Member Spotlight

Retired Gastroenterologist,
Chicago, IL & Miami Beach, FL

Venkateswara Rao Movva, MD

I was born in a lower middle-class family. My father was a small farmer in a small village with a population less than 50. My grandfather was also a farmer near the coast of Bay of Bengal, in a village called Ghantasala, in Andhra Pradesh, India.

We lived 1 mile away from our village and I always wondered why. When I asked my father about it, he told me that when he was an infant in 1920s there was a Tsunami which wiped out half of the village. It was a miracle that my grandfather’s family survived and moved away to upper grounds where I was born – a village named Ventrapragada.

A landlord offered my grandfather a place he can live on the farm, but only if he works there. My grandfather had no other choice and to survive he worked there and set up a residence there along with my aunt’s family members. A few other families joined later and named the area Sivapuram which was annexed to the main village (Ventrapragada).

My father and his elder brother divided the house and lived in each half of the house that was built my grandfather, 90 years ago. We had a great childhood. Mom and dad loved each other, and they gave us excellent values. We received unconditional love not only from my parents but also from all my aunts, uncles and especially my maternal grandmother. They worked extremely hard and even starved themselves many times to enroll us in school as they realized knowledge is powerful. My ancestors never went to high school. In fact, I was the first one to attend college in my entire family, thanks to my parents. They gave us good education as they realized the world is changing with industrialization and modern technology. It was extremely important, especially after our independence from the British rule. 

Chairman & CEO,
Encore Enterprises, Inc.

BHARAT SANGHANI, MD

Dr. Bharat Sangani founded Encore Enterprises (www.encore.bz) in 1999 as a vehicle for investors to share in the success of his real estate deals. “Doc,” as he is known to both clients and co-workers, spent the first part of his career building one of the largest cardiology treatment centers in Mississippi and is well known for his specialization in angioplasty procedures. Doc is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, is an active contributor to the AAPI community, and is involved in various charities both locally and in India.

While Doc continues to practice medicine in both Gulfport and Dallas, his primary focus has shifted to his commercial real estate business. Since his first investment in 1991, Doc has built Encore Enterprises into a successful private commercial real estate investment and development firm with a proven track record across multiple sectors throughout the United States. He is responsible for $3.4 billion in real estate transactions and $346 million in revenue under management for Encore’s operating companies, overseeing every aspect of the business, from operations to financial management. In addition to real estate investing, Doc established a sustainable private equity investment model through the acquisition of operating companies in the medical, dental, and restaurant industries, generating consistent cash flows throughout market cycles.

Doc’s personal philosophy of growing wealth has further evolved into co-sponsorships with mid-size real estate investment managers and operators, as well as being a pioneer in issuing U.S. private real estate bond offerings on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in Israel. Doc sits on the Boards of Directors of Encore Enterprises and Encore Properties, Ltd.

Most recently, Doc has established Life as a Business, a mentorship program through which select aspiring entrepreneurs are given an opportunity to work closely with Doc to gain insight into building wealth and personal success. Investors access Doc’s real estate deals through Encore’s exclusive partnership with Ignite Investments, LLC (www.igniteinvestments.com), an innovative platform connecting investors with best-in-class alternative investment opportunities.

Brahma Sharma, MD, FACC

Dr. Sharma, a Patron Member of AAPI, is a highly respected cardiovascular specialist, presently a senior faculty in the Cardiovascular Medicine Department of University of Pittsburgh as well as the affiliated VA Medical Center.

On completion of MBBS/MD from SMS Medical College in Jaipur, he moved to the USA. On completion of his Internal Medicine residency from a University of Alabama affiliated program, he pursued his fellowship in Cardiology at West /Penn Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh. Board certified in both in non- invasive and Interventional cardiology, he has was the Director of Fellowship training program and Non-invasive Lab at Allegheny West Penn Hospital. Presently he directs the Tele-cardiology outreach clinic for veterans living in South Western PA. An ardent academician and reputed physician practicing cardiovascular medicine for the last 30 yrs., he has won several awards, including the best teacher and best physician. He dearly covets the humanitarian awards by local chapters, societies as well as from our own AAPI. A life long crusader for raising awareness about heart disease in the South Asian population, especially the Indian diaspora, he has played a critical role in this issue. To push the issue to the forefront, he has collaborated with multiple professional bodies as well NGO’s, including AAPI and AHA. He has chaired or co-chaired several cardiovascular plenary sessions during AAPI / GAPIO Global health summits. He is currently the Chair of AAPI South Asian heart disease committee and liaison for AHA.

He devotes most of his time to his three original passions, Philanthropy, Medical education and Health advocacy. An esteemed member of Allegheny County Medical Society and their newsletter editor, it was his honor to serve as the President of TAPI (The Tri-Sate Medical Society). A Patron Trustee, he has also been the Chair of AAPI-CF (Charitable Foundation). He was instrumental in raising funds year after year for supporting the operation of free clinics in remote parts of India. He also started the AAPI Rajasthan clinic in 2003 at Rozda, a small village outside Jaipur. He is the State liaison for AAPI-CF Rajasthan and conducts medical camps, CPR courses, and even volunteers his time in these clinics, whenever he can during his visits to India. He is also the founding member of DORI (Doctor of Rajasthan International, providing web-based free expert cardiac consultation to the lower income and marginalized people from Rajasthan, who can not access or cannot afford specialty care.

He is deeply involved in many spiritual organizations, most importantly, Sri Sathya Sai Global Health Mission, for last 25 years. He was the National Chair for Sri Sathya Sai Medical organizations, travelling to remote corners of the world, as a health missionary. He is currently a visiting faculty at Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialty hospital at Puttaparthi and Bengaluru, volunteering as a teacher and a physician. He did this both physically and virtually, since 1996. He has also been working behind the scene for medical educational reform in India and played a crucial role in educating the National Medical Council (NMC) leadership in adopting the WFME credentialing process for public or private medical schools. He is presently working to bring in the latest required changes in the medical curriculum in India.

An avid reader, an engaging writer and speaker, he is a passionate advocate for “Health reform” and believes “ Health is a human right”. A member of “Doctors for America”, a grass root advocacy group of physicians fighting for equitable heath care, he has marched with this group in Washington DC, on several occasions. He continues his advocacy and instrumental in passing of the HR 3771 –South Asian Heart Awareness and Research Act of 2022, in the House of the 117th Congress on 7/27/22. It now awaits Senate approval.

