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Family Details

Personal information

Name :

Dr. Dhiraj Harilal Shah
M.B.B.S., M.D., M.A.C.R, F.I.C.P.S.

DOB : May 23, 1943
Village : Mandvi (Rural)

Humanitarian Activities


    Chairman of the World Community Service of JAINA (I991-Present)

  • Helped the earthquake victims in Uttar Kashi, U.P. (October 1991).
  • Helped drought victims in Kutch, Gujarat (October 1991).
  • Provided an ambulance to Bahubali, Maharashtra (1992).
  • Organized a medical camp in Kutch, Gujarat (December 1992).
  • Raised $92,000 from 561 different families.
  • Recruited over 40 volunteers and doctors to run the camp. Treated I9, 645 patients.
  • Provided an ambulance to Shri Bhagwat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad, India (1993).
  • Sent 44,000 pounds of clothes to Bombay to be distributed throughout India (I993).
  • Helped the victims of Mississippi River flood (1993).
  • Helped the victims of Latur, Maharashtra earthquake by building 55 houses and a primary school in the village of Kwatha (1993).
  • Helped Bhatiya Jain Sanghatana of Pune to adopt 1,000 children orphaned by the Latur earthquake (1994).
  • Helped the victims of the Northridge CA earthquake (1994).
  • Sent an Anesthesia Machine to Ujjain, India (1994).
  • Sent a Phaco emulsification machine to Gondal, India (1995).
  • Helped the Rwandan refugees by starting a relief fund (I995) and recognized by the American Red Cross.
  • Sent 20,000 pounds of used clothes to Bombay to be distributed in India (1996)
  • Sent 3 Phaco emulsification machines to Veerayatan Hospital, Rajgir, Bihar (1998).
  • Raised $60,000 to rehabilitate two villages, victims of Kandla cyclone ·(1998).
  • Joined hands with United Nations by donating $10,000 to assist U.N. efforts in helping Kosovo refugees (1999).
  • Raised $22,000 to rehabilitate one village, victim of Orissa cyclone (1999).
  • Raised $10,000 to help victims of drought in Rajasthan & Gujarat (2000).

Philanthropic Activities

  • Donated mammography machine to Maru Clinic in Bombay (1991)
  • Sent computers and a printer to Girls high School in Bhuj, India (1993).
  • Personally started a $20,000 medical dispensary in Vasai, Gujarat (1995).
  • Donated over $30,000 to help build a temple in Buffalo, NY (1989-1996).
  • Donated stress test machine to Bhuj hospital (1997).
  • Donated computers and printers to Rajgir (Bihar), Chembur and Matunga (Maharashtra) High Schools (I998).
  • Donated mammography machine to Bhuj-Kutch hospital (2000).

Professional Activities

  • Recipient of the Outstanding Citizen's Award from the Niagara Falls Rotary Club (1977).
  • Honored by 40 different Institutions in India for the Humanitarian Activities (I992-1995).
  • Honored by the Speaker of Indian Parliament, Mr. Shivraj Patil, and Health Minister of India, Mr. Fotedar, for humanitarian activities (1992).
  • Recipient of the JAINA Ratna Award for outstanding service to the North American Jain community (1993).
  • Recognized by the U.S. government under U.S. Aid as well as the Indian government for humanitarian activities carried out by
    JAINA {1996).
  • Honored by the Hindu Cultural Society of WNY for 25 years of community service (1997).
  • Honored by "Asia Observer", newspaper as one of 10 prominent Indian-Americans (1997).
  • Honored by Asian American Physicians Association (Oct. 1997).
  • Honored by India Association of Buffalo (1998).
  • Honored as an outstanding president by JAINA (1999).
  • Recognized by President Clinton for promoting non-violence in U.S.A. (1999).
  • Stratmor's Who's Who honor for demonstration of Leadership and Achievement (2000).
  • Prime Minister of India bestowed upon him "Jain Ratna" on April 8, 2001, in Mumbai. Only Jain to receive from North America.
  • Recognized by 100 Institution of Kutch for its Humanitarian Services, on January 27, 2002.
  • Recognized by International Jain Sangh as "Man of the Year", April 2002
  • JAINA, under the chairmanship of Dr Dhiraj Shah, created Vardhman Nagar Township in February 2003 near Bhujodi, 5 km away from Bhuj. They built 250 homes, school, hospital, dental clinic, computer centre, science centre, prayer hall, library, etc. handed over the keys to beneficiaries in presence of Sundersingh Bhandari, Governor of Gujarat on 2nd February 2003. Governor honored Dr. Shah on behalf of Government of Gujarat.

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