"When I'm in the rural fields of Guatemala and a woman is laboring with her untrained birth attendant, and she looks lost and scared, I am reminded of the gravity of the work that I do. Witnessing this reminds me how serious the life of a beautiful baby can be."
Being a mother and a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology has shaped the way Tara Shirazian sees the world.
Motherhood is fraught with countless variables - even in the wealthiest nations. In low resource countries, women are aware of their poor chances for a safe delivery, free of complications for both the mother and child.
The fact that woman in 2015 could go without trained healthcare workers or the necessary medical supplies in the birthing process is wholly unacceptable to Dr. Shirazian. She feels strongly that no woman should have to die in the process of giving life.
Since 2009 when Tara was a new obgyn attending, she took action and launched Saving Mothers, a nonprofit dedicated to improving maternal health worldwide. Now, through funding and medical volunteerism, she and her team at Saving Mothers offer women and their health care providers the tools they need to ensure healthy pregnancies and deliveries worldwide. After only a decade, Dr. Shirazian leads a highly successful organization -- fundraising, recruiting health provider volunteers for medical missions, and developing healthcare training for the school for POWHER in multiple different locations in Guatemala.
As Director of Global Women's Health program at CGPH, Dr. Shirazian helps mothers around the world by training the next generation of global health practitioners and public health leaders in health methodologies and techniques to lower maternal mortality worldwide. Dr. Shirazian travels with medical and nursing students and a team of licensed gynecologists multiple times per year to screen and offer obstetric care to women in rural Guatemala, provide surgical care and training in the DR and provide obstetric care and training in Kenya. As the physician that launched the successful Global Women's Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Shirazian hopes to connect just as many physicians, nurses and medical students with the opportunity to gain invaluable international experience.
Dr. Shirazian has held numerous leadership positions in her field including the National JFCAC chair for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and served on the USAID task force, Survive and Thrive, dedicated to reducing global maternal mortality. She most recently has been appointed to the Brown Women's Laedership Council to President Paxon. She has also been honored with many institutional and national teaching awards for trainee education including the APGO Excellence in teaching award, and multiple publications, abstracts and presentations nationally and internationally in the field of Global Women's Health.
Dr. Shirazian received her medical degree through the accelerated program at Brown University Medical School.