Inductees – Asia

    Sree Sreenath

    Sree Sreenath

    Sree N. Sreenath, Ph.D., MNO
    Sree N. Sreenath, Ph.D., MNO

    Sree N. Sreenath, Ph.D., MNO

    Sree N. Sreenath, Ph.D., MNO, is a tenured full professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Director of Case GEMNI (Graduate Engineering & Management National and International) Program. His research and educational interests are in complexity, with applications in Systems Biology (leukemia, prostate cancer and hydrocephalus), Global Issues, and, Sustainable Development. He served the Co-Director of UNESCO GENIe Program - an international network of educational institutions (1996-2006), and as the Director of the Complex Systems Biology Center (2007-2016) at Case. He consults with many developing countries on issues of water, energy, and policy development. 

    He has received many scholarships and awards including the Best Undergraduate Teaching Award, Who’s Who Among Teachers in America, and the NIH Research Career Award. He published a technical treatise on Global Warming in 1990 and was a member of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the 1990’s. He served as a scenario panel member of the World Water Commission (1998-2000); a member on the UN World Water Assessment Program; and many National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) committees. He has lectured in 25 countries, and has organized more than 40 workshops, symposia, and conferences.

    Outside of higher education, Sreenath is active in the social service field and has served as an officer in cultural and community organizations in Northeast Ohio as well as nationally. In particular, he served Kasturi Kannada Association of Northeast Ohio; Sri Venkateshwara Temple, Richfield, OH; and Federation of India Community Association (FICA), Cleveland, OH. Since 2009, he is the President of Sewa International (www.sewausa.org), a Hindu faith-based charitable nonprofit working in the areas of disaster recovery, education, and, development. Sewa has 43 Chapters across the USA and serves regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. He is also the Executive Committee member of NAVIKA - a national cultural organization.

    Professor Sreenath is a practitioner of Vedic Math – ancient Indian Math for over 30 years and has developed a curriculum to educate children. He lives with his wife Shobha in Solon, Ohio, and has two adult children Apurwa and Abhijit.

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    About Sewa International

    Sewa International (www.sewausa.org), a Hindu faith-based charitable nonprofit working in the areas of disaster recovery, education and development. Sewa has 43 Chapters across the USA and serves regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin.

    Sewa International has served in rescue, relief and rehabilitation in 25 disasters in the US and overseas, and particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the recent California Camp Fire. Sewa provides tutoring services in Euclid High School and Garfield High School through its National program ASPIRE (Achieving Student Progress, Instilling, Resilience and Excellence). Sewa runs Family Services for the South Asian community nationally. Sewa provides education access to underprivileged children in Colombia, India, Kenya, Nepal, and Pakistan, through building schools, providing scholarships, and, building toilets for the girl child.

    The Sewa movement works with communities in need and is active in 22 countries including USA, Canada, Caribbean, India, Australia, and the UK.


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    Akram Boutros

    Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE

    Akram Boutros
    Akram Boutros

    Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE

    In his five years as the President and CEO of MetroHealth, the public health system in Cleveland, Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, has galvanized political leaders, entrepreneurs and the public around supporting community-wide health care many had taken for granted.

    With his unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Akram Boutros has achieved what many thought was impossible. Under his leadership, The MetroHealth System went to market on its own credit in 2017 and sold $946 million in bonds to rebuild its hospital, revitalize its main campus and resurrect its West Side neighborhood.

    That is just one piece of the unprecedented transformation of Cuyahoga County’s public health care system Dr. Boutros has piloted since he arrived at MetroHealth in 2013.

    In the five years since, he has created an Integrated Delivery System that provides care at more than 20 community health centers, four emergency departments, four clinics in Discount Drug Mart stores, five MetroExpressCare locations and nine pharmacies. Those are in addition to MetroHealth’s main-campus hospital, which is home to the area’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state and Ohio’s only Ebola Treatment Center.

    Now a more than $1 billion operation, MetroHealth and its caregivers treat patients at more than 1.4 million visits a year.

    In the past five years, The MetroHealth System has also created more than 1,300 additional jobs, sent doctors into a dozen Cleveland schools and constructed an $82 million addition to its Critical Care Pavilion. Annual operating revenues have grown from $783 million in 2012 to $1.13 billion in 2017. And last year, MetroHealth returned $231 million – 21.3 percent of its operating expenses – to Cuyahoga County in free care and community benefit programs. That is 2.3 times the national average.

    An internist with a 25-year record of successful hospital leadership at academic medical centers, community hospitals and specialty hospitals, Dr. Boutros cultivates personal relationships throughout the hospital system and the community along with an atmosphere of personal excellence for everyone he works with.

    A graduate of St. John’s University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, he has led organizations through strategic repositioning, operational redesign, clinical and physician integration and population-health and risk-contracting programs. He sees collaboration with other health systems, organizations and local residents as a key driver in fulfilling MetroHealth’s mission of leading the way to a healthier community.

