Partners in Hope Program
In his role as Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacist at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, Ashkan Khabazian, PharmD, works with physicians to select the proper medications for patients . Also involved in charitable giving, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian donates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers numerous ways for contributors to get involved in its work with children. One such way is through the Partners in Hope program. By participating in the program, monthly donors can help alleviate the cost of health care for children with life-altering diseases. Donations help provide children access to leading-edge treatments, such as proton therapy, which is the safest and most powerful treatment for cancer in children.
By participating in the Partners in Hope program, donors contribute not only to treatment but also to research initiatives, such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. Through this groundbreaking project, St. Jude’s has sequenced more than 700 types of cancer that affect children.
Dr. Ashkan Khabazian serves as the emergency department clinical pharmacist at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California, where he helps provide optimal pharmacotherapy to patients. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian is committed to fitness and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
One of the most challenging martial arts to master, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has increased in popularity with the rise of MMA fighting, as it is one of the primary styles employed by competitors in these sports. It isn’t just a practice for professional fighters, though; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a lot to offer the amateur.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches the value of continuous effort, and beginners often find themselves tossed about the mat and easily submitted. With hard work, however, it won’t be long before the amateur begins to see progress, and isn’t beaten so easily. Achievements in the sport are easily measurable, and lessons are translated over to everyday life as well.
Additionally, there are many health benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The practice is beneficial because it teaches the practitioner to use his or her body as a single unit rather than different components. Since many people tend to do fragmented, sedentary activities throughout the day (sitting in chairs, on the couch, etc.) the body adjusts to moving in suboptimal ways. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotes natural movement and flexibility, leading to greater mobility and overall increased musculoskeletal health.
St. Jude Researchers
An experienced San Diego pharmacist, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian holds a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and completed his postdoctoral work at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. A committed philanthropist, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian regularly provides financial support to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Clinical researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital say they have found immune cells that help prevent mice from contracting lung infections during simulated chemotherapy. The results of the study were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences peer-reviewed journal.
These immune cells were found to remain within the lungs of the mice over a one-month period once activated. When introduced into mice whose neutrophils were compromised from chemotherapy treatment, these cells provided protection from life-threatening lung infections.
Researchers admit they do not yet fully understand how these cells survive the conditions of chemotherapy, but they have ruled out other methods that cells typically use to ward off radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
With more than 15 years of pharmacological experience, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian holds a doctor of pharmacy and has residency experience in infectious diseases, ambulatory care, pharmacy management, and numerous other specialties. Currently, Dr. Ashkan Khabazian holds the position of emergency department clinical specialist at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California.
Sharp HealthCare is a nonprofit health care provider with more than 2,500 affiliated doctors throughout seven hospitals and a variety of other facilities and services, including urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities. Further, the organization offers specialized programs for eating disorders, pediatrics, senior care, and mental health.
Each of Sharp’s four acute-care hospitals is home to a 24-hour emergency room. One location is ranked in the top 10 percent of U.S. emergency departments, and another uses the Rapid Medical Evaluation method to ensure fast and accurate patient diagnosis and treatment. A third location (Sharp Memorial Hospital) serves as the designated trauma center for all of San Diego County.