Anna Riyaz Wani, MD Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Anna Wani, M.D., is a family physician who practices pediatric sleep medicine at Children’s Health℠.
Dr. Wani has a special interest in caring for children with insomnia and parasomnia (sleep walking and sleep talking behaviors). She also has an interest in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for children who struggle with sleep apnea.
Dr. Wani earned her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine on the island of Dominica in the West Indies in 2012. She completed her family medicine residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2016. While there, Dr. Wani served as chief resident, receiving the chief resident award, a CARE (Community, Action, Research, Empowerment) award and an award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In 2017, she completed a fellowship in sleep medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Wani currently serves as an assistant professor at UT Southwestern in both family medicine and pediatrics.
Dr. Wani was inspired to study medicine while hiking in India years ago. Her group came across a nomad family that had no access to medical care. Afterward, she decided to become a doctor so she could be empowered to help families who need care.
Her favorite quote is from the late author, Dr. Maya Angelou: “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.”
As a doctor, she tries to live by that philosophy. “With a career in medicine, you’re constantly learning. You can ‘give back’ by caring for patients in your community and through teaching,” says Dr. Wani. “It’s a blessing to be in that position.”
Dr. Wani was born in northern India and grew up in Canada. She speaks English, Urdu and Hindi.
Away from the hospital, Dr. Wani loves to travel, cook and immerse herself in books. She enjoys volunteering in the community and with her children’s PTA.