    His community service includes chairing the American Heart Association 2015 Cleveland  Heart Ball, the most successful in the city’s history, and serving on the boards of:

    • America’s Essential Hospitals
    • American Hospital Association Section for Metro Hospitals Governing Council
    • Cleveland Ballet
    • Cuyahoga Community College Foundation
    • Global Center for Health Innovation
    • Greater Cleveland Food Bank
    • Greater Cleveland Partnership
    • The MetroHealth Foundation
    • Select Assurance Captive
    • Unify Project
    • United Way of Greater Cleveland
    • Vizient

    Some of his recent awards include being named:

    • Recipient of the 2018 George V. Voinovich Municipal Service Award from The Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association
    • Recipient of the 2018 Richard H. Adler Community Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee Cleveland
    • Recipient of the Stokes Leadership Award
    • The American Red Cross 2016 Community Leader
    • One of the “183 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know in 2017” by Becker’s Hospital Review
    • EY 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year for Community Impact in Northeast Ohio
    • A 2015 nominee for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
    • One of Northeast Ohio’s Power 150 by Crain’s Cleveland Business
    • Inside Business Magazine’s Power 100 list

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    Atul Mehta

    Dr. Atul C. Mehta, M.D.

     

    Dr. Atul C. Mehta, M.D

    Dr. Atul C. Mehta, M.D

    The induction speech for Dr. Atul Mehta was given
    by Richard J. Buoncore, Managing Partner,  MAI Capital Management

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    Dr. Atul Mehta in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Dr. Atul Mehta in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

     


     

    MC Chris Tanaka introduces Dr. Atul Mehta

    MC Chris Tanaka introduces Dr. Atul Mehta

     


     

    Richard J. Buoncore inducts Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Richard J. Buoncore inducts Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

     


    Richard J. Buoncore inducts Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame


    Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta acceptance speech at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta acceptance speech at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

     

    Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta acceptance speech at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame


    Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta acceptance speech at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta acceptance speech at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

     


    2017 inductee Mona Alag with Dr. Mehta

    2017 inductee Mona Alag with Dr. Mehta

     


    Everyone wanted to pose with new Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Mehta

    Everyone wanted to pose with new Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Mehta

     


    Anjan Ghose and Dr. Atul Mehta at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Anjan Ghose and Dr. Atul Mehta

     


     

    Posing with Dr. Atul Mehta at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Posing with Dr. Atul Mehta

     


    Dr Mehta's friends Ratanjit Sondhe and Richard and Mrs. Buoncore

    Dr Mehta's friends Ratanjit Sondhe and Richard and Lorraine Buoncore

     


    2018 Class with MCs Chris Tanaka, Debbie Hanson and Dan Hanson.

    2018 Class with MCs Chris Tanaka, Debbie Hanson and Dan Hanson.

    Congratulations Dr. Mehta


    Dr. Atul C. Mehta, M.D

    Atul C. Mehta is a world-renowned pulmonary clinician and academic authority/teacher with a strong track record of hospital administrative and medical staff leadership over a 37-year career with Cleveland Clinic in the U.S. and abroad.

    He has been a  dedicated citizen and community builder for over 36 years. As a physician and as a teacher he has trained, guided and/or assisted over 200 international medical personnel to get established in their career.

    Dr. Mehta has been a liaison between the international patients requiring specialized medical care and the lung transplant and tertiary medical center in the USA. He has served the Cleveland-Indian community in their medical needs during his tenure in the city. For his contributions to the community he has been awarded Healthnetwork Foundation Service Excellence Award for year 2017.

    Dr. Mehta played a key role in the turnaround of Cleveland Clinic’s Abu Dhabi hospital as Chief Medical Officer, deftly managing and upgrading diverse international staff of 750 physicians and residents, raising standards and productivity, and improving care quality and safety. He established, staffed and led pioneering Interventional Pulmonology and Lung Transplantation programs in Ohio, headed International Medical Education, and sat on the Clinic’s Board of Governors.

    He propelled the Clinic into the global vanguard of pulmonary treatment through first-of-their-kind surgical procedures, establishment of interventional pulmonology and one of the world’s first–and largest–lung transplantation programs. He recruited, drew and mentored talented Clinic physicians. U.S. News and World Report has for 2016-17 rated Cleveland Clinic at Number 3 in Pulmonology in the country and Dr. Mehta’s contributions played a major part in that rating. Overall Cleveland Clinic is now rated at Number 2 by U.S. News and World Report (a jump from 4 to 2). Lung transplantation programs must have contributed to that jump.

    Dr. Mehta helped cement the leadership and reputation of the Clinic in pulmonary medicine through scores of publications, presentations and international professional organization leadership, including conferences abroad and organized for the clinic. He won multiple honors for teaching at the Clinic and raised over $3.7 million for Clinic programs based on reputation, clinical record, high-level relationships.

