Dr. Kavian S. Milani
Kavian Milani, MD is a physician, author and social justice activist. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and holds board certification in Family Medicine and has clinical faculty appointments at George Washington University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the non-profit NGO, “Center for Health and Human Rights,” providing medical care and social services for the uninsured and indigent. In September 2012 he co-edited and published “Goftemanhaye Ejtemai’i Moaser” (Discourses of Contemporary Society). He has published peer reviewed academic papers and contributed chapters on Iranian history, manuscript identification, comparative religions and religious including Journal of Iranian Studies and Encyclopaedia Iranica. He is a founding member of Hamzaban Cultural Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors and is a member of the editorial board of Hamzaban, a peer reviewed academic journal of Iranian Studies.
Dr. Kamiar Alaei
Dr. Kamiar Alaei is an expert on HIV/AIDS, International Health and Human Rights. He and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei have been working on issues related to health and human rights for more than a decade, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS patients and drug users.
Drs. Arash and Kamiar Alaei were co-founders of the first “Triangular Clinic” for three target groups: drug users, HIV patients, and STD cases in Iran documented by the WHO/EMRO as a “Best Practice Model” in the region. Dr. Alaei co-authored Iran’s National Strategic Plan for the Control of HIV/AIDS 2002-2007. Together with a group of experts he also authored a major health proposal at a national level, which was awarded $15.8 million by the Global Fund. The National Project focused on controlling HIV/AIDS in a systematic manner, which involved academia, civil society and government.
Since his release and professional appointment at UAlbany, Dr. Alaei has been preparing to return to his area of expertise, focusing on HIV/AIDS policy and management through an academic perspective with a concentration on the Middle East and Central Asia. He has been travelling back and forth to the Pan American Region as a WHO/PAHO consultant to expand health and human rights training programs and develop opportunities for research in the region.
Among several awards he has received, he was recently awarded the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in July 2012, in recognition of efforts to advocate for human rights in the field of HIV, by The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and the International AIDS Society. At present, Dr. Alaei is founding Director of the Institute for Health and Human Rights (University at Albany) with his brother as well as working as the Director of the International Academic Program and Senior Advisor for International Education and Graduate Studies. Dr. Alaei received his MD and MPH in Iran and his Master’s in International Health from Harvard University. He is currently finishing his doctoral degree on Health Policy and Management and starts his new degree on International Human Rights Law at Oxford.
Dr. Azita Moalemi
Azita Moalemi, MD is the current President of Virginia Heart & Vascular Center, PC located in Springfield, VA. Dr. Moalemi graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1992. She completed her internal medicine residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC and Mount Sinai University in New York. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at George Washington University. She served as senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She has served as assistant clinical professor of healthcare sciences at George Washington University. She is board certified in cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Special fields of interest include women and heart disease.
Mr. Farzad Ghassemi
Farzad Ghassemi is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Global Technology Associates, a High-End Technology Consulting Firm in the Washington DC area. He has more than 20 years of technical / management experience in designing and deploying Mobile Networks domestically and internationally. From
1999 to 2005, he served as an Executive Officer / President of Wireless Facilities, Inc. (Nasdaq: WFII). At WFI, he was responsible for their Wireless Network Services Business Unit with an annual revenue of $290 MM. His responsibilities included Engineering and Network Deployment Services globally. Prior to WFI, Farzadheld technical and management positions with BCI Wireless and LCC International. Farzad’s experience and ability to build and grow global organizations is incontrovertible. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and an MBA in Management from Strayer University. He has served on the Board of several Human Right Organizations around the world.
Hamid Taheri, MD
Dr. Hamid Taheri is one of the founding members of Virginia Cardiovascular Associates. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He is currently the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Prince William Hospital. He is an active member of several committees dedicated to improving cardiac performance and quality at Inova Heart & Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Prince William Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention.
Dr. Taheri has served as principal investigator for large clinical trials, and he is currently the Director of Clicical Research at Virginia Cardiovascular Associates. Our clinical department has enabled us to provide access to the latest technology and medications to treat cardiovascular disease. Dr. Taheri is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the George Washington University, where he is involved with teaching residents and fellows.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry with honors from University of Houston, Dr. Taheri attended medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio before moving to Washington, D.C. to complete his Internal Medicine residency at the George Washington University. He completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the George Washington University, a fellowship in Cardiac MRI at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and an Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Northwestern University.
