The Long and Tumultuous Journey of My Life

by A. Cyrus Tahernia



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 05/12/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 299
ISBN : 9781425742409

About the Book

This Memoir entitled ‘The Long and Tumultuous Journey of My Life” consists of 183 pages with 112 interior pictures, most of immediate family pictures. It contains 10 chapters. Chapter One: portrays the first 24 years of author’s personal and professional life. It illustrates the difficulty of author’s life living in desolated area because of his father military assignments. It shows author’s anxiety about the Second World War and occupation of his beloved country by foreign troops. It also gives information about his personal life, his immediate family, Persian traditions and customs and his father being prisoner of war. It demonstrates his feeling toward living in different localities with different cultures and environments. It also describes his elementary, high school and medical schools and how he endured numerous examinations and hardships.

Chapter Two: deals with his postgraduate study and training in different hospitals and difficulty to get familiar with American culture and society. How he finished Internship, Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, during latter of which, he met his future wife. He went through several examinations to be American Board Certified in the field of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology by passing written part of Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology examination and to an academic career.

Chapter Three: contains author’s marriage and having three beautiful children. He obtained academic medical career and was promoted to associate professor. This was one of best part of author’s personal and professional life in watching his children growth and success in his job.

Chapter Four: portrays author’s sabbatical leave from the University and being quite successful in training, and passing the oral portion of American Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology to become Board Certified in American Sub- Board of Pediatric Cardiology. Academically author published four scientific papers in the prestigious medical journals during one year. This academic achievement caused some difficulty in his work due to the jealousy and inferiority complex of his colleagues. Chapter Five: explains happy and successful life at the beginning of his highest career but it caused author’s adverse health problems and nervous breakdown . This part of author’s life dealt with hard work in administration, teaching medical students, training pediatric residents, patient’s care and conducting research as being Full Professor and Chairman of the Department. He was also as Visiting Professor in the University of Pennsylvania and establishment of exchange program for faculties and residents between our department and the department of pediatric at the University of Pennsylvania. This period was another productive life academically by publishing numerous scientific publications and expansion of the department in every direction but to encounter budgetary problem and nepotism by University administration.

Chapter Six: describes my difficulty working in prejudiced, hostile and notorious medical community and facing a great of deal of jealousy and dishonesty in my profession. At least I and my family were well accepted in the community. This period was accompanied by great deal of author’s children’s achievement academically and athletically. They brought a slew of trophies and awards and straight A. Author witnessed tremendous success in his children. This period also coincided with a lot of travel abroad and quite a few number of medical presentations locally, nationally and Internationally this chapter has been divided into Section A and B which represents two different era of author’s personal and professional life. Chapter Seven: was the best part of my life personally and professionally. I had the best productivity academically and financially. I was treated as a celebrity and being popular, and liked by my patients and colleagues. There was a big demand for my work not in th

About the Author

Cyrus Tahernia, MD, graduated from Tehran University School of Medicine with a laureate degree. The author came to the USA for his postgraduate training in the field of pediatrics and pediatric cardiology in prestigious teaching institutions. The author met his wife at the end of the training, and he also became an American citizen. By training, the author is certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology. He is a fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) cardiology section and fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC). He held the position of professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and later on as clinical professor and director of both pediatric cardiology and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). He was a visiting professor in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of twenty-nine scientific peer-reviewed publications in American and British medical journals and also the author of two recent books entitled The Long and Tumultuous Journey of My Life and Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?, which were published in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He was a reviewer of two pediatric cardiology books. He has been involved in research studies of American lifestyle, particularly in the field of pediatric preventive cardiology, especially the problems of obesity, dietary regimen, and exercise. His book entitled Lifestyle Is Driving Us Toward Impending Demise. consists of fifteen chapters with prologue, epilogue, and appendix. Each chapter contains a variety of important and contemporary hot topics, such as health care, immigration, and airport dilemmas.