Selassie, Leelie

Leelie Selassie, MD

Leelie Selassie has been an intensive care physician in Maryland and Northern Virginia since 2008. She cares for critically ill patients in both an in-person and telemedicine capacity. 

She has served as interim director for her practice group, stroke director for her hospital, and on a professional peer-review committee for the hospital.

Selassie took a two-year hiatus from this work to live overseas in her country of origin, Ethiopia. While there, she taught in the main teaching hospital in the capital, Addis Ababa, as a volunteer clinical instructor of critical care medicine to the newly established fellowship program in critical care medicine. Additionally, she served as president of the diplomatic spouses’ community and chair of its annual fundraiser for two years, helping raise over $150,000 each year.

Selassie serves on several boards related to the advancement and empowerment of women and children in Ethiopia and remains active in volunteer activities in the DC area related to homeless women.

Selassie also actively works to set up specialty medical services in Ethiopia.

She obtained two bachelor’s degrees (biochemistry and cell & structural biology) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She completed her medical residency and fellowship in critical care medicine at The George Washington University. She is currently in the midst of a master’s of business administration program through The George Washington University.

She is married with two sons and a dog, and lives in McLean, Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, tennis, golf, Zumba, volunteering, travel, podcasts, reading, and following random learning curiosities.