Meet the Team
Since our founding in 2000, Alliance Health Clinic has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.
President and CEO
Walter Lam was born and raised in Northern Uganda. After finishing high school in Uganda, he attended Egerton University in Kenya where he graduated in Agricultural engineering. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1986 and resettled in San Diego, California.
Upon arrival to the US, Walter recognized that there were no programs available to address the needs of African refugees in San Diego. Thus, in 1989, he founded the Alliance for African Assistance with the purpose of helping fellow refugees from Africa, and in no time the organization was open to various programs not only for the refugees from all around the world, but also the community members.
Observing the refugees' medical issues and the need for a medical clinic, Walter founded Alliance Health Clinic in 2007 and immediately the clinic started providing medical services to all community members. In addition to the US Headquarters, Alliance for African Assistance is now an international organization with offices in Italy, Kenya and Uganda.
Walter has served on various boards including: the Rotary Club of San Diego, the California Refugee Health Advisory Board, the California State Advisory Committee for Refugees, the California Refugee Forum, the Community Building of United Way, the Prostate Cancer Community Advisory Committee of the Scripps Cancer Center, and the Inter-Group Relationship Advisory Committee of the San Diego Foundation. He was also a member of Mayor Dick Murphy’s African American Advisory board, a member of the city of San Diego International Affairs board, the Heartland Human Relations, Fair Housing Association board, and the Christian Community Foundation of Southern California.
Walter is currently on the board of the Quench and Connect. He is a recipient of the United Way of San Diego Ben Polak Award of Excellence, Rotarian of the Quarter and special congressional recognition, special recommendation of City of San Diego, California Legislature Assembly Recognition, and has been highlighted as a prominent refugee by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Dr. Suzanne Afflalo
Director, Alliance Health Clinic
Dr.Suzanne Afflalo is a Family Physician, who was born in Kingston, Jamarca, worked at Kaiser Permanente for 23 years and retired in 10/2015. She received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington DC and completed her
Family Medicine Residency at Kaiser Permanente MedicalCenter in Los Angeles.
Dr. Afflalo has served as Chief of the Family Medicine Department for 6 years; held the SCPMG Professional Staff President position for 3 years and has taught many medical students and residents as an Associate Faculty at UCSD Medical School since 1994. She has also served on
numerous committees during her 23 years at Kaiser Permanente. Below is her resume:
Education Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, Calif BS in Biology 1979-1983
El Camino College Torrance, Calif
Sign Language/Interpreting Program 1979- 1983
George Washington University Washington, DC. 1983- 1985
George Washington University School of Medicine, Wash, DC. 1985- 1989
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Dept of Family Medicine Los Angeles, California 1989- 1992
Health Clinic Administrator
Simin started as the Accounting Manager with Alliance for African Assistance in 2007. In 2008, She began her work with Alliance Health Clinic where she has closely worked with the Christy’s Place on identifying and case management for those with HIV+ . Prior to her work with Alliance, she worked in various organizations including the UCSD Health Plan, as the Capitation Manager and
the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Iran country office, as the Finance Officer. Simin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tehran University. She studied Managerial Accounting at University of California, San Diego and Health Data and Information Management at San Diego State University graduate School of Public Health. She also studied Clinic Leadership at UCSF funded by the Blue Shield of CA Foundation, and she was also a member of the Alumni committee at the Clinic Leadership Institute Health Leadership program. Currently she works as the Contract Administrator and Administrator for Alliance for African Assistance and Alliance Health Clinic.
Julius Lam has over 10 years of experience in healthcare administration. He currently serves as the Operations Officer of the Alliance Health Clinic. As the Operations Officer, Mr. Lam manages the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Additionally, he leads numerous short and long term projects to ensure critical aims and objectives are met. Mr. Lam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and Master of Advanced Studies Degree in Leadership of Healthcare Organizations.