Inductees – Asia

    Sam Kim

    Sam Kim

     

    Sam Kim

    Sam Kim

    Sam Kim

    Seung K Kim was born October 30, 1947 in Kimhea, South Korea

    As a young man, he served in the Vietnam War in 1969 and fought for the South Korean army as a proxy for the US military.  After completing his tour of duty he returned home to marry his wife Daenam and start a family.

    In the 1970’s, Mr. Kim and his family received an opportunity to immigrate to the United State to pursue the American Dream.

    After residing in New Jersey for a short while, together with his wife, young son and daughter they settled in the small town of Warren, Pennsylvania.  Here he worked full time and went to school full time and in 1986 he completed his apprenticeship and became a licensed master machinist.  During this time he and his family were also able to obtain citizenship and became naturalized citizens of the United States.

    In the 90s, the family relocated to Erie, Pennsylvania where his strong work ethic continued.  Mr. Kim not only worked full time for a small engineering firm but together with his wife Daenam, they operated a small shoe repair shop and restaurant as well.   Like many rust belt cities hit hard by the economy, employment became more and more difficult while industries dwindled or moved overseas.

    At the start of the new millennial, Mr. Kim decided to reinvented himself and become an entrepreneur. He learned a new trade in the Dry Cleaning Industry and through hard work and prayer was able to establish a successful business in Elyria, Ohio. This subsequent move to Ohio began his journey to integrating himself into the Korean-American community as well as the Greater Cleveland community.

    In 2009, Mr Kim was elected President of the Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland.  As President, he is very involved with both Korean and American veterans.  He inspired his community to sponsor multiple events honoring all veterans so they may never be forgotten for their great sacrifice.

    Some of his other accomplishments include:

    • Current President of the Korean Vietnam Veterans – Ohio Chapter and National Chapter
    • Current Advisor for the Korean American Association - Midwest Chapter
    • Elder at Ashtabula Korean Church
    • 5th Degree Black Belt- Tae Kwon Do
    • Olympic Tae Kwon Do Referee
    • Husband, Father and Proud Grandfather of his two grandchildren, Gigi and Jack

     


    Sam Kim's son Ki Kim inducted Seung (Sam) Kim into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. At the end of his acceptance speech, Sam taught the audience a few words of Korean. Click on the white arrow below to watch the video of Sam Kim's induction.

     

     

    Ki Kim

    Ki Kim

     

    Ki Kim and Seung (Sam) Kim

    Ki Kim and Seung (Sam) Kim

     

    Sam Kim

    Sam Kim

     

    Sam Kim

    Sam Kim

     

    Sam Kim

    Sam Kim and family members

     

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    Wael Khoury

    Wael Khoury,M.D.

     

    Wael Khoury,M.D.

    Wael Khoury,M.D.

    Wael Khoury,M.D.

    Wael Khoury,M.D., is the Head of Cardiology at Marymount Hospital. His impressive Curriculum Vitae follows.

    Education:

    • Medical School: University of Damascus, 1975
    • Internal medicine Residency, Huron and St. Luke’s Hospitals, Cleveland Ohio, 1976-1979
    • Cardiology fellowship, Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio. 1979-1981
    • Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, 1982
    • Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 1982- Present

     

    Academic – Professional Positions:

    • Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Staff, 2013-Present
    • Consultant  Faculty, Cleveland Clinic, 2000- 2013
    • President, Cardiology Associates of Cleveland, 1981-2013
    • Head of Cardiology, Marymount Hospital, Cleveland Ohio, 1982- Present
    • Director of Cath Lab and CHF Clinic, Marymount Hospital, 1990- Present
    • Marymount Hospital, Chief of Staff 1993-95, V.P. of Medical Affairs 1995-2001
    • Member, MEC Advisory Council, Cleveland Clinic Health System, 1996- Present
    • Medical director, Clinical Research Office, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Eastern Region, 2002- 2011
    • Principal Investigator, Several Cardiology Research projects, 2005-2013

     

    Organizational Positions:

