About Salar A. Khan

Salar A. Khan, MD, MBA, FACA, FCCP, DTCD, MCPS, has been serving as a Research Compliance Officer (RCO) at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVAMC) in Chicago since 2009. As an expert, Dr. Khan has discovered his hidden talents and intuition related to clinical work as a consulting physician, pulmonologist, psychiatrist, and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Khan has also garnered leadership skills as chief of medicine, director of medical services, hospital director, CEO, and research compliance director while working in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. Before becoming an RCO, he held various positions at JBVAMC between 2000 and 2009. Dr. Khan served as a medical administration specialist, VA merit review grant administrator, and the Acting Director of Westside Institute for Science and Education. Dr. Khan was an Operating Room Buyer and Materials Manager at Michael Reese Hospital, Acting Supervisor and Central Processing /Materials Manager/Surgical Assistant at Edgewater Medical Center between 1996 and 2000. 

Between 1980 and 1984, Dr. Khan treated approximately 18,000 patients during his urology, general surgery, internal medicine, and neurology residencies and as a primary care physician at various clinics. He gained patient management experience to improve prompt, on-the-spot diagnoses for establishing a solid foundation for his future clinical intuition. 

 Between 1985 and 1987, Dr. Khan was an Attending Physician at Karachi Psychiatry Hospital in Pakistan. He oversaw psychiatric wards, examined and managed patients with psychiatric illnesses, and treated over 9,000 patients. During his tenure from 1988 to 1993 as Attending Internal Medicine, Psychiatrist, and Pulmonologist, Chief of Medicine, Chief of Staff and Hospital Director at Al-Midhnab General Hospital, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Khan treated over 65,650 patients, managed day-to-day administrative activities, supervised 350 medical/paramedical staff, performed clinical duties, worked in the academic/clinical/research arena, supervised funds, confidential files, quality management and budget development, acted as chairman of various hospital committees, and directly collaborated and built consensus with the Board of Directors.

As an Associate Professor of Medicine, he taught one hundred final- year medical students, fifty dental college students, and saw inpatients and outpatients at Baqai Medical University and Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, from 1993 to 1994.

Dr. Khan also garnered excellence in patient care, as well as the mindset, skillset, and knowledge necessary to successfully diagnose rare cases with minimal diagnostic testing. He commenced using passion, inspiration, and motivation to build self-confidence to unlock his abilities and quick decision-making skills to treat complicated patients without costly laboratory tests. His remarkable career and unparalleled accomplishments can be found in his book, Unlocking the Natural-Born Leader’s Abilities: An Autobiographical Exposé.

After earning his medical degree from Dow Medical College & Civil Hospital, Karachi University at Karachi, Pakistan, in 1979, Dr. Khan completed a Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases at Ojah Institute, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan in 1983. In 1985, he received his MCPS training in chest diseases from the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan. A Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) and the American College of Angiology (FACA), Dr. Khan holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from American Century University, School of Business, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

As an RCO, Dr. Khan has played an instrumental role in establishing the new Jesse Brown Institutional Review Board (JB- IRB), a critical part of the research program dedicated to advancing excellence in healthcare for veterans. His unparalleled understanding of the regulations and research oversight, together with his scientific background contributed to the success of the project. Dr. Khan also closely collaborated with research service staff at JBVAMC, the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at the University of Illinois (Chicago), Northwestern University, and Midwest Office of Research Oversight (ORO). While establishing the JB-IRB, Dr. Khan demonstrated outstanding leadership and managerial practices. Among other duties, he audited approximately quarter of a million pages of documents to improve workflow and efficiency.

Dr. Khan is a lifetime member of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America (APPNA) since 2012, the National Association of Distinguished Professionals (NADP), since 2013, the International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP) since 2015, and the International Association of Who’s Who since 2015. He is also a featured member of the Covington Who’s Who and the Continental Who’s Who (CWW). On December 10th, 2016, CWW published his article “The Value of Clinical Intuition: Kids also Get Drug Side Effects” in the Inner Circle Executive magazine. In 2022, Dr. Khan was included in the Top 100 Registry Magazine’s “Top

100 Doctors” issue. His outstanding career achievement and exemplary leadership skills were also recognized and received the Lifetime Achievement in Medicine & Leadership Award in 2022.

