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Invest in refugees; invest in America's future | Heval Mohamed Kelli | TEDxPeachtree
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Added Oct 18, 2016
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It took former Syrian refugee Heval Mohamed Kelli 10 years to travel the one mile from the restaurant where he washed dishes to becoming a cardiologist giving back to the community. This is his story of hope, and acts of kindness from expected places.

Heval Mohamed Kelli ascribes his journey --from Syrian refugee to cardiologist -- to the kindness of strangers, and access to education and health care. He is on a mission to bring this same level of access to refugees in our community. He is the co-founder of several nonprofit organizations focused these areas. He is also the co-founder and president of the Kurdish American Medical Association, an organization that creates a communication and mentorship platform for Kurdish American students and physicians.

Mohamed Kelli graduated Cum Laude from the Morehouse School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency training with honorable distinctions in social and in-patient medicine at Emory University, and is currently the Katz Foundation Fellow in Preventive Cardiology at the university.

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