The Spine & Pain Institute of New York welcomes Dr. Khan to our “family!”
To help us all get to know Dr. Khan, we asked her a few questions:
1. Why Medicine?
When I was a kid, I went to a conference with my mom for Bangladeshi doctors. On the last night of the conference, they had a dinner where they awarded an American Orthopedist for his work in Bangladesh during the 1970’s and 80’s. This Orthopedist used his talent to develop low cost, practical solutions to help amputees who were wounded during the war for independence. What he thought to be his routine work turned out to help hundreds of people regain their ability to participate in daily life, and to help families recover from the years of war and violence. I thought that night that if I could help people — even if it was only a fraction of the work that this doctor had accomplished — it would be my greatest achievement.
2. What are your special clinical interest areas?
Before my fellowship in interventional pain, I studied regional anesthesia and acute pain management at Columbia University Medical Center. Since mastering ultrasound was the cornerstone of that fellowship, I was able to integrate those skills and knowledge into my pain management practice, as well. Therefore, from my earliest days learning interventional pain, I have been able to use ultrasound for various treatment injections, especially for joints and peripheral nerve blocks. Ultrasound is another method of viewing the body to guide injections but it is important to note that it is not appropriate for every procedure or body part, especially the back which is why we use the x-ray machine (fluoroscopy) to take pictures. However, an advantage of ultrasound is that it provides another approach to some of the peripheral joint injections (shoulder, hip, knee). For example, sometimes the x-ray machine cannot be used for positioning reasons or we are unable to see an important structure using the x-ray machine. Ultrasound also reduces radiation exposure and, at times, is easier to monitor the injection as the ultrasound provides real-time imaging.
3. How does the M.P.H. influence your practice as a physician?
Having a Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) really helped me to achieve a greater global perspective on my practice. My background in population health informs me as to how my patients deal with the healthcare system and the challenges they may face in receiving healthcare or living a healthy lifestyle. These challenges can range from smoking cessation to achieving a healthy weight with the correct nutrition and exercise.
4. How do you balance your time between being a physician and a mother?
I believe mothers go through “trial by fire” when it comes to multitasking. I think this is especially true when working outside the home. So, being organized, having schedules and having an excellent support system helps me immensely. Plus, I try to remind myself that although the list of tasks at work and for the kids never ends, I can prioritize and tackle what needs to get done one step at a time. Although I may have serious commitments in and out of my home, I think this motivates me to be a better physician as I like to think of my patients as an extended family. As I tell my patients, I wish to treat them as I would my own family members.
5. Any advice for those interested in becoming a physician and specializing in Anesthesiology and Pain Management?
I would advise anyone pursuing this field to always be mindful that patients are not defined by their condition. They have full lives and responsibilities. They have important relationships. Mostly, patients come to pain management to figure out ways to function in their lives after suffering from injuries or degenerative conditions. So, we treat the whole patient and come up with new strategies to achieve the best outcome for the patient.
When not working, Dr. Khan will be found spending quality time with her husband, two young children and extended family on Long Island. She enjoys cooking and is an avid traveler having visited many countries including Bangladesh, Kenya, India, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Morocco, Singapore, Costa Rica, Canada and Thailand to name a few. Dr. Khan has a future goal of completing trails in the Himalayan Mountains. In addition to English, Dr. Khan also speaks Spanish and Bengali.
Dr. Khan is now accepting new patients in our New Hyde Park, Long Island office. Learn more about Dr. Khan by visiting her biography, here. For further information or to arrange an appointment, please call (516) 587-5500 or email us at Help@SpinePainNY.com.