Jehier AfifiMB BCh, MSc

Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Assistant Professor


Phone: 902-470-7426
Fax: 902-470-6469
Mailing Address: 
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
IWK Health Centre, Room G2174
5850/5980 University Avenue
P.O. Box 9700
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8


  • MB BCh (Ain Shams University, Egypt)
  • MSc (Ain Shams University, Egypt)
  • Fellow, Neonatal Perinatal Fellowship Program (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • In progress: MSc, Community Health & Epidemiology (Dalhousie University, Canada)


  • Assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University
  • Neonatologist, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, IWK Health Centre
  • Neonatologist, Nova Scotia Provincial Perinatal Follow-up Program, IWK Health Centre

Research interests

Dr. Afifi’s research interests include newborn health and development and improving quality of care. Her research area focuses on brain imaging and the neurodevelopmental outcome of preterm infants but extends to involve nutrition and clinical interventions of prematurity. Her clinical research is interdisciplinary, collaborating with perinatology, radiology, neurology and pediatric development services and geared both to contribute to the academic literature and to improve the outcome of preterm infants.

Selected publications

Selected awards and honours

  • Award for “The Best Neonatal Presentation” at 21st Annual Western Perinatal Research Meeting, University of Alberta, Canada, 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Manitoba Institute of Child Health for presenting the Neonatal Department at the 24th Annual Local Pediatric Fellows Research Competition, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Gulf Medical College for contribution in teaching medical students, United Arab Emirates, 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Abu Dhabi Health Authority for contribution in Continuous Medical Education for Pediatricians and lecture presentations at Emirates Neonatal and Perinatal Society meetings, United Arab Emirates, 2007

Service & activity

  • Site investigator of the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN); Halifax, 2014
  • Chair of the Canadian Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ III); Halifax, 2014
  • Founding member of Canadian Brain Platform Group, 2014
  • Member of IWK Neonatal Quality Improvement Leadership Team, 2014
  • Member of IWK Neonatal Surgery Quality Improvement Committee, 2014
  • Member of IWK Neonatal Task Force Committee, 2014
  • Member of the IWK Perinatal Follow Up Program Advisory Group, 2014
  • Member of the IWK Perinatal Follow Up Database, 2014
  • Member of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Division Mortality Committee, 2013
  • Member of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Division Mortality and Morbidity Group, 2013


Neonatal-perinatal medicine fellows

  • Normal and Abnormal Adaptation: Update on Neonatal Resuscitation, January 2014
  • Acquired Diseases of the Respiratory System in the Term Infant, March 2014
  • White Matter Brain Injury, January 2015
  • Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Newborn Infants, January 2015

Pediatric residents and undergraduate teaching

  • Pediatric Resident Academic Half Day Seminar: "Respiratory distress in the full term newborn infant": June 2013
  • Pediatric Med 3 Seminar: Introduction to Newborn Health, January 2014, February 2015
  • Med 2 Students Clinical Skills: Physical Exam of the Newborn. 2014 (Feb, April), 2015 (Jan, Feb)

Registration & memberships

  • Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
  • Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Manitoba
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Section
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
  • Doctors Nova Scotia
  • Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN)
  • Egyptian Medical Syndicate
  • Egyptian Neonatal Society and Egyptian Society for Maternal and Child Health