Do you have a moment in your life from which you mark all other events? Dentist anesthesiologist, Dr. Asaad Khan would most likely say that defining moment for him was when he was 18 years old and just starting dental school in Pakistan. Asaad and his younger brother lost both their parents in a six month span. His mom, an ob/gyn, died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism and six months later, his dad, a managing director with Pfizer, was killed in a motor vehicle accident. Suddenly Asaad and his younger brother were orphans living with their grandmother. Asaad describes this time as being the toughest period he has ever lived through. Not only did he have to work through the grief of losing his parents, but also the financial challenges that losing them precipitated. Where others may have become bitter or despairing, this turning point in Asaad’s life helped him become the resilient, compassionate and life-celebrating person he is today.
Born and Raised in Karachi, Pakistan
Asaad was born in coastal Karachi, Pakistan in 1976 and describes himself as having been a normal Pakistani kid. He fondly recalls growing up in a strong-knit community of neighbors where everyone felt like family. He enjoyed sports and earned several trophies in squash, cricket and badminton. He also loved music and playing guitar, an activity he still enjoys to this day. Asaad states that Karachi is much like Florida in climate and that he and his friends also enjoyed going to the beach.
Influenced by his parents, who both worked in the medical field, Asaad went straight into dental school from high school. Asaad says it was as though he could still feel the support and approval of his parents through school as he worked toward his dreams. He knew they wanted him and his brother to succeed. After completing his Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery at Baqai Dental College in Karachi, Asaad decided to come to America to continue his education and acquire advanced certifications in dentistry.
Coming to America
Dr. Khan applied and was accepted into the University of Alabama – Birmingham to get his master’s degree in dental biomaterials research. He decided to go back to dental school here in the States so he continued his education at the NYU School of Dentistry. After receiving his second degree in dentistry, Asaad practiced as a general dentist for a time.
When he arrived in Arizona, Asaad had been practicing general dentistry for about 8 years. He wanted to become more specialized, and through research and talking with friends, discovered becoming a dentist anesthesiologist would be a terrific fit for his skill set and compassionate heart. It was while he was doing his residency in dental anesthesiology that Asaad met Dr. Anthony Caputo. Dr. Khan began working with Dr. Caputo at Southwest Dental Anesthesia in 2014. Asaad now lives in Phoenix and enjoys that he gets to travel all over the state of Arizona to treat his patients.
Lutheran Medical Center | Brooklyn, U.S.A | Dental Anesthesiology Residency
New York University College of Dentistry at New York |Doctor of Dental Surgery (NERB License)
University of Alabama at Birmingham | M.S. in Dental Biomaterials
Baqai Dental College at Karachi, Pakistan | Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Best Research Project at Lutheran Medical Center Dental Anesthesiology Residency
Chief Resident for the Dental Biomaterial Residency program at University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Honors student in Oro-facial Pain and TMD clinical program at NYU.
Top producer for clinical procedures at NYU college of Dentistry.
1st Prize at the table clinic at National Dental Conference in Lahore, Pakistan.
Urdu | Native language and read/write with high proficiency
Hindi | Speak fluently
English | Speak, read, and write with high proficiency
Punjabi | Speak fluently
Editor for Arizona General Dentistry Chapter
Member of Columbus Dental Society By-laws Committee
American Dental Association
American Student Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Pakistan Dental Association