As one of the highest volume interventional cardiologist in Northern Virginia, he has one of the highest seccess rates in performing complex interventions. He has been recognized as one of the top cardiologist in the area by Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, as well as the Consumer’s Research Council of America. His interests include treatment of coronary artery disease, complex endovascular coronary interventions, and peripheral vascular interventions. His work has been featured in the local news and many publications.
Navid Mostofi, MD
Dr. Navid Mostofi, is a 1996 graduate of the Beheshti University Medical School in Tehran, Iran. Dr. Mostofi worked as a general practitioner in Iran for five years, and then joined Temple University in Philadelphia for his internship and neurology specialty training. He continued his training at Georgetown University Hospital by completing a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He has been in private practice in Northern Virginia and Maryland since 2007, providing care to patients with neurological conditions.
Dr. Mostofi is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University Hospital, where he lectures neurology residents and fellows concerning new developments in the treatment of epilepsy. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, and is also a staff member in INOVA Fairfax Hospital, INOVA Alexandia Hospital, and Virginia Hospital Center.
Dr. Mostofi was selected as Best Teaching Resident during his training in Philadelphia, and has received two awards, Best Resident Teacher (2005) and Best Research Presentation of the Year (2006). He also has conducted and published several research projects regarding the treatment of epilepsy and sleep disorders during his residency and fellowship.
Dr. Simin Wong is a community medicine and evidence-based research scientist and health outcomes evaluator. Dr. Wong has an extensive background in strategic knowledge transfer and comparative effective research. Over the years, Dr. Wong has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on several large-scale research studies nationally and internationally. Her responsibilities have included design and oversight in implementation of multiple research projects conducted for Federal governments and universities. Her research studies include epidemiology of cancer, breast cancer and the environment, prevalence study of cervical cancer, nutrition and obesity, physical growth standards among newborns and pre-school children, hearing impairment among infants and preschool children, epidemiology of rheumatic heart disease in developing countries, substance abuse prevention programs, HIV prevention/intervention applications, health information communication development, and assessment of the dietary guidelines for Americans.
One of her most notable accomplishments was helping to launch the College of Medicine Research Center (CMRC) at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia from the ground up. She was appointed by his Excellency Dr. Fahad Al-abduljabbar to manage the medical research center and was responsible for developing research grant policies and application procedures, organizing annual conferences, recruiting and managing the research staff, and developing the health outcomes research infrastructure.
Dr. Wong received her Ph.D. in public health and education from the University of Pittsburgh, and is certified in health outcomes research by Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has published in both domestic and international peer-reviewed scientific journals in a wide range of topics.
Hamid Avin, DDS
Dr. Hamid Ahmadi Avin graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School with multiple honors, including the Quintessence Award for Academic and Clinical Achievement in Restorative Dentistry. He is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and has been recognized by “who is who” for outstanding achievement. Dr. Avin has been a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland Dental School. He was also chosen as top dentist by his peers to be included in the field of Family Dentistry as featured in Virginia Living Magazine and the Washingtonian magazine.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Rana attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor’s in Music with Honors. She is a well-traveled musician having lived in some great musical cities like New York and Austin before settling on Los Angeles. Rana released her first Persian album in September 2015; she followed this release with a 4 month long international (US, Canada, Europe) tour.
Rana has recently been seen as a main performer for Stockholm’s annual Fire Festival to an audience of 25,000 in attendance. She was featured as the highlight performer on Manoto TV’s annual Persian New Year program – a program that typically receives over 50 million viewers.
The music video for her song, “Shohare Pooldar” (Rich Husband), was nominated for Best Short Film during the 7th Annual Farhang Foundation Film Festival. She co-wrote and contributed piano and vocals for the film, Beyond Paradise. Rana has also been seen on the hit Bravo show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, performing her original song, “No Place Like Home”. She was the featured voice for the theme song for the cartoon, Lili and Lola, singing in both English and Farsi. Rana can sing in 7 different languages and her latest video, “Yeraz”, is her first time singing in Armenian.