Join Dr. Sami as she speaks with Kevin Mortazavi about being queer, badass great-grandmothers, Kevin's non-profit, medical student hardships, the importance of being an empathetic healthcare provider with knowledge on LGBTQIA+ people, how to build a non-profit, being a minority and gay in the medical community, and literally everything under the rainbow!
Kevin Mortazavi (he/him/his) is currently a MD candidate at University of California, Davis where he is involved in advocacy to reduce the health inequities faced by the LGBTQ+ community and improve access to reproductive and abortion care. Before attending medical school, he graduated cum laude in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside and completed a master’s in public mental health, health disparities, and health inequalities at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completing his MD, he intends to continue his medical training to become an Emergency Medicine physician followed by law school. He aspires to use his medical, public health, and legal expertise to advocate for policy reform to improve the health, socioeconomic standing, and quality of life for marginalized communities. In addition to his work in healthcare, Kevin established The Dr. Montakhab Foundation in memory of his great-grandmother who was a revolutionary embryologist. This non-profit provides scholarships and helps empower women, refugees, and non-traditional students in STEM by reducing the economic burden of higher education and mentoring their scholarship recipients. To date they have donated over $26,000 to establish such scholarships and have committed to donating another $10,000 in 2021. Presently, they continue to seek donors so that they may continue their efforts to reduce barriers to higher education. For more information about The Dr. Montakhab Foundation, or to donate, please visit https://thedrmfoundation.com/ or find us on Facebook.
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