    • 1st Vice president, Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO), 1981-83
    • Board Member, American Heart Association, Cleveland Chapter, 1993-1997
    • Board Member, Council on World Affairs, Cleveland Ohio, 1998- Present
    • Chairman of the Board, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, 2012-2015. 2016- Present
    • Member, Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations, 1998- Present
    • Advisory Board Member, Arab American Anti Discrimination Committee, ADC, Washington, D.C. 2002- Present
    • President, National Arab American Medical Association, Ohio Chapter, 1996-1997
    • National Arab American Medical Association ( NAAMA ), Chairman of the cultural committee and the Syrian Liaison committee, in the 1990`s. Hosted leading Arab poets and musicians in Cleveland.
    • NAAMA`s Secretary, 1998, Vice President, 1999, President Elect, 2000, National President, 2001
    • Board Member, National Arab American Medical Association Foundation, 2002-2005
    • Active and Leading role in numerous medical conventions, seminars, workshops in Syria and other Arab countries 1980`s- 2005
    • Member, Community Outreach committee, The Cleveland Orchestra, 2010- Present Member, International Cleveland Community Advisory Committee, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2011- Present.
    • Founding President, Syrian American Cultural Council, 2005-Present.
    • Chairman of the Syrian Cultural Garden project, Cleveland, Ohio, 2008- Present.
    • President of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation,  Beginning April 2017

     


     

    Dr. Nizar Zein inducted Dr. Wael Khoury into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Khoury spoke of the hard times in Syria. Click on the white arrow below to watch the video of Wael Khoury's induction.

     

     

    Dr. Nizar Zein

    Dr. Nizar Zein

     

    Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury

    Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury

     

    Dr. Wael Khoury

    Dr. Wael Khoury

     

    Dr. Wael Khoury

    Dr. Wael Khoury

     

    Dr. Nizar Zein, Dr. Wael Khoury and Mrs. Sasha Khoury

    Dr. Nizar Zein, Dr. Wael Khoury and Mrs. Sawssan Khoury

     

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    Mona Alag

    Mona Alag

     

    Mona Alag

    Mona Alag

     

    Mona Alag

    On a hot August night, the seventeenth day of August, in 1970, as the Air France airliner circled around the boroughs of New York,  a sea of lights glittering and twinkling brought me to the magical land called America.

    I was going to be in the land of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin!!
    Of course I was going to meet them, but of course I was. And all the imported perfumes etc. were all waiting for me! Those were the thoughts foremost in my mind.

    And sure, there was a husband of three months anxiously waiting, sure! As we landed in Cleveland, I knew I was home. There was just something about it, I knew I was home.

    Doing everything myself, was a rude awakening for me! As they say, it starts when you sink in his arms,  and you wake up with your arms in the sink. But it was all good.

    In just about a couple of months, a friend confided in me that she was pregnant. The unfortunate thing was her husband didn't want to be a father yet...or ever. She wanted me to help her find a solution. She of course wanted the baby. I was a twenty three year old who had come from an insulated background, no idea at all about the real problems that real people face.

    A painful two days of thinking about it, (I couldn't tell my husband)  I questioned her on "Why did you ask me to help you?" You have family here; her answer stays with me even today. "You are easy to talk to, and I feel I can trust you to understand"
    Ok, so that was the end of the discussion.

    Well, today her triplet daughters are all grown, married and moms themselves. They all live overseas, don't know me. Their father of course severed all ties with us. After helping my friend, I realized how fulfilling an experience it was. Almost a spiritual high.

    From that day, till today, there have been so many instances; it is hard to keep count.
    There were some calls from young girls, who were facing issues. Children, unhappy with rules in their homes. Difficult problems for the families going thru them.

    In my first stint with FICA, I focused on the problems of the youth of our community. The lack of communication/ understanding between the two generations was growing. Along with the teenage children of our community, we organized a couple of workshops/ seminars promoting understanding between both generations.

    I remember meeting one mom at a restaurant. She came up to me and said" stop instigating my daughter" Then came Association of Asia Indian Women of Ohio.

    Being a founding member, I was only interested in starting a Helpline. We had on our list of advisors, a lawyer, an obgyn, a social worker among others. I recall calls at two in the morning. I would lock myself in the bathroom to talk. This was to insure anonymity/ confidentiality of the caller. That is fortunately still in existence.

    I was also fortunate enough to be a part of Project Seva, since its inception some 30 years ago. It is the service arm of FICA. We serve meals at are churches, distribute blankets and hygiene packages to the homeless shelters in Cleveland. The moms of our community have knit blankets for Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital. We also serve a home cooked meal to the residents of Ronald McDonald House twice a year.