    Dr. Mehta served as Director of the Center for International Medical Education (two years), oversaw $1 million budget and decision-making on international M.D. applications, financial support and coordination. He organized and ran scores of mini-symposia at and for the Clinic abroad.

    He led the Clinic’s first international management venture, in India, as chief executive. He recruited and led talented infectious disease, pulmonary and cardiology physician staff. Prevented shutdown and saved millions of dollars by working through contentious ownership/financial crisis.

    As a President, Dr. Mehta played an indispensable leadership role in winning host status for Cleveland, organizing and managing the highly successful, 17th World Congress for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology in June 2012 – only its fourth time in the U.S. The Congress drew nearly 900 leaders in the field from 52 countries on six continents, and prominently featured the Clinic and its physicians.

    He has presented lectures and courses in more than 60 countries, enhancing the Clinic’s International thought leadership status, and planned/organized numerous other major pulmonary conferences for leading international professional associations.

     

    Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta acceptance speech at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

    Dr. Ahtul C. Mehta in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

     

     

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    Abby Mina

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina

     

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina

    The induction speeches for Abdullah (Abby) Mina were given
    by his son Michael Mina and Pierre Bejjani.

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    Abdullah (Abby) Mina inducted into the 2018 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by his son Michael Mina.

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina inducted into the 2018 class of the
    Cleveland International Hall of Fame by his son Michael Mina.

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina inducted into the 2018 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by his son Michael Mina.

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina inducted into the 2018 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by his son Michael Mina.

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina inducted into the 2018 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by Pierre Bejjani

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina inducted into the 2018 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by Pierre Bejjani

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina inducted into the 2018 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by Pierre Bejjani and his son Michael Mina

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina giving his acceptance speech

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina giving his acceptance speech

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina and family at induction ceremony

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina and family at induction ceremony

     

    One of many proclamations for Abby  - from State Representative Marlene Anielski with the Abdulkarims and Mary Bejjani

    One of many proclamations for Abby - from State Representative Marlene Anielski with the Abdulkarims and Mary Bejjani

     

    2018 Class with MCs Chris Tanaka, Debbie Hanson and Dan Hanson.

    2018 Class with MCs Chris Tanaka, Debbie Hanson and Dan Hanson.

    Congratulations Abby

     


    Abdullah (Abby) Mina

    Mr. Abdullah Mina is of great service to the Arab American Community in Cleveland in many ways.

    He was the longest serving president of the 45 year old Cleveland American Middle East organization (CAMEO). After retiring from the presidency several years ago, he continues to serve as a member of its board of trustees.

    Mr. Mina served on several boards such as the International Services Center at the Arab American Center for economic and social services in Ohio (ACCESS). Currently he served as a president of the Advisory Council of Saint Elias Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Cleveland.

    He is well known as the host and producer of the local weekly Arabic Radio Program which can be heard every Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on 89-3 FM. In 1998, he was recognized with a Citation by the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) for assisting many new immigrants, both personally and through his radio program. In 2004, he was appointed as a Cuyahoga County grand-jury Foreman.

    He received many proclamations and citations from government agencies and Arab American Institute in Washington DC. In 2010, he was honored by the US Census Bureau for his work in their outreach program. In 2015, Mr. Mina was honored by the Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (NOLAA) for his lifelong achievement in preserving the Lebanese culture.

    In addition, for his perpetuating and enriching the Lebanese culture and working tirelessly to promote understanding among the various communities in Cleveland, the American Nationalities Movement presented him with the Freedom Award in July 2015.

    Abby is described as a family man, educated, marketing consultant, advocate, and radio personality. Through the years, he helped many people to fill out many of the official forms and translate documents needed for immigration purposes. He has done interpretations in the immigration courts both in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Over the thirty years span, it is estimated that he filled out and translated about a thousand forms and documents without accepting any remuneration.

    One of his fondest memories is meeting King Hussein of Jordan on his visit to Williamsburg, Virginia and he was invited to personally meet the late King Khaled of Saudi Arabia on his visit to Cleveland.

    Arriving in Cleveland in the mid-1960s,  Abdullah entered the insurance business. He is retired marketing consultant from Blue Cross and Blue Sheet of Ohio. While there, he won numerous awards for his sales achievements.

    In college, he was known for his activities in student government. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Richmond Virginia. Abdullah Mina served as president of the History Society and Philologian Literary Society. He was appointed editor-in-chief of the University’s Literary Magazine (Messenger), the first such honor for a foreign student in any Virginia University or College. Two cedars of Lebanon trees were planted in his honor on the University’s campus.

    Abdullah Mina is seventh child of eleven born to Michael and Labiba Mina in the small town of Kefraya, located in the West Bekaa Valley. His primary and secondary education was completed in a variety of Islamic, Catholic, Protestant and Secular Schools. Abby and his wife Mona have two children and three grand-children in addition to family and friends he enjoys classical and Arabic music and Arabic Poetry.

    Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Abdullah (Abby) Mina

    Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Abdullah (Abby) Mina

     

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    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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