Zia Ghavami was born in September 1946 in Maibod, Iran. He was a graduate of Amir Kabir High School in Tehran before being accepted to Jondi Shapour University, School of Medicine in 1966. He graduated with the highest honors in 1973.
Following two years’ mandatory service as an army physician, he emigrated to the United States in June of 1975. Following a pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma and a pediatric endocrinology fellowship in New York, he entered private practice in New York and New Jersey. In addition he has participated on the teaching staff at Montefiore Hospital Medical Center (MHMC), a teaching hospital of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Yeshiva University, since 1984.
Dr. Ghavami believes that good pediatrics are the first step in raising a physically and mentally healthy generation capable of shaping a society that offers a better, safer quality of life for all. His devotion to medicine is respectively comparable to his personal dedication and social contributions towards celebrating the art of Iranian cultural continent and global humanitarianism. His work in this field, aside from his own personal contributions of literature and poetry, include involvement with the Persian Cultural and Humanitarian Association, the co-founding of the Persian Cultural Foundation, the co-founding of the Ziba Foundation and the co-founding of the International Short Film Festival: Independent Films on Iran.