Reeni Abraham has trained and practiced in a myriad of locales including the Texas/Mexico border, the Bronx, and in socialized New Zealand. Practicing and learning medicine in such disparate environments served to underscore the importance of seeking to empathically understand each patient’s narrative and their social context as equally as elucidating their underlying diagnosis. Even so, her most powerful medical lessons have come not as a caregiver, but at the bedside.
Prioritizing quality healthcare is multi-faceted and requires our education system to rethink how we teach healthcare delivery and how we role model professionalism. Many of her medical education endeavors have focused on teaching and role modeling patient-centered care and communication for her trainees. To that end she has worked as a perioperative specialist coordinating the care of patients with many co-morbidities across healthcare systems to ensure a safe outcome, and most recently she has focused her clinical effort as an academic hospitalist at both Clements University Hospital and Parkland Hospital and a palliative care physician at Parkland Hospital.
She currently serves as the UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-director and a Colleges Mentor, where her passions are creating a safe learning environment in which our learners continually strive to grow in the application of evidence-based medicine, aspire to view medicine from their patients’ perspectives with empathy and embed reflection into their daily practice.
- Medical School
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2003)
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2006), Internal Medicine
- Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis in an Immunocompetent Person Living in New York City
- Chuang, A., Thomas, R., and Hoffman, R. Journal of Urban Health May 2005 82 339-345
Honors & Awards
- Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee
UT Southwestern Chapter (2018)
- Alpha Omega Alpha
UT Southwestern Chapter (2017)
- Outstanding General Medicine Wards Teaching Award
Internal Medicine Clerkship (2017)
- UTSW Core Clerkship Teaching Award
UT Southwestern, Subinternship Class of 2011 (2011)
- Davidoff Teaching Award
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center (2006)
- CDIM Council Member (2018)
- Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine (2012)
- American Medical Association (2009)
- American College of Physcians (2006)