Disha Narang, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Faculty
Joined Rush in July 2016


I am a new faculty member in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, having completed my residency and fellowship training at the University of Chicago. My clinical interests include obesity management and diabetes. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA.

What inspired you to get into your field?

What started as an initial interest in science and medicine led to a commitment to following the progress of patients and advocating for them as they struggle with chronic disease. In addition, I wanted to address healthcare disparities so that I could contribute to the greater good. These are the passions that continue to fuel my enthusiasm for endocrinology and the medical field overall. I was inspired by seeing other people like me who were able to achieve their goals while maintaining a work-life balance.

What excites you about your work at Rush?

What continues to excite me about my work at Rush is its commitment to clinical medicine, patient advocacy, and collaborative efforts to combat obesity.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? 

I would not be where I am today without the involvement of key mentors throughout my life. Through each phase of my life, they have inspired and encouraged me to achieve my goals. I was lucky enough to have mentors whose shoes I could see myself in later in life; this provided me with the encouragement I needed to achieve my goals.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Try to have a niche or area of interest in any field that you pursue. This will set you apart. In most medicine subspecialties, an interest in continuity of care is important because it allows you to build relationships with patients and to follow them throughout their disease course. It is also important to achieve a work-life balance because you will need a support system outside of work.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to travel and eat, even as I try to combat obesity at work! The Chicago food scene is neverboring, and I love to try various cuisines at restaurants around the city. I also enjoy working out and practicing yoga.