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Jalal Abu-Shaweesh, MD


Jalal Abu-Shaweesh, MD

Appointed: 2010

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Jalal Abu-Shaweesh, MD
Department: Neonatology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M31
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Jalal Abu-Shaweesh, MD
Department: Pediatric Institute
Chairman of Pediatrics, Fairview Hospital
Location: Fairview Hospital
Mail Code M31
18101 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111
Type of Doctor:
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Jalal M. Abu-Shaweesh, M.D., is currently the Director of Neonatology at Fairview Hospital as well as Staff Neonatologist for Cleveland Clinic health system hospitals including Main Campus, Hillcrest, Fairview, and Marymount Hospitals.
In addition to his clinical appointments, Dr. Abu-Shaweesh also serves as Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Neonatology and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He also is Director of a Neonatology Case Presentation conference that covers the management of various neonatal conditions and diseases for neonatal faculty, fellows, nurses, pediatrics residents and medical students.
Dr. Abu-Shaweesh is an established clinical and basic researcher with expertise in Control of Breathing and neonatal apnea and has published multiple literature reviews, research articles, and book chapters in peer reviewed journals and Neonatology textbooks. He also is an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple journals including J. Applied Physiology, Respiratory Physiology, and Pediatric Research.
He is currently a member of many national and international professional organizations including, Society for Pediatric Research, Perinatal Research Society, American Physiological Society and Society for Neuroscience. In the past he has served on the Council and is past-President of the Midwestern Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Abu-Shaweesh also has served as a grant application reviewer for the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Abu-Shaweesh is board-certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine and pediatrics. He received his medical degree from the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Abu-Shaweesh completed a pediatric internship and residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa followed by a fellowship in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Due to his expertise, Dr. Abu-Shaweesh has been an invited speaker on topics such as ventilatory management, neonatal apnea, neonatal sepsis, and hyperbilirubinemia.

Professional Highlights

  • November 2010-current: Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Fairview Hospital, Fairview Park, Ohio.
  • 2010-current: Associated Professor of Pediatrics, Lerner College of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
  • 2008-2010: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 2001-2008: Assistant professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1999-2001:  Instructor, Division of Neonatology, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, IA USA
Internship - Jordan University Hospital
Internship - Jordan University Hospital
Medical School - University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
Amman Jordan


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • 1991: First place ranked resident, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan.
  • 1992: First place ranked resident, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan
  • 1997: Science Day Presentation Award, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
  • 1999 Science Day Presentation Award, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
  • 2005: Young Investigator, Perinatal Research Society Meeting.
  • 2007: President Elect, Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
  • 2008: President, Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
  • 2008: Pediatric Pearls Day Award for exemplary teaching


  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Perinatal Research Society
  • American Physiological Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Midwestern Society for Pediatric Research

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (cpr)
  • Department of Neonatology
  • Medical Care Of Ill Newborns
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Oxygen Therapy

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/9/2016, Dr. Abu-Shaweesh has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English