Colonial Love Q & A: Thierry & Valerie Jahan

Thierry & Valerie

Thanks to Thierry Jahan, MD SMHS ’87, and Valerie Jahan, MD SMHS ’87, for sharing their story with us!

Where did you meet on campus? According to Thierry, we met outside of Marvin Center.

What were your first impressions of each other? Thierry thought that I was cold and dismissive—I have no recollection of this meeting. I remember meeting Thierry when I read a set of his biochemistry notes that were excellent, and I went into the medical school library room where he was studying to compliment him. I thought he seemed nice. He now tells that my being nice was confusing to him.

What only-at-GW moment did you share as a couple? Midnight philly cheesesteak sandwiches in the hospital cafeteria and Follies!

Tell us about your last visit to GW together or how GW has remained important in your life. We last visited GWU for our medical school 15th reunion and we look forward to attending our 30th reunion this year.  Some of our best friends are from that time we spent together.  We hope our daughter will go there starting in 2018!

Anything else you want to share? Thierry and I met at the beginning of our first year of medical school at GWU. We began dating toward the end of the first year and have been together ever since. We got married the week before graduation and both became “Dr. Jahan.”  We participated in the couple’s match and completed residencies in Los Angeles, Thierry at Cedars Sinai in internal medicine, and I was at LA Children’s Hospital in pediatrics. Our first child was born three days after we finished our residencies. Since then, we’ve had two more children.

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