Safa Farrag, MD

Safa Farrag, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Safa Farrag, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is dual board certified for both the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP). She has special interest and experience in implementing Quality methodology and Safety tools to provide high value care and improve outcomes. Dr. Farrag attends General Medicine Inpatient Teaching service (FIRM medicine), Consults service, and Hospitalist Direct Care.  She has published several articles on quality improvement and women’s health, and has won several awards for the best QI projects and for her dedication to teaching and patient care service.


  • Medical Degree: Tanta University, Faculty of Medicine. Tanta, Gharbya, Egypt (2004)
  • Residency, Critical Care: Kafr Elzayat, Egypt (2008)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine: Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) El Paso, Texas (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians
  • American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians

Clinical Interests

Hospital medicine, inpatient care, high value care, patient safety, quality improvement

Research Interests

Implementing quality improvement methodology to optimize patient care, patient safety, improving transition of care, lowering readmission rates

Abstracts and Presentations

Tomar O, Halani V, Kornblum H, Buchanan p, Farrag S. Quality Improvement Strategies to Improve Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in an Internal Medicine Teaching Continuity Clinic. National ACP Meeting. 2021.

Prishchepova A, Levanos T, Kornblum H, Buchanan P, Farrag S. “The Show” Must Go On. Improving the No Show Rate in an Internal Medicine Resident Clinic through Continuous Quality Improvement Using Lean Methodology. National ACP Meeting. 2020.

Kapoor A, Uppaluri C, Levanos T, Farrag S. No-show Rate in the Traditional Clinic Model versus the Block Model. APDIM Fall Meeting. 2018. Orlando, FL.

Farrag S, Parsa M, Chambers K, Francis M. Development, and implementation of a competency-based specialty boot camp to enhance and assess medical student preparation for residency. National  Resident Matching Program annual conference, New Orleans, LA. May 4-6, 2017.

Nahleh Z, Dwivedi A, Heydarian R, Pasillas R, Liss D, Sanchez L, Ochoa C, Farrag S. A survivorship program to improve quality of life of Hispanic/Latino breast cancer (BC) survivors. Meeting: 2017  Cancer Survivorship Symposium Abstract No: 183.

    Farrag S; Dwivedi A; Otoukesh S; Badri N; Sanchez L; Nahleh Z. Prevalence of low vitamin D in patients with breast cancer in a predominantly Hispanic population at the American Mexican border. ASCO annual meeting. 2016. Abstract Number: e12051. Citation: J Clin Oncol. 34, 2016 (suppl; abstr e12051).

    Farrag S, Ayoub-Rodriguez L, Hernan L, Francis M. Building confidence and assessing the general procedures of a physician: A simulation-based curriculum for 4th year medical students. AAMC meeting. 2015. 

      Peer-Reviewed Publications

      Elimimian E, Elson L, Bilani N, Farrag S, Dwivedi A, Pasillas R, Nahleh Z. Long-Term Effect of a Nonrandomized Psychosocial Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Hispanic/Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. Integr Cancer Ther. 2020 Jan-Dec;19:1534735419890682. doi: 10.1177/1534735419890682. PMID: 31957499; PMCID: PMC6971966.

      Nahleh Z, Dwivedi A, Heydarian R, Pasillas R, Liss D, Sanchez L, Ochoa C, Farrag S. Assessing a  multidisciplinary survivorship program in a group of predominantly Hispanic women with breast cancer. Journal of Community and supportive oncology JCSO. 2017;15(4):e208-e216.

        Farrag S, Dwivedi A, Otoukesh S, Badri N, Sanchez L, Nahleh Z. Prevalence of Low Vitamin D in Patients with Breast Cancer in a Predominantly Hispanic Population at the American-Mexican Border. Nutr Cancer. 2017 Aug-Sep;69(6):819-824. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2017.1339812. Epub 2017 Jul 18. PMID: 28718665.

        Nahleh Z, Dwivedi A, Khan T, Sattar A, Tfayli AH, Farrag S, Mallawaarachchi I. Decreased Health Related Quality of Life among Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors. MOJ Women’s Health. 2016; 1(3):00016.

        Farrag S, Eloliby M, Khalillullah S, Cuetter A. Multifocal motor neuropathy with cranial nerve involvement. Current Trends in Neurology. 2014;8(4):53–56.

        Moraveji S, Torabi A, Nahleh Z, Farrag S, Gaur S, Acute leukemia of ambiguous lineage with trisomy 4 as the sole cytogenetic abnormality: A case report and literature review. Leukemia Research Reports. 2014;3:33–35

        Burgos JD, Farrag S, Mkherjee D.  Literature Review: Resolute Integrity drug eluting stent safety and efficacy for the treatment of coronary artery disease. Research Reports in Clinical Cardiology. 2013;4:23.

        Alhamad T, Yang H, Harfouche K, Farrag S, Radwan W, Rajabi B, Blandon P. Effectiveness of 25 Hydroxy  Vitamin D on Secondary Hyperparathyroidism in Hemodialysis Patients. The American Journal of Kidney   Disease. 2011; 57(4):B20.

        Book Chapters

        Farrag S, Kupesic Plavsic S. Urgent Procedures in Clinical Practice. London, New Delhi, Panama City, Philadelphia: Jaypee Publisher. 2017.

        Seminars and Workshops

        Farrag S, Fritz A. “Overview of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety- a Guide for Internists” American College of Physicians, Missouri Chapter Annual Conference, September 2021, Osage Beach, MO.

          Farrag S, Chacko A, Levanos T, Gardner M. Implementing A3 Thinking as a Quality Improvement Methodology into Residents’ Day to Day Practice. Workshop, APDIM Fall Meeting 2018, Orlando, FL.