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Emerge Diagnostic conducts media clinic

Special Contribution
By NJ Thakuria

OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club

Guwahati: The city based Emerge Diagnostic under the guidance of Dr Dhrubajyoti Gogoi on Saturday conducted the evening OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club (GPC) for the benefit of its members along with their dependants. The 17 June health camp, organized under the series of GPC’s ‘Evening with a Doctor’ programs, helped nearly 50 participants to check their blood pressure & sugar with haemoglobin, cholesterol, bilirubin, creatinine etc.

The camp was supported by health workers namely Aminul Islam, Khanin Deka and Hemanta Deka from the pathology laboratory. The unique healthcare initiative was launched by eastern India’s pioneer pressmen’s organization GPC last year, where well-known institution Dispur Hospitals extended initial support to raise a doctor’s chamber at the club premises in August 2016. The premier hospital under the leaderships of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi also conducted the first episode of the media clinics.

Till date, practicing doctors from Apollo Chennai Hospital, Medanta-the Medicity Hospital, Manipal Bangalore Hospital, Down Town Hospitals, GNRC Hospitals, Dispur Hospitals, Wintrobe Hospital, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Shankardev Nethralaya Guwahati, Barthakur Clinic, Rahman Hospitals, Sun Valley Hospital, Government Ayurvedic College, MMC Panbazar, Institute of Dental Science & Research Center etc have attended the camps.

The next OPD clinic at GPC will be conducted by Sight First Eye-Clinic on 24 June, where Dr Shubhra Kinkor Goswami would supervise the camp. The 1 July media camp is assigned to the city based Nemcare Hospital and 8 July for the Bangalore based Fortis Hospitals.
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Manipal Hospital Bangalore to conduct next GPC clinic

Special Contribution
By NJ Thakuria

Dr Sankaran Sundar

Guwahati: The next Saturday evening OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club will be conducted by a well-known kidney ailment expert from Manipal Hospital Bangalore. Dr Sankaran Sundar, senior consultant Nephrologist and head of international kidney transplantation program of the hospital will be available for free consultations to member-journalists of the press club along with their dependents. The camp, organized under the series of 'Evening with a Doctor' programs, will begin at 2 pm on 13 May 2017 and continue till 4 pm.

Earlier on 6 May senior gynecologist from Apollo Chennai Hospital, Dr A Vinutha graced the camp exclusively organized for the women journalists along with the spouses (and daughters) of Guwahati Press Club members at the club premises. Prior to it, Dr Vinutha also delivered a talk on various women related ailments and their preventions at the club auditorium.

It may be mentioned that eastern India’s one of the pioneer press clubs launched the unique healthcare initiative last year. Assam’s Dispur Hospitals initially supported the endeavour with raising a doctor’s chamber at the club premises in August 2016. The city based hospital under the leaderships of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi also conducted the first episode of evening OPD clinics.

Till date a number of practicing doctors from Medanta-the Medicity Hospital, Apollo Chennai Hospital, GNRC Group of Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Sankaradeva Nethralaya Guwahati, Wintrobe Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Nemcare Hospital, Rahman Hospitals, Sun Valley Hospital, Sight First eye-clinic, Government Ayurvedic College, MMC Panbazar, Institute of Dental Science & Research Center etc attended the camps.
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AAPI praises contributions of its member, past US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy



Dr. Vivek Murthy

(New York, NY: April 23, 2017) “On behalf of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), I want to applaud the many contributions and initiatives of Dr. Vivek Murthy, our AAPI member, in the healthcare sector in very short span of about two years since he became US Surgeon General in 2014,” said Dr. Ajay Lodha, President of AAPI.

Dr. Murthy has attended several AAPI meetings and has always acknowledged the contributions of AAPI and the Indian community in his statement which he quoted as ,"I am proud of our community of Indian physicians for all the progress that we have made over the years, and I know that AAPI has been a critical force in making this process possible. The advice you shared and assistance you kindly offered were important pieces of this journey,”

The growing influence of doctors of Indian heritage is evident, as increasingly physicians of Indian origin hold critical positions in the healthcare, academic, research and administrative positions across the nation. With their hard work, dedication, compassion, and skills, they have thus carved an enviable niche in the American medical community. AAPI’s role has come to be recognized as vital among members and among lawmakers.

