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GHS AAPI-Manipal Meeting – Jan. 4th-6th 2024 


Scientific Session

Suresh B Baliga MD MRCP(UK)
Director, East Alabama Endocrinology PC
Associate Prof. of Medicine
Mercer University School of Medicine
Raj Alappan MD FACP FASN
Scientific Chair USA
Nephrologist, Renal Associates LLC
Associate Prof. of Medicine
Mercer University School of Medicine
Alum: Yale School of Medicine,
Internal Medicine & Nephrology
Sampath Shivangi MD
Member of US Nat. Advisory Council
SAMHSA, Center for Nat. Mental Health Services
Washington DC

Under the presidency of Anjana Samaddar MD, next year’s AAPI-GHS
will be in New Delhi & Manipal. AAPI-GHS Manipal Scientific & the CME
Committee comprises of academic body and intends to bring clinical
knowledge infused with state of art, evidence-based topics of interest
to all participants. The focus of the Global Summit will be Artificial
Intelligence & Health Care.

Team USA:
Sampath Shivangi MD, Chair GHS
Raj Alappan MD, Scientific Chair GHS
Suresh Baliga MD, CME Chair GHS
Annapurana Bhat MD, Co-Chair GHS
Subra Bhat MD, Convener GHS

Team India – Manipal:
Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal
Dr. MD Venkatesh, Chair GHS
Dr. Unnikrishnan, Scientific Chair GHS
Dr. Padmaraj Hegde, CME Chair GHS
Dr Rohit Singh. Convener GHS

We look forward to seeing all of you in Manipal and have an enriching
AAPI – Global Heath Summit.

Call for Abstract & Scientific Paper Presentation

Dear AAPI Members,
For the upcoming Global Health Summit (GHS) AAPI – Manipal Meeting 2024, the Scientific Committee is calling for an abstract and scientific paper submission both for CME lectures and for research & poster session at the GHS.
The meeting will be offering 10 hours of AMA accredited CME over the two days.
The GHS focus will be on Artificial Intelligence (AI) related to healthcare and we invite state of the art or cutting-edge scientific papers on primary care, preventive medicine and other subspecialties in medicine and surgical discipline.

We invite submissions for:
A. CME Lecture presentation will be for 20-25 mins., followed by Q&A for 5-7 mins to a total of 30 minutes only. All submission should be accompanied by abstract and the slides in power point format (ppt only) to verify CME compliance.
B. Oral & Poster Scientific Paper presentation
All submission should be received by September 20th, 2023.
Papers accepted for CME lectures and for oral-poster presentation will be notified by Sept.
30th, 2023 by the Scientific Committee.
We encourage Medical Students, Residents & Fellows to participate and submit papers.
Organizing committee reserves the right to publish abstract in GHS Souvenir and in AAPI online peer reviewed journal – JAAPI- (Journal of AAPI) in the spring edition.

Submission Guidelines
General Instructions:
Registration for GHS Is compulsory for Abstract submission Abstract previously published or presented at a conference are not permitted.
Mode of presentation – Oral & onsite poster presentation, with limited virtual Poster presentation.
Best ORAL, POSTER and virtual Poster presentation will receive award that will be determined later.
All CME presentation is subject to CME compliance audit and clearance.
AAPI-GHS reserves the right as to type, number and the presenter for different session.
Submit your abstract and presentation to:

Abstract Submission:
All abstract submissions should have a precise and informative title Please avoid any type of abbreviations in the title.
The title should be followed by the names of all the authors of the Study, their Designations, Affiliated Institutes, Email id, and Contact details.
Abstracts should be structured with the following subheadings:
Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusion along with 5 relevant keywords.
The abstract should be limited to a maximum of 300 words.
There is no provision for any type of images/diagrams/pictures/graphics/tables in the abstract.
There is no restriction on the type of font and size.

Oral presentation guidelines
Title slide – Title, authors (with affiliation), presenting author underlined, Presentation submission slides should in Microsoft PowerPoint ppt format Basic rules of PowerPoint presentation should be followed Use light clear background color for slides Use minimum 36 font size in headings & 24 in body Use clear images, figures & tables for presentation Limit the number of slides for presentation to 10 – 12 including title & references slide

AAPI Honors India At India Independence Day Parade 2023 in New York

Newsletter, Video

In their efforts to spread the message of health and wellness for all and saluting India on the occasion of India’s 77th Independence Day anniversary, leaders of the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) marched at the India Day Parade in New York City on Sunday, August 20th, 2022. Applause from the crowds reached a crescendo as the colorfully decorated Float bearing AAPI’s name, symbol, and message of health and wellness to all rolled on in New York City on a bright Sunday afternoon.

