Fatima Karaki, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
Address533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    American University of BeirutBachelor of Science2006Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    University of MichiganDoctorate of Medicine2010Medical School
    Washington University in St. LouisInternship2011Department of Medicine
    Washington University in St. LouisResidency2013Department of Medicine

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    Fatima Karaki, M.D., is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Hospital Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed her internship and residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Karaki cares for inpatients on the hospital medicine service and resident inpatient service at the UCSF campuses at Parnassus and Mission Bay.

    Dr. Karaki's academic and clinical interest is in refugee and asylum seeker health, with a focus on the Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East. She is a founding member of the North American Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers. She is founder and director of the Refugee and Asylum seeker Health Initiative (RAHI) at UCSF, which aims to foster academic activity, research, education, and community awareness in refugee health. She is a member of the Global Health Core and a member of the UCSF Global Health Sciences Faculty Affiliation Program. Dr. Karaki collaborates with experts at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and University of California, Berkeley, to advance refugee health research and education in the academic field.

    Dr. Karaki is passionate about clinical teaching, diversity in medicine, and physician well-being. She is enrolled in the Clinical Teaching Certificate program at UCSF and is a member of the Residency Diversity Committee. She has taught Social and Behavioral Sciences and Foundations of Patient Care, in addition to teaching on inpatient wards. She is also developing curriculum on refugee health for medical students and residents. She actively mentors students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Her work includes developing novel programs to increase physician well-being and caregiver support at UCSF.

    Community service and community education are major priorities for Dr. Karaki. She is a leader in the refugee awareness movement in the Bay Area. She serves as attending at Clinica Martin Baro, working to provide care to undocumented and uninsured patients in the Mission district of San Francisco. She was head of medicine resident involvement and education at Gateway Homeless Shelter in St. Louis. She has provided emergency medical relief to patients in refugee camps and slums throughout Europe, the Middle East and India. She has volunteered in Beirut, Lebanon; Lesvos, Greece; and along the Balkan route in Europe, in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis.

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