Anthony R, Griffiths Anne M, Evans Jonathan, Rosh Joel R, et al. Liver Enzyme Elevations within 3 months of Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Likelihood of Liver Disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Sep;59(3):321-3. PMID: 24796799
  • Menchise, AI, Mezoff EA, Lin TA, Saeed SA, Towbin AJ, White CM, Guiot AB, Abu-El Haija MA. Medical Management of duodenum inversum presenting with partial proximal intestinal obstruction in a pediatric patient. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25079483
  • Maltz R, Podberesky DJ, and Saeed SA. Imaging Modalities in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2014 Oct;26(5):590-6..PMID: 25029227
  • Varni JW, Bendo CB, Shulman RJ, Self MM, Nurko S, Franciosi JP, Saps M Saeed S, Zacur GM, Dark CD, Pohl JF. Interpretability of the PedsQL™ Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and Gastrointestinal Worry Scales in Pediatric Patients with Functional and Organic Gastrointestinal Diseases. J Pediatr Psychol. 2015 Jul;40(6):591-601. PMID: 25682210
  • Gray, W. N., Holbrook, E., Morgan, P. J., Saeed, S. A., Denson, L. A., & Hommel, K. A. Transition readiness skills acquisition in adolescents and young adults with IBD: Findings from integrating assessment into clinical practice. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2015 May;21(5):1125-31. PMID: 25803505
  • Varni JW, Franciosi JP, Shulman RJ, Saeed S, Nurko S, Neigut DA, Bendo,CB, Patel A, Self MM, Saps M, Zacur GM, Denham J, Vaughan CD, Pohl JF, for the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ Gastrointestinal Symptoms Module Testing Study Consortium. PedsQL™ Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and Gastrointestinal Worry Scales in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Comparison to Healthy Controls. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2015 May;21(5):1115-24. PMID: 25793327
  • James W. Varni, Robert J. Shulman,, Mariella M. Self, Samuel Nurko, Miguel Saps, Shehzad A. Saeed, MCristiane B. Bendo, Ashish S. Patel, Chelsea Vaughan Dark, George M. Zacur,John F. Pohl, for the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ Gastrointestinal Symptoms Module Testing Study Consortium*Symptom Profiles in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Functional Abdominal Pain Compared to Healthy Controls. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26020482
  • Gray WN, Resmini AR, Baker KD, Holbrook E, Morgan PJ, Ryan J, Saeed SA, Denson LA, Hommel KA. Concerns, Barriers, and Recommendations to Improve Transition from Pediatric to Adult IBD Care: Perspectives of Patients, Parents, and Health Professionals. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2015 Jul;21(7):1641-51. PMID: 25966837
  • Grossi V, Lerer T, Griffiths A, LeLeiko N, Cabrera J, Otley A, Rick J, Mack D, Bousvaros A, Rosh J, Grossman A, Saeed S,Kay M, Boyle B, Oliva-Hemker M, Keljo D, Pfefferkorn M, Faubion W, Kappelman M, Sudel B, Markowitz J, and Hyams JS. Concomitant Use of Immunomodulators Affects the Durability of Infliximab Therapy in Children With Crohn's Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Apr 21. pii: S1542-3565(15)00412-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2015.04.010. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25911120
  • Oliva-Hemker O, Hutfless S, Al Kazzi E, et al. Clinical Presentation and Five-Year Therapeutic Management of Very Early-Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a Large North American Cohort. J Pediatr. 2015 May 15. pii: S0022-3476(15)00429-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.04.045. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25982142
  • Huang C, Haritunians T, Okou DT, Cutler DJ, Zwick ME, Taylor KD, Datta LW, Maranville JC, Liu Z, Ellis S, Chopra P, Alexander JS, Baldassano RN, Cross RK, Dassopoulos T, Dhere TA, Duerr RH, Hanson JS, Hou JK, Hussain SZ, Isaacs KL, Kachelries KE, Kader H, Kappelman MD, Katz J, Kellermayer R, Kirschner BS, Kuemmerle JF, Kumar A, Kwon JH, Lazarev M, Mannon P, Moulton DE, Osuntokun BO, Patel A, Rioux JD, Rotter JI, Saeed S, Scherl EJ, Silverberg MS, Silverman A, Targan SR, Valentine J, Wang MH, Simpson CL, Bridges SL, Kimberly RP, Rich SS, Cho JH, Di Rienzo A, Kao LW, McGovern DP, Brant SR, Kugathasan S. Characterization of Genetic Loci That Affect Susceptibility to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in African Americans. Gastroenterology. 2015 Aug 13. pii: S0016-5085(15)01103-8. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2015.07.065. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26278503
  • Rosen,M, Dhawan, A and Saeed, Shehzad A. Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children and Adolescents. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Nov 1;169(11):1053-60. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1982. PMID: 26414706
  • Minar P, Kim MiOk, et al. Practical use of infliximab concentration monitoring in pediatric Crohn’s disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Nov 5. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26551317
  • Saubermann LJ, Deneau M, Falcone RA, Murray KF, Ali S, Kohli R, Ekong UD, Valentino PL, Grossman AG, Rand EB, Jonas MF, Saeed SA, Kamath BM. NASPGHAN Clinical Report of Hepatic Issues and Complications Associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Accepted for publication in J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr
  • Dodds CM, Britto MT, Denson LA, Lovell DJ, Saeed Lipstein ES. Physicians' Perceptions of Shared Decision Making in Chronic Disease and Its Barriers and Facilitators. J Peds. 2016 Jan 23. pii: S0022-3476(15)01661-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.12.071. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26817588
  • J. Leslie Knod, Monica Holder,Alex Cortez, Bruno Martinez-Leo, Patricia Kern, Shehzad Saeed, Brad Warner, Belinda Dickie, Richard Falcone, Daniel von Allmen, Jason S. Frischer. Surgical Outcomes, Bowel Habits and Quality of Life in Young Patients after Ileoanal Anastomosis for Ulcerative Colitis. Accepted for publication. Jr Peds Surgery
  • Adler J, Saeed SA, Eslick I, Provost L, Margolis PA, Kaplan HA. Appreciating the Nuance of Daily Symptom Variation to Individualize Patient Care. Accepted eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes)
  • Varni JW, Shulman RJ, Self MM, Saeed SA, Patel AS, Nurko S, Neigut DA, Saps M, Franciosi JP, Denham JM, Zacur GM, Dark CV, Bendo CB,Pohl JF, on behalf of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Gastrointestinal Symptoms Module Testing Study Consortium. Gastrointestinal Symptoms Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Accepted J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2016
  • Dykes D, Williams E, Margolis P, . Improving pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) follow-up. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2016;5: u208961.w3675. doi:10.1136/bmjquality. u208961.w3675