The surgeon general represents the Health and Human Services Secretary in addressing public health practice in the nation. Murthy, 39, was America's youngest-ever top doctor, and is also the first surgeon general of Indian-American representing the next generation of Indian American physician. His ethics, quiet leadership style and impeccable credentials made him the smart choice for this position.

Dr. Murthy, grand son of a farmer ,second generation Indian American physician ,said, he will always be grateful to “our country for welcoming my immigrant family nearly 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve. Dr. Murthy played key role in bringing to the forefront many crucial health issues confronting the nation. In a landmark report on addiction released in November, said dependency on opioids and other substances must not be looked on as a "character flaw," in the first publication from a surgeon general that has addressed drug and alcohol addiction.

Murthy embarked on a three-month listening tour of the U.S. ahead of a ceremonial swearing in to listen to the people and professionals before taking on this important role. AAPI is shocked and saddened with his departure and wishes him well as he moves on to a new phase in life and is confident that his talents. skills, and experiences will be utilized effectively for the greater good of the nation.
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Media OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club carried on

By NJ Thakuria

OPD clinic at Guwahati

Guwahati: Media persons in the pre-historic city of Guwahati start showing an impressive interest and outcome in healthcare awareness, as a local press club has initiated for running a weekly evening OPD clinic for its members along with their dependants. The Saturday clinic organized at Guwahati Press Club in presence of practicing doctors from various hospitals for free consultations has already completed seven months of its inception in last year.

“Every clinic provides us a rare opportunity to identify one or two journalists with higher blood pressure, blood sugar or other risky tendency. As we have lost many young journalists because of irregular life-styles with less awareness on physical status, the regular consultations with experienced doctors should make a difference,” said a statement of the press club.

The last camp under the banner of ‘Evening with a Doctor’, was conducted by the newly launched Ayursundra Superspecialty Hospital on 1 April 2017. Dr Prerit Sarma (Emergency Medicine) and Dr Ayona Barthakur (O&G) checked the health status of over 35 participants and offered necessary consultations. Besides health related free consultations, the participants also got the facility of weight, blood pressure & sugar examinations in the camp.

It may be mentioned that the unique healthcare program was started in last August with initial supports from Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, managing director of Dispur Hospitals for raising a doctor’s chamber at the press club premises. The city based hospital also conducted the first evening clinic and kicked off the noble initiative.

Till date, doctors from Medanta-the Medicity Hospital, Apollo Chennai Hospital, GNRC Group of Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Sankaradeva Nethralaya Guwahati, Wintrobe Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Nemcare Hospital, Rahman Hospitals, Sun Valley Hospital, Sight First eye-clinic, Government Ayurvedic College, Institute of Dental Science & Research Center etc have graced the occasions.
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World Kidney Day observed at Dispur Hospitals

Special Contribution
By NJ Thakuria

At Kidney Day

Guwahati: Northeast’s well-known healthcare institution Dispur Hospitals, along with numerous health conscious organizations across the globe, today (9 March 2017) observed the World Kidney Day with various programs including a free health camp at the hospital premises.

With an aim to increase public awareness about a healthy lifestyle paving the way to keep the kidneys fit, a walkathon was organized at the Ganeshguri locality of the pre-historic city in the morning hours. Journalist Nava Thakuria in presence of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, managing director of Dispur Hospitals flagged off the program.

It may be noted that the kidney day is observed globally on 2nd Thursday of March every year. It started the voyage in 2006 with 66 countries which now increases nearly 100 today. The celebrations emphasize on the importance of two kidneys, which are smaller in size, but very much responsible to keep a human body alive.

The celebration highlights on regular and systematic screening of kidneys of those individuals who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure which may lead to the chronic kidney diseases. Moreover, the observation aims to encourage the process of kidney donation & transplantation as a best option of life saving.

The free kidney check-up camp at the hospital premises was conducted by Dr PM Deka, Dr TA Choudhury, Dr Joynil Bagwade and Dr Rohan Batra, where over hundred participants received necessary consultations on nephrology and urology.

