Waasil Kareem, M.D., is an interventional pulmonologist and assistant clinical professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. As an interventional pulmonologist, Dr. Kareem provides minimally invasive therapies for lung and thoracic diseases, while providing innovative diagnostic tools and treatments. He is specialized in multiple advanced procedures, including robotic bronchoscopy, medical thoracoscopy, rigid bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, and management of malignant airway obstructive disorders via airway stenting and thermal techniques.
Dr. Kareem received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed postgraduate training in Internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chief resident. He completed his training in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Southern California, where he ultimately became chief fellow. Dr. Kareem pursued further subspecialty training in interventional pulmonology at University of California Los Angeles. Before his medical training, Dr. Kareem worked in biomedical research and in health care policy.
Dr. Kareem strives to listen actively to his patients, answer their questions comprehensively and coherently, and partner with them in navigating treatment. For him, there’s no greater feeling than seeing that a patient can breathe without difficulty again after a short procedure.
Dr. Kareem is fluent in Urdu and Hindi. Outside of work, he enjoys rooting for his favorite sports teams and spending time with his wife and young daughter.
2021, Board Eligible in Interventional Pulmonology – American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
2020, Board Eligible in Critical Care Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
2019, Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
2016, Board Certified in Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
2020, Interventional Pulmonology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
2019-2020, Chief Fellow, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, California
2017-2020, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, California
2016-2017, Chief Medical Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital – University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013-2016, Internal Medicine Intern/Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital – University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2021-present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Ronaghi R, Kareem W, et al. The Safety and Efficacy of Bronchoscopy in Patients with Metastatic Intracranial Space Occupying Lesion. Clinical Pulmonary Medicine 26:6 178-180; Nov 2019.
Ronaghi R, Kareem W, et al. Moderate Sedation versus General Anesthesia in EBUS-TBNA in an Academic Center. Accepted for publication to Clinical Pulmonary Medicine. Publication pending 2020.
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