Muneeza Khan, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She previously served as interim chair.
“Dr. Khan’s commitment to the Department of Family Medicine and its core education commitment is unwavering,” UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, said. “Her outstanding performance as program director predicts her performance as chair. I look forward to watching the department grow in all missions under her very capable leadership.”
Dr. Khan received her medical degree from Karachi Medical and Dental College in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed a residency in family medicine from Indiana University, serving as the family medicine chief resident. She later completed an advanced maternal care obstetric fellowship from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, a primary care faculty development fellowship from Michigan State University, and a National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.
Dr. Khan said she chose family medicine because it allows her to take care of patients and their families, regardless of their age or health condition. “I am able to provide acute, chronic, or preventive care, and help patients navigate the complex health care system. I have the privilege of establishing long-lasting relationships with my patients as I deliver their babies, take care of them as they age, and everything in between.”
Dr. Khan joined UTHSC in 2011 as an assistant professor and quickly took on leadership roles within the Department of Family Medicine. She served as clerkship director in 2012, fellowship director from 2013-2016, and interim clerkship director from 2015-2016. She is currently the program director for the residency program and has served in this role since 2012.
“I realized that working at UTHSC would allow me to have an extraordinary career while working with an incredible group of individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of Memphians and beyond through excellence in education, research, clinical care and public service,” Dr. Khan said.
The Department of Family Medicine is made up of the Residency Family Medicine Center in East Memphis, a rural health clinic in Covington, Tennessee, and a faculty clinic in East Memphis. The Department of Family Medicine offers fellowships in advanced women’s health care, sports medicine, hospice and palliative care, and addiction medicine. More than 65 percent of graduates from its residency and fellowship programs continue to practice in Tennessee.
In her role, Dr. Khan will be responsible for overseeing the department, along with the family medicine residency and fellowship programs. She will also continue clinical practice working with patients in prenatal care and delivery.
Dr. Khan holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine, the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. She has received numerous honors including Physician of the Month and Physician of the Quarter from Saint Francis Hospital, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the UTHSC-Saint Francis Family Residency Program twice, and Top 40 Under 40 from the Memphis Business Journal.