Department of Pediatrics

Division of Neonatology

a mother holding her child

Division Overview

The Neonatology Center of Excellence will provide 24/7, state-of-the-art support for preterm and term neonates born with life threatening conditions, including respiratory, cardiac, renal and gastrointestinal diseases, congenital malformations and neonatal surgical emergencies, as well as advanced therapies such as cutting edge cardiorespiratory care, neurocritical, hemodynamic support. Non-cardiac neonatal ECMO services will be provided in a collaborative manner with obstetricians, perinatologists and pediatric medical- surgical specialists, using a family- and patient-centered approach to care.

The aim of the Department of Pediatric Medicine is to establish and advance the provision of pediatric clinical care for children 0-18 years of age with the highest quality, safety, and excellence at every patient encounter. However, for patients with potentially difficult and complex transition to adult care such as children with congenital heart disease, diabetes or other conditions, care will be provided up to 21 years of age. In achieving our aim to provide care with the highest quality, safety, and excellence, the scope of service at the Sidra Medical and Research Center will be focused on the tertiary and quaternary levels of specialized pediatric medical care, including complex, state-of-the-art procedures and therapies based on evidence and best practices and, where appropriate, on carefully designed, ethically approved experimental approaches provided by a highly trained international health care team. As such, Department of Pediatric Medicine will closely network with its tertiary care partner, the Hamad Medical Corporation (Hamad General Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Heart Hospital) in Doha. In addition, it will also network with the primary care services (e.g. Primary Health Care Corporation) and secondary care services at Al Khor Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital and the other hospitals in the Hamad Medical Corporation network.

The mission of the Department of Pediatric Medicine at Sidra is to provide the timely diagnosis, efficient, evidence and/or best practices-based medical care and follow-up of the patients leading to their recovery and optimized health status as quickly as possible. The care will be provided using a multidisciplinary approach in a compassionate, culturally sensitive and patient- and family-centered environment. As a result, the care provided at Sidra will enhance access to tertiary and quaternary care while providing community outreach, patient and family education and collaboration with primary care providers in the State of Qatar.


Division Services

  • Family Centered and Multidisciplinary
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Respiratory (invasive and noninvasive)
  • Cardiac and Hemodynamic
  • Neurocritical and Ophthalmologic
  • Gastrointestinal, Renal, Endocrinologic, and Infectious
  • Surgical and Physical Therapy
  • Neurodevelopmental Therapy
  • Nutritional and Feeding Support
  • Social and Case Management
Sidra outpatient clinic location map

“Patients and family members, if you are visiting the Sidra Outpatient Clinic, please follow the directions provided in this map for accurate directions. We ensure this map is always current and updated with any changes in routes.”

The Department of Pediatric Medicine will ensure compliance with the standards set by the Sidra Quality Department and the directives of the Supreme Council of Health for the wait times and the length of stay (LOS). The directives from the Supreme Council of Health currently require that all patients seen in outpatient clinics be attended to within the 30 minutes of their appointment. Length of stay targets will be set by each division in the Department of Pediatric.


Operating Hours

Sunday - Thursday07:00 am - 03:00 pm
helmut hummler

Helmut Hummler

Division Chief - Neonatology

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Bernd Reichert

Attending Physician

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Abdelmuniem Alfituri

Medical Director: High Risk Infant Follow Up

Minju Kuruvilla

Medical Director: Education

Haytham Ali

Attending Physician

Mohammed Elkhwad

Medical Director ECMO

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Istvan Seri

Senior Advisor

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Ben H. Lee

Medical Director of Operations

Publications by the division

Hemodynamic monitoring of the critically ill neonate: An eye on the future

Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2015 Aug;20(4):246-54...
Azhibekov T, Soleymani S, Lee BH, Noori S, Seri I

Published: 20 August 2015
Author(s): Ben H. Lee

Toll-Like Receptor 4 Polymorphisms in Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections of Han Chinese Neonates

Am J Perinatol. 2015 Mar;32(4):363-70...
Zhou JG, Zhang JP, Lee BH, Zhang SL, Zhu L, Chen C

Published: 3 March 2015
Author(s): Ben H. Lee

Importance of early postnatal weight gain for normal retinal angiogenesis in very preterm infants: a multicenter study analyzing weight velocity deviations for prediction of retinopathy of prematurity

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Aug;130(8):992-9...
Wu C, Löfqvist C, Smith LEH, VanderVeen DK, Hellström A, and the WINROP Consortium (Lee BH)

Published: 8 August 2012
Author(s): Ben H. Lee

Limits of human viability in the United States: A medicolegal review

Pediatrics. 2011 Dec;128(6):1047-52...
Arzuaga B, Lee BH

Published: 12 December 2011
Author(s): Ben H. Lee

Neurodevelopmental outcomes of extremely low birth weight infants exposed to antenatal dexamethasone versus antenatal betamethasone

Pediatrics 2008 Feb;121(2):289-96...
Lee BH, Stoll BJ, McDonald SA, Higgins RD

Published: 12 February 2008
Author(s): Ben H. Lee

Acute kidney injury in ELBW infants (< 750 grams) and its associated risk factors

Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine 8 (2015) 349–357. DOI 10.3233/NPM-15915022. IOS Press...
R. Arcinue, A. Kantak and M. Elkhwad

Published: 24 June 2015
Author(s): Mohammed Elkhwad

Dr Helmut Hummer’s all Publications

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Author(s): Helmut Hummler

Events and Activities

Jan 2018

Functional Genomics 2

Jan 9, 2018 - Jan 11, 2018 at 7:30 am - 5:00 pm