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Families First welcomes new primary care provider

Portsmouth – Families First Health and Support Center recently welcomed internal medicine doctor Kasra Djalayer, MD, to its primary-care team. Dr. Djalayer has 30 years of medical education and experience, including training in obesity medicine, geriatrics, rheumatology, clinical immunology and dementia, as well as general medicine. He has studied and worked in Spain, Quatar, the United Kingdom and most of the New England states.

Dr. Djalayer came to Families First last November as a “locum tenens” (subsitute) physician before recently joining the community health center on a permanent basis. He decided to make a commitment to Families First, he says, because of the “friendly, warm environment and the empathy I find among staff, as well as the opportunities for collaboration and co-production.” He says he learned in business school – he has been to business school as well as medical school –  that empathy, collaboration and co-production are what create the right environment to achieve excellence. “This is what I find at Families First – the right environment to take care of patients in the best manner,” he says.

Dr. Djalayer received his medical degree from Complutense University of Madrid in 1989. He completed a fellowship with the University of Vermont in rheumatology and clinical immunology; a residency with Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Connecticut; a mini- fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from Stanford University; a postgraduate subspecialty diploma in rheumatology and clinical immunology from the University of South Wales; a subspecialty in obesity medicine from Harvard University; and a senior diplomate in disability medicine. And he has an MBA and Executive MBA (focused in international healthcare leadership management) from McGill University in Montreal.

Dr. Djalayer is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Obesity Medicine. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Families First is a community health center that provides general medical care for people of all ages and income levels, as well as dental care, prenatal care, parenting and family programs, and mobile health care for people experiencing homelessness. Families First is part of Greater Seacoast Community Health, which also includes Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Lilac City Pediatrics in Rochester. The organization is one of New Hampshire’s largest community health centers, serving about 16,000 local adults and children, many of them uninsured, underinsured or lacking access to affordable, quality health care. For more information, call 603-422-8208 or visit

Posted on: May 6, 2019
Topics: Staff Changes | Something New

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