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Hanna S Sahhar, MD, FAAP, FACOP

Sahhar Hanna
Hanna Sahhar, MD, FAAP, FACOP
Discipline Chair for Pediatrics
Department/Discipline: Pediatrics
Campus: Carolinas
Office: 240
Fax: 864-804-6991
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Dr. Sahhar received his medical degree from the University of Mosul in Mosul, Iraq. He completed his Pediatric residency and Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. He is board certified in both general pediatrics and the subspecialty of pediatric critical care medicine. Dr. Sahhar also holds certification in Pediatric Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP), and American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP). Dr. Sahhar is currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Dr. Sahhar holds an academic degree as Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina AHEC and is a Discipline Chair of Pediatrics at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus.

Research Interests

As an active researcher and investigator for the last 21 years, my focus is always on translational clinical research and projects. From a single case report of discovering an association between a virus and a disease to observational large number of patients studied for many years to evaluate efficacy and safety of treatment or therapy modality. My research categories are: Single Case Reports/rare and unique case presentation (e.g. hMPV and Pertussis-Like Syndrome); Multiple Case Studies/Descriptive Research (e.g. Silver Russell Syndrome); Retrospective/Chart Review/Quantitative Research (e.g. Diabetic Ketoacidosis); and Prospective/Randomized Control Trials (e.g. Heliox Therapy). Other research studies include Community focus/health promotion (e.g. PLAY Program); Medical innovation (e.g. Lumbar Puncture Assist Tool); and Educational studies (e.g. Pre-Clinical Experience).

My main role in any project is being a mentor to the medical students. Every project starts with an idea; a thesis to be examined and investigated. The assigned students will research the thesis and perform the literature review. When the thesis is deemed valuable and applicable, then a purpose of the research will be defined with the main aim to answer the main research question. I put together the main frame for the study design and the students initiate the study starting with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) application when required. Once approved, the study will be launched starting with data collection performed by the students. Once completed, a biostatistician will input the data and produce the results. A team meeting, including myself, the students and the biostatistician, will be convened to review the results and analyze its reproducibility. Once valid, the study abstract and poster will be generated and presented by the students at the college annual research meeting as well at a national conference, such as ACOP and AOA/OMED. Feedback from the experts will be summarized and the final study manuscript will be prepared for submission to a scientific journal for final publication.

Research is rewarding, but it requires patience, dedication, and time allocation. As an example, in one calendar year I conducted 15 pediatric clinical research projects involving more than 20 VCOM medical students. The average amount of time I invested at the different steps of those projects was 15 hours per week. I have completed 100 research projects since the 2012 opening of the VCOM Carolinas campus, and I am currently mentoring 34 VCOM students across 19 active research projects.

Selected Publications

Year Faculty Citation PMID
2021 Hanna Sahhar

Driscoll HC, Quigley M, Turner K, Sahhar HS. A Retrospective Analysis of the Impact of FilmArray Respiratory Panel Utilization on the Management of Pediatric Influenza. Clin Pediatr. 2021 Jan;6(1):169. doi: 10.35248/2572-0775.21.6.169.

2021 Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar HS, Turner K, Raffler E, Luck D, Straka S, Vasilakos D. A Retrospective Analysis of Human Parainfluenza Virus in the Pediatric Population. Clin Pediatr. 2021 Mar;6(2):176.

2021 Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar HS, Derwitz K, Rubin E.  Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in an Infant with Negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR and Antibodies. Osteopathic Family Physician. 2021 May/Jun;13(3). doi: https://doi.org/10.33181/13036.

2021 Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar HS. Aeromonas hydrophila and Klebsiella pneumoniae Septic Arthritis in a Pediatric Patient. ACOP-eJournal. 2021 Summer;13(2).

2021 Hanna Sahhar

Donaldson ME, Hernandez KM, Sahhar HS. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) associated with Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone (SIADH) in Pediatric Patients A Case Report. ACOP-eJournal. 2021 Summer;13(2).

2021 Hanna Sahhar

Derwitz K, Sahhar HS, Ward K.  A Pediatric Case of Orbital Cellulitis with Pansinusitis and Subperiosteal Abscess. Osteopathic Family Physician. 2021 Sep/Oct;13(5). doi: https://doi.org/10.33181/13051.

