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Shehzad A. Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF


Shehzad Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF is the associate chief medical officer and a pediatric gastroenterologist at Dayton Children's Hospital. Dr. Saeed completed his medical school education at Dow Medical College, University of Karachi in Pakistan. Following college, he spent is internship and residency in general pediatrics at the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at The Floating Hospital for Children, New England Medical Center, Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Saeed is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology. When asked why he chose to specialize in pediatric gastroenterology he said he wanted to improve the disease burden of children suffering from chronic digestive disease problems, improve the quality of life and outcome of children with inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to the care he provides for children with chronic digestive diseases, Dr. Saeed is also a professor at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and has an interest in leveraging his Quality Improvement background in improvement opportunities across the institution. He also serves as the Chief Medical for Dayton Children's Health Partner's which is a clinically integrated network of community practitioners and hospital based specialists. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Saeed enjoys traveling, reading and volunteering with his medical school alumni and professional organizations, and community partners.

education and training

  • medical school: Dow Medical College, University of Karachi
  • residency: University of Chicago Children's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • fellowship: Floating Hospital for Children, New England Medical Center, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • board certification: Pediatric Gastroenterology

publications and presentations

Published Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • Leach ST, Day AS, Messenger R, Walters TD, Navas-López VM, Sladek M, Koletzko S, Yerushalmi B, Saeed S, Otley T, Mack D, Turner D, Griffiths AM, Lemberg DA on behalf of the ImageKids study group. Fecal markers as indicators of inflammation and disease activity in pediatric Crohns Diease. Accepted for Publication in Jr Peds Gastro Nutr.
  • Kaplan H, Opipari-Arrigan L, Schmid C, Schuler C, Saeed S, Braly K, Burgis J, Nguyen K, Sheri Pilley, Stone J, Woodward G, Suskind D. evaluating the comparative effectiveness of two diets in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease: a study protocol for a series of N-of-1 trials. Healthcare 2019 Nov 1:7(4). pii: E129. doi: 10.3390/healthcare7040129. PMID: 31683925
  • Gray WN, Holbrook E, Dykes D, Morgan P, Saeed S, Denson L. Improving IBD transition, self-management, and disease outcomes with an in-clinic transition coordinator. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2019 Aug; 69(2):194-199. doi:10.1097/MPG.0000000000002350. PMID: 30964817
  • Chen LA, hourigan SK, Grigoryan Z, Gao Z, Clemente J, Rideout J, Chirumamilla S, Rabidazeh S, Saeed S, Elson CA, Olivia-Hemker M, Blasr M, Sears CL. Decreased fecal bacterial diversity and altered microbiome composition in pediatric subject colonized with Clostridium difficile. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2019 Apr; 68(4):502-508. PMID: 30540709
  • Gray WN, Reed-Knight B, Morgan PJ, Holbrook E, Kugathasan S, Saeed SA, Denson LA, hommel KA. Multi-Site Comparison of Patient, Parent, and Pediatric Provider Perspectives on Transition to Adult Care in IBD. J Pediatr Nurs. 2018 Mar - Apr; 39:49-54. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2018.01.008. Epub 2018 Feb 3. PMID: 29525216
  • Barfield E, Sockolow R, Hoffenberg E, Saeed S, Kim S, Siebold L, Picoraro J, Moses J, Dykes D, Grossman A, Wahbeh G, Park KT. Assuring Quality for Non-Hospital Based Biologic Infusions in Pediatric IBD: A Clinical Report from North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2018 Apr; 66(4):680-686. PMID:29324477
  • Gray WN, Reed-Knight B, Morgan P, Holbrook E, Kugathasan S, Saeed S, Denson L, Hommel K. Multi-site comparison of patient, parent, and pediatric provider perspectives on transition to adult care in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Journal of Pediatric Nursing 39 (2018) 49-54. PMID: 2952216
  • Mulberg AE, Bousvaros A, Colletti RB, Hyams J, Lee KJ, Musaus J, Robinson AM, Rosh J, Saeed S, Taylor0Zapata P, Zuckerman E, Winter HS. Expediting Drug Development for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Discussion with Stakeholders. J Ped Gastro Nutr 66(1):95-99, January 2018. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001824
  • Varni JW, Shulman RJ, Self MM, Saeed SA, Zacur GM, Patel AS, Nurko S, Neigut DA, Franciosi JP, Saps M, Denham JM, Dark CV, Bendo CB, Pohl JF, on behalf of the Pediatric Quality of Live Inventory™ Gastrointestinal Symptoms Module Testing Study Consortium. Perceived medication adherence barriers mediating effects between gastrointestinal symptoms and health related quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Qual Lif Res 2018 01 8;27(1):195-204. Epub 2017 Sep 8. PMID: 28887749
  • Jean MR, Weaver A, Mastin-Diebold T, Kissinger T, Smitherman E, Favier L, Brady R, Isakov LD, Williams E, Morgan P, Saeed S, Huggins J, Denson LA and Dykes DMH. Improving a Process to Obtain Hepatitis B Serology among Patients treated with Infliximab at a Large Urban Children's Hospital. BMJ Open Qual 2017 18;6(2):e000092. Epub 2017 Oct 18. PMID: 29450279
  • Dykes DMH, Jean MR, Morgan P, Hill D, Williams E, Opipari Arrigan L, Huggins J, and Saeed SA. Improving health maintenance supervision in a pediatric IBD clinic. BMJ Open Qual 2017 31;6(2):e000012. Epub 2017 Aug 31. PMID:28959775


awards, honors and organizations

awards and honors

  • 2009-2020 Best Doctors in America
  • 2019 Academic Keys Who's Who in Medicine Higher Education
  • 2019 Collaborator in Caring Award, Dayton Children's Hospital Nursing Leadership Recognition
  • 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award by Fellows, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • 2014-2016 America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
  • 2013-2016 Top Doctors, Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2010-2016 Best Doctors in Cincinnati, OH
  • 2015 Patients' Choice Award
  • 2015 US News and World Report Physician
  • 2013 Making a Difference Award Nominee, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • 2011 Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent (APPNA)- Alabama Chapter- Academic Award- For Excellence in the Field of Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • 2010-2011 Top Leading Physicians of the World by International Association of Pediatrics
  • 2010 Top Pediatrician in Birmingham, AL by International Association of Pediatrics
  • 2010 Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association
  • 2009-2010 Marquis Who's Who in America
  • 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
  • 2006 Shining Star Volunteer Award, Children's of Alabama
  • 2006 Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America-Alabama/Northwest Floridia Chapter

Membership in professional organizations

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

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Dr. Saeed is a great doctor as well as a great person, and we really love, we love, we love enjoying him. We enjoy seeing him, and his nurses. Thank you.

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Dr. Saeed is one of the most honest and direct doctor we have ever had the pleasure to work with for a specific condition. He is willing to make sure of the well being of the patient and expect his patient to do those things necessary for their best health. Additionally, he shows personal interest in his patients beyond the treatments, he connects person to person.

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Dayton children's doctor and nurse were very kind and respectful,

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Worked with me on everything i needed in a very friendly and professional manner. Greatly appropriated what they did.

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