Dispur Hospitals’ public relation officer Ujjal Saikia, while elaborating the available facilities including the 24-hour dialysis, home (delivery) dialysis, image-guided kidney biopsy, kidney transplantation, AVF creation, permcath insertion etc in affordable costs, offered thanks to everyone who participated in the programs pursuing for healthy kidneys meaning a longer and productive life-span.
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Rahman Hospital doctors conduct GPC evening clinic

Special Contribution
By NJ Thakuria

Rahman Hospital doctors

Guwahati: Assam’s well known Rahman Hospitals conducted the last Saturday evening OPD clinic at Guwahati Press Club (GPC), where Dr Hemen Ch Goswami & Dr P Rojer Singh (Medicine) checked the health status of over 30 participants and provided them free consultations.

The member-journalists of GPC along with their dependants also got their weight, blood pressure & sugar checked by nurses namely Momi Begum and Asha Devi. Most of the participants were also offered necessary medicines.

Senior physicians Dr Muhammad Liaquat Ali Rahman and Dr MMM Kazi from the city based hospital also graced the camp, where health workers Manab Deka and Nazrul Islam assisted the participants in the process of preliminary diagnosis & consultations.

The next camp GPC’s series of ‘Evening with a Doctor’ programs will be conducted by the Panbazar, Guwahati based Institute of Dental Science & Research Center on 4 March 2017. Dr Deep Sharma and Dr Nirmala K Roy will be present for general oral & dental health diagnosis & treatment planning. The health camp will begin at press club premises by 3 pm and continue till 6 pm.
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‘Evening with a Doctor’ program completes six months



St the ‘Evening with a Doctor’

Guwahati: A unique and innovative healthcare initiative, run by Guwahati Press Club, has completed six months. Under the program, titled ‘Evening with a Doctor’, the member-journalists of the northeast India based press club along with their dependants have been offered free consultation & primary treatments by experienced physicians from various healthcare institutions of the country.

The last evening clinic at the press club on 11 February was conducted by the city based Dispur Hospital, where Dr Raj Kumar Dutta (Medicine) provided free consultations to over 25 media persons along with their families. They also got their weight, blood pressure & sugar checked by Champak Goswami (laboratory technician) and Jonprova Devi (nurse).

The previous evening OPD was graced by Dr Vinay Singal from the Gurgaon based Medanta-The Medicity Hospital. Practicing doctors from Apollo Hospitals Chennai, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, GNRC Group of Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Wintrobe Hospital, Barthakur Clinic, Nemcare Hospital, Sun Valley Hospital, Sight First eye-clinic, Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Government Ayurvedic College etc had earlier conducted the camps.

Joining the series, the Hayat Hospital announced various concessions for the scribes with their families in OPD/doctor consultation charges (100 per cent), room rent (25 %), lab investigation (20 %), CT/USG/X-ray (20 %), MRI/MR angiography (20 %), EEG, ECG,TMT, HOLTER, ECHO (20 %), colonoscopy & endoscopy (20 %), operation theatre charges (10 %) and medicines (5 %).

It may be noted that the Dispur Hospitals, under the leadership of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, supported the initiative to raise a doctor’s chamber last year at the press club premises. Besides personal healthcare, the initiative is expected to help the scribes to understand various aspects of healthiness in a better way that should encourage the journalists to cover the sector with more authenticities.
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Dr. Chitra Dinakar: A thought leader in the field of food allergy Committed to helping Asian Indian kids with food allergy

Special Contribution
By Ajay Ghosh

Dr. Chitra Dinakar receives Distinguished Fellow Award from American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

“I have increasingly been seeing children with food allergies in my clinic and in my social circles, with many of them having severe, life-threatening allergies to multiple foods,” says Dr. Chitra Dinakar is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Director, FARE Center of Excellence at Children's Mercy, Division of Allergy/Immunology at Children’s Mercy Hospital. According to her, what she saw in her patients had a direct similarity with recent data that food allergy is considered to be the second wave of the allergy epidemic with up to 8% of children having food allergies in the USA.

Dr. Dinakar was deeply concerned that “a significant percentage of them were of Asian Indian origin, and whose parents and grandparents had no history or knowledge of food allergies. Moreover, some of them had allergies to foods that were not commonly reported in the USA population (e.g. urud dal), and hence were finding it challenging to get appropriately diagnosed and treated.”