Surendra Reddy Neravetla, M.D.

Dr. Neravetla is a senior, highly skilled and experienced cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, with over 30 years of experience. He now practices in Springfield, Ohio and is on a mission to prevent heart disease that is affecting every household, as this has become the number one cause of death and disability in the entire world, not just the developed nations.

After his medical training in India, he came to the United States and joined the highly competitive and coveted General surgical training program at Jewish Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He continued his training and was accepted as a fellow in the most sought after cardiovascular surgery program at University of Cincinnati, Ohio. On completion of his training, he served as Director in the award winning Cardiac Surgery Department at Springfield Regional Medical Center, Springfield, Ohio.

During his surgical practice, Dr. Neravetla performed well over 10,000 cardiovascular surgical procedures. His pioneering work both on and off the field of cardiothoracic surgery has been well recognized by his peers. Consumer research council has placed him on the list of “America’s Top Surgeons” for over ten years, in a row. The President of Springfield Chamber of Commerce in a recent article called him “one of the most successful people in his field”

Presently, Dr. Neravetla is more focused on raising awareness of dangers of table salt. He has written two best sellers on this subject alone, Salt Kills and Salt: America’s Silent Killer. He has received great accolades for writing a praiseworthy chapter titled, Table salt and Dementia. This is textbook is now a must read for neurologists, Diet and Exercise in Cognitive Function and Neurological Diseases, first published on February 2015. He continues to blog at WWW.saltkills.com. He has made several radio and TV appearances and as well as nearly two hundred presentations on this subject across the globe.

An active philanthropist, he particularly supports the African American community, through his non-profit organization, Heart Health Now. He organizes health fairs every year, that provide free testing, evaluation, BP monitors, weigh scales, pulse oximeters and more to underserved populations.

A patron member and an enthusiast of AAPI, he brings wisdom as well as his advocacy to all our major events. A passionate and effective speaker, he is well known for disseminating complex medical information using the simple words, interesting analogies and creative illustrations.

Syed E. Ahmed, MD
Hematologist Oncologist
Florida Cancer Specialist & Research Institute
Davenport, FL

Syed E. Ahmed, MD

Dr. Syed Ahmed is Board Certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. He is presently affiliated to Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, reputed group serving a vast number of cancer patients. In the past, he had a very successful private practice in Sebring, Florida and continues to serve the Central Florida region with his present affiliation. As a member of the American Cancer Society, he has served as the Medical Director of his local chapter, Highlands County Unit.

Dr. Syed Ahmed received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and took part in clinical research study at Harvard Medical School and at Cambridge University in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is Board-certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. He finds it very rewarding to be able to help his patients and reassure them that they will be able to get back to living their normal lives and, often, that their cancer can be cured.

A big believer in teaching next generation of physicians, he continues to teach medical students from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, FL as well as Residents from Advent Health Residency Training Programs rotate with him.

Dr Ahmed has been a generous supporter of AAPI and contributed unconditionally to multiple GHS and AAPI Conventions over the years, besides his support of many local chapters of AAPI. He donated funds for HPV Vaccination program in India and research and poster presentation by medical students during GHS Hyderabad 2022. He supports various medical, educational charitable activities back in Hyderabad, India where his parents hail from. He has been a patron trustee of AAPI Charitable Foundation

Indranill Basu-Ray MD, FACP, FACC

Dr. Basu-Ray, a member of our organization, is a versatile person. He is not only a Clinical Cardiologist but has keen interest in academics, research as well as Yoga.

Recently he published a book called The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Cardiovascular Medicine, which is the world’s first book on yoga and cardiovascular disease. This book had a foreword written by the country’s two greatest faces of Yoga- Dr. H R Nagendra and Maharaja Karan Singh. The role of Yoga in cardiovascular diseases is discussed in this book. This is the first time in the history of this planet that all the research in the field of Yoga and Cardiology is brought forth in the form of a book to initiate and propagate both education and further research. Based on the current scientific understanding of Yoga, it covers the epidemiology, physiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and therapy of cardiovascular illnesses. Seventy-five professionals from four continents contributed to the world’s first complete reference literature on Yoga in cardiovascular medicine, including some of the most well known physician-scientists.

 Yoga practice has expanded substantially not only in India but also in western countries after the establishment of the International Yoga Day. Yoga has been practiced and promoted by a huge number of American physicians and researchers who understand that it is a great practice that integrates the mind, spirit, and body via the process of meditation and controlled breathing.
This is the world’s first reference book in academic medicine covering the role of Yoga in Cardiovascular Diseases. It details epidemiology, physiology, pathology, prevention, and management of cardiovascular diseases based on the current scientific understanding of Yoga. Seventy-five experts from four continents, including the most notable names, contributed to this work to create the world’s first comprehensive reference literature on Yoga in cardiovascular medicine. Over 75 experts from all over the world including Harvard, Emory, VHA & India’s top medical colleges & universities, contributed.

The digital print is out. The paper print will be out in a couple of weeks.

Purna Bikkasani, MD. MRCP(UK)

Purna Bikkasani, MD. MRCP(UK), Gastroenterologist, Motivational speaker, and writer. He published a book, “Joy of life.” bestseller on Amazon. He appeared on television, radio, and podcasts and talked about living a stressless happy life.

He founded a nonprofit trust, Chaitanya Saradhi, in India in 2015 that provides computer literacy and digital education to the students in the government schools in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. It trains twenty thousand students to become proficient in fast typing, Microsoft word, excel, and PowerPoint, besides photoshopping, multimedia, etc.
At the same time, he founded Awareness USA, a 501c3 trust in the USA that provides tools and opportunities to attain academic excellence and life skills to become responsible and productive citizens.

He was born and raised in India, Telangana state, and a medical graduate from Gandhi medical college, Osmania University. He started solo and built a group gastroenterology practice in crystal river, Florida. He believes all the people on the planet earth are cousins; diversity is a thing of evolutionary beauty but shouldn’t be a cause for conflict. I am a happy man who loves life and playing golf.

