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At first glance, one might think Dr. Kathryn Dahir has a fascination with bones. She did, after all, transition from an archaeology major in college to an endocrinologist specializing in bone disorders. It’s not the bones that fascinate her, however. It’s the science.
“My research in metabolism is fascinating and really motivates me,” she explains. “I guess in that they both involve the process of discovery, the fields of archaeology and medicine are not dissimilar.”
Dr. Dahir says she sees “patients with rare inherited genetic disorders. It’s fascinating to combine the clinical and research aspects of the field.” And it’s a field that’s broad, encompassing not just rare bone disorders but osteoporosis, parathyroid disorders, and metabolic disorders. To add to her clinical and research responsibilities at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Dahir is also associate fellowship director at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
“You could say I’m very good at multitasking,” she laughs.
The endocrinologist gets even more practice at home, where she’s raising three children. To de-stress after the long days, she runs.
“I run with a group of fellow female physicians—all of whom are marathoners—at Vanderbilt,” says Dr. Dahir, who will be running her tenth marathon this year. “We have a variety of kids and ages between us, and we run a couple of times a week—whenever I can fit it in. It’s very therapeutic.”