These concerns and studies prompted Dr. Dinakar, who had completed her fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and has been at Children’s Mercy since then, to review the scarce literature published on this topic and her search revealed the possibility that Asians have higher odds of food allergy compared with white children, but significantly lower odds of formal diagnosis. Dr. Dinakar who began her new career in January 2017 as the Gies Endowed Faculty Scholar and Clinical Professor in Food Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research at the Sean N Parker Center, Stanford University, found that immigrant populations tended to develop the diseases of the society they migrated to. Australian-born Asians had higher odds of developing atopic disease when compared to Asian-born immigrants, and foreign-born children had an initially lower prevalence of atopic disease, which increased after residing in US for more than10 years.

“I also discovered that there is a significant knowledge gap regarding food allergy trends in the Asian Indian population in the US,” Dr. Dinakar says. According to her, Asian Indians have an ethnically unique diet and may have ‘unusual’ or ‘different’ food allergies than the "Top 8" (milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish). And there are standardized tests to diagnose these food allergies or recommendations regarding cross-reactive patterns and foods that are a must-avoid. To her surprise, the young Indian allergist also found that Asian Indians as a demographic population is typically left out of most large-scale studies since they do not meet the National Institutes of Health inclusion criteria for "minority " or "medically underserved" groups. “I therefore believe it is critically important to recognize, diagnose, and treat these unique allergies in this understudied population to optimize nutrition and growth,” says Dr. Dinakar.

Dr. Dinakar chaired the Joint Task Force Practice Parameter Workgroup on Yellow Zone Management of Asthma Exacerbations. She has served on review panels for grant funding programs such as the National Institutes of Health, and has been a member of the UMKC Pediatric Institutional Review Board. She has been involved in more than 50 investigator-initiated, NIH-sponsored, and industry-sponsored clinical trials, and has over 45 peer-reviewed publications, and 2 book chapters. She is an invited speaker at national and international allergy conferences, and mentors junior faculty, A/I fellows, residents and medical trainees.

Loving children comes naturally to this young physician of Indian origin. The opportunity to help care for the health and well-being of the future citizens of India, comprising over one thirds of its population, was compelling and irresistible, inspired her to take up this noble Medical profession. On graduating as the valedictorian from high-school, she was fortunate to be selected to join one of the premier medical institutions in India, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). Admission at JIPMER is through a nationally competitive entrance examination, and all admitted students receive a generous tuition scholarship from the government of India, which made the decision easy for her. Dr. Dinakar has been passionately interested in studying food allergy trends among Asian Indians for several years. She began with a pilot survey launched in Kansas City that showed there was a variety of food allergies reported in Asian Indians. She then extended her study to capture a larger cohort throughout the USA in the form of a multi center collaboration with Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an accomplished pediatrician and food allergy/asthma researcher, from Northwestern University. IRB approval was obtained at the two collaborating institutions, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The aims of the Asian Indian Food Allergy Survey were to 1) understand generational differences in food allergy in the Asian Indian population living in the USA 2) determine the top food allergens in this specific population, 3) and to better understand the interplay between genetics and the environment in the development of atopic illness. We hope to capture child and parent demographics (including birth country and state, age of migration), history and nature of food allergy diagnosis (including symptoms, age of onset, and testing), and the presence of other atopic illnesses. The key inclusion criteria include being of Asian Indian heritage living in the USA and having a child with food allergy. At the end of the study, Dr. Dinakar and her team reported the preliminary results of the study at an invited oral presentation at the International Food Allergy Symposium, ACAAI Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX in Nov 2015. Among the 114 Asian Indian children with food allergies approximately two-thirds of the allergies were reported to be diagnosed by a physician. Over two-thirds of them were diagnosed by blood or skin allergy tests, and approximately one-third were revealed through a supervised oral food challenge. Tree nut was the most common food allergy in this population and was reported in six out of every 10 children. This finding was unexpected since it is not the most common food allergy in the general population of the U.S.A.

