Lina Fahed Chalak, MD $$

Neonatologist

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
English,

Locations

UT Southwestern Pediatric Group

Biography

Lina Chalak, M.D., is a board-certified neonatologist at Children's Health℠ and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at UT Southwestern. She is also Director of the Neurological Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-NICU) Program – the first-of-its-kind in Texas. Dr. Chalak specializes in the care of infants with neurological conditions, such as seizures or brain injuries.

Dr. Chalak earned her medical degree at American University – Beirut. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Children's Medical Center Dallas and her fellowship training in neonatology at UT Southwestern.

“I love taking care of newborns, providing brain targeted multidisciplinary care,” says Dr. Chalak. “I also love teaching and mentoring. Every baby deserves a bright future and full potential. What a joy to be part of making that happen.”

I love taking care of newborns, providing brain targeted multidisciplinary care.
Dr. Lina Chalak

Dr. Chalak is the Co-Director of the Fetal and Neonatal Neurology Fellowship Training Program at Children’s Health. She leads a team of scientists, including physiologists, biomedical engineers and MRI specialists working to uncover best practices in detecting and treating brain injury in infants. Dr. Chalak has over 100 peer-reviewed publications to her name and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for her work.

In her free time, Dr. Chalak loves to travel, listen to operas and symphonies and she is a real foodie.

Education and Training

Medical School
American University of Beirut (1995)
Internship
Children's Medical Center Dallas (2002), Pediatrics
American University of Beirut (1996), Pediatrics
Residency
Children's Medical Center Dallas (2004), Pediatrics
American University of Beirut (1998), Pediatrics
Fellowship
UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (2001), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Neonatal-Perinatal

Conditions

  • Research Interests

    • Asphyxia
    • Hypothermia
    • Neonatal brain injury
  • Publications

  • Professional Activities

    • American Pediatric Society
    • International Perinatal Collegium
    • Newborn Brain Society
    • Perinatal Research Society
    • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Awards and Honors

    • Best Mentor Award 2021, UT Southwestern Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards
    • Program Development Award Nomination 2020, UT Southwestern Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards
    • Mentor Award Nomination 2020, UT Southwestern Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards
    • Acarin Award for Outstanding Presentation 2016, 2016, 10th Hershey Conference Equivilly, France
    • PRS Young Research Investigator Award 2010, Perinatal Research Society Annual Meeting Travel Award
    • Dean’s Teaching Award for Education 2007-2008, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
    • Best Teacher Award 2006-2007, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
    • Educator of the Year 2005-2006, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
    • AAP Young Investigator Award 2004, AAP Annual Meeting
    • Perinatal Travel Grant Award, 2004, 2001, AAP Annual Meeting
    • Best Graduating Resident Award 1998, Department of Pediatrics, American University of Beirut
    • Dean’s Honor List, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, American University of Beirut