Bio

Clinical Focus


  • General Inpatient Medicine, Quality Improvement
  • Development of a Perioperative Medical Service for surgical co-management
  • Inpatient Medical Education of Housestaff
  • Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Associate Residency Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program (2009 - Present)
  • Director, Hospitalist Program, Stanford (2011 - Present)
  • Medical Director, General Medicine Inpatient Wards (2012 - Present)

Honors & Awards


  • Gold-Headed Cane Award for "compassion, dedication to medicine, and a desire to serve", Awarded to one graduating medical student, UT Houston medical school (1997)
  • Excellence in Clinical Teaching "Golden Rattle Award", Pediatrics Dept. UTMB (Texas) (2004)
  • Clinical Women in Medicine Award, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) National Award (2006)
  • AOA Lifetime Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Lifetime Member Induction (2006)
  • Inducted as Faculty Mentor for Osler Student Society, UTMB (Texas) McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine (2006)
  • National Educator's Award, "Who's Who amongst Teachers and Educators" across the nation (2007)
  • Nominated for Oslerian Teaching Award, UTMB, One member nominated from Internal Medicine Dept. per year (UTMB, Texas) (2007)
  • President's Professionalism Project Award, University of Texas Medical Branch (2007)
  • Divisional Teaching Award, General Medical Disciplines, Stanford University Medical Center (2010)
  • Arthur L. Bloomfield Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Stanford University Medical School (2011)
  • Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award, American College of Physicians (2012)
  • Malinda S. Mitchell Award for Quality & Service, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2013)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (2003 - Present)
  • Member, Society of Hospital Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (2009 - Present)
  • General Internist, Society of General Internal Medicine (2012 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Univ. of Texas-Houston, Med/Peds Residency (2001)
  • Medical Education:University of Texas Medical School at Houston (1997) TX
  • M.D., Univ. of Texas- Houston, Medical Degree (1997)
  • B.A. (Honors), U.C. Berkeley, Major- Biology Minor- English (1993)
  • Scholars in Education Program, Univ. of Texas (UTMB), Faculty Development for Educators (2005)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Medical education research; Intergenerational teaching/learning; Analysis of effects of duty hour regulations on housestaff training and ways to improve the system

Teaching

2016-17 Courses


Graduate and Fellowship Programs


Publications

All Publications


  • A resident-created hospitalist curriculum for internal medicine housestaff. Journal of hospital medicine Kumar, A., Smeraglio, A., Witteles, R., Harman, S., Nallamshetty, S., Rogers, A., Harrington, R., Ahuja, N. 2016; 11 (9): 646-649

    Abstract

    The growth of hospital medicine has led to new challenges, and recent graduates may feel unprepared to meet the expanding clinical duties expected of hospitalists. At our institution, we created a resident-inspired hospitalist curriculum to address the training needs for the next generation of hospitalists. Our program provided 3 tiers of training: (1) clinical excellence through improved training in underemphasized areas of hospital medicine, (2) academic development through required research, quality improvement, and medical student teaching, and (3) career mentorship. In this article, we describe the genesis of our program, our final product, and the challenges of creating a curriculum while being internal medicine residents. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2016. © 2016 Society of Hospital Medicine.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jhm.2590

    View details for PubMedID 27079160

  • Surgical Comanagement by Hospitalists Improves Patient Outcomes: A Propensity Score Analysis. Annals of surgery Rohatgi, N., Loftus, P., Grujic, O., Cullen, M., Hopkins, J., Ahuja, N. 2016; 264 (2): 275-282

    Abstract

    The aim of the study was to examine the impact of a surgical comanagement (SCM) hospitalist program on patient outcomes at an academic institution.Prior studies may have underestimated the impact of SCM due to methodological shortcomings.This is a retrospective study utilizing a propensity score-weighted intervention (n = 16,930) and control group (n = 3695). Patients were admitted between January 2009 to July 2012 (pre-SCM) and September 2012 to September 2013 (post-SCM) to Orthopedic or Neurosurgery at our institution. Using propensity score methods, linear regression, and a difference-in-difference approach, we estimated changes in outcomes between pre and post periods, while adjusting for confounding patient characteristics.The SCM intervention was associated with a significant differential decrease in the proportion of patients with at least 1 medical complication [odds ratio (OR) 0.86; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.74-0.96; P = 0.008), the proportion of patients with length of stay at least 5 days (OR 0.75; 95% CI, 0.67-0.84; P < 0.001), 30-day readmission rate for medical cause (OR 0.67; 95% CI, 0.52-0.81; P < 0.001), and the proportion of patients with at least 2 medical consultants (OR 0.55; 95% CI, 0.49-0.63; P < 0.001). There was no significant change in patient satisfaction (OR 1.08; 95% CI, 0.87-1.33; P = 0.507). We estimated average savings of $2642 to $4303 per patient in the post-SCM group. The overall provider satisfaction with SCM was 88.3%.The SCM intervention reduces medical complications, length of stay, 30-day readmissions, number of consultants, and cost of care.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001629