Dr. Anjana Samadder, President of AAPI along with several Regional Directors, past presidents, members of BOT from different parts of the country joined over a hundred thousand fellow Indian Americans to be part of the largest India Day Parade around the world, organized by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA).

A host of AAPI leaders, including Dr. Anjana Samadder, Dr. Satheesh Kathula, President-Elect of AAPI; Dr. Sumul Rawal, Secretary of AAPI; Dr. Kavita Gupta, member of BOT; Dr. Gautam Samadder, past President of AAPI; Dr. Durgesh Mankikar, past AAPI BOT Chair; Dr. Udaya Shivangi, Chair of Women’s Forum; Dr. Krishan Kumar, past Treasurer of AAPI; Dr. Kusum Punjabi, BOT member; Dr. Malati Mehta, BOT member; Dr. Bhavani Srinivasan, past BOT Member; Dr. Joseph Chalil, Strategic Advisor of AAPI; Dr. Avinash Gupta, FIA Executive Secretary; and, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

While AAPI’s energetic leaders from across the nation marched on the Street carrying the Banner saluting India and leading the AAPI float, dozens of physicians on the float were dancing and singing to the tune of beautiful Bollywood melodies, proclaiming the remarkable growth of India on the glorious occasion of India’s 77th anniversary of Independence Day.

While AAPI’s energetic leaders from across the nation marched on the Street carrying the Banner saluting India and leading the AAPI float, dozens of physicians on the float were dancing and singing to the tune of beautiful Bollywood melodies, proclaiming the remarkable growth of India on the glorious occasion of India’s 77th anniversary of Independence Day.

“AAPI is only about 41 years old, and we have achieved a lot in this young age,” Dr. Anjana Samadder said. “This year, India celebrates its 77th Independence Day remembering the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters, political leaders, and citizens in order to free the motherland from colonial rule. After all, isn’t service of mankind the best way to celebrate India’s Independence?”

Dr. Sumul Rawal, Secretary of AAPI, “This is another example of our ongoing efforts to make AAPI a mainstream organization and work on issues affecting physicians spreading the message of health and wellbeing for all, while leveraging the strength of 100,000 Indian American physicians.”

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravisanker, Bollywood Actors Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Jacqueline Fernandez led the world’s largest annual ‘India Day Parade’ in New York, commemorating the completion of 76 years of Indian Independence, the celebration of eternal freedom.

A record number of people thronged the sidewalks, filling Madison Avenue from 38th to 24th Streets at the heart of New York City, cheering jubilantly as the floats portraying the rich heritage of India and the rise of India as a world power, meandered through the Big Apple. The gods seemed to smile as the clouds lifted and the bright sun shone forth. The crowds acknowledged the contributions and achievements of the Indian Diaspora and their motherland, India.

Organized by the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA-NY/NJ/CT), the annual parade, the colorful celebrations at the heart of New York City was a way of honoring Mother India by the Indian American community the achievements of the 4 million Indians in the United States.

AAPI’s Leadership Training Focusses On“Leading From The Inside Out”


Physician burnout is an epidemic in the U.S. health care system, with nearly 63% of physicians reporting signs of burnout such as emotional exhaustion and depersonalization at least once per week. The American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) in its efforts to provide education and helping the reduce burnout and offer insights into effective leadership strategies, organized a Leadership Conference for AAPI leaders at the Indian Consulate in New York on Saturday, August 19th, 2023.

“Leading From The Inside Out” was the theme for the Leadership Conference organized by AAPI, which was attended by dozens of AAPI members form across the nation. Experts from Brahma Kumaris and Point of Life Foundation presented insightful workshops for the members of AAPI. The workshop is intended to provide healthcare workers with practical self-care tools for health and wellness and help build a simple daily meditation practice.”

In her welcome address, Dr. Anjana Samadder said, “Welcome to the first ever Leadership Conference by AAPI after the Covid pandemic that impacted our lives in so many ways. This Conference led by Brahma Kumaris and Point of Life Foundation has been designed to help AAPI leaders develop deeper clarity about the nature, scope, and the need for and ways to care for us, who are deeply impacted by the pandemic and the daily stressors of caring for our patients. The workshops today encompasses a wide range of skills that not only reflect one’s ability to process emotions, but even more importantly, their ability to communicate with, manage, and be true leaders in the modern world.”

In his brief remarks, Consul General of India, Shri Randhir Jaiswal praised the achievements and contributions of Indian American physicians. He highlighted the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington, DC and thanked AAPI members for coming out in large numbers to be part of the event. Calling the Indian American Physicians as the “real heroes” Ambassador Jaiswal said “You are the real heroes who have risked your lives and have been out to assist others. What is unique about AAPI is that you bring a global perspective to defeat the virus and serve the people. We are proud of your achievements, serving the people all across the United States.”

