Muneeza Khan, MD, the first woman to chair the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Family Medicine, was honored as one of the 2023 Super Women in Business by the Memphis Business Journal (MBJ). The recognition highlights her outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of medicine and her leadership in health care administration.
As the physician leader for University Clinical Health‘s quality programs housed at UT Family Medicine, she has strengthened patient services, while streamlining staff and supply costs.
During the height of the pandemic, Dr. Khan exhibited exceptional leadership by leading the transition of the practice to virtual care for patients, ensuring uninterrupted health care services.
Additionally, Dr. Khan has implemented long-term plans for optimizing revenue and reducing costs. Her strategic initiatives have enhanced the financial stability of the practice group.
When asked about by the Memphis Businss Journal the superpower that best equips someone in her profession today, Dr. Khan emphasized resilience as the key attribute. The ability to face stressors and bounce back from setbacks stronger than ever is crucial in the demanding field of medicine.
Dr. Khan told the MBJ that her father, an orthopedic surgeon, inspired many students to pursue careers in medicine. He overcame numerous obstacles to achieve his dreams. She was inspired by his dedication to patient care, especially for those who were underserved. His commitment to personal growth, unwavering values, and selflessness have shaped her professional journey, she said.
Dr. Khan joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2011 as an assistant professor. She was named Physician of the Month and Physician of the Quarter by Saint Francis Hospital. She also received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the UTHSC-Saint Francis Family Residency Program twice. In addition, she was previously recognized as one of Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40.
“I was the first female and longest-standing program director for the UT-St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program in Memphis,” Dr. Khan said. “I received the Gold Level Program Director recognition award for dedication to Family Medicine from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.”
The Super Women in Business honorees were determined by a panel of editors at the Memphis Business Journal, after nominations were submitted by the public.
“We are absolutely privileged to have Dr. Khan as chair of our Department of Family Medicine,” said Scott Strome, MD, executive dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine. “She is an outstanding leader, educator, and public servant. Her commitment to providing comprehensive quality care for all of those in need makes the UTHSC College of Medicine and Memphis better.”