Dr. Aava Khatiwada joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine as an Instructor in June, 2020.
Dr. Khatiwada was born in Downers Grove, IL and grew up in Munster, IN with her two sisters. She went to Indiana University Bloomington where she ultimately decided to pursue a BS in Biology. Her undergraduate work also included obtaining a minor in Spanish and completing a business certificate through the Liberal Arts Management Program. She continued her journey in medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in Indianapolis, IN. While completing the usual activities of a medical student, Aava also involved herself in extracurriculars including planning IUSM’s first ever Second Year Show as well as participating in the Community Leadership Mentorship Program where she had the opportunity to learn about how nonprofit organizations function at the board level. These two activities demonstrated to Aava that she enjoys working closely with her peers as well as engaging with the surrounding community. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes Jewish Hospital /Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine. There, she embraced the role of a teacher and participated in the Washington University Teaching Physician Pathway which gave her the opportunity to learn about curriculum development, learning theory, and provided several hands on teaching opportunities with medical students. Aava will be pursuing a fellowship in gastroenterology; specifically, she is interested in a career in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking and backpacking and cultivating her indoor green thumb. She will be a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine for the 2020-2021 Academic Year and looks forward to working closely with administration and residents to work toward continual improvement of the residency program.