Jagdish K. Gupta M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G.

Dr. Gupta is a committed and highly regarded physician with a history of professional achievement and humanitarian philanthropy. Born and raised in Hissar, Haryana, India, he completed his medical training at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, with the class of 1966 with distinction. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Long Island College Hospital (LICH). He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Gastroenterology. An Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, Dr. Gupta has served as a role model and a mentor for a generation of young physicians who aspire to combine his clinical excellence with sensitivity and compassion towards patients and their families. He has been serving the Brooklyn Community for the last 45 years. He has been actively involved in Organized Medical Societies leadership at the Kings County and New York state Medical Society level for a long time. Recently on May 25th, 2022 he was inducted as 174th. President of the Medical Society of County of Kings and recognized for his 50 years graduation anniversary from the Medical School.

Nick Shroff, MD

Dr. Shroff is a urologist, cancer surgeon, and healthcare consultant, complements his four decades of conventional Western/allopathic professional medical practice with his expertise in Yoga. He teaches efficient breathing techniques, including appropriate pranayama, to facilitate healing, especially for seniors and cancer patients.

He has served as president of the Texas Indo-American Physicians Society (1989-1990) and president of the Indian-American Urological Association, IAUA (2004 -2006). As Chairman of AAPI Charitable Foundation, he spearheaded AAPI’s first Rural Health Camp and led Prostate Cancer Screening Program for the Government of India Rural Health Initiative. He received the Most Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Charitable Foundation in 2014 for his commitment and dedication to providing healthcare to the underserved and underprivileged.

He is a Patron Member and a strong supporter of our organization.

RAMASUBBAREDDY DHANIREDDY, MBBS, FAAP

Dr. Dhanireddy graduated from Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India in 1974. He then completed: (1) Residency in Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Medical Center, Lafayette, and New Orleans, LA (1976-78); (2) Fellowship in Neonatology at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC (1978-80); and (3) Medical Staff Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Bethesda, MD (1982-84). He was a faculty member at Georgetown and an Adjunct Scientist at NICHD (1984-1999) and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1998. He was a Professor and Chief of Neonatology Division at LSUHSC-Shreveport for six years before joining UTHSC in 2005 as Sheldon Korones Endowed Professor and Chief of Neonatology, a position he held till December 2017. In 2017 the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) named him a University Distinguished Professor for his “many accomplishments and contributions during years of distinguished service”. He also served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from September 2021-March 2022.

Dr. Dhanireddy has published extensively with over 90 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and over 150 presentations at national and international meetings.  ResearchGate ranks him among the top 5% of researchers listed by that organization. He was among the first to report on human milk use and infections and retinopathy in the premature newborns and is quoted extensively in that field. He was one of the original investigators in the use of pulmonary surfactant, Exosurf, in newborns with immature lungs that lead to FDA approving Exosurf for clinical use in 1990. This has resulted in substantial reduction in neonatal mortality and infant mortality worldwide.

Dev GnanaDev, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Gnana Dev is a trauma, vascular and general surgeon who has been practicing for approximately 40 years. He is Associate Medical Director at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), a large, acute-care, not-for-profit hospital in Colton, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, a position he has held since 1989. Dr. GnanaDev was ARMC’s Medical Director from 2000-2012, when he helped to expand the Medical Center’s patient services and physician training programs.

Dr. GnanaDev has held numerous positions of leadership in health care and is highly regarded for his lifetime efforts to improve the health and wellness of residents in the local community. He was appointed by Gov. Brown to the Medical Board of California in 2012 and served as Medical Board President from 2016-2018; he also served as the President of the California Medical Association (CMA) from 2008-2009. In addition to his extensive work as a surgeon and physician leader, Dr. GnanaDev is vitally involved in medical education. He is Founding President of California University of Science and Medicine (2013-2019), which received preliminary accreditation in February 2018 and welcomed its first class of medical students in July of that year. Dr. GnanaDev is also a Clinical Professor of surgery at Western University of Health Sciences and Associate Professor of surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Dr. GnanaDev has received various honors and recognition for his outstanding work in medicine. His honors include: the John P. McGovern Complete Physician Award from the Harris County Medical Society/Houston Academy of Medicine; American Medical Association Foundation’s Pride in the Profession Award; the Physician Recognition Award from the Medical Board of California; Outstanding Physician Award from San Bernardino County Medical Society; and Lifetime Achievement Award from Burn Institute of Inland Empire. And the Distinguished Physician Award from AAPI.

DR. Shastri Swaminathan

A graduate from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. His career In Psychiatry continues as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Chicago after he recently retired as Chair of Department of Psychiatry at the Advocate-Aurora Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

His involvement in medical politics started in the late 80s when an onerous clause in Illinois Medical Practice Act threatened to choke IMG residency training in Illinois. Working w fellow leaders in our community and the Legislature, he made sure Act was successfully amended! As the Chairman of the International Medical Council of Illinois (an umbrella organization of 18 Ethnic Medical Societies) he worked nationally, along with leaders of AAPI and other ethnic societies to end discrimination of IMGs in Residency training and practice of medicine especially in the area of licensure. He was the Chair of our AAPI-Political Action Committee, when Federal legislation was passed to end discrimination signed in to law by George H. Bush.

In addition to being Past President and Chairman of the Board of the IAMA-IL, he was active in his specialty serving as the President of the Illinois Psychiatric Society, and still represents Illinois at the American Psychiatric Association’s Assembly.

Active in the IMG Caucus of AMA, as a member of the steering Committee, he along with others worked to the successful creation of the IMG Section of the AMA (1997 in Atlanta), subsequently became a member at large of the first elected AMA’s -IMG Council.

He served as the President and the Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Medical Society and as President of the Illinois State Medical Society. He also served as the Chairman of the Illinois Delegation to the AMA’s House of Delegates and more recently chaired the Great Lakes Coalition (6 State Medical Societies) at the AMA.

He was recognized by numerous Local and National distinguished services awards, the AAPI President’s award, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Indian American Medical Association-IL as well as the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois Psychiatric Society’s Award for Mental health Advocacy just to mention a few.

