PM&R Resident, NewYork Presbyterian- Columbia & Cornell
Zainab Shirazi received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020. She is currently completing her residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at NewYork Presbyterian- Columbia & Cornell. Zainab helped launch Stanford’s Lifestyle Medicine Initiative and is planning to pursue a fellowship in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on exercise as a key lifestyle behavior.
Zainab served as the national graduate student representative for the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) initiative. She has personal training certifications in CrossFit and Extreme Performance Training (XPT), specializing in functional movement and underwater workouts. Both fitness programs focus on improving overall functionality by building mental resilience and physical versatility. In her free time, she enjoys strength training, running, rock climbing, and group HIIT classes.
“Throughout my medical training, I have noticed that key lifestyle behaviors— like exercise, diet, and sleep— are often glossed over in patient care. Many people who are told to ‘exercise more’ and ‘eat better’ are left wondering how exactly to implement healthy lifestyle changes that are most suitable for them. I became a lifestyle medicine advocate in hopes of empowering people to take control of their overall health and well-being through simple yet impactful changes! Lifestyle medicine represents a huge shift towards patient-centered care and I am really excited to continue implementing this tool throughout my career in PM&R and ultimately Sports Medicine.”