Alireza Marandi

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Alireza Marandi
Alireza Marandi December 2016.jpg
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 2008 – 27 May 2016
Constituency Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr
Majority 709,391 (30.38%)
Minister of Health and Medical Education
In office
21 August 1989 – 20 August 1997
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by Reza Malekzadeh
Succeeded by Mohammad Farhadi
In office
14 November 1980 – 17 August 1985
President Ali Khamenei
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Hadi Manafi
Succeeded by Iradj Fazel
Personal details
Born (1939-12-03) 3 December 1939 (age 77)
Isfahan, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party PFIRF
Alma mater University of Tehran
University of Virginia

Alireza Marandi (Persian: علیرضا مرندی‎‎) is an Iranian physician and Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Shahid Beheshti University. He was also an associate professor at Wright State University before returning to Iran, during the Revolutionary days.

Professor Marandi is a former two-term Minister of Health (and Medical Education) during the premiership of Mir Hossein Mousavi as well as the second term presidency of Mr. H. Rafsanjani. During his nine years in office, medical education was integrated with health care delivery. In each of the 29 provinces, one University of Medical Sciences was established, thus making the country self-sufficient in health human resources. In addition to being Minister, Dr. Marandi also served as Deputy Minister and Advisory to the Minister.

Professor Marandi is Chairman of the Iranian Society of Neonatologists; the Board of Directors of the Islamic Republic of Iran Breastfeeding Promotion Society; and the National Committee for the Reduction of Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity. He is also the laureate recipient of the United Nations Population Award (1999) [1] and WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region's Shousha Award (2000).[2] He is currently a commissioner of the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health [3] and a leading international expert on health issues.

Of his major contributions, was a highly successful national vaccination program (which also included a program for terminating polio in Iran), the significant reduction of infant and child mortality rates, as well as organizing one of the most successful national birth control programs in the World.[citation needed]

Professor Marandi was elected as an MP from the city of Tehran in the 2008 Iranian parliamentary elections in which around 1,700 candidates were barred from running by the Guardian Council vetting body, the Supervisory and Executive Election Boards.

He has written his second letter to United Nations Secretary General (Ban Ki-Moon) on 21 Aug 2013 about barbaric sanction on Iranian children, women and people.[4]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Mohammad Taqi Rahbar
Aging Speaker of the Parliament of Iran
9th term
Succeeded by
Abdolreza Hashemzaei