awards, honors and organizations

Awards and honors

  • 2006: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America-Alabama/Northwest Florida Chapter
  • 2006: Shining Star Volunteer Award
  • 2008: Outstanding Service to APPNA Award by Alabama Chapter of Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America-Awarded in the Fall, 2008 Annual meeting of Alabama Chapter
  • 2009-2016: Best Doctors in America
  • 2009-2010: Best Doctor’s in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2009-2010: Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • 2009: Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association
  • 2010: Top Pediatrician in Birmingham, AL by International Association of Pediatrics
  • 2010-2011: Top Leading Physicians of the World by International Association of Pediatricians
  • 2011: Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent (APPNA)-Alabama Chapter - Academic Award- For Excellence in the Field of Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • 2010-2016: Best Doctors in Cincinnati, OH
  • 2013: Making a Difference Award Nominee, CCHMC
  • 2013-2016: Top Doctors, Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2013: Making a Difference Award Nominee, CCHMC
  • 2014-2016: America’s Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
  • 2015: US News and World Report Physician
  • June 2016: Excellence in Teaching Award by Fellows , Division of Gastroenetrology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Membership in professional organizations

  • 1997 - present: North American Society of Pediatrics Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition American Gastroenterological Association
  • 2000 - present: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
  • 2002 - present: Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America (APPNA) American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 2005-2006: Founding President of Alabama Association of Pakistani Physicians
  • 2010 - present: Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America (APPNA)-Cincinnati Chapter

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

I wanted to help improve the disease burden of children suffering from chronic digestive disease problems, improve the quality of life and outcome of children with inflammatory bowel diseases.

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

it’s a great place to work, is in an expansion phase, is eager and focused on improving the health of children of the entire Miami Valley.

Dayton Children's is special because...

of its people.

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