Neda Shaghaghi, DO
Dr. Shaghaghi joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2021. She is a resident physician in training at the Family Medicine Clinic – Island East. Dr. Shaghaghi earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Shaghaghi earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Shaghaghi is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Dr. Shaghaghi's academic and clinical interests include Global Health, Integrative Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Dermatology.
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM DR. SHAGHAGHI
Hello and Welcome! I am a native Houstonian, and I am so
grateful to be at UTMB for my residency training. I grew up coming to Galveston
on the weekends with my family and exploring the island with friends as a
teenager. I had close relatives that worked at UTMB and I knew what an integral
role the system played in providing care for the community and surrounding
areas. With that said, I am very excited to be a part of such a wonderful
I attended the University of Texas at Austin for my
undergraduate studies, where I studied Biology along with completing a
certificate in Business Foundations. During this time, I was able to volunteer
in free clinics and provide healthcare to the underserved and homeless
populations in Austin. Along with community outreach, I served as the
Advertising Director for my pre-med honor society. My role was to assist in
recruiting physicians and healthcare professionals to provide career insight
and guidance for pre-med students. Listening to family medicine physicians,
alongside volunteering, helped solidify my desire to pursue primary care. I was
intrigued by the diversity of the field and involvement with patients of all
After completing my Bachelor’s, I decided to stay in Austin and work
as a scribe in an allergy and immunology clinic. I worked with both DO’s, MD’s
and mid-level providers. This increased my exposure to the variety of styles
and techniques of healthcare professionals and encouraged me to pursue a
Master’s degree in Medical Sciences at UNTHSC in Fort Worth, Texas. After my
Master’s, I was accepted into medical school at Burrell College of Osteopathic
Medicine in Las Cruces, NM. Living in one of the top 3 states with the highest
poverty rate, I witnessed firsthand the lack of resources and coverage
available to the population. Requiring physicians and health care systems to
adjust to the resources and means they had available. I transitioned to El
Paso, TX for my clinical rotations in medical school. Here I was exposed to rural
and border health problems. Along with high poverty rate and limited resources,
barriers included linguistic/cultural differences, shortage of healthcare
providers, and lack of insurance with immigrant patients. This exposure
increasingly grew my desires for family medicine as I could directly provide
primary care to these individuals. However, after being away from family for
>10 years, I knew I wanted to be close to home for residency. Therefore, I
am so happy to be at a supportive program such as UTMB with a wide diversity of
patients and pathologies and excellent attending physicians!
My interests are broad focusing on primary care in all aspects.
However, I am interested in preventative health, global health, dermatology,
and academic medicine. I am grateful to be at UTMB where I have gotten
excellent exposure to many of these fields in just a few short months in my
first year of residency!