Ali Moghtader

ali moghtader
Dr. Ali Moghtader died peacefully in his home in Falls Church, Virginia, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Ali was born in Kermanshah, Iran, on May 18, 1935. After losing his father at a young age, he was raised by his mother and went on to receive his medical degree at the University of Tehran in 1959. He immigrated to the US in 1960 and completed his residency in general surgery and otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he met his first wife. They moved to Northern Virginia to start a family, and in 1966 he opened his medical practice in Woodbridge, Virginia, and was active for 46 years. He served in a number of leadership positions throughout his career including Chief of Medical Staff of Potomac Hospital; President of the Prince William County Medical Society; and President of the Iranian Medical Society of Greater Washington.

Ali was a vibrant man with a thirst for life and a passion to recreate. He was a life-long painter and gardener and, in 1979, collaborated with architects to design a home he inhabited until his death. A classical music aficionado, an art collector, a skier, and a tennis player, Ali’s hobbies reflected diverse cultural interests. He drew inspiration from Persian poets and musicians as easily as he did from European classical composers. He loved a raucous game of backgammon, telling colorful jokes, and most importantly believed happiness meant having one, two, or three dogs by his side.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Fahimeh; two sons, Michael, and John; one daughter, Michelle; daughter-in-law, Dina; son-in-law, Luke; niece Maryam; and two granddaughters, Abigail, and Miriam. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hossein Paschmi and Behjatosadat Emadi; his brother, Hooshang; and his dogs, Renni, Salty, Pepper, Jilli, Lucy, Oma, Charlie, Max and Muffy. Services at a later date. The online guestbook is available at

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  1. A renaissance man and true humanitarian. Dr. Mochtader’s kindness and appreciation for life and family was only outdone by his prodigious intellect. He and my father would spend hours appreciating the diversity of the world and discussing life’s great challenges with zeal of two global avengers. He loved Iranian culture and was a student of global events and solutions. He was a doctor, an artist, an art lover, a global thinker, a family man and a lover of life. He will be missed terribly.

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