Ali Khawaja, MD


Ali Khawaja, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

UF Health Pulmonary – Medical Specialties – Medical Plaza

TEL: 352-273-8737

MBBS/MDThe Aga Khan UniversityMedicine
ResidencyCleveland Clinic FoundationInternal Medicine
FellowshipMayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic FoundationPulmonary & Critical Care Medicine


  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests:

  • Shock
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural diseases
  • Interstitial lung disease

Board Certifications:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine

Professional Societies:

  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine


  • Excellence in Teaching Award – Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH (2017-2018)
  • Afessa Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement – Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN (2020)
  • Attending of the Year – Voted by the Internal Medicine Residents for Excellence in Teaching – University of Florida (2021-2022)
  • Attending of the Year – Voted by the Internal Medicine Residents for Excellence in Teaching – University of Florida (2022-2023)
  • Exemplary Teacher Award by College of Medicine, University of Florida – 2023


  • Sobani Z, Pervaiz A, Yakub M, Khawaja A, Khan R. Electronic Gaming versus Physical Activity: Effect on Heart. J Pak Med Sci. 2011;1:3-6.
  • Mumtaz K, Ahmed US, Memon S, Khawaja A, Usmani MT, Moatter T, Hamid S, Jafri W. Virological and clinical characteristics of hepatitis delta virus in South Asia. Virol J. 2011;8:312. PMID: 21689416
  • Khawaja A, Shahab A, Hussain SA. Acetaminophen induced Steven Johnson syndrome-toxic epidermal necrolysis overlap. J Pak Med Assoc. 2012;62:524-7. PMID: 22755330
  • Abid S, Khawaja A, Bhimani SA, Ahmad Z, Hamid S, Jafri W. The clinical, endoscopic and histological spectrum of the solitary rectal ulcer syndrome: a single-center experience of 116 cases. BMC Gastroenterol. 2012;12:72. PMID: 22697798
  • Fatimi SH, Bhimani SA, Deedar-Ali-Khawaja R, Khawaja A. Imaging and intervention for coronary artery disease following irradiation of malignant thymoma. J Pak Med Assoc. 2012;62:1248-50. PMID: 23866423
  • Zubairi AB, Salahuddin N, Khawaja A, Awan S, Shah AA, Haque AS, Husain SJ, Rao N, Khan JA. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral montelukast in acute asthma exacerbation. BMC Pulm Med. 2013;13:20. PMID: 23537391
  • Khawaja A, Rao S, Li L, Thompson CL. Sleep duration and breast cancer phenotype. J Cancer Epidemiol. 2013;2013:467927. PMID: 24319459
  • Khawaja A, Zubairi AB, Durrani FK, Zafar A. Etiology and outcome of severe community acquired pneumonia in immunocompetent adults. BMC Infect Dis. 2013;13:94. PMID: 23425298
  • Khawaja A, Aziz W, Nazim SM, Abbas F. An unusual combination of extra-adrenal pheochromocytoma and arteriovenous malformation of the ureter in a young adult. BMJ Case Rep. 2013;2013:bcr2013009491. PMID: 23616332
  • Fatimi SH, Khawaja A, Ali Khawaja RD, Hoda M, Bhimani SA. Benign granulomatous polyp obstructing the bronchus. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2013;23:519-21. PMID: 23823964
  • Bhulani N, Khawaja A, Jafferani A, Baqir M, Ebrahimi R, Sajjad Z. Coronary calcium scoring: are the results comparable to computed tomography coronary angiography for screening coronary artery disease in a South Asian population? BMC Res Notes. 2013;6:279. PMID: 23866861
  • Ali Khawaja RD, Akhtar W, Khawaja A, Irfan H, Naeem M, Memon M. Patient communication in radiology: current status of breaking bad news among radiologists and radiology trainees in Pakistan. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2013; 23:761-3. PMID: 24112271
  • Malik A, Khawaja A, Sheikh L. Wilson’s disease in pregnancy: case series and review of literature. BMC Res Notes. 2013;6:421. PMID: 24139602
  • Naseer M, Khawaja A, Pethani AS, Aleem S. How well can physicians manage tuberculosis? A public-private sector comparison from Karachi, Pakistan. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013;13:439. PMID: 24156568
  • Khawaja A, Maheshwari PK, Haque A, Zubairi AB. A rare aetiology of respiratory failure in a 10-year-old boy: inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour. BMJ Case Rep. 2013;2013:bcr2013201102. PMID: 24248314
  • Kashif W, Khawaja A, Yaqub S, Hussain SA. Clinically significant contrast induced acute kidney injury after non-emergent cardiac catheterization–risk factors and impact on length of hospital stay. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2013;23:842-7. PMID: 24304985
  • Khawaja A, Sonawalla AA, Somani SF, Abid S. Management of bleeding gastric varices: a single session of histoacryl injection may be sufficient. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014;26:661-7. PMID: 24732750
  • Khawaja A, Shahzad H, Kazmi M, Zubairi AB. Clinical course and outcome of acute severe asthma (status asthmaticus) in adults. J Pak Med Assoc. 2014; 64:1292-6. PMID: 25831649
  • Morgan L, Choi H, Reid M, Khawaja A, Mazzone PJ. Frequency of Incidental Findings and Subsequent Evaluation in Low-Dose Computed Tomographic Scans for Lung Cancer Screening. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017;14:1450-1456. PMID: 28421812
  • Khawaja A, Kotloff R. A 31-Year-Old Man With Airflow Obstruction, Intrathoracic Adenopathy, and Pulmonary Nodules. Chest. 2019;155:e55-e59. PMID: 30732704
  • Chalmers S, Khawaja A, Wieruszewski PM, Gajic O, Odeyemi Y. Diagnosis and treatment of acute pulmonary inflammation in critically ill patients: The role of inflammatory biomarkers. World J Crit Care Med. 2019;8:59-71. PMID: 31559145
  • Khawaja A, Arrossi AV, Kotloff RM. Shedding Light on Cystic Lung Disease. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019;16 :1317-1320. PMID: 31573343
  • Samec MJ, Khawaja A, Patel AM, Dugani SB. 80-year-old man with dyspnoea and bilateral groundglass infiltrates: an elusive case of COVID-19. BMJ Case Rep. 2020;13:e236069. PMID: 32467124
  • Raju S, Khawaja A, Wang X, Han X, Mazzone PJ. Lung Cancer Screening: Characteristics of non-participants and potential screening barriers. Clin Lung Cancer. 2020:S1525-7304(19)30333-X. PMID: 32371161
  • Khawaja A, Bartholmai BJ, Rajagopalan S, Karwoski RA, Varghese C, Maldonado F, Peikert T. Do We Need to See to Believe? Radiomics for Lung Nodule Classification and Lung Cancer Risk Stratification. J Thorac Dis. 2020;12:3303-3316. PMID: 32642254
  • Colbenson G, Khawaja A, Baqir M, Wylam M. A 48-Year-Old Woman with Chronic Cough, Dyspnea and Bronchiectasis. Chest. 2020;158(5):e245-e249. PMID: 33160546
  • Mallah H, Altshuler E, Ramnaraign B, Khawaja A. Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in a patient treated with trastuzumab-deruxtecan. BMJ Case Rep. 2023 Feb 20;16(2):e253647. PMID: 36805876