He continues to serve on the Boards of the Illinois State Medical Society’s Political Action Committee, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI -Chicago) and the Leadership Council of the Kennedy Forum, the last two organizations committed to ending the stigma of mental illness and improving access.
He realizes that advocating for IMG issues was best done within organized medicine at every level. He also believes that being involved in the issues of mainstream medicine and health of our fellow citizens is critical to our role as leaders.

DR. SHOKAT FATTEH

Avalon University School of Medicine Donates 2 Million Dollars in Scholarships to Medical Students in Ukraine

Dr. Shokat Fatteh is a retired dermatopathology specialist who completed his medical degree in Baroda, India at the Baroda Medical College. He completed his residency at Nassau County Medical Center in New York.

An accomplished Pathologist in Ohio, he felt the need to give back to this noble profession of medicine. He was immensely grateful to the country that provided him the means to achieve his success as a physician. He wanted to provide a place where a good education could be had for all including children of Indian origin.

To that endeavor, he opened the school, Avalon University School of Medicine on the island of Curaçao. All eligible students of Indian origin are given a scholarship to attend so that their dreams of becoming a physician can also be realized.

He is immensely thankful to his wife and two children for supporting him in this noble and visionary journey!

Dr. Fatteh would also like to announce that due to the recent events taking place in Ukraine, Avalon University School of Medicine is donating 2 Million Dollars in Scholarships to Medical Students in Ukraine!

KARUNAKAR REDDY, MD

Dr. Reddy completed his medical school in India and came to USA for further studies. On completion of Residency in Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology, he started his own practice in the suburbs of Houston in Texas.
An accomplished Cardiologist in Private Practice, he felt the need for spirituality and philanthropy, when his family’s needs were all met. He felt that there was more to life than pursuit of money. He was immensely grateful to the country that provided him the means to achieve tremendous monetary success.

He is immensely thankful to his wife and two children for supporting him in his noble, spiritual and visionary journey back to his janmabhoomi from his karmabhoomi. A decision was made to perform selfless service to the society / country, as a legacy. A Vipassana meditator (for the past 14) years and this Dharmic path has brought him real happiness & peace in his life.

His first step in achieving this goal in a logical and pragmatic manner was to form a Non Profit Organization (NGO), Swashodhan Trust in 2017, a 12A & 80G organization, now in the process of applying for FCRA.

The vision is to make Chippalapally village in Kandakur Mandal, Ranga Reddy district of Telangana State, a model complete digital village. An example of a “self-sufficient, self-sustaining Dharmic digital village preventing urban migration as well as urban slums, leading to Rurbanisation”. The final goal is to replicate this model in the entire country.

The vision is to provide all the needs (education, healthcare, jobs etc.) in the village through modern digital technology with occasional visits to the urban centers for tertiary needs. In other words, bringing urban amenities all over the world to the villages by connecting them via Digital Highways.

The Trust has already started a Digital Health Clinic (October 2020) Digital Education and Digital jobs training (Village Computer Center) in Chippalapally village.

As a fellow member, he is being spotlighted for his unique selfless path to an ambitious goal, all by himself, funded by his own hard-earned resources. Recognition by colleagues from AAPI is the best assurance of the righteousness of this path. Further encouragement with help are always be appreciated by such great souls.

HARBHAJAN S. AJRAWAT, MD, FACS, FICS

Dr. Ajrawat is a graduate of the Government Medical College, Amritsar. He completed his Residency in Surgery and Urology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he was Chief Resident in Urology. He is Board Certified in Urology and has been practicing in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1982.

A Patron Member of AAPI for more than 30 years, he has served AAPI in various capacities. He was Legislative Chair for five terms and was actively involved in addressing the issues of discrimination against IMG’s. The highlight of his service to AAPI was his role as Chairman of the annual AAPI Convention in 2001 in the nation’s capital, Washington DC.

At the state and local level, he has been actively involved in organized medicine. He was elected President of the Prince Georges County Medical Society for two terms. He was the first physician of Indian origin to become the President of the State Medical Society of Maryland, MEDCHI. As President of Medchi he was instrumental in the formation of several ACO’s (Accountable Care Organizations) and was recognized by the Governor of Maryland for his efforts. He has also served as Chair of Maryland Medical PAC and is currently the Chair of the MEDCHI Insurance Agency.

He is currently serving as Chairman of the Maryland Delegation to AMA where he continues to strive for racial justice and diversity for physicians on a local and national level. Recently he was also elected Chair of State Advocacy Network of American Association of Clinical Urologists.

He is actively involved in the local Indian community with various organizations, charitable, religious and otherwise. We wish him all the best in his current and future endeavors.

Bhushan H. Pandya, MD, FACP

Dr. Pandya, is an esteemed member and a proven leader of our organization. He strongly believes in dedicated service and making a difference. He has demonstrated that in every leadership position held by him. A graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College, he is practicing Gastroenterology in Danville, Virginia.

He has been engaged in organized medicine for more than 30 years. He was the first Physician of Indian origin to serve as the President of Medical Society of Virginia in 196 years. He was also instrumental in getting parity in licensing for IMGs in Virginia. He has served as Chair of AMA-IMG governing council and continues to be a Delegate to AMA House of Delegates. He is also a member of the American Board of Medical specialties Stakeholder council, Past President and currently the treasurer of MAMCOANNA and most importantly our own chair of the AAPI’s Liaison Committee. He is actively involved and is on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the AMA-IMG governing council.

Dr. Pandya’s recent contributions include helping India with WFME recognition. This is an extraordinary contribution as the absence of this recognition, without which doctors from India will not be able to participate in USA residency / fellowship programs. He brought forward the issue of bias towards IMGs in the AMA, which led to a study validating that. He has helped connect AAPI with other medical organizations like the ABMS, FSMB, ECFMG and ACP.

He continues to serve the physicians, patients and the community in various forums. We wish him the very best in all his future such endeavors.

ALOK AGRAWAL, MD, FASN

Dr. Agrawal is an academician, an eminent physician, a philanthropist and a community leader with a penchant for humanitarian service.

He is now a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has received awards for excellence in teaching, and is also a Fellow of American Society of Nephrology and a Fellow of National Kidney Foundation.

