Navid Pourtaheri | Persian/Iranian Plastic Surgeon in Cleveland, OH
Dr Navid Pourtaheri was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in New Orleans, LA. His parents immigrated to the
The United States from Iran several years before Navid and his two brothers were born.
His two brothers are Orthopedic Surgeons.
Navid is currently a Plastic Surgery resident in Cleveland, Ohio. His wife Melissa is also a Plastic Surgery resident.
Navid’s specific passion in Plastic Surgery involves reconstructive surgery of the face.
After completing a residency in June 2019, Navid intends to pursue a fellowship in Craniofacial surgery and to work at an academic health centre.
For hobbies, Navid enjoys cooking, travelling, swimming, and spending time with family.
Navid learned Farsi from his grandmother who is now 96 years old and has been his spiritual guide in life.
LANGUAGE English Farsi
The Duke Med Elementary program was founded at the Duke University School of Medicine in the 2008-2009 academic year by a first-year medical student,
Navid Pourtaheri. Realizing that childhood obesity was a growing problem in Durham and that the human body was being taught to local third-grade students,
Navid began lunch-based field trips as a means for local 3rd-grade students to spend a day talking about the human body with medical students in a fun and exciting way and to discuss personal health choices.
The natural draw of the excited and curious third graders toward the recently acquired medical knowledge of the medical students showcased the start of a great partnership.
A formal curriculum for the field trips was then developed to focus on key subjects that would allow the elementary school students a way to explore their bodies through science and make informed healthy choices on their own.
Dr Navid Pourtaheri is Iranian Plastic Surgeon in Cleveland, OH
The third-grade field trips now feature two visits focused on (1) cardiovascular anatomy, health, and exercise, and (2) gastrointestinal anatomy, health, and nutrition.
Navid Pourtaheri and Melodi Javid, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recipients 2010 In 2010, Navid Pourtaheri recruited another Duke medical student Melodi Javid as a partner to help expand the program.
Receiving the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, they develop weekend conferences to build on what the students learned in the third grade.
Fourth and fifth graders are now invited back to Duke Medical School to engage in Saturday conferences. By the end of the day, the kids learn to read graphs and tables, perform critical thinking, work as a group, and collect data.
The program has been a huge success with the elementary schools, the medical student volunteers, and the community as documented in several school and city news articles published over the years. 2016-2017 Officers: