Reeni Abraham, M.D.

Reeni Abraham, M.D.

Associate Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education

  • Nadine and Tom Craddick Professorship in Medical Education
  • Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine

Biography

Dr. Reeni Abraham has trained and practiced in a myriad of locales including the Texas/Mexico border, the Bronx, and in socialized New Zealand. Practicing and learning medicine in such disparate environments served to underscore the importance of seeking to empathically understand each patient’s narrative and their social context, as well as elucidating their underlying diagnosis. Even so, her most powerful medical lessons have come not as a caregiver, but at the bedside.

Dr. Abraham believe that prioritizing quality health care is multi-faceted, and that it requires our educational system to rethink how to teach health care delivery, as well as how to role model professionalism. Many of her medical education endeavors have focused on teaching and role modeling patient-centered care and communication. 

She has worked as a perioperative specialist coordinating the care of patients with many co-morbidities across health care systems to ensure a safe outcome. Most recently she has focused her clinical effort as an academic hospitalist at both William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Parkland Hospital, as well as a palliative care physician at Parkland Hospital.

Dr. Abraham currently serves as the UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Associate Vice Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education, Head of Fashena College, and a Colleges Mentor, where her passions are creating a safe learning environment in which learners continually grow in the application of evidence-based medicine, aspire to view medicine from their patients’ perspectives with empathy, and embed reflection into their daily practice.

Education & Training
  • Residency - Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2004-2006), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (1999-2003)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Physicians (2006)
  • American Medical Association (2009)
  • Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine (CDIM) (2012)
  • CDIM Council Member (2018)
  • CDIM President (2022-2023)
  • Associate Vice Chair of Undergraduate Medical Education (2022)
Honors & Awards
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee 2018, UT Southwestern Chapter
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 2017, UT Southwestern Chapter
  • Outstanding General Medicine Wards Teaching Award 2017, Internal Medicine Clerkship
  • Davidoff Teaching Award 2006, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
  • UTSW Core Clerkship Teaching Award 2011, UT Southwestern, Subinternship Class of 2011
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Palliative Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine

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