Shri Randhir Jaiswal thanked AAPI members for their response to the Covid pandemic and beyond, serving selflessly millions of people around the nation, and  their actions have become a benchmark for the rest of the Diaspora community. He lauded AAPI and the tireless work of its members. “You have put a benchmark for all other diaspora organizations,” he said.

Dr. Anupama Tiwari, a Professor of Pulmonary Critical Care at the Albany Medical School and a Raja Yoga advocate for holistic healing led the presentation along with along with Judy Rodgers, a consultant and media specialist, who is also the co-founder of the Center for Business as Agent of World at Case Western. Judy, the co-author of “Something Beyond Greatness,” spoke about the three critical areas of Doing Leadership: Adaptability, Mindful Communication, and Self Mastery. She said, “Listening is an act of love and respect.”

Dr. Neha Bungla presented her insightful thoughts On Being A Leader. Dr. Neha is a primary care physician in outpatient and inpatient, as well as a dance teacher. A Raj Yoga practitioner, her mission has been advocating for a healthy mind. According to Neha, “Values matter the most to you as a leader” and she spoke about values such as: Integrity, Honesty at the core, and Dedication. Her insightful talk was focused on “How do we maintain stability in the midst of low frequency energy.” She said, “What you think, affects how you act and feel. Great leaders don’t tell what you need to do but show you the way.”

Satyan Shah, an Investors turned Board Certified Health Coach, having an MBA, is now turned to meditation, whose passion is promoting holistic lifestyle for the past 14 year. He shared with the audience how his successful job at the highly competitive Finance World took a turn for the better, by practicing Yoga and mindfulness.

Self-Care and Meditation were the topics presented by Dr. Anjali Grover, an Endocrinologist, and a wellness chief and trustee. She’s a Raj Yoga meditation enthusiast, using it to influencing patient care, teaching and life.  Elaborating on self-care strategies, Anjali said, “Time is trying to tell us something. When I take care of myself, I can give my best to others. The foundation of self-care is awareness of who I am. We have the dual Self Beauty and Beast. Beast is the acquired self, and we forget our true natural self, which is Beauty,” she said. “Start with one moment, one thought. Embrace the role entrusted to you. Embrace change. Embrace challenges. Nurture the seed of inner strength by spending few moments daily on meditation. Accept and appreciate each one plays in your role. Be there in the present moment.”

Dr. Kala Iyengar is a pediatrician turned spiritual teacher, who advocates meditation’s role in health. She directs Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center, BK, US. Sr. Kala provided education on Raj Yoga Meditation and creating the right mindset for mediation. “Yoga is the connection to the spiritual self,” she said. “Mind is like a horse that is driven by the external world. Knowing what is controlling my mind is essential. Then, there is a need to reverse the trend,” she said. She led the participants to a 20 minutes long meditation, using techniques from Raja Yoga.

Dr. Satheesh Kathula, President-Elect said: “The leadership conference was a well-organized event by Dr. Kusum Punjabi. The speakers were outstanding and there was so much to learn from them as leaders. Thanks Consulate General of India, New York for hosting this event.

It was an awesome experience participating in India’s Independence Day celebrations in New York City. Thanks to FIA for organizing, it and proud of AAPI for representing American physicians of Indian origin!”

In his remarks, Dr. Sumul Rawal, Secretary of AAPI, who coordinated the conference. said, “Our physician members have worked very hard during the covid 19 pandemic, and this is a perfect time to heal the healers with a special focus on wellness and leadership through Yoga and Meditation practices.”

Dr. Avinash Gupta, Executive Vice President of the Federation of Indian American Associations (FIA) and an organizer of the AAPI Float at the annual India Day parade urged AAPI members to join in the 41st annual India Day Parade by FIA on Madison Avenue at the heart of New York City.

Dr. Kusum Punjabi, a key organizer of the event, while introducing the need for the timely conference said, “This is an afternoon of informative and enlightening presentations by leaders from the Brahma Kumari’s World Spiritual Organization and Point of Life Foundation is geared to provide RP members and healthcare professionals with them. effective management and relationship assertive communication strategies, practical self-care tools for health and wholeness and step to build a simple daily meditation practice.”

The AAPI Leadership Conference was sponsored by MOCAAPI, Suresh Nachani, (Real Assets), Polina Tours, ABC Billing, Dr. Nand Panjwani, Jay Shah, Dr. Lokesh Edara, and Dr. Anjana Samadder.

AAPI Leadership Conference at Indian Consulate NY



After many years AAPI was successful in conducting a very robust leadership conference at the Indian Consulate in New York on August 19th, 2023, attended by several senior and young physicians. AAPI thanks Dr. Kusum Punjabi, Dr. Sumul Raval, and Dr. Avinash Gupta for taking the lead in conducting such a successful program.

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