Being dedicated for the last two decades towards poverty alleviation at grassroots level, he has used his salary for last 8 years to support the underprivileged sections of society. As a humanitarian and a visionary, he founded Global Pragathi (www.globalpragathi.com) that is currently rendering yeoman service in India and USA. His wife, Dr. Sangeeta Agrawal, family and friends support helped him. His guiding principles of compassion and passion have led to collaborative work with more than 50 organizations in the USA and India, reaching out to over a 1000 villages in 10 states in India: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19wCNapjQ-flxGqMckLGuT3HPhQlTPiAw/view?usp=sharing

Following Dr. Kalam’s vision, his flagship program, ‘Integrated Rural Development’, is a humble attempt to create a cost-efficient self-sustaining model in a cluster of 10 villages, 60 km from Hyderabad. Broadly, it integrates (1) Education Improvement, (2) Women Empowerment, (3) Youth Empowerment, (4) Preventive Health Care, (5) Infrastructure Improvement and (6) Behavioral Modification. The program has helped in improving the quality of education for over 13,000 children; constructing over 650 toilets; empowering women and youth by skill development and providing employment; promoting preventive healthcare via clean drinking water plants, and programs like SMILES, AMMA (for pregnant women), Bharat Bachpan (for children below two), and Sneha (for menstrual hygiene awareness), etc.

During COVID-19 pandemic, free food grain kits for 6 million meals were distributed and over 1 million fabric masks were produced, providing livelihood to 200 families. Other programs implemented can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYqE9zsM0XQ

As the President of GMCGA, he serves his alma mater. He is Chair of Community Service Committee of MVAPI in Dayton. Hindu Community Organization, Dayton, recently recruited him to develop their philanthropic arm. He has put his heart and soul into several AAPI programs over the last decade by being a pioneer in Childhood Obesity Awareness program, Veterans program, Community Pure Water program, Adopt-a-Village program and Covid Prevention program, among others.

As a Karma Yogi, he embodies dynamism and enthusiasm in every challenging endeavor he undertakes. He believes the word TEAM stands for ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ and dreams of a world without poverty.

Rajeev Suri, MD

Dr Suri is a tenured Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Radiology at University of Texas Health San Antonio. In addition, Dr. Suri is the President of the Medical Dental Staff (Chief of Staff) at the University Hospital and serves as the Medical Director of Radiology at University Health System San Antonio. Dr Suri completed his medical school training in India at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana followed by Residency Training and Senior Residency in Radiodiagnosis at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh India. Subsequently, Dr Suri completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, his Radiology Research Fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at University of California Los Angeles. Recently, Dr Suri also obtained his MBA with a healthcare focus from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business in 2020.

Dr. Suri is active in organized medicine and is the President of Bexar County Medical Society (2022), member of their Board of Directors and Chair of their Academic Collaboration Committee. He is the Chair of the Political Action Committee for Texas Radiology Society and a member of their Board of Advisors. Nationally, he serves on the Economics Committee on Interventional Radiology for the American College of Radiology (ACR), and was member and chair of ACR’s reference committee on Interventional Radiology. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Program Directors in Radiology.

He has served AAPI as the current President of local Texas chapter (Texas Into-American Physicians Society Southwest Chapter), and is the convention co-chair for the upcoming 2022 AAPI 40th Convention. He is also the Past President of the American Association of Radiologists of Indian Origin and a current member of their Board of Trustees.

During his academic tenure at UT Health San Antonio, Dr Suri has continued his research and clinical interests in interventional oncology and peripheral arterial disease and has been an investigator on several NIH and Industry funded grants. Dr Suri has authored/co-authored over 45 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and presented over 75 invited lectures and 190 educational/scientific presentations at various national and international conferences. He has received several national and international honors, including Fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR), Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology (FSIR), and Fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (FCIRSE). He has eagerly promoted resident and medical student education throughout in his roles at UT Health San Antonio as the Radiology Residency Director, Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program Director, and Vice Chair of Education Quality and Safety. For his teaching accomplishments, he has been awarded the UT Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, UTHSCSA Presidential Teaching Excellence, Distinguished Teaching Professor Award and the American Board of Radiology Volunteer Service Award. He is also an invited board examiner for the American Board of Radiology.

Dr Suri continues to actively serve the patients of South Texas as an Interventional Radiologist in addition to his administrative, research and teaching roles.

Murali K. Ankem, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Ankem is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology, Program Director, Urology Residency Program and Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education in University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky.

He is a long time patron member of AAPI. On completion of his Urology Residency in India, he moved to Australia for his fellowship. He completed his fellowship at Monash Medical Center, Melbourne under the tutelage of Richard W. Fletcher, FRACS. On returning to India, he chose to be a faculty at the Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad. He completed his Urology Residency at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In his pursuit for academic excellence he continued with an US Fellowship in Endourology & Laparoscopy at Madison Medical School- University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

A highly trained Urologist, Dr. Ankem wrote innumerable research papers, presented papers in International Societies and received multiple honor-awards.

Even with his busy schedule, he has continued to serve in multiple committees in University of Louisville as well as the specialty Society’s. He is the Immediate Past President of the Kentucky Urologic Association as well as an Executive Committee member of the Southeastern Section of American Urological Association.

An academic to the core with a heart of gold, Dr. Ankem is a popular faculty at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.

We wish him all the best in all his endeavors.

Satish Nayak, MD

Dr. Nayak is a family physician, specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology in this country. He serves his Community through his own practice and his affiliation with Permian Regional Medical Center, Andrews, Texas.

He is a patron member of our organization and considers another senior member Dr. Jayaram Naidu, as his mentor. He serves the community around him as well as globally, in various roles. He is the Vice President and one of the Founders of Yeriwah Mega Foundation, along with Famara Singhateh and Mass Cham Omar Njie. This organization is dedicated to healing, improving and advancing the health as well as quality of life of underserved and vulnerable people in rural communities in developing countries through the provisions of medical, surgical care services and education. A trustee of the Hindu Association of West Texas, he also sponsors Salvation Army and Jubilee for Jesus Church in their charitable work.

A member of multiple medical society’s such as AMA, AAFP, Texas Medical Association as well Texas Association of Family Physicians.

His dedication and leadership qualities were recognized as he was appointed as a Fellow of the Federation of the State Medical Board. Governor Greg Abbott, appointed him to the Texas Medical Board in 2019, for a term set to expire in 2025.

