Staff Spotlight – Rabia Khan, MD

Dr. Rabia Khan is a new Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology.

I am a Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Specialist in the Division of Cardiology. This is my first position in UI Healthcare, and I started two weeks ago.

My husband and I have five year old boy-girl twins who will be starting kindergarten this year. We also have an eight year old orange tabby cat named Dori.

I am a singer and songwriter, mostly in my family’s native language of Urdu. I also enjoy reading to my children, writing fiction, and traveling.

My dream job? I would say this is it! The opportunities to interact with children all day, give some of those children a new lease on life through heart failure management, continuously learn from some of the brightest minds in the field, participate in the advancement of the field through research, and play a role in educating future generations of physicians – I couldn’t ask for more.

Favorite place to live or visit? We visited Barcelona for a short three day trip last year, and I was captivated by the fascinating architecture, diversity, and the unique energy of the city. I can’t wait to go back some day!

Favorite food? Nothing tops my mom’s amazing shrimp biryani.

Favorite sports team? I don’t have one at the moment, but I was a big San Antonio Spurs fan when the Big Three were around.

Favorite book or movie? It is impossible to name one, but some of my favorite books include Pride and Prejudice, Midnight’s Children, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, The Phantom Tollbooth, and the Harry Potter series.

Fun fact: I grew up on both coasts, New York/New Jersey for the first five years of my life and Northern California for the remainder of my childhood, but unexpectedly ended up completing all my medical training in the Midwest (at three different institutions). And now, having started this job at UI, I suppose I can officially call the Midwest home.

I am so excited to be here, and I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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