As a physician, I have been fortunate enough to practice medicine in a variety of settings. From practicing in office settings to emergency rooms, from serving urban populations to remote and rural communities, from the cold of the Northwest Territories in Canada to the tropics of the Amazon in Brazil, medicine has allowed me the privilege to be in a unique position of helping others at their time of need for healing.
I have been interested in the arts from a very young age and started drawing and painting as a child. I started my education in the arts after an eye emergency took me away from my medical practice for a while. I now make art alongside my practice of medicine and am an advocate for the role of the arts in healing our bodies and minds. As such I am excited to be a part of the Artruism movement bringing art to public medical spaces with the intention of supporting healing and optimal health.
I was born in Iran, my first home, lived the majority of my life in Canada, my adopted home, and currently live and practice emergency medicine in California. All this moving and exposure has helped me see that as humans we are a lot more similar than different from each other. As a doctor I I am humbled to know that our medical efforts to help people recover from their illnesses is only effective because of the body’s miraculous ability to heal. I have seen that healing is only possible from a sacred place of inner peace; beauty in all forms promotes this healing state.
As humans we are hardwired to crave beauty: We seek beauty in landscape, music, art, literature, relationships, love, fashion, religion. Being surrounded by beauty signals to our mind that all is good and safe. This state of calm awareness awakens our creativity, boosts our immune system, and improves our bodies’ chances of healing. The more we can perceive beauty in our surroundings and in ourselves, the more we feel at home in our bodies and are glad to exist.
At Artruism we aim to bring beauty to the places of healing , be it medical offices, hospitals, or public places of gathering. Let us all join to promote wellness by adding to the beauty of our patients’ worlds and enhance their healing journeys.
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