    Being an Ambassador for ClevelandPeople.Com Dan keeps me busy with people coming into Cleveland and making them fell welcome and helping them settle..

    A few years ago along with Doctors Jaya Shah and Gita Gidwani, we formed another
    Informal venture Helping Hands.

    At times we partner with Sewa International, an organization, with a very active chapter in Cleveland. This has been the most fulfilling, yet most challenging task of all times. From domestic violence, immigration, praying with terminally patients, arranging for food stamps, advice from legal standpoints, up to and including temporary housing for victims of  domestic violence. These experiences have also given us information that we never had before. The various agencies we can tap into for relevant issues.

    I would like to conclude with the reason behind my passion for anonymous community service. My faith. Sikhism. It not only teaches us the value of a spiritual life, sharing with others what God has blessed us with, and promotes selfless service to mankind.

    In the words of Mahatma Gandhi
    "The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others"


    Sudarshan Sathe inducted Mona Alag into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  In her acceptance speech, Mona spoke about her life of service.  Click on the white arrow below to watch the video of Mona Alag's induction.

     

     

     

    Sudarshan Sathe inducts Mona Alag

    Sudarshan Sathe inducts Mona Alag

     

    Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe

    Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe

     

    Mona Alag

    Mona Alag

     

    Mona Alag

    Mona Alag

     

    Mona Alag family members

    Mona Alag daughter and grandsons

     

    Mona Alag grandsons

    Mona Alag grandsons

     

    Mona and Harjit Alag

    Mona Alag

     

    Mona and Harjit Alag

    Mona and Harjit Alag

     

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    Mohan Bafna 2016

    Mohan Bafna

    Opinion from Suresh Bafna

    My father, Dr. Mohan Bafna, comes from a very humble business family in a small village in the northwest desert province of India. He has always maintained a very simple and modest lifestyle. Even though he has lived in the U.S. for over 45 years, he has never forgotten his roots. He has visited India at least once a year since coming to the U.S. and also maintained all relations in India and all Indian customs, traditions, and language at his home.

    He continues to give back to the society here in the United States and India and tries to help in every way possible. He is a selfless devoted family person and member of the society. He has tried to live by the Gandhian principal of simple living and living by example.

    We have never heard him say a negative word about anyone – ever. He is an eternally positive man and believes in the goodness of all human beings. He is very thankful to all those who have helped him and has never forgotten them.

    Medicine & Internship: S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur Oct. 1958 and Board of Internal Medicine: 1973 in U.S.A.

    Mohan and son Suresh Bafna at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Mohan and son Suresh Bafna at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Residency and Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital & Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio 1968-1973 in internal medicine and cardiology.
    Private Practice: Internal Medicine and Cardiology from 1973 to date at University Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Mary Mount Hospital and South Pointe Hospital. All in Cleveland.

    Special Achievements, Awards, Experiences, and Assistance:

    1. Assisted several people from home town and region while in Jaipur, Jodhpur, and USA when people came for treatments or personal visits.
    2. While at Primary Health Center in a small village, he toured surrounding villages. The home to home visits for health purposes, especially for small pox vaccination at the time of the epidemic in 1962 against severe resistance for vaccination in villages was particularly satisfying.
    3. Personal family and financial contribution to establish India Community Center in Greater Cleveland, the first of its kind in all of United States of America.
    4. Chair person of Federation of India Community Association in Cleveland for 10 years. Member of board of trustees of 20 years.
    5. Special award as Physician of the Year by Indian Physicians Association in 1994.
    6. Special award as Father of Community by Federation of India Community Association, Cleveland in 1995.
    7. Several special awards for community work by the Indian Community in Cleveland.
    8. Highest Recognition award from his home town of Sadri in 2014.
    9. Special Award by the Regional Association (Marwar Region) at Bombay.
    10. Special Recognition Award by alma mater high school in 1996 at Varkana.
    11. Member of the Executive Board of Bedford Medical Center in Cleveland for 29 years.
    12. Chief of Medicine at Bedford Medical Center for 4 years from 1974 to 1978. Stepped down voluntarily due to frequent visits to India.

    Contributions: Several educational, health, social and religious institutions in India and USA.