Wishing him all the best in all his endeavors

Vinni Jayam, MD

Dr. Jayam is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the prestigious Heart Center at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, Long Island, NY for almost two decades.
A state ranker with multiple gold medals to his credit in his medical school, his passion for Cardiology brought him to USA. He achieved his goal and trained in a hospital of international reputation in Baltimore MD, Johns Hopkins. Today, he is one of the most sought after electrophysiologist in New York. He has also been active in academics, authoring numerous scientific publications as well as book chapters in his own field.

He has brought world-class academics to organizations. He has chaired multiple CME sessions for AAPIQLI, an AAPI Chapter of Queens and Long Island. He has also chaired CME sessions at International Society meetings, AAPIQLI Conventions and Global Health Summit. He has been honored by organizations like Rotary Club and India Association of Long Island. His varied passions include charitable surgery trips to India as well as initiating Electrophysiology programs in India and training numerous Cardiologists in that part of the world.

His hard work and dedication to AAPIQLI culminated in his ascent to the position of President of that organization. His vision is to make AAPIQLI change with the current times and reflect the changing face of the emerging physician community. He gave a call to all lifetime members to contribute their part, by giving their time and sharing their patients, as referrals with their peers. This would go a long way to strengthen the organization.

Congratulations!

MY 50 YEARS OF STORY TOLD IN 5 MINUTES by
PUDUPAKKAM K. VEDANTHAN, MD

I am PUDUPAKKAM K VEDANTHAN (PK) from MYSURU,INDIA . After graduation twice (Medical College& Marriage), I arrived in USA along with my spouse Mrs Kamala in 1970. After training, settled in Colorado as an ALLERGIST & IMMUNOLOGIST since 1976. Fell in love with GLOBAL MEDICINE after yearly visits to my homeland of India, where there was REAL challenges and need. For the past 30 years this has been ‘our passion’ in promoting the specialty of allergy & asthma at all levels: patient, family, society, health professionals and now major medical institutions. It was all possible through our medical charity namely International Asthma Services (IAS) (www.globalchestinitiatives.org) established in 1992 in the state of Colorado USA. For the past 20 years, since I partially retired from active clinical practice in Colorado, this has become MY LIFE GOAL. We spend on average 5 months every year in India conducting academic, charitable, social activities all over the country as well as spilling into neighboring nations like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Kenya. This has been most enjoyable and satisfying part of our lives. IAS has now partnered with major universities and medical institutions across the globe to train health professionals and in turn educate and provide care to thousands of patients in India and beyond. IAS has trained nearly 650 allergy asthma specialists who are active in various locations in India and beyond including 6 other countries in Asia and Africa.

The most recent activity was the inauguration of the PRAANA charitable Allergy Asthma Clinics (PCAAC)( http://praanaclinics.blogspot.com) in 33 locations across India, Nepal and Barbados WI. Our work is supported by our partners namely University of Colorado-Denver, Colorado Allergy and Asthma Society, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), Colorado Children’s Hospital-Aurora, Christian Medical College-Vellore, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital & Research Center-New Delhi, Mysore Medical College & Research Institute (my Alma mater), Bharatiya Vidyapeeth -Pune, Shisuku Children’s Hospital-Bangalore, MedTrain-Bangalore, Allcure Pharma- New Delhi.

Presently, I am actively working with AAPI Charitable Foundation under the leadership of Dr Surendra Purohit in establishing ‘specialty’ services at the AAPI charitable clinics in India. I sincerely thank the AAPI leadership under Dr Anupama Gotimukula and her dedicated team, for the opportunity to share this information as well as open up the avenue for further activities in the same spirit. God bless us all.

NAGA P. CHALASANI, MD, FACG, FAASLD, AGAF, FACP

Dr. Naga Chalasani currently serves as David W. Crabb Professor of Medicine and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He previously served as the Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the same institution from 2007 to 2020. Under his leadership, the GI division at IU has grown from a faculty size of 27 to over 70 full time faculty members.

He completed his medical education at Kakatiya Medical College in India and subsequently completed Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology & Hepatology subspecialty training at Emory University in Atlanta. He has been at Indiana University School of Medicine since 1997.

Dr. Chalasani, a practicing hepatologist, is considered an authority in the fields of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and drug induced liver injury (DILI), two highly significant public health problems. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1999. He is currently the PI for three U01 awards and an R01 award from the National Institutes of Health. He published 325 original papers, 3 Practice Guidelines, 47 book chapters/review articles, 35editorials/commentaries, 18 symposium proceedings, and more than 600 abstracts (Google Scholar H-index 97, i10 index 329 with 45,909 citations). He is the lead author for the AASLD Practice Guideline on the Diagnosis and Management of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and is the lead author on the ACG Practice Guideline on the Diagnosis and Management of Drug Induced Liver Injury. With Prof Gyongyi Szabo, he edited the textbook “Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Bench to Bedside”, Springer Publisher and this successful monogram has had more than 50,000 downloads.

He mentored more than 55 undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, sub-specialty trainees, and junior faculty. Seventeen of his mentees have received federal funding (K award, U01, R21, R01, DOD, and VA Merit Review). He is currently mentoring 5 junior faculty members on NIH K awards and three postdoctoral trainees. Several of his mentees have built successful academic careers at Indiana University and elsewhere throughout the country.

He is an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha, American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and Osler’s American Association of Physicians (AAP), a rare distinction for an international medical graduate

Parag Mehta, MD FACP

Dr. Mehta is a Patron member of our organization. He is presently the Senior Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital. He is also the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) as well as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weil Medical College, NYC. Currently, he serves as Governor of NY ACP Downstate II, Wellness Champion, as well as Delegate to the American Medical Association.

He is an energetic leader, active in multiple organizations such as the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Medical Association (AMA), American Association of Physicians from Indian origin (AAPI), Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY). In the past, he was the President of Resident Fellow Section of the NYACP, President of Brooklyn district of the NYACP, Chair of Young Physician Section of MSSNY, President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Kings County Medical Society.

He is presently the President-Elect for Medical Society of the State of NY and will be its President in the forthcoming year.

