Now called “Dr. Hope” by many of her patients, Hope Ferdowsian grew up on a small farm and knew as a child she wanted to become a doctor, soon after learning about human rights violations around the world. Like many children who grow up around animals, she also grappled with the unjust treatment of nonhuman animals in society. By the time she entered medical school, she began to seriously consider the link between individual and institutional violence against people and animals, and what we can do to address its root causes.
Today, Hope is a double-board certified internal medicine and preventive medicine physician with expertise in ethics and public health. Over the past two decades, she has worked within the fields of human rights and animal protection while caring for patients, evaluating and providing testimony on behalf of survivors of torture and sexual violence, and leading and participating in key educational, research, and policy initiatives in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Many of her publications, including her book Phoenix Zones: Where Strength Is Born and Resilience Lives, focus on the link between human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing. Hope has collaborated with the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States and developed strategic guidance and resources for nongovernmental organizations, national governments, and the World Health Organization, and she has appeared on local, national, and international radio and television programs.
Hope received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and bioethics from the University of Southern California, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and a Master’s Degree in public health, with an emphasis on community medicine, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Griffin Hospital-Yale University, a residency in general preventive medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and an internal medicine residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Hope served as an assistant professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and an associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and she now serves as an associate professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. In 2019, she co-founded the Phoenix Zones Initiative, which aims to advance human and animal rights, health, and wellbeing.
“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo. We need a boundless ethics which will include the animals also.”
– Albert Schweitzer, MD
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