Saira Malik Rahman


Saira Malik Rahman is a visual artist and pediatrician in South Bend, Indiana. She received her formal art training at University of Chicago with dual concentrations in the Visual Arts and the Biological Sciences. She later graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency at Loyola University Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital where she further delved into the intersections of Medicine and Art.

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Press, Publications, Shows, Teaching:

April 2016 -

March 2014 to present - Designing/teaching art workshop for elementary school children

June 2013 to present – Paintings featured in International Museum of Women Online exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices,

2009-2014 – Paintings auctioned to benefit charities (Reins of Life, Humanity First, Suzuki-Orff School of Music, Human Development Foundation.)

March 2011- Exhibition at MWA Celebration of the Muslim Woman in Oak Brook, Illinois.

October 2010 – Group exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center, “Chicago to Lahore: Connecting Edge.”

January 2009-January 2010
Paintings on exhibit at the Research and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago

Spring 2009
Featured in APPNA Journal,
A publication of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America

November, 2008
Lecture and Fine Art solo exhibition entitled,
“Medicine and Art: Past and Present,”
The John P. McGovern, MD Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit as part of the Medical Humanities Certificate Program at the University of Texas Medical School.

August, 2008
Cover art for "Academic Medicine, Journal of American Medical Colleges,"

October-December, 2008
Group show: Science in Art
The University of Chicago, Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences.

May, 2006
Exhibition and lecture entitled,
"Science and Art: Healing Passion,"
Loyola University College of Medicine

Summer 2004
Featured in M-Cubed Magazine

December 2002 – May 2003
Designed elective in the Medical Humanities for the medical school curriculum at the University of Illinois. My project, “Medicine from the Tip of the Artist’s Brush” involved creating a series of paintings inspired by my interactions in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The artwork was shared during a month-long exhibition at the College of Medicine.

May 2003
Featured in Spring issue of UIC Medicine Magazine

May 2000, 2001, 2003
Drawings and paintings featured in "Body Electric,"
Literary journal of University of Illinois College of Medicine

January – May 1999
Study abroad – tutorials on Art History, the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

April, 1998
Group show for Visual Art majors, featured paintings on South Asian culture and identity, The University of Chicago.