Dr. Bobeck Modjtahedi is the recipient of this year’s UC Davis College of Biological Sciences Young Alumnus Award.
Modjtahedi, the son of two graduates of the Ph.D. program in economics at UCD, was raised in Davis where he continues to have deep ties to the community and university. He completed his undergraduate degree, medical school, internal medicine internship and ophthalmology residency at UCD prior to departing for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (a Harvard teaching hospital) this year for a two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship.
Dr. Modjtahedi majored in biochemistry and molecular biology at UCD while graduating in three years with highest honors, a departmental citation, and nomination to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He additionally was awarded the Robert Murdoch Memorial and Yampol-Egerman scholarships during his undergraduate career.
During his undergraduate time, he started to work with renowned researcher Dr. Howard Maibach at UC San Francisco who served as his early clinical and research mentor. This is a relationship that continues to this day.
He continued his education at the UCD School of Medicine, being selected for a prestigious Regent Scholarship. During medical school he was a co-director of the Shifa Community Clinic and performed extensive research. He helped considerably expand the services of the Shifa Clinic during his time there.
He was awarded the School of Medicine (University) Medal, the highest award available to a graduate of the University of California system, which is given to the student who best demonstrates the qualities of leadership, scholarship and a respect for human life.
Dr. Modjtahedi went on to complete his internal medicine internship and ophthalmology residency at UCD, continuing his research under the mentorship of physicians including Mark J. Mannis, Ivan R. Schwab and Lawrence S. Morse. His work has been widely read and cited in the literature. He has served as a reviewer for six scientific journals.
Dr. Modjtahedi was awarded the UCD Housestaff Professionalism award this year, which is given to one resident in the UC Davis Health system who exemplifies the attributes of professionalism. He also has been a mentor to countless undergraduate and medical students who have gone on to have their own academic success.