P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Arash Fereydooni, 2015

MD, Yale University

Arash Fereydooni is an immigrant from Iran

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Yale University

Arash is currently a vascular surgery resident at Stanford University, training to care for patients with complex vascular disease while also pursuing innovations that improve the clinical care of patients. Arash moved from Iran to the United States in the 11th grade in the pursuit of better educational opportunities. While still learning English, Arash managed to lead his high school's robotics team to second place in a world championship competition, patent aerospace inventions and graduate at the top of his class.

He completed his undergraduate education at Yale University, where in four years, he simultaneously pursued a BS and an MS in Biology and graduated cum laude, with Honors and several academic distinctions. He then received his MD and MHS from Yale School of Medicine in 2020. He received the Surgery Award as well as the Miriam Kathleen Dasey Award for “the strength of character, personal integrity, and academic achievement and promise of fulfilling the ideal of the compassionate physician.” He was also awarded the Samuel J. Graham Scholarship, which is awarded to one student who, “by virtue of clinical excellence, scholarship, and leadership, is considered to have the most promise for a career in academic surgery.”

Arash’s translational and clinical research has led to more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. His research has been recognized by awards from American Heart Association, Society for Vascular Surgery, American College of Surgeons, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and various regional societies. At Yale College, he held various executive roles on student council, and at Yale School of Medicine, he served as his class co-president and was nominated to several Dean’s committees. He is currently on the education committees of prominent national vascular surgery societies.

Influenced by the stories of Afghan refugees in Iran and his own immigration challenges, Arash helped refugees in Connecticut seek out better access to healthcare. He also founded International Aid Organization to raise awareness of Syrian crisis, and co-led the Free Aleppo University Initiative to provide Syrian medical students with educational resources.

  • MS Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology | Yale University 2015
  • BS Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology | Yale University 2015
  • MD Medicine | Yale University
  • The Samuel Jordan Graham Scholarship in Academic Surgery
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