Meet Faris & His Family

Dr. Faris Farassati has had the honor of representing the people of Overland Park at the City Council since May, 2017 as a councilman.

Dr. Farassati is also a prominent cancer scientist and a virologist at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his PhD from the University of Calgary, School of Medicine and completed his Post-Doctoral fellowship training at the Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic.

His research includes finding novel therapies for cancers of brain, liver, breast and pancreas as well as a novel treatment against Covid-19. His previous appointments include Associate Professor of Medicine at The University of Kansas Medical School (2008-2015) and the Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Minnesota Medical School (2005-2008).

Faris was granted Permanent Residency to the United States by the Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration & Citizenship Services under the category of “Extraordinary Ability” for his achievements in advancing medical sciences.

Some of his scientific honors include:

Four-time award winner for cancer research by Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Editor in Chief of two medical journals

Deans Excellence in Mentoring Award, Kansas University Medical School

Member of Board of Directors at Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Parchment of Excellence, University of Calgary Senate

Bronze Service Award, University of Calgary Alumni Association

He has been married for 23 years. His wife is an Associate Professor of Medicine at KU and is a gastroenterologist at the KU Heath System. They are proud parents of their two beautiful children. His favorite quote is by Abraham Lincoln:  “With malice towards none, with charity for all.”

Dr. Faris Farassati
Mr. and Mrs Farassati