    View details for PubMedID 26764873

  • The Medical Education of Generation Y ACADEMIC PSYCHIATRY Evans, K. H., Ozdalga, E., Ahuja, N. 2016; 40 (2): 382-385

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s40596-015-0399-5

    View details for Web of Science ID 000371422800037

    View details for PubMedID 26283527

  • Eculizumab Induces Sustained Remission in a Patient With Refractory Primary Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome JCR-JOURNAL OF CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY Zikos, T. A., Sokolove, J., Ahuja, N., Berube, C. 2015; 21 (6): 311-313
  • Hospitalist intervention for appropriate use of telemetry reduces length of stay and cost JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL MEDICINE Svec, D., Ahuja, N., Evans, K. H., Hom, J., Garg, T., Loftus, P., Shieh, L. 2015; 10 (9): 627-632

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jhm.2411

    View details for Web of Science ID 000360836000012

  • Diffuse Alveolar Damage in a Patient Receiving Dronedarone CHEST Stack, S., Nguyen, D., Casto, A., Ahuja, N. 2015; 147 (4): E131-E133

    Abstract

    Dronedarone is an amiodarone-like antiarrhythmic with a modified structure. The addition of a methyl sulfonyl group theoretically reduces the toxicity of amiodarone, specifically, adverse thyroid and pulmonary effects. Although animal studies have implicated dronedarone as a cause of lung injury, to date controlled trials in humans have not demonstrated an association. A 68-year-old woman developed a dry cough and worsening respiratory distress after receiving dronedarone for 6 months. Discontinuation of dronedarone therapy and subsequent steroid therapy led to a dramatic improvement of symptoms. Dronedarone may be associated with interstitial lung disease. We believe that patients receiving dronedarone should have their diffusing capacity of lung for carbon monoxide and lung volumes monitored prior to initiation of therapy and frequently thereafter.

    View details for DOI 10.1378/chest.14-1849

    View details for Web of Science ID 000354606300001

    View details for PubMedID 25846536

  • Gastrointestinal Manifestations of Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES Menon, P., Singh, S., Ahuja, N., Winter, T. A. 2013; 58 (1): 42-45

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s10620-012-2124-5

    View details for Web of Science ID 000314182900010

    View details for PubMedID 22451115

  • The Smartphone in Medicine: A Review of Current and Potential Use Among Physicians and Students JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH Ozdalga, E., Ozdalga, A., Ahuja, N. 2012; 14 (5)

    Abstract

    Advancements in technology have always had major impacts in medicine. The smartphone is one of the most ubiquitous and dynamic trends in communication, in which one's mobile phone can also be used for communicating via email, performing Internet searches, and using specific applications. The smartphone is one of the fastest growing sectors in the technology industry, and its impact in medicine has already been significant.To provide a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of the role of the smartphone in medicine by highlighting the ways in which it can enhance continuing medical education, patient care, and communication. We also examine the evidence base for this technology.We conducted a review of all published uses of the smartphone that could be applicable to the field of medicine and medical education with the exclusion of only surgical-related uses.In the 60 studies that were identified, we found many uses for the smartphone in medicine; however, we also found that very few high-quality studies exist to help us understand how best to use this technology.While the smartphone's role in medicine and education appears promising and exciting, more high-quality studies are needed to better understand the role it will have in this field. We recommend popular smartphone applications for physicians that are lacking in evidence and discuss future studies to support their use.

    View details for DOI 10.2196/jmir.1994

    View details for Web of Science ID 000309405400005

    View details for PubMedID 23017375

  • Interrelated Endocrinopathies: Hypothyroidism and Hyperprolactinemia Today’s Hosptialist Khilnani, N., Kothari, T. 2007; April: 20-23
  • Disseminated Candidiasis in IV Drug Abusers: A Distinctive Syndrome. Johns Hopkins Advanced Studies in Medicine Rondon-Berrios, H., Khilnani, N., Trevejo-Nunez, G., Rouan, G. 2006; 6: 82-85
  • Advice to Medical Students Applying for Residency Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Speer, A., Khilnani, N. 2005; 3 (4:10): 10
  • Initial Approach to Gastrointestinal Bleeding Emergency Medicine Khilnani, N., Hussain, N. 2005; 37 (10): 27-32
  • Brain bloodflow abnormalities associated with oral cocaine use International Journal of Psychological Medicine Johnson, B., Lamki, L., Barron, B., Spiga, R., Chen, R., Meisch, R., Khilnani, N. 1997; 12 (2): 72-73