Reeha Shahdad


"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, within your way of thinking" ~Marcus Aurelius

My name is Reeha Shahdad and I am a senior at Frisco High School. Through the Independent Study & Mentorship Program, I will be studying neonatology this year. I aspire to become a neonatologist due to my passion towards neonate care and caring for others throughout my life. Outside of school, I am on the Outreach Team of organizations such as the Purple Hydrangea Project and Youth in Dentistry, as well as being a part of the Fellowship Team in the Homegirl Project. I'm thankful to be able to explore my interest in psychiatry throughout this school year and potentially make an academic difference in the realm of neonate care.

Through my independent study, I aim to form an educated understanding of neonatology. Through careful research and the mentorship of a professional, I will create a final product that academically contributes to the realm of neonate care. Using dedication, self-awareness, and passion, I hope to progress in my journey to utilize the opportunities I have to better myself as a person and a future physician.


About ISM image
The mission of FISD’s Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) program is to provide
advanced academic students an opportunity to conduct a self-directed, in-depth study of a
topic of their choice while gaining real-world experience under the tutelage of a mentor in the community. The program will provide an environment that allows ISM students to explore future career interests, to develop a professional product, and to serve their community.

Dr. Imran Mir

Dr. Mir is a graduate of Government Medical College in Kashmir, India. He completed his internship and pediatric residency at the Oklahoma University Children's Hospital, Oklahoma City. He then obtained his training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at UT Southwestern. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Mir’s love for infants and passion for science is his inspiration for devoting his life to neonatology. His research interests are currently focused on studying brain injury in neonates and role of placental biology in neonatal morbidities. When he’s not working, he enjoys listening to semi-classical Indian music and spending time with his wife and two children. In addition to English, Dr. Mir speaks Kashmiri, Hindi and Urdu. Thank you so much for guiding my learning!