Wishing him a great success in advance, in his role as the President of the Medical Society of the State of NY

V. K. Raju, M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S.

Dr. V.K. Raju was born in Rajahmundry, AP, India. He is the founding patron member of AAPI. He is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at West Virginia University, Adjunct professor of Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University and director of the International Ocular Surface Society. He is also founder and president of The Eye Foundation of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to realizing a world without childhood blindness.

The Eye Foundation of America has established two eye institutes in India. Since 1979, EFA has expanded its reach to over 25 countries, screened millions of patients, and provided hundreds of thou-sands of surgeries.

Awards in (partial list)
• AMA Foundation Nathan Davis Excellence in Medicine International Award
• Four Time Awardee by The American Academy of Ophthalmology
• Martin Luther King Jr Achievement Award from WVU
• Dr. Rameswara Sharma Gold medal oration, Indian Academy of Medical Sciences, Jaipur Chapter
• Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Gold Medal at House of Lords, UK
• Distinguished Community Service Award from AAPI (American Association of Physicians from India)
• Lifetime Achievement Award from the WV State Medical Association
• University of Toledo Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame
• President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama
• Medscape placed him among the best doctors of America

Dr. Raju has published two books, seventeen chapters, and over 100 publications in scientific journals.

Tarak S. Rambhatla, MD

Tarak is a young member of our organization. He completed his cardiology training at the renowned Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He mastered the utilization of echocardiography in assessment of hemodynamics and valvular heart disease, using both trans esophageal and transthoracic technique, under the tutelage of globally renowned echocardiography proponent and teacher Itzhak Kronzon.

At this young age, Tarak is a well-published author in academic journals and has lectured both nationally and internationally. On completion of his training, he joined the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute of Baptist Health South Florida. His abilities were quickly recognized and rose to the position of medical director of inpatient cardiac services for this organization. The busy outpatient and inpatient practice, medical student and resident education as well as overbearing administrative responsibilities did not keep him from thinking about patient care and outcomes.

All his efforts led to the publication of a one-of-a-kind best seller in the field of echocardiography titled, The Echocardiography Companion, as the primary author.

Tarak resides in Key Biscayne, Florida with his wife where he enjoys a balanced lifestyle of health, exercise, work, friends, and family.

Yeshwant P Reddy, MD

Dr. Reddy is a long time, eminent and active member of our organization. His leadership roles in National and Columbus Chapters of AAPI affiliated organizations are known to one and all.

He is a senior Physician at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as pain medicine. His balanced interest in academics and private practice is a rarity. His exemplary lectures in the Intervention Pain Courses around the country are an indication of his abilities to handle multiple roles at the same time and with great success. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow, UK.

He is a member of the State Medical Board of Ohio and has been appointed by Governor Mike DeWine. His term ends on March 18th 2025.

Congratulations, Sir.

Joseph M. Chalil, MD, MBA, FACHE

Dr. Chalil is a best selling author of “ Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare”. A member of our organization, he is an expert and a visionary in US healthcare policy, creating strategic and scientific best practices across multiple platforms.

Like most of us his career started as a Physician in India with growing experience in both academics and industry. Being a visionary, he ventured into new areas of healthcare delivery and policy, becoming the Senior Director of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs in DBV Technologies, while holding a position of Adjunct Professor and Chair of Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, School of Business in NSU, Florida. He is also a member of NSU MD Executive Leadership Council at Dr. Kiran C Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD).

He is contribution to AAPI has been greatly appreciated as Chairman of the Global Clinical Research and Trial Network, AAPI-GCRTN. This was the beginning of synergistic and collaborative partnership in order to promote standards in excellence both in research and future clinical trials.

Jayaram Naidu, MD

An active senior and Life/Patron member of AAPI, has been instrumental in the formation of our organization along with other visionary Indian Physicians of his time. He is an early International Medical Graduate in USA and arrived in New York, after a short stint in Scotland, UK. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the AC Logan Memorial Hospital in New York in 1976.

He established a successful private practice in Odessa, Texas as an internist and continues to actively practice medicine for over 40 yrs. He has been associated with Odessa Regional Hospital and a faculty in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His research activity and participation in innumerable research trials is exemplary.

His business establishments in USA and India, earned him a position as a Board Member in the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. A former Texas gubernatorial appointee to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force and Texas Medical Board, he has been reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Medical Board for a term set to expire on April 13th, 2027.
Congratulations!

AKIL TAHERBHAI, MD

Dr.Taher, as he is known in his Community, is a senior Patron/ Life Member of AAPI. Raised in Mumbai, India, and trained in Family Medicine in USA, he has an established practice in Gadsden, Alabama.

His is an inspirational story very well documented in the American Heart Association News column, titled “ Bypass surgery turned doctor from couch potato into mountain climber”. At the age of sixty-one, a year after his open-heart surgery in 2010, he dramatically altered the conventional script, by undertaking a mountaineering trek to the formidable Mount Kailash in Tibet. In October 2011, he ran his first full marathon, the Chicago Marathon; and in September 2012, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

He further expanded his activities due to sheer will power and extreme optimism. This led to age-defying, physically challenging activities on land, sea, and air, including a century bike ride (a 100-mile cycling event), triathlon, scuba diving, white water rafting, hang gliding, and skydiving. Over the last decade, he has overcome acute and chronic medical ailments by transforming his mind, body, and spirit.

He is also a speaker focused on spreading the message of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Open Heart is his first book, and it chronicles his exploits since his heart surgery. He is happily married and has two children and an adorable grandson.

Kishore Challa, MD

Dr. Kishore Challa is a Patron Member of our organization and a key member of our Ethics and Grievance Committee. He is the Chairman and President of the West Virginia Board of Medicine, which oversees 8000 MD’s, 1000 PA’s and Podiatrists in that State. Appointed in 2102, has been reappointed in 2017 for a five year term.

Like many, he completed his MBBS in India with honors. In USA, he excelled in his Residency as well as his Fellowship in Cardiology at Coney Island Hospital. He is presently, the President of South Charleston Cardiology, Chairman of Cardiology as well as the Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Thomas Health Systems. He has received numerous awards and has been honors, including the “Cardiologist of the Year (Heart of Gold)” in 2014 from American Heart Association. In 2015, he was recognized as the “Distinguished West Virginian of the Year” on the floor of the US Senate for his contributions to West Virginia.

