Inductees – Asia

    Atul Mehta

    Dr. Atul C. Mehta, M.D.

     

    Dr. Atul C. Mehta, M.D

    Dr. Atul C. Mehta, M.D

    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. Mehta will be inducted by Richard J. Buoncore, Managing Partner,  MAI Capital Management


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    Abby Mina

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina

     

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina

    Abdullah (Abby) Mina

    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.

    Abby will be inducted by Pierre Bejjani

     


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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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    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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