2020 Hanna Sahhar

Quigley M*, Driscoll HC*, Sahhar HS. Treatment and Medical Management of Infants with Bronchiolitis: Effect of Pathway Implementation on Length of Hospital Stay and Transfer Rate to Critical Care. Clinical Pediatrics: Open Access. 2020;5(2). DOI:10.35248/2572-0775.20.5.165.

2020 Hanna Sahhar, Ronald Januchowski

Reynolds C, Januchowski R, Sahhar H.  Rash on a Child. Osteopathic Family Physician. 202 May/Jun;12(3). doi: https://doi.org/10.33181/12034.

2019 Hanna Sahhar

Hyser E, Sahhar HS, Woollen C. Modified Whipple on an 18-month-old with traumatic pancreatic transection and duodenal rupture. Trauma Case Rep. 2-19 Aug 29;23:100241. PMID: 31517015. 

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2019 Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar HS, Reynolds C. Measles in an Infant [case report]. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2019 Spring; 11(2).

2019 Sami Rishmawi, Hanna Sahhar

Fisher L, Hass J, Hernandez L, Martin A, Rishmawi S, Sahhar H. Effectiveness of continuous nebulization treatment of bronchodilation in patient admitted to PICU diagnosed with acute bronchiolitis.eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2019 Summer;11(3).

2019 Hanna Sahhar

Carroll-Driscoll H, Quigley M, Turner K, Sahhar H. Retrospective analysis of the impact of FilmArray respiratory panel utilization on the management of pediatric influenza cases. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2019 Summer;11(3).

2018 Alexis Stoner, Hanna Sahhar

Freud K, Caroll H, Von Harten E, Stoner A, Sahhar H.  PLAY - Promoting Lifelong Activity in Youth - an Osteopathic Approach to Engage Children in Physical Activity While Incorporating Step Tracking Devices. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2018 Winter-Spring; 10(2).

2018 Hanna Sahhar

Farber-Bland S, Barcroft M, Hughes A, Turner K, Sahhar H. A retrospective analysis of the impact of FilmArray respiratory panel utilization on the management of pediatric asthma exacerbations. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2018 Winter-Spring; 10(2).

2017 Alexis Stoner, Hanna Sahhar

Martin A, Harrison B, Sahhar HS, Stoner A. Continuing to PLAY (Promoting Lifelong Activity in Youth). An Osteopathic Approach to Preventing Childhood Obesity. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2017 Fall; 10(1).

2017 Hanna Sahhar

Turner M, Wright A, Sahhar H. Does Pre-Clinical Pediatric Experience Improve Competence and/or Confidence in Performance During 3rd Year Pediatric Rotations? eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2017 Fall; 10(1).

2017 Hanna Sahhar

Hyser E, Alkhoury Y, Woollen C, Sahhar H. Modified Whipple on a 2-Year-Old Child with Pancreatic Transection and Duodenal Rupture Following a Motor Vehicle Accident.eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2017 Fall; 10(1).

2017 Sami Rishmawi, Hanna Sahhar

Cummings-Johnson P, Patel J, Rishmawi S, Alkhoury Y, Sahhar H.  Infectious Mononnucleosis in a 17-month-old male manifesting as persistent fever, lymphocytosis, lymphadenopathy, bilateral otitis media, and unilateral facial palsy. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2017 Fall; 10(1).

2017 Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar HS, Barcroft M, Farber S. Human Metapneumovirus Causing Pertussis-like Syndrome. Clin Pediatr 2017; 2(4). DOI: 10.4172/2572-0775.1000124

2016 Hanna Sahhar

Mains ND, Sahhar HS. Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) in a 12 year-old adolescent male. ACOP-eJournal. 2016 Spring;7(6).

2015 Sami Rishmawi, Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar H, Cantrell K, Myles D, Rishmawi S. Effectiveness of Heliox as adjunct therapy with HFNC in children with respiratory distress [abstract]. Critical Care Medicine. 2015 Dec;43(12 Suppl.):182-3.

