Esther Khatibi MD

A LITTLE ABOUT ME – My last name is Persian (from Iran) and is pronounced Cat-tee-bee.  I was born in a small town in Kentucky and not long after our family moved to the Chicago area. I was raised most of my life in the Chicago area and only got the chance to move to the great state of Texas when I applied to the Family Medicine Residency Program here.

I am happily married to the love of my life. We have two children that keep us busy, help us stay sharp, and fill our lives with love and laughter. As a family, we enjoy traveling, furry four legged pets, and sweets of any kind!

MY PASSION

Before I became a physician, I was a teacher. I love teaching! I never gave up teaching, even after becoming a physician.  I love to teach my patients and learn from them as well. Also, I have worked and continue to work part-time with the Corpus Christi Family Medicine Residency Program to teach  physicians.

I have a passion for the underserved, international patients, and women’s health. I love different cultures and learning about different customs.  My first language is English, but in college I started learning Spanish and completed a Spanish immersion program in Costa Rica.  My neighborhood in Chicago was Spanish speaking as well as the church I attended there. I later went on to work with a community health physician in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. During medical school, I completed a Masters in Global Health in Dublin, Ireland.  These experiences gave me insight to how healthcare differs in other countries and how the US healthcare system is the most expensive, yet not always the best. I have always thought that excellent healthcare should be available to all.

MY MOTIVATION

My passion along with my life experiences have motivated me to open a non-traditional clinic and provide direct primary care.  I am not hindered by insurance companies as far as billing codes and whether or not they will pay for the visit or labs.  I have the freedom to take care of my patients one visit at a time without fear of them being charged for more visits. I do not have to rush or make patients wait because I have unrealistic quotas to meet. My patients do not have to wait for a nurse to call them back when they have an urgent question or concern. They can contact their doctor and their doctor can contact them directly.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Bachelor of Science – University of Illinois at Chicago

Doctor of Medicine – Southern Illinois University

Master of Science Global Health – Trinity University Dublin, Ireland

Family Medicine Residency – Christus Health Texas A&M Corpus Christi

  • Chief Resident
  • Shannon Award for Enthusiasm and Devotion to Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Women’s Health Fellowship – Corpus Christi

  • High Risk Pregnancies
  • Surgical Obstetrics including Cesareans

Faculty, Assistant Program Director, and Obstetrics and Women’s Health Fellowship Director

  • Train physicians in obstetrics and primary care

South Texas Family Planning Health Corporation

  • Colposcopy and LEEP Clinic for abnormal paps

Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend

  • Volunteer