Khan Saira

Saira Khan, MD (she/her)

Position: PGY-1

Saira was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend Drexel University, where she majored in Biological Sciences. While there, she discovered a passion for advocacy work and created two volunteer programs focused on offering support and mentorship to children and adolescents facing housing insecurity at local shelters. After graduating Drexel in 2019, she returned to her home state to attend the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra / Northwell. During her time there, she continued her interest in advocacy while aiming to address the issues closely impacting her community. This included working on a project to help spread awareness of ERPO (Extreme Risk Protection Order) and Red Flag Laws in communities at higher risk for gun violence and tutoring elementary school students struggling with the transition to virtual learning during the Pandemic. She also developed an interest in medical education reform and led a team of interdisciplinary specialists in Addiction Medicine to design a novel, evidence-based educational module that would expand on the existing curriculum around screening in pediatric populations. The aim was to better identify and address risk factors in pediatric populations for the development of Substance Use Disorders. This module was successfully implemented at her school and retained as part of the curriculum. As a result of these experiences and her clinical rotations, she cemented a passion for pediatrics and especially Pediatric Emergency Medicine, which she felt was a great environment to pursue her interests in advocacy, community outreach, and medical education reform. She is now excited to take her next steps in training at Brown where she will continue to build upon these interests. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys reading about Greek mythology, painting, hiking, kayaking, and travelling.