At Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, we care for women and children from preconception, to long after the birth of the child. We are dedicated to obstetrics, gynecology and fetal intervention because we know to improve the health of children, we must start with mothers. To help you get to know our physicians better, we decided to sit down with them and do a short Q&A.
Learn more about Dr. Nina Ali, specialist in gynecologic and obstetric care, below:
What is your role at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women?
I am a specialist in gynecologic and obstetric care and on faculty with Baylor College of Medicine as an assistant professor. The care I provide patients includes annual exams, pregnancy care, management of menstrual disorders and gynecologic surgeries. I also have a special interest in menopausal health, preventive care and hormone replacement and help run the Menopause Center at the Pavilion for Women.
How long have you worked for Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women?
Since opening day in March 2012!
Would you rather live in the mountains or at the beach?
The mountains; I grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge parkway, so mountains and hills remind me of home. Still, I love to get away to the beach whenever possible.
What advice would you give new parents?
Know it will be hard, but so rewarding. You will figure out your own system on how to take care of your baby. Accept help when you need it.
Why did you choose to work in women’s health?
I love the medical field generally and liked almost every rotation in medical school. Women’s care was the most rewarding for me because it offered a personal relationship with patients, was mostly happy and every day was a different challenge.
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
My patients – in so many ways. Every day they challenge me to think about new problems, difficult procedures and unique situations. You get to know patients and their families over time, so some clinic days I feel like I am visiting with friends all day long.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
When covering labor and delivery, anything can happen and you always have to be mentally ready to think fast and act quickly.
What was the best piece of advice given to you?
MD stands for makes decisions – that’s my job.
What makes Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women so unique?
The facility is beautiful and offers a place where women can receive specialized care for all stages of life.
Where is your favorite place to visit?
Anywhere with my family. There are so many places to see in the world, I don’t often go to the same place twice.
Do you have kids?
I have three girls.
If you weren’t in the medical field, what would you be?
A journalist or a teacher.
Are you originally from Houston? If not, where are you from?
I grew up in North Carolina and have lived in Houston for 15 years.
Where did you attend school?
I attended undergrad at the University of North Carolina and medical school at Duke University.