Ellen Diego

Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


Ellen Diego, MD was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she also attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UCCOM). Ellen then moved to Burlington, VT to complete her pediatric residency training and stayed on as the Chief Resident at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. While in Vermont, she developed a passion for sharp cheddar cheese, maple syrup and composting! Dr. Diego then moved to Charleston, South Carolina to complete her subspecialty training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Research Summary

During residency, Dr. Diego was certified as a Master Trainer in the Helping Babies Survive (HBS) suite of essential newborn care curriculum for use in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Dr. Diego then joined the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) Global Health Volunteer program based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she conducted delivery room clinical training for Ethiopia’s first Masters of Neonatal Nursing Program at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Her scholarly interests focus on closing the gaps in neonatal morbidity and mortality by improving the quality of essential newborn care and resuscitation in LMICs. Dr. Diego has a keen interest in global health mentorship for trainees and continues to serve as Clinical Faculty at AAU where she is active in clinical education through virtual platforms. Dr. Diego facilitates a reoccurring student-led virtual clinical case audit series for targeting best practice gaps in tertiary care hospitals in Ethiopia. She is also a member of the AAP Helping Babies Survive Quality Indicator Task Force developing a directory of quality metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs in LMIC birth facilities.


MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UC-COM), Cincinnati, OH

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
University of Vermont (UVM) Children’s Hospital
Burlington, Vermont, United States
Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital
Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics



Pediatric Neonatology
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-401
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