Heval Kelli, MD
His current academic mentors include world-renowned cardiology professors Dr. Arshed A. Quyyumi, Dr Viola Vaccarino and Dr. Laurence Sperling. He is conducting and leading several research projects focused on the impact of socioeconomic status on cardiovascular health and the role of disparity in oxidative stress and inflammatory markers. As a disparity fellow on the METRIC NIH funded grant, he is studying the impact of neighborhood features and socioeconomic status on cardiovascular risk factors. His research progress was featured in global medical news in the American College of Cardiology and Medscape. Dr. Kelli publishes and presents nationally and internationally with a focus on utilizing mobile health technologies to bring health education to underserved areas.
As a result of his life experiences, Dr. Kelli is a steadfast advocate for serving communities in need especially immigrant and refugee communities. He is a co-founder of several non-profit organizations focused on edical education (Young Physician Initiative & You4Education), mentorship (U-Beyond) and healthcare outreach (You4Prevent). He is the co-founder and president of the Kurdish American Medical Association, an organization focused connecting Kurdish American doctors with medical and college students. Dr. Kelli volunteers his medical expertise at the Clarkston Community Health Center which provides free medical care to uninsured individuals in the community where he grew up. He was recently named chairman of the Service Committee at the World Chamber of Commerce.
President Obama recently wrote of Dr. Kelli, “Your resilience and dedication reflect the best of the American spirit. Your experience offers a shining example of the American dream.”
His story and his work have been featured and shared on national and international news includingCNN, Emory University magazine, Associated Press, TEDx, NPR, The Economist, The Guardian, VICE,Medpage Today, International Organization for Migration , GPB, WABE, AJC, Atlanta Magazine, NBC News, CBS, Channel 2, Channel 11alive, TONIC, Fox News, GSU TV, WABE-Closer Look, Creative Loafing, IJR, Emory News, NPR/WABE, American College of Cardiology, Medpage News, GSU, NPR panel, Rudaw, Atlanta Journal Constitution (1, 2, 3), CNN, The American Immigrant, IRC, MDJ, 1H2L, Atlanta Intown, Emory Wheel, Voice of America, The New York Times and more.