Saira S Kalia, MD, MBBS

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Associate Residency Program Director

Saira Kalia, MD, MBBS, was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, where earned her medical degree at Aga Khan University. Dr. Kalia’s residency was completed at the University of Arizona in Tucson, during which time she earned the American Psychiatric Association’s Resident Recognition Award. Dr. Kalia wears many hats: she is a perinatal psychiatrist, an educator, and serves as the Associate Training Director for the Department of Psychiatry Residency program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, as the organizer for the Psychiatry Department’s Perinatal Psychiatry Track, and as the Outpatient Medical Director at Banner - University Medical Center South. Dr. Kalia is well regarded in the Tucson community and has earned numerous accolades for her role as an educator and for her patient-centered care. Most recently, she earned the Arizona Psychiatric Society’s Howard E. Wuslin Excellence in Education Award in 2020.

Research/Clinical Interests

Perinatal Psychiatry, Medical Education, Administration, Ethics

Professional Affiliations 

American Psychiatric AssociationArizona Psychiatric Society, Association for Academic PsychiatristsAmerican Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency TrainingMarcé of North America, The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

  • MD: Aga Khan University
Honors and Awards
  • 2020: Howard E Wuslin Excellence in Education Award
  • University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry Tucson, 2016
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology