Dr. Khan is a health services researcher who studies interventions to improve family engagement in hospital communication and safety. Her work is based on the principle that patients, families, nurses, and physicians are equal members of the care team who can coproduce safer and higher quality care together. She has led studies to improve family-centered rounds, family safety reporting, and patient safety, including the PCORI-funded Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study and the AHRQ-funded Family Activation and Communication About Errors and Safety (FACES Study). She is also interested in healthcare disparities, specifically strategies to improve communication and safety in children with limited English proficiency. Her research has been published in the BMJ, JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, and Academic Pediatrics. Dr. Khan has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Charles. H. Hood foundation, and other organizations.


Dr. Khan was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and immigrated to the United States as a toddler. She grew up in Northern Virginia and attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 2005 and completed medical school in 2009 at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. In 2012, she completed pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she developed an interest in communication research. She proceeded to complete a joint pediatric health services research and academic pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in 2014. Outside of work, her interests include reading and kickboxing.


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  1. Engaging Families as True Partners During Hospitalization. J Hosp Med. 2018 05 01; 13(5):358-360. View abstract
  2. Parent-Provider Miscommunications in Hospitalized Children. Hosp Pediatr. 2017 09; 7(9):505-515. View abstract
  3. Families as Partners in Hospital Error and Adverse Event Surveillance. JAMA Pediatr. 2017 04 01; 171(4):372-381. View abstract
  4. Parent and Provider Experience and Shared Understanding After a Family-Centered Nighttime Communication Intervention. Acad Pediatr. 2017 May - Jun; 17(4):389-402. View abstract
  5. Communication and Shared Understanding Between Parents and Resident-Physicians at Night. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jun; 6(6):319-29. View abstract
  6. Parent-Reported Errors and Adverse Events in Hospitalized Children. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Apr; 170(4):e154608. View abstract
  7. Physician and Nurse Nighttime Communication and Parents' Hospital Experience. Pediatrics. 2015 Nov; 136(5):e1249-58. View abstract
  8. Same-Hospital Readmission Rates as a Measure of Pediatric Quality of Care. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Oct; 169(10):905-12. View abstract
  9. Weight loss and melena in an adolescent female. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Feb; 51(2):197-9. View abstract
  10. Pyridoxine supplementation for the treatment of levetiracetam-induced behavior side effects in children: preliminary results. Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Oct; 13(3):557-9. View abstract
  11. Treatments and perceptions of epilepsy in Kashmir and the United States: a cross-cultural analysis. Epilepsy Behav. 2004 Aug; 5(4):580-6. View abstract