Haris Vakil, MD
Dr. Vakil joined The Department of Family Medicine in 2020. He is a resident physician in training at the Family Medicine Clinic - Island East. Dr. Vakil earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and a minor in Healthcare Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Doctorate of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Vakil is also a Physician Healer Scholar.
Dr. Vakil is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
Dr. Vakil's academic and clinical interests include sports medicine, public health and a team approach to healthcare.
A Personal Note from Dr. Vakil
Growing up in Houston and being a native Texan for my entire life was rewarded with the opportunity to stay and train at the best family medicine program in the best state! I have been blessed to have the opportunity to stay with UTMB after falling in love with the institution as a medical student.
Throughout my medical school career, I not only experienced a diverse patient population to care for, but also understood the value of providing care in a mindful, harmonious way. As a Physician Healer Scholar, I was trained on improving my skills in communication, empathy, and understanding patient needs. I was always so fascinated with the patient in totality and how our healthcare team could best address individual concerns. I knew that if there was such an emphasis on this kind of training at the level of UTMB’s medical school, that their residency program would also be a catalyst for my goals of providing comprehensive, compassionate care.
Having been a former student athlete myself, I wanted to attend UTMB because of our Sports Medicine and Track and the work we do with the local Galveston school district. One of my goals as a Family Medicine physician is to sharpen my skills with athletes - taking care of acute injuries, rehabilitation, or even the psychological demands to perform and represent one’s school. I have joined UTMB in working collaboratively at all levels to care for our patients much akin to these athletes playing alongside each other as teammates, working towards a common goal.
As a measure of my gratitude for the opportunities in education and professional development to this wonderful state, I look forward to continuing my practice here in Texas and would love to pursue my passion for Sports Medicine with a fellowship to follow residency. Aside from this niche of everything included in sports, my other hobbies include traveling, reading, critiquing film, and working on cars!