Parham Ghavami
Parham Karimi Ghavami, MD

Parham Karimi Ghavami, MD

Parham Karimi Ghavami, MD

Family Medicine, Pediatric General Medicine, Primary Care

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder, Blood Diseases, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Cholesterol Management, Chronic Wound Care, Circumcision, Diabetes, Infant Care, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Occupational Medicine, Pediatric Development, Preventive Medicine, Sports Injuries, Sprains, Travel Medicine / Immunizations, Urgent Care

  • Accepting Children: Yes
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

All forms of payments welcome

Insurance Accepted:

All insurances

Philosophy of Care

Patient - physician team care with emphasis on preventative care

Personal Interests

hiking, running, soccer

Medical School

St. George's University School of Medicine


Long Island College Hospital, Meharry Medical Center, Valley Medical Center

Board Certifications

Board certified in Pediatrics and Family Medicine


Persian, medical Spanish, Turkish

Professional Associations:

Academies of Pediatrics and Family Medicine


United States Meritorious Service Award

Our present medical care environment necessitates a close patient involvement with their health care; and hence a close patient -physician relationship becomes paramount to acheive the primary goal : prevention.

Pertussis, an old foe

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a potentially devastating bacterial infectious condition involving the human respiratory tract. The disease begins with mild upper respiratory symptoms similar to common cold (catarrhal stage) lasting an average of two weeks which progresses to paroxysms of cough (paroxysmal stage) characterized by inspiratory whoop. Subsequently the symptoms wane gradually over a few weeks (convalescent stage) to potentially months. The incubation period is 7-10 days. Fever is usually absent or minimal.

Whooping cough in infants younger than 6 months of age can be atypical with a short catarrhal stage, gagging, gasping or apnea as prominent early manifestations; absence of whoop; and prolonged convalescence. The disease can be severe in young infants particularly if unimmunized or preterm with case fatality rate of approximately 1%. The duration of classic pertussis is 6 to 10 weeks. Complications among infants can include pneumonia (22%), seizures (2%), encephalopathy (0.5%), and even sudden death. The illness in immunized children and adults can be mild and unrecognized. In adults the disease may only present with prolonged cough. Infected people are most contagious during the catarrhal stage and the first two weeks after cough onset.

Factors affecting the spread of whooping cough include...

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