Zeynep N. Salih, MD, MA

Zeynep N. Salih, MD, MA

Asst: Sarah Worrell
Phone: (317) 274-4716
Email: sworrell@iu.edu
699 Riley Hospital Dr, RR 208
Indianapolis, IN 46202




Areas of Interest

Medical ethics, interprofessional education, using simulation in education and research, teamwork and communication research

Dr. Salih's academic interests are in medical ethics, teamwork and using simulation in communication and education research. She actively participated in the development of the ethics curriculum for neonatology fellows and is currently responsible for the implementation and evaluation of the program. She also has a long standing passion in perinatal communications between parents and the healthcare teams, especially the decision making process. Dr. Salih is also interested in team communications in the NICU.  She is currently conducting a collaborative translational study investigating how teamwork communication is affected by a structered debriefing intervention using in-situ simulations. Dr. Salih also enjoys her role as a clinician educator caring for ill newborns and their families and teaching, mentoring undergraduate students, medical students, residents, nurses and fellows. She is also a member of several hospital committees including IU Health Ethics Committee, IU Health Pediatric Code Committee, Riley NICU Research Committee. She also serves at IUSM Clinical Assessment Committee, IUSM Curriculum Reform Committee and IUSM Medical Student Mentorship Committee. She is the ethics elective course director for pediatric residency program. She is also a faculty member at RESPECT.  At national level Dr. Salih enjoys serving as the co-director for APA Bioethics SIG.


2012 Master of Arts, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
2002 Fellow, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center
2001 Resident, Pediatrics, Christ Hospital & Medical Center and Hope Children's
1999 Fellow, Neonatal-perinatal Medicine University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1990 MD, Ankara University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards



Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

IU Health University Hosptial

IU Health North Hospital

Eskenazi Health 

Research & Grants

My current research is focusing on 1. how the team communication during neonatal resuscitation in a level III NICU is affected by a structured debriefing  using in-situ simulation technique, 2. influence of social networks among staff on team communications.

Current Grants

2011 - Improving Teamwork During Neonatal Resuscitation: Linking  Training Using Simulation, Personal Social Networks and Larger Clinical Culture, Indiana CTSI, PI

2010 - Secure Communications among Cell Phones and Sensors for Medical Applications, Center for Applied Security Research, Indiana University, co-PI

Representative PublicationsView All Publications

1. O Yasa, K Isik, Z Salih. A patient with osteopetrosis and leukoerythroblastosis. Goztepe Medical Journal, 9; 42-44,1994.

2. Z Salih, A Senturk, S Ozcay, H. Erbil, T Kepce, T Ozdogan, N Ferendeci. The evaluation of 11 premature babies for retinopathy of prematurity. Goztepe Medical Journal, 12; 145-147, 1997.

3. MA. Grummer, ZN Salih, RD Zachman. Effect of retinoic acid and ethanol on retinoic acid receptor beta and glial fibrillary acidic protein mRNA expression in human astrocytoma cell line. Neuroscience Letters. 294 (2): 73-6, 2000.

4. Z Salih, A Akhter, J. Akhter. Specificity and Sensitivity of Hemosiderin Laden Macrophages in Routine Bronchoalveolar Lavage in Children. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 130 (11): 1684-86, 2006.

5. ZNI Salih, DWBoyle. Ethics Education in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in the United States. Seminars in Perinatology. 33: 397-404, 2009.