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Saba Fatima, MD

Professional Background

Dr. Fatima is an Assistant Professor at the KU Department of Pediatrics-Wichita. She received her medical degree from Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan. She was awarded the title of “Best graduate” based on her outstanding academic achievements over the course of her medical school education, graduating with 16 honors in various subjects. This was coupled with her various awards nationwide as part of her college’s debate team.

Dr. Fatima completed her residency in Pediatrics at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, where she was nominated for the “Excellence in Clinical Projects” award by her faculty. Additionally, as a resident physician, she won a travel grant sponsored by the Society of Hospital Medicine to attend the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference in 2018. She was also involved in various community projects during residency, including being the resident champion for her institution’s “Reach out and Read” program.

Dr. Fatima has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles over the course of her career. These include original research, case reports and perspective articles. She regularly contributes to various medical blogs, voicing her opinion on pressing issues faced by the healthcare community. She is a strong advocate of physician wellness and prevention of burnout/suicide through her narrative writing. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Academic Pediatric Association, and is actively involved in the development of an inpatient curriculum for pediatric residents.

Education and Training
  • MBBS, Medicine, Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
  • MD, Medicine, Dow Medical College
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Professional Affiliations
  • Academic Pediatrics Association, Member, 2019 - Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Member, 2016 - Present



Dr. Fatima’s research has spanned over a variety of topics, including public health, medical education, medical errors, and quality improvement. She has presented her work on medical errors and resident coping strategies, and CT scan utilization prior to lumbar puncture, in various local and national meetings, including the Pediatric Academic Society’s (PAS) annual meeting. Other research topics that she has worked on include lead toxicity and prevalence, electronic book usage among children and use of sepsis risk calculator in infants with maternal chorioamnionitis.

She has contributed her work in narrative medicine to popular healthcare blogs such as KevinMD and Doximity. She was chosen as a Doximity scholar in the year 2018 for her regular contributions to the platform.

  • Fatima, S. 2020. The Value of Vulnerability.. Hospital pediatrics, 10 (4), 376-377
  • Fatima, S, Skarzynska, M. 2019. Congenital Malaria in a Febrile Infant Born to an Immigrant Mother With No Travel During Pregnancy.. Pediatric emergency care
  • Fatima, S, Mottola, N. 2017. Case 5: A 7-year-old Autistic Boy with Altered Movements and Mental Status.. Pediatrics in review, 38 (10), 493
  • 2018. A newborn with lumbar lesion and dermal defect.
  • Rafiq, Ali, Fatima, Saba, Masood, Beenish, Khan, Rizwan., Ahmed, Khan, Fareeha., Ahmed, Liaquat, Aimen, Fatima, Aelia, Tanveer, Mohammad., Shahrukh, Sulaiman, Mahreen, Hasan, Syed., Yousuf, Aehtesham, Mariam, Khan, Sidra. 2015. Awareness of hepatitis B and C among students of nonmedical universities in Karachi. ASIAN BIOMEDICINE, 9 (2), 155-159
  • Masood, I, Majid, Z, Rafiq, A, Fatima, S, Bin Zia Siddiqui, O. 2015. Appendicitis with appendicular atresia: a rare presentation.. The Pan African medical journal, 20, 57
  • Fatima, S, Rafiq, A, Majid, Z. 2015. Harlequin ichthyosis in an infant born to a father with eczema.. Journal of tropical pediatrics, 61 (2), 143-5
  • Rafiq, Ali, Fatima, Saba. 2014. Beta-thalassaemia major and coeliac disease occurring concurrently in a patient: A case report. OA Case Reports, 3, 69