A new face in our Brookhaven community!
We will soon be welcoming a new addition to our office, and we’re very excited!
Pictured from left to right of the Shifa Institute team: Nabeel, Sharmila, Suzanne
Nabeel Babar, MD
My fascination for endocrinology first developed during my second year of internal medicine residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. The neighborhood around the hospital on the Lower East side of Manhattan had a sizable Latino population and I remember our clinics being inundated with poorly controlled diabetic patients. Despite my very primitive Spanish-speaking abilities I enjoyed the challenge of managing these complicated patients and helping them keep their diabetes under control. Sometime during that year my wife and I had our first child Abdullah. We weren’t quite sure we wanted to raise him in the city so we decided to leave the Big Apple for Maryland where I was offered an endocrinology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2006.
The NIH is a very peculiar institution. Its where people with rare, unheard of medical conditions from across the US and all over the world come together to participate in clinical trials. It was here that I would regularly see a dozen or more patients a day with one-in-a million type diseases (“the zebras”) that most doctors wouldn’t dream of seeing their entire careers.
After fellowship I took up my first “real job” with the University of Virginia in 2009, running an outpatient endocrinology practice in the Town of Culpeper, Virginia. This was also my family’s first experience living in small town America. With three children by that time, and a fourth on the way, a slower pace of life was much welcome. In 2014 I joined RMH Medical Center (later Sentara RMH) as Harrisonburg’s first endocrinologist. We decided to live the country life for a while so I rented a 19th-century farm house in Linville surrounded by fields and grazing cows. Tending to a productive vegetable garden, raising goats and egg-laying chickens while helping my wife homeschool our four children was quite an experience.
Later that year we had our fifth child, a son named Muhammad who was born at none other than Brookhaven Birth Center! The whole experience at Brookhaven from pregnancy to delivery was so calm, organized and stress-free. We are ever so grateful to Misty and her team for their superb care for our family during that time.
My association with Sentara RMH Medical Center ended in September 2018 and I have since been working with a multi-specialty practice in Culpeper, Virginia called Wellspring. Having been employed by a number of different organizations across Northern and Central Virginia over the past decade I have come to learn of the limitations and deficiencies of the insurance-based healthcare system. As an employed physician I have always had my eye on the clock, feeling rushed and pressured to see a higher volume of patients without having the time to perform my job at the highest level. Shifa Institute, with its unique model of practice (Direct Specialty Care), will provide me the venue for giving patients the time and attention I feel they deserve as well as allowing me to focus on the root causes of their health problems. This would mean spending the extra 15-20 minutes educating a patient on diet and lifestyle rather than just prescribing another pill.