Dr. Arash Akhavein went to medical school at Tehran Azad Medical University in Tehran, Iran. He was among the top in his class and also aced the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE). Dr. Akhavein moved to Boston, MA, in 2008 and worked as a research fellow in Molecular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, followed by clinical urology research at Massachusetts General Hospital (both major teaching hospitals for Harvard Medical School).
Being the son of a urologist, Dr. Akhavein was always drawn to this specialty in medical school. Subsequently, he completed a urology residency at University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, from 2010 to 2015. During residency, he continued his research with a focus on kidney stones and presented abstracts at the American Urological Association (AUA) meetings. Dr. Akhavein received a best abstract award at the 2013 annual meeting in San Diego, CA, for his research in stone disease.
After completion of his urology residency, Dr. Akhavein underwent one year of fellowship subspecialty training in advanced endourology and stone disease at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio under Dr. Manoj Monga (an international authority on endourology and stone disease and current secretary of the AUA). This allowed him to fine tune his minimally invasive endoscopic skills and become familiar with cutting edge treatment and prevention methods for kidney stones.
Languages that Dr. Akhavein speaks include English and Farsi (Persian). He has relatives and friends in Southern California and has spent almost all of his vacations in SoCal, finally deciding to live and work here. Besides urology and treating patients, things that Dr. Akhavein is passionate about include serious music (classical, jazz, fusion and rock), preferably played through audiophile equipment, cinema and film festivals, gourmet cooking, and hiking in nature.