Brookhaven College holds a special place in the hearts of alumni lovebirds Maham Rahimi and his wife Nazanin Majdzadeh-Koohbanani. It was at Brookhaven where their story began as a couple, and also paved the way to becoming successful doctors of medicine.
On Aug. 28, 2001, the pair first met in organic chemistry class. Nazanin clearly recalls the laboratory where they not only studied the foundations of molecules, elements and chemical reactions that would eventually lead them to medicine, but they began talking and getting to know each other.
Within six months, their relationship was exclusive and together they became involved in campus activities and served as active members of Phi Theta Kappa. Nazanin remembers peaceful spots on campus she and Maham would frequent before running to the next class.
“The library is definitely memorable for both of us,” she said. “That’s where we had our very first conversations about our future plans.”
In fall 2002, Maham transferred to Southern Methodist University and Nazanin to University of Texas at Dallas. At SMU, Maham received a bachelor’s in biochemistry and a master’s in medicinal chemistry. Nazanin received a Bachelor of Science in biology, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology.
Nazanin and Maham officially married in 2007, but the wedding celebration came instead on New Year’s Day in 2010 to accommodate family travel.
Maham went on to complete his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from a combined program offered by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas Southwestern. Afterward, both attended and received their medical degrees from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. After graduation in 2012, Nazanin completed an internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, New York, while Maham explored surgery programs at various New York City hospitals.
Today, they are physicians at the University of Cincinnati—Maham a vascular surgeon and Nazanin a neurologist.
“I will never forget Brookhaven College,” Nazanin says.