Undergraduate Degree

  • Dartmouth College , 1990 , Hanover , NH

Graduate Degree

  • University of Michigan Law School , 1993 , Ann Arbor , MI

Medical School

  • University of Iowa College of Medicine , 2000 , Iowa City , IA


  • University of California, San Francisco , 2001 , San Francisco , CA


  • University of California, San Francisco , 2003 , San Francisco , CA


Neonatal Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco , 2006 , San Francisco , CA

Philosophy of Care

Newborn care is a life passion for me.  Each baby is unique but all are incredibly resilient in the face of unexpected challenges.  It is a great privilege for me to care for these little ones and their families.  Every day, I am reminded to be patient and humble.  I cannot imagine another professional calling. 


Dr. Sayeed is jointly appointed both at Boston Children's Hospital and at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.  He obtained his medical degree from the University of Iowa, where he grew up.  He trained in pediatrics and neonatology at the University of California, San Francisco.  He has broad scholarly interests ranging from neonatal and pediatrics bioethics to global health.  He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Sayeed S, Taylor L. Institutionalising global health: a call for ethical reflection. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Sep; 5(9). View abstract
  2. Sullivan A, Sayeed S, Cummings CL. Beyond Ventilators and Prematurity: Most Rationing Dilemmas Are Morally Fraught. Am J Bioeth. 2020 07; 20(7):174-177. View abstract
  3. Barsky E, Sayeed S. Parental manual ventilation in resource-limited settings: an ethical controversy. J Med Ethics. 2020 Jul; 46(7):459-464. View abstract
  4. Hutchinson E, Kerry V, Sayeed S. What Does a Mutually Beneficial Global Health Partnership in Family Medicine Residency Look Like? AMA J Ethics. 2019 09 01; 21(9):E759-765. View abstract
  5. Shokoohi H, Raymond A, Fleming K, Scott J, Kerry V, Haile-Mariam T, Sayeed S, Boniface KS. Assessment of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training for Clinical Educators in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2019 06; 45(6):1351-1357. View abstract
  6. Boniface KS, Raymond A, Fleming K, Scott J, Kerry VB, Haile-Mariam T, Sayeed S, Shokoohi H. The Global Health Service Partnership's point-of-care ultrasound initiatives in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. Am J Emerg Med. 2019 04; 37(4):777-779. View abstract
  7. Cummings CL, Geis GM, Kesselheim JC, Sayeed S. Ethics and professionalism education during neonatal-perinatal fellowship training in the United States. J Perinatol. 2015 Oct; 35(10):875-9. View abstract
  8. Zhao Y, Olonisakin TF, Xiong Z, Hulver M, Sayeed S, Yu MT, Gregory AD, Kochman EJ, Chen BB, Mallampalli RK, Sun M, Silverstein RL, Stolz DB, Shapiro SD, Ray A, Ray P, Lee JS. Thrombospondin-1 restrains neutrophil granule serine protease function and regulates the innate immune response during Klebsiella pneumoniae infection. Mucosal Immunol. 2015 Jul; 8(4):896-905. View abstract
  9. Kerry VB, Sayeed S. Leveraging opportunities for critical care in resource-limited settings. Glob Heart. 2014 Sep; 9(3):275-9. View abstract
  10. Salmeen K, Janvier A, Sayeed SA, Drey EA, Lantos J, Partridge JC. Perspectives on anticipated quality-of-life and recommendations for neonatal intensive care: a survey of neonatal providers. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2015 Aug; 28(12):1461-6. View abstract
  11. Sayeed SA. Peri-viable birth: legal considerations. Semin Perinatol. 2014 Feb; 38(1):52-5. View abstract
  12. Wilfond BS, Magnus D, Antommaria AH, Appelbaum P, Aschner J, Barrington KJ, Beauchamp T, Boss RD, Burke W, Caplan AL, Capron AM, Cho M, Clayton EW, Cole FS, Darlow BA, Diekema D, Faden RR, Feudtner C, Fins JJ, Fost NC, Frader J, Hester DM, Janvier A, Joffe S, Kahn J, Kass NE, Kodish E, Lantos JD, McCullough L, McKinney R, Meadow W, O'Rourke PP, Powderly KE, Pursley DM, Ross LF, Sayeed S, Sharp RR, Sugarman J, Tarnow-Mordi WO, Taylor H, Tomlinson T, Truog RD, Unguru YT, Weise KL, Woodrum D, Youngner S. The OHRP and SUPPORT. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jun 20; 368(25):e36. View abstract
  13. Brown SD, Donelan K, Martins Y, Sayeed SA, Mitchell C, Buchmiller TL, Burmeister K, Ecker JL. Does professional orientation predict ethical sensitivities? Attitudes of paediatric and obstetric specialists toward fetuses, pregnant women and pregnancy termination. J Med Ethics. 2014 Feb; 40(2):117-22. View abstract
  14. Brown SD, Donelan K, Martins Y, Burmeister K, Buchmiller TL, Sayeed SA, Mitchell C, Ecker JL. Differing attitudes toward fetal care by pediatric and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):e1534-40. View abstract
  15. Brown SD, Ecker JL, Ward JR, Halpern EF, Sayeed SA, Buchmiller TL, Mitchell C, Donelan K. Prenatally diagnosed fetal conditions in the age of fetal care: does who counsels matter? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 May; 206(5):409.e1-11. View abstract
  16. Farmer P, Sayeed S. Introduction: developing health care in severely resource-constrained settings. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2012; 2(2):73-4. View abstract
  17. Sayeed S. How was Haiti? Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2012; 2(2):98-101. View abstract
  18. Truog RD, Sayeed SA. Neonatal decision-making: beyond the standard of best interests. Am J Bioeth. 2011 Feb; 11(2):44-5. View abstract
  19. Cohen IG, Sayeed S. Fetal pain, abortion, viability, and the Constitution. J Law Med Ethics. 2011; 39(2):235-42. View abstract
  20. Miljeteig I, Johansson KA, Sayeed SA, Norheim OF. End-of-life decisions as bedside rationing. An ethical analysis of life support restrictions in an Indian neonatal unit. J Med Ethics. 2010 Aug; 36(8):473-8. View abstract
  21. Sayeed SA. Assessing the modified youngest-first principle and the idea of non-persons at the bedside: a clinical perspective. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Apr; 10(4):52-4. View abstract
  22. Sayeed SA. Reflections on Gadchiroli. Indian J Med Ethics. 2009 Oct-Dec; 6(4):202-5. View abstract
  23. Miljeteig I, Sayeed SA, Jesani A, Johansson KA, Norheim OF. Impact of ethics and economics on end-of-life decisions in an Indian neonatal unit. Pediatrics. 2009 Aug; 124(2):e322-8. View abstract
  24. Sayeed SA. Teaching ethics and trading organs. Indian J Med Ethics. 2009 Jan-Mar; 6(1):25-7. View abstract
  25. Sayeed SA. The marginally viable newborn: legal challenges, conceptual inadequacies, and reasonableness. J Law Med Ethics. 2006; 34(3):600-10, 481. View abstract
  26. Sayeed SA. Baby doe redux? The Department of Health and Human Services and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002: a cautionary note on normative neonatal practice. Pediatrics. 2005 Oct; 116(4):e576-85. View abstract
  27. Schwartz DA, Quinn TJ, Thorne PS, Sayeed S, Yi AK, Krieg AM. CpG motifs in bacterial DNA cause inflammation in the lower respiratory tract. J Clin Invest. 1997 Jul 01; 100(1):68-73. View abstract