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Dr. Ari Babaknia

Professor, Medical Director, Physician Assistant Studies Program
Clinical Faculty
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physician Assistant Studies
Office Location: Rinker Health Science Campus 250
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: (714)744-7024
University of Tehran, Doctorate of Medicine


Is a Johns Hopkins trained Reproductive Endocrinologist who practiced Medicine in Newport Beach, California for 25 years as well as serving as a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, University of California in Irvine. Dr. Babaknia is one of the pioneers of minimally invasive surgery and usage of laser beams in medicine since early 1980’s. In addition to publishing more than 50 research and clinical articles on women’s health and wellness in peer reviewed journals, he is the author and co-author of over dozen books in the field of women’s health. He is the recipient of the National Medical Research Award for excellence in medical research from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Babaknia has been a patron of arts and literature for many years. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Persian Heritage Foundation (1987-2007), as well as member of the Board of Directors of Several other Scientific, Charity and Cultural Foundations. His latest contribution in directing a team of researchers on Holocaust studies for the past 20 years, culminated in publication of a 4-volume ground breaking book about the Holocaust and other genocides of the last one hundred years, in Farsi (Wyman, 2012).

Dr Babaknia has served as the Chairman of the Institute for the Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C. (2011-2013), as well as the Chairman of the Holocaust Remembrance Day of the Orange County, California Jewish Federation (1993-2013). He has been on a national book tour promoting genocide awareness and prevention. Dr Babaknia is the founder of Menorah Foundation which its main mission is: spreading the truth about the Holocaust in the Middle East.

His latest book: “Humanity, NOT“, was released in January 2014.“Humanity, NOT” takes an in-depth look, in words and images, at the captured emotions of the victims, perpetrators, bystanders, and survivors of the Holocaust, told in their own words. Reading first-hand horrifying experiences of the victims as well as some thoughts from philosophers and scholars, help us understand that; “Reaction to the Holocaust has to be other than mere horror and revulsion. It has to be more than empathy with the victims, sharing their fear and some part of their actual suffering".


Nobel Prize Winners (1901-1970), A. Babaknia, M.D., Tehran 1972, Khajeh Press, Inc.

The Use of Progestins in Obstetrics and Gynecology, ed. By R.W. Kistner, Translated to Farsi by: H. Parsa and A. Babaknia, Tehran, 1973, J.S. Saleh, Hospital publications.

Jewish Contributions to Human Civilization, A. Babaknia, M.D. 1992, Persian Jewish Heritage Foundation Press, Newport Beach, CA, U.S.A.

Endometriosis, The 90’s Outlook. 1995 Mazda Publication; Costa Mesa,

Endometriosis, The Most Frequently Asked Questions. Ari Babaknia, M.D. 1996.

Soy: The Right Protein For Improving Your Health,(Irvine, CA. 2003)

Soy:...One Choice For Improving Menopausal Health, (Irvine CA. 2005)

The Holocaust, The Man’s Inhumanity to Man. A. Babaknia, M.D. (ed).4 Volumes (Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies Publication, Washington DC,2012).

Humanity, NOT: Captured Emotions of the Holocaust. A. Babaknia, M.D (Menorah Foundation Press, 2014).