Many know his role in the passage of the important “Telemedicine Bill” during the early stages of COVID crisis. This enabled physicians to take care of their patients from home and also get reimbursed for the time spent.

Aruna Thotakura Arora, MD

Huntsville, Alabama native Aruna Thotakura Arora is a life member of AAPI. Dr. Arora graduated from UAB School of Medicine Birmingham. She completed her residency and chief residency in neurology at UAB before becoming a Fellow in Clinical Neurophysiology. A diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Arora is a member of the Northeast ALS Consortium and American Academy of Neurology and a founding member of the Society of Women in Medicine. She is the 2018 recipient of the Eric S. Obermann Humanitarian Award for her work in ALS. She has been a board member of the Madison County Medical Society and currently serves as president. She also serves on the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. Both she and her husband, Dr. Amit Arora, are the founding doctors of Neurology Consultants of Huntsville.

Dr. Arora is currently president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. She has been the face of society by being creative, doing regular press conferences, and inviting critical leaders in her weekly roundtable discussions on COVID 19 and other issues. Let’s congratulate Dr. Aruna Arora for forging a path for young minority women physicians to dream of becoming a leader by building alliances and focusing on patient advocacy. Dr. Arora has shown a knack for swimming against the current while seeking collaboration from opposing views. She credits our Indian culture of tolerance and understanding various viewpoints.

Noel N Deep, MD, FACP

A life member of AAPI, is Chief Medical Officer at Aspirus Langlade Hospital and Regional Medical Director of Aspirus Medical Group in Wisconsin. He has had an illustrious career in medicine and leadership in organized medicine. He currently serves as Governor of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), Vice-Chair of the ACP’S Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee, and Parliamentarian for the ACP’S Board of Governors. He served as President of the Wisconsin Medical Society 2017-2018, member of the Board of Trustees 2010-2019, and Executive Committee of the Board from 2016-2019. He has represented the ACP to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates since 2008 and is the current Chair-Elect of the AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. He serves on the Wisconsin Council for Immunization Practices, and a member of the Unified School District of Antigo Board of Education. He is the recipient of several state and national awards from the Wisconsin Medical Society, American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

Bellamkonda K. Kishore, MD., Ph.D., MBA

Dr. Kishore is an outstanding academician, innovator, and entrepreneur.  He served as a Principal Investigator in Nephrology at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System for two decades, where he directed an internationally recognized kidney research program, and received Superior Performance Award, News Release, and Radio Broadcast of his research. Recently, he secured an Exclusive Patent License from the Department of Veterans Affairs to commercialize some of his inventions through his startup, the ePurines, Inc. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine (Nephrology) at the University of Utah Health. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of AAPI (JAAPI). Recently, he received Outstanding Editor Award from the Frontiers in Physiology – Renal and Epithelial Physiology, a Switzerland-based journal.  As a freelance writer he published motivational books, and composes poetry in English and Telugu. He believes that a purpose-driven life ensures long-lasting happiness as opposed to a success-conscious life.

Devdutta G. Sangvai, MD, MBA

Dr. Sangvai is an eminent family physician of Indian American origin in Durham, NC. He is a practicing physician and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine. He is also Vice President for Population Health Management at Duke Health. In addition to his brilliant academic career, he is also involved in leadership and organized medicine both locally and nationally. A 2004 graduate of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Leadership College, he completed a 3 yr. term as the Chair of the Young Physicians Section of the American Medical Association (AMA). He also served as the National Chair for Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) organization of student representatives and organization of residents. He is the Past President of North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS). We wish him the very best in his present role as a member of the Executive Committee of North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB).

Dr MALIREDDY S. REDDY

Dr. Malireddy S. Reddy (Dr. M.S. Reddy) is a Life Member of our organization. He is an eminent scientist and well known all over the world in the field of microbiology even at a tender age of 21. He has been a frequent contributor of medical articles in our AAPI journal for the past 20 years and longer. He currently serves as Chairman and President of U.S.A. based American Dairy and Food Consulting Laboratories and International Media and Cultures (IMAC, Inc.) with twelve manufacturing facilities in eight states.

We are proud to announce and we are recognizing him today for his breakthrough, patented invention to prevent and cure COVID-19 infection due to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This is a landmark patent (number 11,077,052). We sincerely wish him a great success in all his future endeavors, especially with his new patent.

Dr GEORGE ABRAHAM

Dr. George Abraham is an eminent Physician and a Life Member of AAPI. He started his career as a Resident and Chief Resident of Internal Medicine in Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA. He is today, the Chief of Medicine in the same hospital and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the current President of the American College of Physicians (ACP) as well as Emeritus Chair of the Board of Governors. He is the Current Chair of the Board of Registration (Licensing) in Medicine, Massachusetts. Most importantly, he is a gentleman and a true believer in collaboration of AAPI with ACP. His achievements as an Indian American Physician in this country make us all proud. Also, ignites great hope for the future generation. Congratulations, Sir.

Dr JAYESH SHAH

Dr. Jayesh B. Shah is an award-winning wound care and hyperbaric physician in active clinical practice. We know him as the Past President American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin as well as the person behind an extremely successful AAPI 32nd Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2014. He is now getting ready for an exciting 40th Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2022. Of his many achievements, he is also a current Board of Trustees Member of Texas Medical Association and current  AMA Delegate from Texas. He has written numerous world articles in reputed journal as well as book chapters. He is also an Assistant Editor of Journal of ACCWS. Multiple medical societies and reputed organizations have awarded him for his contributions and achievements.

We wish him the very best in his latest endeavor as our 40th Annual AAPI Convention Chair. Jai Ho!

Dr Anu Rao Patel

Dr. Rao-Patel is an eminent Indian American Physician appointed to the North Carolina Medical Board by Gov. Roy Cooper for a three-year term beginning Nov1, 2020.

She is the Lead Medical Director for Government Programs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC).  In that role, she oversees the medical directors responsible for the utilization and care management activities for multiple government programs. She is also leading an internal opioid workgroup for Blue Cross NC and works collaboratively with other key stakeholders at both state and national levels to identify solutions and best practices on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder while focusing on effective care coordination for member focused care delivery.

Her guidance in building a bridge between health insurance and government programs are greatly appreciated.