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Scholarship established honoring beloved WVU Medicine physician

A West Virginia University School of Medicine alumnus has established a scholarship honoring Rashida Khakoo, MD, professor and infectious disease section chief within the School of Medicine.

John Holloway, MD, a 1979 graduate of the School of Medicine, said Khakoo left a tremendous impact on him and his medical career.

“I wanted to have an impact on students’ medical careers, and creating a scholarship in Dr. Khakoo’s name was a way to offer support for students and also honor a physician who shaped my future as a physician,” Dr. Holloway said. “The burden of debt was not something I had to worry about when I graduated, and I don’t want students to worry about it either.”

Dr. Holloway said he also chose to establish the scholarship following his positive experience at a School of Medicine scholarship event, which allowed for him to see how grateful students were toward donors and private philanthropic efforts.

The Rashida Khakoo Medical Scholarship will be awarded during the 2018-2019 academic year to any second, third or fourth-year medical student who demonstrates academic merit or financial need.

Dr. Khakoo was selected for a Clinical Teacher Award in 2016 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and is described has “sincerely dedicated to the work of teaching our future generations of WVU medical professionals about the field of infectious diseases,” according to Arif Sarwari, MD, chairman for the Department of Medicine.

To make a gift to the School of Medicine, please contact Clare Flanagan, assistant vice president for Health Sciences Development, at 304-293-0788 or; or contact Patty Lonsbary, director of development for the School of Medicine, at 304-293-1448 or

This gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.

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