Dr. Sana Ali Pirzada joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine as an Instructor in July of 2023. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan, where she attended Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical and Dental College. She then completed her internship and residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO, before joining the division in 2023. She has had varied interests and participated in many projects during her training. She seeks out opportunities that promote healthcare advocacy and health literacy. During medical school, she co-chaired the committee that laid the groundwork for an annual charity health drive that emphasized counseling patients about primary, secondary, and tertiary preventive measures against common diseases such as hypertension, obesity, and substance abuse. In addition, during residency, she helped organize a month-long campaign promoting colorectal cancer awareness at the resident-run clinic, treating underinsured patients from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
She also served as a resident representative on the ACP Missouri Council. As a council member, she received sponsorship to attend Leadership Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, a platform encouraging physician leaders to raise healthcare-related issues of interest and concern to U.S. lawmakers. She also thoroughly enjoys interacting with and learning from people from different backgrounds and cultures. During her teens, she represented Pakistan at the Seeds of Peace Camp in Maine, USA, a platform dedicated to empowering young leaders from conflict regions such as Pakistan, India, Israel, and Palestine and equipping them with the leadership skills to work through prejudices, participate in team building exercises, opening dialogues and fostering friendships. Her current key interests are hospital medicine, inpatient care, and gastroenterology, alongside leadership, advocacy, and quality improvement. In addition, she enjoys teaching and working with medical students and residents alike. Outside of medicine, her hobbies include listening to music, exploring different food cuisines, and spending time with her family and friends. As a future Division of Hospital Medicine member at WashU, she looks forward to caring for her patients.