My ability to use my technical skills, knowledge and compassion to treat, heal and care for patients inspired me to become a doctor. Working with children is extremely gratifying, and it motivates me to give my absolute best — knowing that I can give them a long, healthy and meaningful life that would also bring their families much joy.

I completed my medical school in India, where I was awarded the Short Term Studentship (STS) scholarship to study the association between residential environmental tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and low birth weight of neonates. I was also awarded the Research in Residency Award (RISE) during my combined residency in pediatrics and human genetics to study the epigenetic changes in Sox9+ lung epithelial progenitor cells.

Each day, I strive to grow as a person and a physician. I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors who provided many opportunities for my current clinical and research interests. My clinical interests are neonates with congenital anomalies and genetic disorders, fetal care and evidence-based medicine (EBM). My research interests are lung development and using bioinformatic tools to study genetic and epigenetic changes to gain insight for diagnostic and treatment strategies for neonates with congenital malformations. Precision medicine that leads to more personalized and preventative healthcare is the future, and this fuels my curiosity and research interests.

In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, exploring nature trails, spending time with family/friends, traveling and experiencing different cultures and cuisines.

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CHARGE syndrome in the era of molecular diagnosis: Similar outcomes in those without coloboma or choanal atresia. Simpson, BN; Khattar, D; Saal, H; Prada, CE; Choo, D; Marcheschi, L; Wiley, S; Hopkin, RJ. European Journal of Medical Genetics. 2021; 64.

Confirmatory testing illustrates additional risks for structural sex chromosome abnormalities in fetuses with a non-invasive prenatal screen positive for monosomy X. Sund, KL; Khattar, D; Boomer, T; Caldwell, S; Dyer, L; Hopkin, RJ; Smolarek, TA. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics. 2020; 184:294-301.

CTCF variants in 39 individuals with a variable neurodevelopmental disorder broaden the mutational and clinical spectrum. Konrad, ED H; Nardini, N; Caliebe, A; Nagel, I; Young, D; Horvath, G; Santoro, SL; Shuss, C; Ziegler, A; Bonneau, D; et al. Genetics in Medicine. 2019; 21:2723-2733.

Characterization of the hepatosplenic and portal venous findings in patients with Proteus syndrome. Takyar, V; Khattar, D; Ling, A; Patel, R; Sapp, JC; Kim, SA; Auh, S; Biesecker, LG; Keppler-Noreuil, KM; Heller, T. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2018; 176:2677-2684.