Dr. Vafa Tabatabaie received her medical degree from Shahid Beheshti Medical University in Tehran, Iran. After several years of research on thyroid cancer in Toronto, Canada, she came to Montefiore in 2007, initially as a clinical observer and then as a researcher in the Division of Endocrinology under the direction of Drs. Norman Fleischer and Martin Surks. She graduated from the Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2011, during which her enthusiasm and teaching skills were recognized with the Award for Outstanding House Officer in Internal Medicine, and completed the Endocrinology Fellowship Program in 2013. She joined the Einstein Montefiore Division of Endocrinology faculty later that year.
Dr. Tabatabaie is the Program Director for Endocrine Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also the Director of Fracture Liaison Services, a multi-disciplinary team of Endocrinologist, Geriatricians and Orthopedic Surgeons focused on secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures. Dr Tabatabaie is one of the founding members of Transgender Interest Group at Montefiore/Einstein. Her clinical research interests include endocrine issues in the elderly, especially metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis, as well as thyroid cancer. She has contributed to the field of endocrinology by writing journal articles, presenting posters at national endocrine meetings, and authoring a web-based education product focusing on nodular thyroid disease.