It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing away of our dear alumni and friend, Dr Farah Naeem Khan (MBBS’97), after a long and valiant battle with metastatic angiosarcoma. Farah was known to all as a brilliant and passionate psychiatrist who positively impacted the lives and health of many complex mentally ill patients. To her friends and family, she was the soft spoken, always smiling Farah, who never complained a day in her life despite the many adversities she faced.
Farah is survived by her husband Dr Adeel Rabbani, and her three children Mobeen, 12, Mohsin, 11 and Mohib, 6. She will also be dearly missed by her brothers Dr Zakir Naeem Khan (MBBS ’93) and Zamir Naeem Khan, sister-in-law Dr Mina Saleem Khan (MBBS ’93), and her parents Dr Naeem-uz-Zafar Khan and Dr Zarina Khan. May Allah grant her the highest place in Jannah.
Farah completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and psychiatry residency training at Scott and White in Temple, Texas. Most recently, Farah was in private practice, having established her own practice—Alabama Psychiatry and Counseling. Farah was an astute psychiatrist and businesswoman. Her patients referred to her as someone who was “a great listener”, “easy to get comfortable with” and “a breath of fresh air in the medical field”. Her loved ones recall her kindness and her selfless attention.
Farah also had a great love for animals and loved being surrounded by them—caring for them from a young age instilled a rare deep empathy that was showcased in her interpersonal skills. There were no strangers to Farah, if your paths crossed, you became friends with her.
At AKU, Farah was busy with student activities: the one automatically in charge of yearbooks and T-1/2 magazines and publications. I personally recall that the quadrangle hosted our many gup(chat) sessions, and that her infectious smile brought joy to so many. Farah would maintain meaningful connections with friends and will be remembered and missed within our AKU alumni community and by those whose lives she impacted through her work and personal interactions.
Farah Khan, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.
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Dr Adil H. Haider
Dean, Medical College