    • Bombay Hospital
    • Adarsh School, Sadri, India
    • Mahaveer Hospital, Sumerpur, India
    • Vidyawadi School (for girls only), Khimel, India
    • H.C. Bafna International School, Sumerpur, India
    • S.P. High School, Varkana, India
    • Nehru School, Coimbatore, India
    • India Community Center, Cleveland, USA
    • Siddhachalam, New Jersey, USA
    • S.V. Hindu Temple, Cleveland, USA
    • Jain Temple, Cleveland, USA
    • Health and Happiness Foundation, Chicago
    • Donated over $500,000 through the family foundation to Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland for naming the Citizens Academy to Mahatma Gandhi Campus.
    Mohan and son Suresh Bafna at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Mohan and son Suresh Bafna

    Click on the white arrows to watch the videos from the 2016 Induction Ceremony.   Make sure your speakers are on and note that you can maximize the videos to fill the screen.

    Video 1: Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com introduced Suresh Bafna at the induction ceremony for the 2016 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. Suresh was about to induct his father Mohan Bafna.

    Video 2: Suresh Bafna inducted his father Dr. Mohan Bafna into the 2016 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

    Video 3: Suresh Bafna read the acceptance speech for his father Dr. Mohan Bafna who was just inducted into the 2016 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

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    Dr. Mohan Bafna

    Dr. Mohan Bafna
    Dr. Mohan Bafna

    Opinion from Suresh Bafna

    My father, Dr. Mohan Bafna, comes from a very humble business family in a small village in the northwest desert province of India. He has always maintained a very simple and modest lifestyle. Even though he has lived in the U.S. for over 45 years, he has never forgotten his roots. He has visited India at least once a year since coming to the U.S. and also maintained all relations in India and all Indian customs, traditions, and language at his home.

    He continues to give back to the society here in the United States and India and tries to help in every way possible. He is a selfless devoted family person and member of the society. He has tried to live by the Gandhian principal of simple living and living by example.

    We have never heard him say a negative word about anyone - ever. He is an eternally positive man and believes in the goodness of all human beings. He is very thankful to all those who have helped him and has never forgotten them.

    Medicine & Internship: S.M.S. Medical College, Jaipur Oct. 1958 and Board of Internal Medicine: 1973 in U.S.A.

    Residency and Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital & Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio 1968-1973 in internal medicine and cardiology.
    Private Practice: Internal Medicine and Cardiology from 1973 to date at University Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Mary Mount Hospital and South Pointe Hospital. All in Cleveland.

    Special Achievements, Awards, Experiences, and Assistance:

    1. Assisted several people from home town and region while in Jaipur, Jodhpur, and USA when people came for treatments or personal visits.

    2. While at Primary Health Center in a small village, he toured surrounding villages. The home to home visits for health purposes, especially for small pox vaccination at the time of the epidemic in 1962 against severe resistance for vaccination in villages was particularly satisfying.

    3. Personal family and financial contribution to establish India Community Center in Greater Cleveland, the first of its kind in all of United States of America.

    4. Chair person of Federation of India Community Association in Cleveland for 10 years. Member of board of trustees of 20 years.

    5. Special award as Physician of the Year by Indian Physicians Association in 1994.

    6. Special award as Father of Community by Federation of India Community Association, Cleveland in 1995.

    7. Several special awards for community work by the Indian Community in Cleveland.

    8. Highest Recognition award from his home town of Sadri in 2014.

    9. Special Award by the Regional Association (Marwar Region) at Bombay.

    10. Special Recognition Award by alma mater high school in 1996 at Varkana.

    11. Member of the Executive Board of Bedford Medical Center in Cleveland for 29 years.

    12. Chief of Medicine at Bedford Medical Center for 4 years from 1974 to 1978. Stepped down voluntarily due to frequent visits to India.

    Contributions: Several educational, health, social and religious institutions in India and USA.

    • Bombay Hospital
    • Adarsh School, Sadri, India
    • Mahaveer Hospital, Sumerpur, India
    • Vidyawadi School (for girls only), Khimel, India
    • H.C. Bafna International School, Sumerpur, India
    • S.P. High School, Varkana, India
    • Nehru School, Coimbatore, India
    • India Community Center, Cleveland, USA
    • Siddhachalam, New Jersey, USA
    • S.V. Hindu Temple, Cleveland, USA
    • Jain Temple, Cleveland, USA
    • Health and Happiness Foundation, Chicago
    • Donated over $500,000 through the family foundation to Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland for naming the Citizens Academy to Mahatma Gandhi Campus.

    Dr. Bafna will be inducted by his son Suresh Bafna

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