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Yasaman Lajevardi, MSPAS – MPH, 2021

Alumni Scholarship Candidate


Tachycardia, a condition that includes difficulty breathing, chest pain, and shortness of breath, is something that Yasaman Lajevardi, MSPAS-MPH, 2021, has dealt with on a daily basis since she was born. She was diagnosed with a heart condition called Tricuspid Valve Atresia and told she would not live past 21 years of age. She uses a pacemaker and gets her heart checked every six months. But Lajevardi, now 25, is fighting the odds and fueling a life in helping others.

Lajevardi was born in Oakland, CA, and was raised between Santa Rosa and Fresno by her parents who migrated to the United States from Iran in hopes of making a better life for their children. Growing up in a low income household, Lajevardi began to support herself financially when she was 16 years old and put herself through college at UC San Diego and now at Touro University California (TUC). She regularly applies for grants, scholarships and loans because every little bit helps.

Lajevardi chose to pursue a medical career because of the medical experiences she had growing up. Due to her illness, she was constantly in and out of the doctor’s office, and often times, Lajevardi and her family didn’t understand what the doctors were telling them. But they found a Physician Assistant (PA) who took the time to thoroughly explain Lajevardi’s condition. It was this lifelong experience that helped Lajevardi realize her passion of becoming a PA.

As a student in the Joint MSPAS/MPH program, Lajevardi has downsized her living space, shared books with colleagues and used any resource she could find. With the support of the alumni scholarship, Lajevardi would have one less burden, be they books or medical supplies, to worry about.

At TUC, Lajevardi is chasing her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant. But she doesn't have to do it alone.

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