Women's Health Texas – Austin

Dr. Ikbal’s travels abroad inspired her to empower women

Dr. Ikbal describes why she always treats patients the way she’d like to be treated and how listening is an essential skill to her job.

Video Transcript

My name is Natasha Ikbal and I moved around a little bit growing up. I’ve lived in California and Malaysia but I grew up mainly in Houston and now I call Austin home.

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I always knew that I wanted to do medicine and it’s something that I always envisioned that I would do since I was young. I always had a strong interest in women’s health issues and in college I had the opportunity to study abroad in a third world country and that really cemented my interest in this area of medicine and while I was there I had the opportunity to see how women are challenged on a daily basis with the healthcare deficiencies in their country and with a little bit of education they had a huge impact on their lives, their families lives and their communities and so I wanted to be able to make a little bit of difference by getting into women’s health issues and also empowering these women that are very similar to them and by empowering them helping them better their lives for themselves and for their families and hopefully bettering it for their communities as well.

Well I’m lucky that my practice manages and delivers high risk referral patients from Austin and surrounding areas and there’s a high need that some of these patients have unexpected complications during their pregnancy so we have the opportunity to care for them and as far as gynecological surgery goes I’m really proud of the fact that my partners and I practice newest and latest technology and enhanced techniques so that we can minimalize their hospital stays and decrease their post-operative pain and also decrease it a recovery time.

My philosophy of patient care is that I’m a patient too and I understand that it’s important to be considered an individual and not a number so that means on time appointments, listening to what my patients have to say, making sure that they don’t feel like they’re being herded through and so that they have enough time for me to listen to what their problem is and making sure that I have enough time to give them sound medical advice and I think one of the most important things that I learned in medical school was that if you take the time to listen to your patients they’ll tell you what’s wrong.

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I’m an avid runner and I think anyone that knows me knows that I love to run I also love to bake which is something i enjoy but i’m not that good at and family is a really important part of my life and I’m lucky that all my family’s here in Texas so family time is really important to me. I don’t really have a lot of interesting things about me other than that I mentioned I was an avid runner and I thought about it and since College since I’ve run about every week without fail it’s turned out to be about 40,000 miles which if you do the math is about eight round trips from New York to LA and I make it a point when I travel throughout the country to go running in these different countries throughout the world so I’ve seen the sunrise on the Colosseum in Rome, I’ve run through rainforest in Costa Rica and Malaysia and I’ve had the opportunity to go through run through Australia and New Zealand so i really take the opportunity to know these places from a different perspective when I go running.