Kasra Djalayer is a distinguished Ivy League-trained doctor of internal medicine and rheumatology and obesity and metabolic medicine and geriatric medicine with nearly thirty years of experience. He is currently a primary care physician and internist practicing with Families First in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Board-certified in internal medicine, obesity medicine, metabolic disease, and clinical nutrition, Dr. Djalayer specializes in geriatrics, rheumatology, and dementia-related behavioral disorders. For five consecutive years, he has received both the Patient’s Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award and is ranked among the top 3 percent of physicians in the United States.
As he tells it, Dr. Djalayer’s decision to become a doctor stems both from his desire to help people as well as his family heritage:
My father and grandfather were both doctors, and my father encouraged me to pursue medicine. I wanted to be a doctor because I wanted to help people, to treat them appropriately, with empathy and kindness.
Dr. Djalayer attended the University of Complutense in Madrid from which he graduated with his M.D. in 1989. After that, he went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Yale University’s Griffin Hospital Prevention Research Center. He then undertook four fellowships, including one in Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology from the University of Vermont and one in School Aging and Geriatrics at Stanford University. Dr. Djalayer also holds a Ph.D. in immunology and an M.S. in Clinical Research from the University of London and has completed various post-graduate studies at Harvard University.
Additionally, Dr. Djalayer has postgraduate certificates in Advanced Rheumatology and Healthcare Leadership from Harvard University as well as a postgraduate certificate and diploma in Advance and Executive Management from McGill University, one of the most prestigious universities in Canada and worldwide. Additionally, Dr. Djalayer holds a master's in international healthcare management leadership from McGill. Fluent in four different languages (English, French, Spanish and Persian), he is internationally recognized and has had the distinct honor of working as a specialist on three different continents: Asia (in the Middle East), Europe (in Spain), and North America (in the U.S.A. and Canada). He also continued his postgraduate studies in Clinical Rheumatology at the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom.
Before joining Families First, Dr. Djalayer worked at several hospitals across New England, including Franklin Regional Hospital and New London Hospital in New Hampshire, and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont. He also practiced with Gifford Health Care in Randolph, Vermont, and a nursing home, Rowan Court Health & Rehabilitation Center, in Barre, Vermont, where he was the medical director. Today, his practice covers a vast spectrum of conditions relating to internal and adult medicine as well as rheumatic diseases. From dementia, heartburn, and immunizations, to physicals and challenges with weight loss, his sharp diagnostic abilities have earned him a reputation as one of the best physicians in the United States.
Known to his patients as “Dr. DJ”, Dr. Djalayer values the importance of building strong and trusting relationships with each of his clients. He is also famous among both his patients and colleagues for having a photographic memory. Dr. Djalayer is licensed to treat patients in New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Missouri, and works hard to provide only the highest quality of care.
In 2012, Dr. Djalayer received a letter of appreciation from President Barack Obama, thanking him for his years of commitment and hard work in the healthcare field. Dr. Djalayer has also been interviewed in numerous prominent publications such as Patch, Seacoast Online (twice), and fosters.com. To stay involved in his community, he frequently speaks and teaches at field seminars to help mold the next generation of medical professionals.
In the years to come, Dr. Djalayer looks forward to continuing his work within the geriatric community, treating the elderly with an unparalleled level of compassion and understanding. He is currently in the process of building a multidisciplinary program called Obesity Medicine at Families First. In his rare free time, Dr. Djalayer keeps himself busy with cycling, tennis, swimming, and reading up on current events.