Physician and Davis & Elkins College alumnus Dr. Bijan Goodarzi ’77 has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at his alma mater.
The chief medical officer and medical director of Women’s Health at Muskingum Valley Health Centers in Ohio, Goodarzi received the 2021 Davis & Elkins College Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his significant contributions to health care.
“D&E is proud to have Dr. Bijan Goodarzi as an alumnus and honored to welcome him as a new member of our Board of Trustees,” said Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood. “Dr. Goodarzi has achieved a stellar career in the medical profession. He credits his alma mater with preparing him for a meaningful and purposeful life. Through his Board service, he intends to ensure D&E remains vital for students today and for generations to come.”
Goodarzi began his career at Women’s Health Specialists in Zanesville, Ohio, and later pioneered a hospital-based prenatal care program. The program later shifted to Muskingum Valley Health Center. In 2018, it was named the Dr. Bijan Joseph Goodarzi Health Center in honor of the caring physician, who along with MVHC founder Chuck Hunter, established it.
He also dedicated his career to additional sectors of the medical profession by working as a clinical instructor and medical director.
Goodarzi shares a long history with Davis & Elkins College. Both of his parents – Dr. Manucher Goodarzi ’48 and the late Kathryn Elward Goodarzi ’49, as well as his uncle, the late Joseph Elward ’50 – are alumni.
“It is a privilege and an honor to serve on the Board of Trustees,” Goodarzi said. “I have been blessed to have had the education at D&E, to make lifelong friends and memories, and to have known great professors. I hope I can live up to this high standard.”
After graduating D&E cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1977, Goodarzi went on to attend medical school at Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. He completed his residency at Akron City Hospital in Ohio.
Goodarzi is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio.