Country Roads Lead Urologist, Robotic Surgeon to Mon Health
Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Mon Health urologist and medical director of Robotic Surgery Jaschar Shakuri-Rad followed his older sister to the United States as a teenager.
But it wasn’t until his senior year of high school – when he moved to Parkersburg, WV – that he found his home.
Maybe it was meeting his high school sweetheart and now wife, Whitney Braham Shakuri-Rad, or maybe it was the beauty of the Mountain State, but for Dr. Shakuri-Rad, West Virginia was the first place that truly felt like home.
After graduating from Parkersburg High School, Dr. Shakuri-Rad attended West Virginia University where he majored in chemistry and German. He attended medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, where he graduated valedictorian.
Dr. Shakuri-Rad completed his residency in urological surgery under the umbrella of Michigan State University Urology Consortium at Metro Health – University of Michigan Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.
“West Virginia is the only place I’ve stayed more than 2 years, and it always felt like home. I’ve felt most at peace while living here,” he said.
So when Dr. Shakuri-Rad had the opportunity to move his family back home, he did.
He joined Mon Health Urology in July, bringing with him the latest in minimally-invasive urological surgery.
“Whitney’s family has lived in West Virginia for generations, so it’s great to have an opportunity to raise our children near her family, around people who have the same values,” he said.
He added that living in Morgantown will allow his children to have the same opportunities that they’d have anywhere else.
“This is a cultured and progressive area,” he said. “And I feel like my state needs me. We have this perception that we’re a poor, unhealthy state. When kids move out, they never come back. Whitney and I wanted to come back.”
Q&A with Dr. Shakuri-Rad
Q: Why did you want to become a doctor?
It allows me to use all my skills and knowledge to help others heal. Osteopathic medicine stresses the importance of mind, body and spirit, and by focusing on these I hope to provide the best care to the people of West Virginia.
Q: What song do you know all of the words to by heart?
“Take Me Home, Country Roads”
Q: What is your most-treasured possession?
My memories – they are timeless treasures.
Q: What was your first paying job?
I started distributing newspapers on my bicycle at age 11.
Q: What’s a quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
Each failure is a brick that paves the road to ultimate success. Never give up as you may only be one brick away from reaching your dreams.
Q: Do you have any ways you like to give back/volunteer?
To get to this point in my life, I’ve been mentored and taught by many people. I hope to do the same for the people of West Virginia who wish to pursue their dreams.