Brother and Sister Doctors

Join their Father on UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Staff

Looking for Dr. Rahmani at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial? That search is a bit more complicated these days, since Dr. Akbar Rahmani has been joined by his son, Dr. Kaveh Rahmani, and daughter, Dr. Solmaz Rahmani.

Solmaz, 33, started as a general practice physician at the Ingalls Family Care Center in Flossmoor last month, where her desk is next to her dad’s. Kaveh, 34, who came on the Ingalls staff three years ago, is also a general practice physician, but he works primarily at Ingalls’ Care Center in Crestwood.

Doctor with his physican children

Akbar, an endocrinologist, has been on staff at Ingalls since 1980. He came to the United States as an exchange student from the University of Tabriz in Iran. When he started his fellowship in endocrinology and internal medicine in 1977 at Cook County Hospital, he was a “fill-in”i physician at Ingalls, making $12 an hour.

The children remember their father’s dedication to the relationships he established with his patients; that is what they want to emulate in their practices. “Even though my dad is a specialist, he did a lot of primary care as well,” said Kaveh. “He had some patients for 30 years, and you become part of these people’s families. That’s part of the draw.”

After graduating from Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Kaveh went to Indiana University, and Solmaz went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are both graduates of Midwestern University, having earned master of science degrees in biomedical sciences and then earning their doctor of osteopathy degrees. The siblings appreciated that they were in medical school at the same time; they created a support system for each other.

“I told them when they were growing up, that I don’t know anything about you being an anchor woman, football player. The only thing I know is medicine,” he said. These days Akbar jokes that he’ll cut back on his hours when his youngest son, Rodd, a 2007 graduate of H-F, finishes medical school in a few years. Solmaz isn’t so sure because, “he’d be bored.”

Akbar and his wife, Goli, a 1978 graduate of H-F, have lived in Flossmoor for 34 years. The Flossmoor Rahmani doctors are part of an extended family of doctors. Akbar’s brother is a doctor, Goli’s brother and sister-in-law are doctors, and the three children of his sister are doctors.

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