New faculty spotlight: Furqan Khattak, MD

January 07, 2021

Image with caption: Furqan Khattak, MD

Furqan Khattak, MD

Furqan Khattak, MD, is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Furqan Khattak, MD
  • Hometown: Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor, subspecialty education coordinator, UNMC Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Research/professional interests:

  • Innovation in medical education
  • Multimodality cardiac imaging
  • Trans-radial cardiac catheterization
  • Ethics in the business of medicine

How I fell in love with cardiology: I drew my inspiration to become a physician from my father, whom I grew up seeing dedicate his life to caring for his patients and improving public health. Studying the heart has always fascinated me. Being an organ only the size of a fist, yet powerful enough to sustain life, its dynamism and refusal to give up parallels my journey in life. Being an academic cardiologist allows me to solve mind-stimulating medical puzzles, process two-dimensional and three-dimensional cardiac images, and perform high stake procedures requiring fine motor skills; all while learning from the best colleagues and teaching the next generation of physicians. My joy is twofold when I am able to relieve someone's distress, which is my ultimate goal in life.

Education:

  • MBBS, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan, 2009
  • Residency, internal medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2015
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2019
  • Fellowship, cardiovascular disease, East Tennessee State University, 2020

Memberships:

  • Fellow of American College of Physicians
  • American College of Cardiology

Three things people may not know about me:

  • Acquiring new skills is my passion. I am a self-taught photographer and architect, and I make professional-grade architectural drawings and 3D interiors.
  • My last two adventures were building a 135-inch home theater in my basement for movies and gaming and successfully tearing down a supposedly impossible all-in-one computer to its core to upgrade the components.
  • I love traveling with my wife and kids, who brighten up my days.

Clinic location:

  • Nebraska Medical Center
  • Durham Outpatient Center Heart and Vascular Center

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Jenny Kreikemeier
January 07, 2021 at 2:25 PM

Congratulations and welcome Dr. Khattak!