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Dr. Vafaie was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Kingsville, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee. She earned her bachelor's degree in Biology and English Literature, graduating magna cum laude from Rice University in Houston, and earned her M.D. from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She completed her pediatrics residency at the Baylor College of Medicine, which is at Texas Children's Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Vafaie has earned a number of awards, including the Macnamara Award for Contributions to Child Health and Safety, and the Milton B. Rosenbluth Foundation Travel Grant, for medical study abroad. In her senior year of medical school, she studied tropical infectious diseases in East Africa and South India, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Queensland in Australia. She has two publications: Advocacy 101: A Guide for Young Pediatricians, and "Medicating Life?" in Let Me Listen to Your Heart, a collection of essays edited by David Svahn, M.D., and Alan Kozak, M.D.
Dr. Vafaie is married to her high school sweetheart, Ryan, who is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Parkland Hospital. They have one daughter, Adelaide, who has been filling their lives with laughter since April, 2008. On her days off, she enjoys volunteering at Central Dallas Ministries Community Health Services.
Dr. Vafaie is grateful that her patients have taught her Spanish. She also speaks conversational Persian (Farsi).
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