Dr. Yehya is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. After completing pediatrics training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, he completed his pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and joined the faculty after graduation in 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician in the pediatric intensive care unit at CHOP. Dr. Yehya is a core faculty member at Clinical Futures, a CHOP Research Institute Center of Emphasis.
Dr. Yehya’s research interests encompass all aspects of pediatric respiratory failure, with a particular emphasis on pediatric acute respiratory syndrome (ARDS) and mechanical ventilation. ARDS consists of sudden, severe flooding of the lungs in response to an inflammatory insult causing difficulty breathing, frequently requiring mechanical ventilation. Sepsis is a leading cause of ARDS in children. His long-term goal is better characterization of ARDS in children and to test therapies designed to improve outcomes. His NIH-funded work is assessing the utility of specific plasma biomarkers in pediatric ARDS, with subsequent proteomic characterization and testing in pre-clinical models. Dr. Yehya has several active studies involving biomarkers, clinical epidemiology, and pathophysiological mechanisms in the field of pediatric ARDS, and is involved in several multicenter and multinational collaborations.