Dr. El-Metwally completed her Pediatrics Residency and Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal-Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI in 2000. She graduated as the top of her class at the Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University (FOMSCU) in Egypt, where she pursued her initial training in Pediatrics and moved up the academic ladder to Associate Professor. She also had a fellowship in Neonatal Transport at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto, Canada in 2007.
Dr. El-Metwally led the project of the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Children's Hospital at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Drs. Rouben and Violet JiJi NICU is a 30 million-dollar, state of art and a cutting-edge technology; 52 single-family-room unit established on 37.6,000 sq. foot that was launched in 2015.
Dr. El Metwally also pursued a parallel career in medical education; she obtained Masters in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), Netherlands; jointly with FOMSCU in 2005. Presently, she is the planner for the Program Evaluation module in the Masters program. She worked as a health-manpower development S-T consultant for the WHO and other global organizations as the Higher Education Enhancement Projects HEEP funds/European Tempus, Nuffic-MUNDO-Capacity building at the Schools of Health Sciences, the Netherlands. Dr. El-Metwally was the founding Director of a Neonatal Medicine fellowship program at the KFAFH, Jeddah in 2008. She completed a fellowship in Medical Education at the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institute, ECFMG, Philadelphia, (FAIMER) in 2012.
Dr. El-Metwally research interests are focused on the NICU environment and neurodevelopment outcomes of high-risk infants. She received the Sheila Wallace International Award, at the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA) Congress in Montreal, Canada in 2006. Her main areas of interest include Quality improvement projects to enhance safe practices which are integral to her leadership role in the NICU. The Drs. Rouben and Violet NICU at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine received the Intelligent Healthcare Association (IHA) 2016 Award Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery award at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in 2016.