December 18, 2008

Iranian-American Doctor Opens Free Clinic in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT – Iranian immigrant Dr. Mansoor Emam moved to the United States as a teenager with a dream to study medicine and give back to the country that had given him so much. His dream finally came true when he opened his first free clinic, the Maliheh Free Clinic in Salt Lake City, named after his deceased grandmother, Maliheh Abdollahi.

Dr. Emam’s giving spirit and leadership in helping patients that are uninsured and don’t qualify for government assistance inspired other members of his community and allowed the Maliheh Free Clinic to thrive. Dr. Emam’s close friend and financier of the Maliheh Free Clinic, Khosrow Semnani put it best when he said, “Dr. Emam is the guy who is the engine. He is the guy that people get attracted around. I am just one of his followers.”

As Dr. Oscar Daniel Bluth, Volunteer Oral Surgeon stated, “There are a lot of resources throughout this wonderful country and this city but there are some people that don’t ever have a place to turn to.”

But the success of Dr. Emam and the Maliheh Free Clinic can only be measured by the lives changed. While holding back tears, uninsured patient, Zamani Far Said stated, “From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful for everything he has done for me because before I had so much pain that my nerves were completely shattered. Now I can live out a much better life. I am very grateful.”

Dr. Emam’s dream to start a successful free clinic came true but he is not ready to stop and declare success. He plans on starting free clinics throughout the United States, modeled after the highly successful Maliheh Free Clinic. “We all have that within us. It is part of the human quality and I think our focus must be not to lose sight of that. And so the dream will come true.”

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