Alya Ahmad, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Dean's Office
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of Texas Health Science Center, San AntonioMD05/1998Medical Doctorate
    University of Texas , Austin Texas Bachelor Science05/1996Chemical Engineering
    University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston Texas10/2002Pediatric Residency
    Columbia University , New York , NYCMaster's Certificate Narrative Medicine
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    University of California San Francisco 2020Teaching Scholars Program

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    Alya Zia Ahmad M.D., FAAP
    Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF

    Alya Zia Ahmad, M.D., FAAP, is board certified in Pediatrics.

    Dr. Ahmad is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of University of California, San Francisco in the UCSF Fresno Department of Pediatrics. She was previously the Director and founder of the Down Syndrome Clinic at Sheikh Khalifa Hospital in Abu Dhabi, affiliated with Cleveland Clinic, with special interests in academic medicine and special needs services.
    She has worked, taught, and developed programs, in Global Health systems and in USA- with a strong focus in preventative pediatrics, complex care, obesity, Downs Syndrome, and formal studies in Narrative Medicine. She continues to assimilate her experiences into a system focused on streamlined evidence based care, access, and progressive health care centered around the patient and family.
    The value of the Narrative of patient's/families "Stories in Illness" and has impact to care and outcomes.
    The possibilities remain to improve health care, as an educator, an advocate, and a clinician. Wherever, there has been a need, in whatever organization she has worked in, there is more to learn, contribute, and innovate. She founded and and directed a Down Syndrome clinic as an example of a Medical Home when overseas. At UCSF-Fresno, Her focus has been on inpatient Complex Care models practices to address holistic, efficient, and compassionate care. She believes the value of prevention and humanism of the PCP is what drives success to pediatric success.
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    She earned her medical degree at University of Texas Health Science Center and she finished residency in pediatrics at University of Texas, Houston Health Science Center
    She has been a volunteer physician with Walk, Operation Smile and Down Syndrome International and a Medical Board Advisor for Make-A-Wish International. She has a special interest in Global Health Pediatrics and volunteers on various medical mission for the underserved, in Lebanon, UAE, Thailand, Pakistan, and in the USA.

    Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, narrative medicine, traveling, and reading. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Spanish, and Medical Arabic.

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