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Dr. Shiva Saboori '80 to be 2017 Commencement Speaker

Cushing has announced that Dr. Shiva Saboori ’80 will be the speaker for Cushing’s 142nd Commencement on May 27, 2017.

A family physician and HIV Specialist, Dr. Saboori has dedicated her career to outreach, education, and the treatment of HIV positive patients, including pregnant women and their children.

Originally from Abadan, Iran, Dr. Saboori spent her junior and senior years at Cushing, following her elder brother Mehran Saboori '78.  The valedictorian of the Class of 1980, she was active in modern dance, the International Club, and tennis. She also did an independant study with Dr. Johanningsmeier, helping him test water samples from the nearby rivers.

While she was fully engaged in her new life at Cushing, the Iranian Revolution took place in her homeland, which had a profound impact on her personal life. You can read more about the effect of the Iranian Revolution on her experience at Cushing in our magazine, Cushing Today.

After Cushing, Dr. Saboori continued her education at Tufts University, where she received her bachelor's degree in biology, followed by her MD.  She completed her post-graduate training at the University of California San Francisco and then launched her intensive focus on the care of HIV positive patients, at a time when much was still unknown and misunderstood about the virus.  We are proud of her pioneering spirit and many contributions to her profession and community.

Balancing her commitment to science and medicine, Dr. Saboori continues to pursue her love of writing, focusing on multi-cultural life experiences. She's even earned some recognition for her writing!  She and her husband live in Massachusetts and are the proud parents of a daughter, who is a sophomore in high school.  

This is the seventh year in a row that Cushing’s graduation speaker has been an alumnus/a. Previous alumni speakers include Pete Snyder '90, Jay Massirman '76, Nate Berkus '90, Meghan Duggan '06, John Cena '95, and Will Day '89.

Pictured: Shiva Saboori in her 1980 yearbook photo

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