Alum Ram Mostafavi: Ophthalmology Resident

Jessica Terrizzi, Staff Writer

Rambod Mostafavi (2001)  has many fond memories of HHS. He says that he met some of his closest friends here, who he still sees on a weekly basis. Also, he credits Hawthorne High School with preparing him well for college.

After graduating high school, Mostafavi attended Rutgers University. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in chemistry. He then went on to further his education, earning a medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in 2009.

Mostafavi is currently a second year Ophthalmology Resident at SUNY Downstate Department of Ophthalmology in Brooklyn, NY. His job is to help restore sight by medical or surgical means.

“I love what I do,” Mostafavi said. “Ophthalmology provides a variety of surgeries that can provide almost immediate improvement in one’s quality of life. I enjoy the gratitude that patients show, which is a constant reminder why I chose medicine as a career. I also love that the advances in the field of ophthalmology are constantly evolving.”

In recollecting his days at Hawthorne High School, Mostafavi said, “I didn’t appreciate the education I received at HHS until freshman year of college. Classes like chemistry, calculus, biology, and physics became review courses since they were taught so well in high school. I owe a lot the teachers of HHS, especially the math and science department, for preparing me so well for what was to come.”