Hawa Henderson, DO, MS, MA


Current Resident


Hawa Henderson, DO, MS, MA

Residency Program

Emergency Medicine

Program Year


Medical School

Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Knoxville, Tennessee


I’m from Knoxville, TN, where I also attended the University of Tennessee for my undergraduate studies (Go Vols!). I have a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and community outreach. I enjoy spending time with my friends and traveling in my free time, and I’m always up for trying all the coffee shops in town.

If you have a spouse or significant other, tell us their name and a little about them.
I am married. My husband’s name is Ali Ottman. We recently got married over Thanksgiving weekend in 2021. Ali is originally from Chicago, and he works as a data analyst in the insurance technology sector. He is obsessed with basketball and has a passion for exercise, nutrition, and wellness.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love being outdoors, hiking, gyming, discovering new coffee shops, traveling, and watching anything related to Star Wars.

Tell us an interesting fact about you.
I was named after my maternal grandmother, who was born and lived all her life in North Sudan.

What’s a unique skill you have that you don’t think anyone else in the residency will have?
Although it may be difficult to pinpoint a skill that no one else in the residency will have, I believe that my identity as a visibly Muslim Black woman will add a unique perspective to my residency class.