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How did Kerry's Iranian son-in-law met Vanessa Kerry?

Feb 14, 2013

A high profile marriage of an Iranian American doctor to actress Gina Davis was already reported (Link). But news now reveals that John Kerry's son-in-law is also an Iranian-American doctor. The news comes out shortly after Kerry faced staunch opposition from right wing pro-Israeli Republicans to his nomination as Secretary of State. In 2009 Dr. Vanessa Bradford Kerry, John Kerry’s younger daughter by his first wife, married Dr. Brian (Behrooz) Vala Nahed, an Iranian-American physician.

Kerry Family

Dr. Brian (Behrooz) Nahed is son of Nooshin and Reza Vala Nahid of Los Angeles. Brian's Persian birth name is "Behrooz Vala Nahid" but it is now shortened and Americanized in the media to "Brian Nahed." There is rarely any mention of Nahed's Persian/Iranian ancestry, and even the official wedding announcement in the October 2009 issue of New York Times carefully avoids any reference to Dr. Nahed (Nahid)'s birthplace (which is uncommon in wedding announcements) and starts his biography from his college years:

Vanessa Kerry Family

"The bridegroom graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his medical degree cum laude from Yale. His father, a pulmonologist and sleep medicine and critical-care physician, is the chief of staff at Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, Calif. He also runs a private practice there, which is managed by the bridegroom’s mother.

The couple officially met, clad in scrubs, on an early September morning in 2005 at Massachusetts General Hospital. It was 5 a.m., and Dr. Kerry and Dr. Nahed, who had seen and noticed each other several times before, were taking a short break after making morning rounds. They had struck up a conversation when a very attractive nurse interrupted them by offering Dr. Nahed a cup of coffee. He was taken aback and Dr. Kerry was wide-eyed.

Dr. Vanessa Kerry and Dr. Behrooz (Brian) Vala Nahed

“I looked at him as if to say ‘O.K., I got your game, I’m done,’ ” Dr. Kerry recalled.

Dr. Nahed accepted the coffee, but said to the nurse, “I think you need to bring her a cup of coffee as well.”

Dr. Kerry was impressed with how he handled the situation. Almost immediately, they became friends. Two months later, they were dating. ...

Dr. Vanessa Kerry and Dr. Behrooz (Brian) Vala Nahed

Senator Kerry, who has offered input on everything from choices of invitations and tablecloths to the style of his daughter’s wedding dress to the colors of the tents at their outdoor reception, was soon a member of the planning committee. .."

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