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Dr. Nassim Assefi


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Nassim Assefi is a doctor, novelist, creative curator, civic activist, and TEDGlobal Fellow. In October, she joined the leadership team at MEDICC as its executive director. An internist specializing in global women’s health, she cares for vulnerable urban patients (including doing torture evaluations of refugees seeking political asylum) in the US and tackles maternal mortality when working in low-income and post-conflict countries (most recently in Afghanistan).  She is the author of Aria (Harcourt 2007 & 5 foreign translations &  audiobook) and Say I Am You (forthcoming). She serves as an adviser to non-profit organizations and start-ups--from Hedgebrook to ZocDoc.  As Director of Stage Content at TEDMED from 2013-2016, she led the curation team and stage direction of the health and medicine edition of the TED conferences.  A second generation Iranian-American, bridge-builder and global-nomad, she has traveled to more than 50 countries and speaks five languages. Recent honors include a Woman of Courage award by the University of Washington, Top 40 Under 40 Feminist by Feminist Press, and being named one of the best doctors by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital residency program. Her favorite self-description is thrillionaire.

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For her written work, Nassim is represented by the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency.

For speaking engagements, Nassim is represented on a non-exclusive basis by The Lavin Agency