‘Top Docs’ addresses underserved, including immigrants and refugees
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses how physicians and the overall health care system can better serve patients who live in underserved communities, including immigrants and refugees – and it features Heval Kelli, M.D., a preventive cardiology physician with the Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute.
Dr. Kelli discusses…
– The challenges that people in underserved communities face
– The specific challenges that immigrants and refugees face
– How COVID-19 is affecting these patients and these communities
– How physicians and allied professionals can make a difference
– How physicians and allied professionals can address language and cultural differences
– The work he is doing to address underserved communities
– What action he believes should be taken at the state level
– The lessons that have been learned from COVID-19
Dr. Kelli is of Kurdish descent, and he was born in Syria. Having moved to the U.S. as refugee two weeks after 9/11, he enrolled at Georgia State University – where he graduated Summa Cum Laude while working as a dishwasher. Dr. Kelli then graduated Cum Laude from the Morehouse University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Emory University. Dr. Kelli co-founded and operated several non-profit organizations that focused on medical education (Young Physician Initiative and You4Education), mentorship (U-Beyond and Mentorship Initiative for New Americans), and health care outreach (You4Prevent). He has received multiple honors, including the New American Pathway ‘Friend of Freedom Award’ in 2017. Dr. Kelli has been praisd by Presidents Obama and Carter, and he has been featured by an array of prominent national media outlets.
Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached more than 1.6 million listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won three awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award, an American Society of Association Executives Silver Award, and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Award.
‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.