Dr. Yasser Awaad

Guiding Groundbreaking Pediatric Neurology Research

Dr. Yasser Awaad is a respected Michigan physician with experience spanning diverse aspects of child movement disorders and neurological issues. He currently consults with Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak on program and curriculum development. Previously, Dr. Yasser Awaad lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he functioned as the Chairman of the Pediatric Neurology Department at King Fahad Medical City and Assistant Dean of the clinical block at King Abdul-Aziz University.

Dr. Awaad has been a pioneering force in his field and helped introduce new treatments such as Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy and Botox therapy for pediatric patients with spasticity and other movement disorders. His experience extends to a position as an Attending Neurologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the late 1990s. He guided a groundbreaking study on Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy for patients with Cerebral Palsy, which included functional assessment measurements.

Dr. Yasser Awaad has presented widely at conferences spanning the globe and, in 2006, spoke in Montreal on using levetiracetam to treat adolescents and children with tics resulting from Tourette’s syndrome at the 10th International Child Neurology Congress.

New Sleep Guidelines for Infants from AAP

For more than 35 years, Dr. Yasser Awaad has practiced medicine, specializing in pediatric neurology. In his current role, he serves in a consulting capacity with Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Among other organizations, Dr. Yasser Awaad is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced new infant sleep guidelines in an attempt to lower the rate of SIDS. According to the new policy statement, it is suggested that infants share sleeping space with their parents, but not in the same bed, until they are at least six months old. Sleeping in the same room with parents until one year of age would be preferable. By sharing the same room for the first year of a baby’s life, parents can reduce the risk of SIDS by nearly half.

The AAP recommends that babies sleep on their back in a crib or bassinet. Parents should avoid using crib bumpers and other soft bed elements.

AAP rolled out its new guidelines at its recent National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco.

Child Neurology Society Awards and Grants for Researchers

Neurologist Dr. Yasser Awaad serves as a consultant for the Beaumont Healthcare System in Royal Oak, Michigan. In this capacity, he focuses on academic curriculum and program development. In addition to his daily consulting work there, Dr. Yasser Awaad is a longtime member of the Child Neurology Society.

The Child Neurology Society (CNS) is an organization of the highly-trained professionals who focus on pediatric neurology. In addition to providing resources for professional development and political advocacy, the CNS makes funding opportunities available to outstanding member researchers each year.

- The Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award is a $20,000 grant available to younger members, and is based on the originality and scientific merit of proposed projects.

- The Child Neurology Shields Research Grant provides $50,000 a year for two years. Its purpose is to support pediatricians and child psychologists who engage in clinical or translational research early in their careers.

- The Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation Scientific Research Grant is made possible by the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation. This two year, $100,000 grant is awarded to neurologists and developmental pediatricians who participate in research efforts in clinical or basic science research.

The Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics - Movement Disorders

Dr. Yasser Awaad serves as a consultant for academic curriculum and program development in the Beaumont Healthcare System in Michigan. Alongside his work there, Dr. Yasser Awaad is known for significant contributions to research in pediatric movement disorders. Dr. Awaad is the author of chapter 363 in the Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics, the only existing textbook chapter devoted to movement disorders in children.

The Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics comprises six volumes containing a vast collection of information pertaining to pediatric conditions. In more than 400 chapters authored by 389 leading pediatricians, the textbook attempts to cover every pediatric subspecialty, disease, and organ system.

The Textbook of Clinical Pediatrics contains topics not always covered in clinical pediatric texts, including the only chapter on movement disorders in any pediatric textbook. This chapter, authored by Dr. Yasser Awaad, compiles previously scattered information on a wide range of movement disorders as well as symptoms such as tics and tremors. The information presented is not limited to commonly presenting disorders but includes rare and difficult-to-diagnose conditions.

AAP Study Looks at Childhoold Injuries Related to Consumer Products

For more than three decades, Dr. Yasser Awaad has had a leading voice in pediatric neurology. In his current role, he serves as a consultant at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. In conjunction with his medical career, Dr. Yasser Awaad holds membership in several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In a recent issue of Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers found that childhood injuries related to products such as baby carriers, cribs, and strollers had increased over an eight-year period from 2003 to 2011. The study authors examined information obtained from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to draw their conclusions.

Breaking down the data, nearly half of reported injuries were in the head and neck area, while an extremely significant number of injuries (80 percent) were the result of falling. The data also showed that 19.5 percent of childhood injuries involved baby carriers, 18.6 percent involved cribs or mattresses, 16.5 percent involved strollers, and 16.2 percent involved baby exercise walkers.

AAP Releases Guidelines for Breastfeeding Friendly Practices

A medical school graduate of New York University, Dr. Yasser Awaad serves as a consultant for the academic curriculum at the Beaumont Healthcare System in Royal Oak, Michigan. Active in his profession, Dr. Yasser Awaad maintains membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

According to guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, new mothers are encouraged to make breastfeeding the only source of nutrition for babies for the first six months of their infancy. Additionally, more guidelines are published in a recent issue of the organization’s peer-reviewed journal, Pediatrics, on how doctors can make their office environments more conducive to breastfeeding.

One of the most important steps a practice can take is to set aside a room specifically for lactation and breastfeeding. Pediatric offices should not only allow, but encourage breastfeeding in waiting spaces. Implementing these procedures, along with other AAP recommendations, will eliminate barriers and encourage a safe and non-judging environment for mothers who breastfeed their babies.