Biography of Dr. Yacob A. Sahgis
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

YACOB A. SAHGIS, M. D. In individual attainments as well as in the unusual diversity of his experience, Doctor Sargis is one of the notable physicians and surgeons of Cleveland. His practice in this city for several years past has been limited to internal medicine.

Doctor Sargis was born in Persia, April 12, 1874. His literary and medical education was acquired in the leading colleges of his native land and in foreign countries, and was very thorough and has been supplemented by habits of work and research in later years. For six years he attended the Presbyterian Academy of Urmia, Persia, one year was a student at Tabriz College under American Station Professors, and in 1893 came to America. During 1895-96 he pursued his studies in Ohio Wesleyan University. Doctor Sargis graduated Doctor of Medicine from the Ohio State University in 1901, and during 1902-03 took special work in Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. In the meantime, after graduating at Columbus, he had practiced at Cleveland for six months, at the end of which time he was called to the Protestant Hospital as house physician, leaving there to do the work already mentioned in the Jefferson Medical College.

Doctor Sargis in 1903 returned to his native land, and at Urmia was appointed "Kahn" (Lord) physician to the government, doing special work of his own. In 1908 he was commissioned physician and surgeon in the Persian Artillery, and served as chief physician and surgeon to the Sixth Regiment in the war against the Kurds. At the close of this revolution he was awarded for skillful services two medals and the Persian shawl, receiving the titles "Arastu II Hukama and Shafa II Mult," signifying the "healer of the nation," and he was addressed as Shafa. Later he served as physician to the Russian Consulate colony. Early in the World war Doctor Sargis was captured by the Turks and held a prisoner for six months. During that time he was compelled to act as army physician to his captors, from whom he received the title "Nuri Tibb. Making his escape, Doctor Sargis returned to Tabriz, Persia, in 1915. A year later he was proclaimed Armenian National physician. The Asiatic cholera beginning, he devoted his time to fighting the epidemic.

Being an American citizen, the American consul notified him to return to this country, and in 1916 he left Persia, by way of Tiflis, landing at New York City February 19 of the same year. During the spring he returned to Cleveland and resumed private practice. His offices have been located at the corner of Dennison Avenue and Twenty fifth Street for the past six years. Doctor Sargis is a man of scholarship, of worldwide travel, and combines the penetrating intelligence of the Orient with the resourcefulness given him by his American education.

Doctor Sargis in 1902 married Miss Nora Hempy, of Columbus, Ohio. She accompanied him on his return to Persia the following year, but died shortly after their arrival. In 1906 he married Emma Abraham, of Persia. To this union were born three sons and one daughter, named William, Harold, Wallace and Olive.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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