Dr. Hira L. Khanna

June 29, 1932December 22, 2020

On Tuesday morning, December 22, 2020, Hira Lal Khanna, MD, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his home in Carmel, Indiana at the age of 88. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years; Sumohini Khanna, his three children; Vanita Khanna (Sudhansu Yadav), Poonam Khanna (Craig Goldstein), Sanjeev Khanna (Erica Khanna); and five grandchildren; Anisha Yadav, Rina Yadav, Milin Goldstein, Elina Goldstein, and Caten Goldstein. Hira was born in Amritsar, India, in 1932. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Cincinnati and practiced neurosurgery in Youngstown, Ohio, from 1974 – 2008. He was a board certified neurosurgeon who was devoted to his profession and actively engaged in continuous research. He authored several publications including, “774 carotid endarterectomies for strokes and transient ischemic attacks; comparison of results of early versus late symptoms,” which are still important publications in early surgical stroke intervention. He was invited to speak throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Italy, India, Spain, and West Germany. Dr. Khanna was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons. In 2018, Dr. Khanna was honored in the House of Lords in England for his contributions in the field of Neurosurgery. He also received the Distinguished Physician Award by the Mahoning County Medical Society in February 1998. This award recognized outstanding accomplishments and service to the community and organized medicine. In the same year, Dr. Khanna was presented the YWCA Man of the Year award. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Khanna held several positions within the medical field including Chief of Neurosurgery at Northside Hospital in Ohio, attending neurosurgeon at Salem Community Hospital, and Associate Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Khanna was also very involved in his community. He was an active member of the Boardman Rotary, Mahoning Medical Society in Ohio, one of the founding members and a past president of the India Association of Youngstown, Ohio, a past president of American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (Youngstown Chapter), and member of the Youngstown Hindu Temple. When not working and serving his community, Dr. Khanna’s family meant the world to him. He was happiest when surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved to read. He particularly enjoyed reading about the stock market. Dr. Khanna enjoyed music and dancing. He practiced yoga and meditation daily. He loved smelling jasmine in his garden; the fragrance reminded him of his childhood in India. He was very well traveled, adored learning about different cultures and trying different cuisines. Dr. Khanna will be most remembered for his neurosurgical career and teaching of residents. He will also be remembered for his great sense of humor, humility, infectious smile, kindness, and compassionate spirit. He always believed in the best in people and was a huge inspiration to many. Dr. Khanna will be terribly missed by his patients, friends, and most of all, his family. A private funeral and cremation service for Dr. Khanna's family will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Leppert Mortuary and Crematory Services in Nora, Indianapolis, Indiana. You are welcome and encouraged to share remembrances and condolences of Dr. Khanna with his family on this tribute page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in Dr. Khanna's name to

SLN Temple Girard Ohio 6464 Sodom Hutchings Road Girard, Ohio 44420 Website: (Where Dr. Hira Khanna was a founding member.)


Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana 4141 Shore Dr. Indianapolis, Indiana 46254 Website: (Where Dr. Hira Khanna received physical therapy in the last year of his life.)


  • SLN Temple Girard Ohio
  • Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana


Dr. Hira L. Khanna

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Paula & David Kutlick

January 10, 2021

Dear Mohini and Family,

It was with such a heavy heart that we heard about Hira's passing. He was such a kind man and a true gentleman. We sincerely hope that the good memories you have of him bring you some comfort during this most difficult time. He will be remembered fondly by all that knew him. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Paula & David Kutlick

Bruce Marshall CPA(retired)

January 4, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Mohini, her children and grandchildren.
Hira was a brilliant and gifted neurosurgeon and a truly great person. He will be missed by all who knew him, but never forgotten.

Don & Shirley Augenstein

January 3, 2021

We are sending our condolences to Mohini Khanna and the entire family. Dr Khanna was a very pleasant, outgoing person. Dr and Mohini were great neighbors for 20+ years. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Margaret Sigle

January 2, 2021

Poonam: Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May happy memories help you through this difficult time.
Wendy (Fisher) Jenkins & her mother, Peg Sigle

Bipin and Indira Misra

January 2, 2021

We send our deepest condolences.

Lynda Markos

January 1, 2021

My condolences to the Khanna family. I worked many years with Dr Khanna at Northside Hospital and Salem Hospital. He was a wonderful man and a remarkable surgeon. RIP my friend

Carol and Marvin Goldstein

December 30, 2020

Marvin and I met Hira, Mohini and the family when our son got engaged to their daughter. Right away we could see what wonderful sweet man Hira was. He was always very kind to all he met in our family too. We are very sad that he is gone but his memory will never be forgotten. His memory is a blessing for all that knew him.
Prayers and Love to the Family,
Carol and Marvin

Laura Baird

December 29, 2020

Dr. Khanna saved my life 41 years ago. I was a scared 18 year old with brain abscesses and he cared for me at south side Hospital in Youngstown. He was very compassionate and yet honest with me. His belief that I would come through my surgeries helped me have faith and encouraged me when I needed it most. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for him and the wonderful life given to me. My condolences to his family. Know that his gift of surgical brilliance and compassion has saved many a life!

Gayle Yeager

December 29, 2020

Dr. Khanna was one of the nicest men and best doctor I ever met. In
April of 1976 at Northside Hospital, he did a laminectomy on me and found a contusion of the spinal cord. I believe due to his fine care I was not paralyzed from the neck down for life. I thank him for being a great and caring man and I have never forgotten him. May he now rest in peace and prayers to his family.

Susan Hura

December 29, 2020

I was 10 years old when the Khanna family moved in next door in Boardman, Ohio. I remember Dr. Khanna as many others do--kind, funny, and so intelligent--but to me, he also represented a sort of life I hadn't imagined before. Dr. Khanna was the first scholar I knew personally and in him I saw someone driven by his passion for his chosen field. He embodied lifelong engagement and the pursuit of excellence, which was affirming and inspiring to me as a nerdy little girl who didn't quite fit in. I'm grateful to have had Dr. Khanna (and the whole Khanna family) in my life.