2015 Hanna Sahhar

Sahar NH, Lusher E, Monaghan SB, Sahhar HS. Salmonella Schwarzengrund-Induced Meningitis and Septicemia in a Seven-Week-Old Infant. ACOP-eJournal. 2015 Spring;7(3).

2015 Hanna Sahhar

Tyson A, Sahhar H, Duncan S, Wahlstrom AA. New Insight to the Cause of Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Spectrum [case report]. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2015 Summer; 7(4).

2015 Hanna Sahhar

Barnhardt E, Gancar J, Gantan E, Keith M, Killingsworth J, Myles D, Cantrell K, Rishmawi S, Meisha D, Sahhar HS. Effectiveness of Heliox as adjunct therapy with High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) in Children with Respiratory Distress. eJournal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. 2015 Summer;7(4).

2015 Hanna Sahhar

Alba J, McGuire E, Steed R, Sahhar HS. Comparison and Evaluation of Immunofluorescence Assay and Polymerase Chain Reaction methods in detecting Respiratory Viruses in Pediatric Patients. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2015 Dec;115(12):e104.

2015 Hanna Sahhar

Ivanoff E, Budidi S, NeSmith B, Turner K, Steed R, Sahhar HS. Assessment of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Hospitalizations Following Implementation of Updated Palivizumab Treatment Recommendations. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2015 Dec;115(12):e84.

2014 Hanna Sahhar

Gupta S, Sahhar HS.  Permissive hypercapnia:  An acceptable prevention of ventilator-associated acute inhalation injury in the presence of carbon monoxide poisoning and acute lung injury secondary to smoke inhalation.  ACOP eJournal. 2014 Spring;6(3).

2014 Hanna Sahhar

Howard AC, Sahhar HS.  Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) in a 44-day-old female infant. ACOP-eJournal. 2014 Summer;6(4).

2014 Hanna Sahhar

Bowling A, Drumm S, Fultz J, Iari A, Haughey B, Reeves M, Siddiqui H, Snapp M, Sahar N, Cantrell K, Meisha DE, Sahhar HS. The efficacy and comparison of non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) with high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) therapy in management of severe respiratory distress in infants [abstract]. ACOP eJournal. 2014 Spring; 6(3).

2014 Hanna Sahhar

Drumm S, Bowling A, Fultz J, Iari A, Haughey B, Reeves M, Siddiqui H, Snapp M, Sahar N, Cantrell K, Meisha DE, Sahhar HS. Comparison of invasive mechanical ventilation with non-invasive ventilatory support modalities in management of severe respiratory distress in infants [abstract]. ACOP eJournal. 2014, Spring; 6(3).

2014 Sami Rishmawi, Hanna Sahhar

Samies N, Sharma E, Gerstenacker D, Rishmawi S, Sahhar HS. Kawasaki disease: Do early diagnosis and treatment improve outcome and prevent complications? The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2014 Jan;114(1):e18.8.

2013 Hanna Sahhar

Barrick CJ, Thompson MM, Sahhar HS. Bordetella bronchiseptica in an immunocompetent infant with no known animal exposure later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: A case report. ACOP-eJournal. 2013 Spring;5(3).

2013 Hanna Sahhar

Turner H, Taylor M, Sahhar HS. Severe interstitial lung disease (ILD) in an infant with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) Infection: A case report. ACOP-eJournal.  2013 Fall;6(1). 

2012 Hanna Sahhar

Hays J, Sahhar HS. HELIOX: help or hindrance? The use of Heliox in the pediatric ICU setting. ACOP-eJournal [internet]. 2012; 4(4). Available from: http://www.acopeds.org/acop-ejournal-archive/

2012 Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar HS, Cantrell K. A sticky situation: Type I (inflammatory) plastic bronchitis in infant treated with aerosolized tissue plasminogen activator: a case report. ACOP eJournal [internet]. 2012; 4(3).

2012 Hanna Sahhar

Sahhar H, Steffensen C, Sukpraprut S, Zeb M, Jaimovich D. Prospective, randomized comparison of continuous nebulized racemic- albuterol with levalbuterol in pediatric patients [abstract]. 56th Annual AOA Research Conference Abstracts, 2012. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2012 112(8):548. Abstract no. C28.

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