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Dr. Nassim Assefi


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Selected Media Coverage 
MEDICC made a 2 minute video about why Nassim wanted to join their leadership team and you can watch it here.

Nassim was a guest on Eric Liu's Seattle Voices show. Click here to watch the 30 minute interview.

Nassim had a conversation about refugees with UNHCR Chief Spokesperson Melissa Fleming at TEDSummit 2016. Click here to watch the 28 minute discussion. 

Nassim wrote (with Dr. Brian Levine) and narrated a TEDEd lesson on the science of in vitro fertilization. Watch the 6.5 minute animation here
Nassim was interviewed for Author Magazine by William Kenower. Click here to view the interview and then click on Nassim Assefi.

Nassim was interviewed at Edmonds Community College by Marcia Woodard. Click here to view the 38 minute video.

Nassim was one of two judges for TED as part of the Lincoln Reimagine Project. Watch a short video about the art-tech installation here.  

Nassim interviewed doctor-novelist Khaled Hosseini on stage for Seattle Arts and Lectures at Benaroya Hall. Click here to view an excerpt. 
Nassim was a guest on Ryan Ross's Fierce Focus Podcast. Click here to listen to the 75 minute interview (scroll down to find my name).

Nassim was a guest on Nancy Pearl's Book Lust TV show. Click here to listen to the 30 minute interview.

Nassim was interviewed on NPR by Steve Scher of KUOW's Weekday program.  Click here to listen. 

Nassim was interviewed on NPR by Ross Reynold's of KUOW's The Conversation about the Iranian immigrant community. Click here to listen to the 18 minute interview. 
Nassim was a featured guest on three shows on Reach MD radio--one on global health volunteering, another on war's impact on public health, and a third on her first novel.


As part of the 2011 Jack Straw Writing Fellowship, Nassim has a podcast from an interview and reading from the opening of her new novel, Say I Am You. Click here to access.




Interview from the TED Blog

Coverage of TEDMED 2014 from the TED Blog

Interview about Nassim's session at TEDGlobal 2013 from the TED Blog

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Article from Seattle Magazine on her TEDx conference.
Article on my work in Afghanistan from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
Seattle Post Intelligencer article on her work in Afghanistan


Seattle Post Intelligencer article on her clinical trial of Reiki


Latest News

In October, Nassim joined the leadership team of MEDICC as its executive director.  MEDICC promotes US-Cuba health collaboration and highlights Cuba's public health approaches to inform the quest for health equity worldwide. After 25 years of studying global health systems--starting with a year of family planning research with the Ministry of Health in Iran in 1991--and fighting for health as a basic human right, Nassim is thrilled and honored to work with MEDICC, an organization she has admired for more than a decade that is at the leading edge of showing the world that health for all is possible, even on a low budget. You can learn more about Nassim's new work here

Her new life chapter follows four wonderful years at TEDMED (three of which included directing stage curation and speaker performance) and a 3 month creative sabbatical, during which time she launched a new podcast with Debra Jarvis called The Art of Risk (available on podcast platforms everywhere starting early 2017), and spent a lot of time in nature unplugged from her devices.  Nassim had fun being on the other side of the mic in a long-form interview by Ryan Ross of the Fierce Focus show. 

In her seventh year as a TED Fellow, Nassim continues to be very active in the TED Community. She recently hosted a concert at TEDSummit, took part in a live conversation about refugees with UNHCR Chief Spokesperson Melissa Fleming, and published a TEDEd lesson with Dr. Brian Levine on the science of artificial babymaking. TEDxRainier lives on, now as TEDxSeattle, and is in its 7th year.    

Doctoring takes many forms these days--from human rights work to tech consulting to being a drop-in primary care doctor at her beloved Country Doctor Community Health Clinics.  

Nassim's latest literary publications are a chapter in Tremors, an anthology of new fiction by Iranian-American authors, edited by  Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim. She also has an entry in Hedgebrook's cookbook.

One of Nassim's long-term dreams is a Peace Center based in Beirut that focuses on Middle Eastern women, soft power, and reconciliation across national borders, languages, ethnicities, and religions. To that end, she has had great fun participating in various races of the Beirut Marathon and curating a TED talk by the amazing May el Khalil about it (Running in the Beirut Marathon as part of a multinational peace team in 2011 while very pregnant caused quite a stir).

Watch this space for more news, or you can always follow Nassim's latest thoughts and discoveries on her twitter page