Dr. Zain Raza joined the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine as an Instructor in June of 2021. He grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma just north of Oklahoma City. He attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Edward Dodd Award for Best Honors Thesis in Philosophy. Dr. Raza then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where he served as class secretary, founded a literary club, and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. During his clinical training he was struck by the inquisitive and comprehensive style of thought underpinning Internal Medicine which harmonized with his prior experiences in philosophy.
He completed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis prior to joining the Division in 2021. During training, his academic interests included optimizing subspecialty preventive care such as in liver transplants patients and improving procedural selection and safety. His main work has focused on identifying when patients with an incidental finding of common bile duct dilation can avoid invasive diagnostic evaluation such as endoscopic ultrasound. During his training he was noted multiple times by medical students for excellence in bedside teaching. Dr. Raza is an avid jogger and cyclist, winning notoriety during residency for burning over 40,000 calories during a January exercise competition. He enjoys experimenting with a variety of coffee brewing techniques and cooking diverse cuisines in the kitchen. He is a passionate OKC Thunder basketball fan and prioritizes spending time with his wife, family, and friends. Dr. Raza looks forward to his clinical, educational, and other academic responsibilities as an Instructor in the Division of Hospital Medicine.