Dr. Ata Montazeri’s reputation was built on his detection of the symptoms of cervical cancer during the 1980’s. He was admitted to candidate for Nobel Prize for his research and findings, which was controversial in the American medical community.
As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, he was an assistant professor at the Tehran Dariush Kabir University. Later he was recruited by the Utah University as an Assistant Professor. There he taught and conducted research in gynecology oncology under the supervision of the president of the American Cancer Society, Charles Smart, and the Chief of Gynecology, Dr. Johnson.
In 1981, he moved to Los Angeles where he continued his career at USC and UCLA. In 1984 he opened several medical centers while he pursued his research in the area of cervical cancer. While he was an assistant professor at the Utah University from 1976 to 1981, he earned his PHD in higher education administration and wrote his thesis on healthcare man power planning and became a role model for other researchers in this field. It should be noted that twenty three countries benefit from his research to avert a shortage in planning healthcare man power. His thesis has been translated into several languages.
Based on his research, his homeland of Iran is now focused on a program of exporting doctors to neighboring nations. Dr. Montazeri was elected as a trustee at Columbia University and a member of the Board of Encyclopedia Iranica. He was also consulted by President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education.
For the first time, from 1984 to 1990, he performed colposcopies which found that patients, with a normal pap smear, could carry the HPV virus. With proper follow up, the symptoms could be managed and measured by the different degrees of cancer symptoms in the patients. He concluded that the HPV symptoms could be prevented in the early stages.
In 1993, other specialists did not acknowledge Dr. Montazeri’s findings and believed there was no link between HPV and cancer. The California Medical Board forced him to not utilize his findings any more. As a result, healthcare insurance companies did not cover HPV related treatments. During the 1990’s the mortality rate among HPV stricken women was blamed on cervical cancer.
In 2006 the validity of his license to practice was subject to withdrawal for his HPV patients. All his patients had to be examined by another doctor to ensue validity of his diagnosis. They did not undergo HPV treatment, although he was certain that HPV was the cause of the cervical cancer symptoms. Despite the warnings from the California Medical Board, if he found the initial signs of cancer after a colposcopy and pathology he would still treat his patients for free. Because his HPV treatments were against the California Medical Board, his license to practice medicine was revoked in 2008.
The dispute with the California Medical Board, and his continued campaign to follow his findings, cost him several million dollars. It even forced the closure of his treatment centers. During this time, a German pathologist was awarded a Nobel Prize for the detection of HPV. With this acknowledgment, the healthcare insurance companies that withheld the coverage of HPV treatment costs for twenty three years, began reimbursing the HPV treatment expenses to Dr. Montazeri in 2012.
Now that the truth is acknowledged, the United States government claims that the breakthrough in cervical cancer detection was the work of an American scientist and Doctor, Ata Montazeri. He is now respected as a Nobel Laureate. If he had lived during the time of Galileo, he would have been executed.
Dr. Montazeri is the founder of the Keyan Foundation, which is named after his daughter Quiana. He is now popular and respected by scholars and the artistic community. The leaders of the academic community, and it’s publications, know him very well. He remains humble with his sweet smile always on his face. His full command of literature and poems presents him as a son of Abas Gholi, which brings up dozens of tales and satires.
It should be noted that for many years, Dr. Montazeri never gave any interviews or appeared in the media. He is the type of person that does not seek any fame. With his great endeavors and all his efforts, not to mention all his work to open libraries in the rural areas of Iran, he is a favorite subject for the print media. He is also a staunch supporter of the masters of poetry and culture, his name is a facade in all the cultural publications. He is still very humble and always insists that he is still learning.
Dr. Montazeri believes God exists she is, a woman. We all recognize that the sun is a female, who sheds her rays equally on all the stars and moons surrounding her. He says the sun is like a mother who is not harsh on her children and treats all of them equally. That is why the name of the sun in Farsi is kind (MEHR).
Among his letters, one was written to him by the great Iranian scholar Ehsan Yarshater, who praised him for his pure contributions to the Board Encyclopedia Iranica from 1991 to 2000. Another prominent Iranian scholar, Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh, praised him for his great services to the Iranian culture and literature. In 2003, Dr. Montazeri was awarded Doctor of the Year by the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Montazeri has already created dozens of libraries in the rural areas of Iran and the Kian Foundation has contributed to the following publications and reviews:
•Los Angeles OMID Monthly
•Colorado Pouyesh Garan Magazine
•Meriland Iranology Magazine
•Book Chapter, London
•Kaveh Magazine, Germany
•Sane Magazine, Sweden
•Existence Magazine, Iran
•Samar Ghand, Kelk, and Bokhara in Iran
•Theater and Library, under the management of Erham Sadr, in Isfahan
•Saadi Library, Los Angeles
We have only mentioned a few of his many contributions to the Iranian culture as all his services should be compiled in a separate book. He has published dozens of books, expressions, and idioms.
He is now leading a modest life, living in a single bedroom apartment, while he has opened houses for those who safeguard the arts and culture. He has treated all Iranian patients, as well as any other nationality, who could not afford the costs of the treatment and would benefit from his services for free.