Dr. Maryam Ghavami was born in New York in 1980. After graduating from Ramapo High School in 1998, she attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, from which she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Political Science. She earned her medical degree with the highest honors from Ross University School of Medicine in June of 2007, and began her Pediatric residency at the noted Schneider Children’s Hospital of North Shore hospital in Long Island, New York, on July 1, 2007. Maryam currently lives in New York.
Maryam has been involved in cultural activities since early childhood, including writing poetry and participating in her mother’s classes on Iranian and Armenian music and dance, which led to her taking part in assorted PCHA events, including the trip to the United Nations. Her acclaimed poetry has been published over the past ten years in a number of publications, including Persian Heritage Magazine and Ziba e-Magazine. She is also artistically accomplished in traditional Persian folk dancing, as well as on the piano and violin, having taken part in a range of performances in cultural programs organized by institutions such as the Persian Cultural and Humanitarian Association (PCHA), and the United Nations. Maryam co-founded the Ziba Foundation in 2002, along with her parents. It aims to provide a new platform for the appreciation of the art of Iranian Cultural Continent.
In 2007, she was one of the Masters of Ceremony for a fundraising Gala for the Encyclopedia Iranica. Maryam may belong to the second generation of Iranians born outside of Iran, but the historic artistic and humanitarian gene is in their blood, allowing them to continue as examples of hard work, intelligence and creativity. Despite modern accommodations, they are able to keep their traditional heritage alive and vibrant, in an uphill battle pitting superficiality and materialism against the higher values of being that go unnoticed these days.
In Maryam’s beautiful eyes everybody is equal and deserving of the same level of respect, love and kindness.