Dr. Ali Krisht and his wife, Nashwa, grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, but didn’t meet each other until both were young adults. They met, in all places, at a medical library. Nashwa was still an undergraduate studying for her nutrition degree, and Ali was finishing his last year of general surgery before beginning his neurosurgery studies.
They were married less than a year after meeting, and 33 years later, the Krishts are making an impact on their adopted home state. Nashwa is a dietician, a certified personal trainer and a proud supporter of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). This year, she co-chaired the Arkansas chapter’s inaugural NPF Pstamp-Out Psoriatic Disease event.
Ali, of course, is the world-renowned director of the CHI St. Vincent Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) in Sherwood. It attracts neurosurgeons from across the globe to Central Arkansas to work with and learn from Dr. Krisht, who had aspirations of playing professional soccer as a young man before a broken leg and the resulting experience as a patient shaped his decision to go to medical school.
ANI was established in 2009 in collaboration with CHI St. Vincent Infirmary to fulfill a vision of a stand-alone neuroscience institute that entails clinics, research and education. The current team at ANI includes eight neurosurgeons, but Dr. Krisht said that with COVID-19 winding down, he expects an influx of visiting physicians beginning as early as this month.
The Krishts are about to become empty nesters with their youngest about to graduate high school. They have four children ranging in age from 17 to 27.