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By Liz Markhlevskaya, Patch Staff | 



PORTSMOUTH, NH — The Families First community health center in Portsmouth is welcoming Kasra Djalayer as its new primary care physician. Djalayer comes to Families First with 30 years of experience and education in medicine, including obesity medicine, geriatrics, rheumatology, clinical immunology and dementia. He has previously studied and worked in Spain, Quatar, United Kingdon and most of the states in New England.

Djalayer, who speaks four languages, came to Families First in November as a substitute physician before joining the organization on a permanent basis. He said he decided to make a commitment to Families First because of the “friendly, warm environment and the empathy I find among staff, as well as the opportunities for collaboration and co-production.”

Djalayer went to both business school and medical school. He said that in business school, he had learned that empathy, collaboration and co-production are what create the right environment for excellence.

“This is what I find at Families First — the right environment to take care of patients in the best manner,” he said.

Djalayer earned his medical degree from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1989. He completed a fellowship at the University of Vermont in rheumatology and clinical immunology, a residency with Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Connecticut, and a mini-fellowship in geriatric medicine at Stanford University. He has a postgraduate subspecialty diploma in rheumatology and clinical immunology from the University of South Wales, a subspecialty in obesity medicine from Harvard University, and a senior diplomate in disability medicine. In addition, Djalayer has an MBA and an Executive MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, focused on international healthcare leadership management.

Djalayer is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Obesity Medicine. He speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Families First is a community health center that provides general medical care for people of all ages and income levels, as well as dental care, prenatal care, parenting and family programs, and mobile health care for people who are homeless. Families First is part of Greater Seacoast Community Health, which also includes Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Lilac City Pediatrics in Rochester. The organization is one of New Hampshire’s largest community health centers, serving about 16,000 local adults and children, many of them uninsured, underinsured or lacking access to affordable, quality health care.

Families First can be reached at 603-422-8208 or
By Liz Markhlevskaya, Patch Staff | 

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