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Firas Saker, MD

Firas Saker, MD
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Title Medical Director Hillcrest NICU
Department Neonatology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages Arabic, English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Department of Neonatology
  • Intensive Care of Complex Post Operative Problems
  • Medical Care of Ill Newborns
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About Firas Saker, MD

Firas Saker, M.D is a staff member at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital; department of Neonatology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hillcrest Hospital. In addition, Dr. Saker is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Saker is double board certified in both pediatrics and neonatal/perinatal medicine. He earned his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in Damascus, Syria. His post-graduate training includes a pediatric residency at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas, and a neonatal/perinatal fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Saker is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, section of perinatal medicine. Dr. Saker chairs on several committees at Cleveland Clinic Children’s including the NICU Pharmacy & Therapeutic committee, the Neonatal Enterprise Quality committee, Hillcrest NICU operation, performance improvement and code pink committees; in addition to serving on several other committees such as the Cleveland Clinic Children's Quality Council committee. Among others.

Dr. Saker has received a number of awards and recognitions. Most recently he was selected by his colleagues to be included in the Best Doctor's list in America for the last 10 years in a raw; he also received a Lifetime Service Award from the Syrian American Medical Society. The Nightingale Physician Collaboration Award from the Cleveland Clinic Institute of Nursing 2012 and the FDR March of Dime community award November 2014.

An established clinical researcher, Dr. Saker has secured a number of grants for his work and has published multiple research articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as having contributed abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Residency - Texas Tech University Health Science Center-El-Paso
El-Paso, TX

Internship - Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN

Medical Education - Damascus University-Faculty of Medicine


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Specialty Interests

1-Neonatal Metabolism & Nutrition.2-Respiratory distress syndrome in newborn

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/25/2024, Dr. Saker has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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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