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Afghan Refugee, Now in AZ, Hopes to Publish Book of Escaping Taliban

An Afghan refugee who arrived in Arizona less than two months ago hopes to publish all her journal entries into a book about how she and her family escaped the Taliban. She is one of hundreds of Afghan refugees that have arrived, and more could still come.

Shahrzad Saririan, MD — director of the Wesley Refugee Health Clinic, as well as director of the Primary Care Scholars Program and a clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix — is helping to treat these refugees. She works around the clock to help them with health care and also to find resources to integrate them into their communities.

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Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 669 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,600 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.