Notably, Dr. Khan is an award-winning author. After reading a fictional novel in high school, he started training his mind to improve his critical thinking. This has led Dr. Khan to unfold his intellectual dimension, which helps him to find innovative solutions for complex issues. Through his books, Dr. Khan aims to highlight the importance of intuition, insightfulness, self-confidence, intrinsic motivation, integrity, communication, patience and composure, open-mindedness, courage, compassion, and optimism. Thus far, he has written and published three books. Unlocking the Natural-Born Leader’s Abilities: An Autobiographical Exposé (2017) is a book designed to provide perspective on leadership, helping readers to learn to lead and overcome hurdles. He explores the subject of self-improvement in Am I Burned Out at Work? A Self Care Solution (2019), which also presents solutions people can implement in their lives with some practice and attention. His book Shaping the Future of Global Leadership: Finding A Peaceful Solution (2020) is a political science book that explores how to find and train global leaders to create a more peaceful and just world. His books have earned him the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs), he was a finalist for the Book Excellence Award by Literary Excellence Incorporated, a finalist for the Pacific Book Award and the NIEA (National Indie Excellence Awards), and a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Dr. Khan also received five out of five stars from Readers Favorite.

As a highly accomplished individual, Dr. Khan has mastered the concept of intuition throughout the years. He defines this abstract concept as an instinct that is subconsciously developed through the various experiences one undergoes in life. Dr. Khan explains it as the art of integrating nonverbal information that a patient presents to reach a diagnosis, reducing the need for diagnostic testing. He uses it to avoid invasive and costly procedures by making accurate on-the-spot diagnoses and treating the patient conservatively with pharmacotherapy and lifestyle changes before considering a more aggressive treatment. He believes that, along with other skills, clinical intuition can help to realize the ideal of holistic patient care.

Through his numerous leadership roles, Dr. Khan has also evolved his leadership intuition. He praises his self-confidence, ascertainment of risks, understanding of situations, and decision- making skills that have aided him in expanding his leadership intuition. As he describes in his books, self-confidence is an integral skill of an effective leader. Self-confidence includes not only the ability to make prompt decisions but also problem-solving and how to make corrections. His experiences in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the USA have molded his ability to make life-altering decisions with great precision and self-confidence. His tenure at the JBVAMC has further developed his leadership skills.

As a testament to his career, Dr. Khan has received numerous awards and accolades. He is the recipient of the Award of Distinction by the International Association of Who’s Who and the Award of the Leading Physician of the World 2015 Doctors of Excellence. Dr. Khan has received Special Contributions /Incentive Awards (2005 to 2012) as well as the Chicago Federal Employee of the Year Award (2006). He was a Service to America Medal nominee (from 2006 to 2008), a Spirit of Jesse Brown Award nominee (from 2007 to 2016), a Chicago Federal Employee of the Year Outstanding Team Award nominee (2009, 2012, 2013), and a Management Excellence Award nominee (2016). He was also the Employee of the Year in 1997 at EdgeWater Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, after successfully and independently saving several hundreds of dollars for the medical center. Dr. Khan has also received international recognition from Saudi Arabia under the Ministry of Health, such as Best Hospital

Administrator (1993), Enhancing Hospital Reputation (1992), Excellent Job Performance & Best Practices (1990), and Best Hospital Employee (1989). Highly praised by his peers and patients, Dr. Khan enjoys cooking, photography, and cricket. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

Please visit his webpage at www.doctorsalarkhan.com and the Dr. Salar Khan BOOKS YouTube Channel, where you can find his book trailers and various interviews.


We tried the central coast of California for over a year but realized that it did not work for us. So the move to Texas feels like going back home since I spent twenty-three years in Houston. Our new home in the Texas Hill country is lovely and reminiscent of our refuge in Northern Nevada: a remote, peaceful… sacred place.

After a year of working on The Reluctant Queen, I’m back with Plausible Liars. You may recall that I quit working on the story because I could not do justice to my antagonist in Plausible Liars. Plausible Liars has an entirely new plot line with the year hiatus: that complex antagonist is gone. However, my favorite characters and friends are back: Kate Townsend, the investigative reporter; Zach Cunningham, the criminal defense attorney. And a host of others. I think the move to Texas might be integral to this story.