Dr. Dinakar notes that, some of other food allergies noted were to chickpea flour, capsicum (variant of green pepper), and to Indian lentils. Despite the small sample size, a large variety of food allergens that are typically not seen in the general population was reported, including foods such as avocado, banana, beef, bulgur wheat, coconut, corn, eggplant, food dye, garlic, ginger, green peas, jalapeño peppers, kiwi, melon, rice and tomato. Additionally, one in ten parents self-reported that they had a food allergy. “While the study is still on-going, the preliminary findings are important as they reveal that individuals of Indian descent living in the US tend to be allergic to foods that are frequently not thought of as common food allergens,” Dr. Dinakar, whose expertise includes pediatric asthma, food allergic disorders, atopic and immunological disorders, and health care quality and outcomes, and the Principal Investigator at the Children's Mercy Food Allergy Center, one of the 22 members of the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Clinical Trials Network and Centers of Excellence, says. “I will follow up on this study by evaluating allergic diseases in the Indian subcontinent and determine reasons for the exponential spike.”

Dr. Dinakar, who serves on the Editorial boards of four reputed Allergy/Immunology journals (AllergyWatch (Associate Editor); Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Allergy and Asthma Proceedings; Current Treatment Options in Allergy), and serves as the USA Regional Editor of the World Allergy Organization Web Editorial Board, invites all families of Indian origin to participate in the collection of this critically important information at the link below. In order to participate in the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SouthAsianFoodAllergySurvey

“The data we capture will enable us to start gaining an understanding of why Asian Indian families in the USA are increasingly developing severe allergic diseases such as food allergies, asthma and environmental allergies. It will also help us develop appropriate treatment and prevention strategies for this unique population, one that is typically not well-represented in routine research studies.” The ongoing survey is part of a study being conducted by researchers at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in Chicago, IL. The principal researcher for this study is Chitra Dinakar, MD. Children’s Mercy on Broadway.

As of today, about 350 individuals have responded to the surve, while the team would like to have a group of 1000 or more from different regions of this country to participate in the survey, so that it would adequately reflect the food allergy status of the Asian Indian population living in the USA. This research study is for adults and children with food allergies who are of Asian Indian origin. The researchers are exploring the types of foods which cause food-allergy reactions among adults and children of Asian Indian origin. This data gathered will be used to advance knowledge regarding allergies among individuals of Asian Indian origin.

Dr. Dinakar has served in leadership capacities at national Allergy/Immunology organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI). She was on the Board of Regents of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and Chair of Health Care Delivery and Quality Interest Section of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Section of Allergy/Immunology in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-SOAI) and is an elected member of the prestigious American Pediatric Societies (APS). She is a former President of the Greater Kansas City Allergy Society and a former Board member of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. She is a board member of the Food Equality Initiative and the Food Allergy Support Group of Greater Kansas City.

“It is energizing to me to know that colleagues I admire and respect believe in my passions,” says Dr. Dinkar with a sens of pride and accomplishment. “At the same time, it is humbling to realize that this honor was possible only because of the unstinting mentorship and encouragement of path-breaking leaders and supportive colleagues. I have found that almost every person I encounter has a story to tell, and their personal battles and victories inspire and motivate me. To me, therefore, the awards are a reflection of the collective "goodness" of the amazing people I have been fortunate to interact with in my life.”

Having had the benefit of experiencing healthcare delivery in two nations, both In India and the US, at near-opposite ends of the spectrum, Dr. Dinakar is well aware of the breakthroughs and limitations in healthcare globally. “I am passionate about minimizing health care disparities and moving healthcare quality forward in every which way I can, one baby step at a time. Having been blessed with receiving top-notch training in both India and the USA, I am passionate about advancing cutting-edge research knowledge in both these countries, and using the expertise and understanding gained to improve global health.” She hopes that her new assignment atto Stanford University as the Gies Endowed Faculty Scholar and Clinical Professor for Food Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research at the Sean N Parker Center, “will enable me to accomplish my goals.”

Dr. Dinakar, who has been awarded with numerous awards was the recipient of the “Distinguished Fellow Award, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in 2016. “I was honored to receive the "Distinguished Fellow Award" from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), a professional organization of more than 6900 allergists/immunologists from across the world, at their annual meeting in November, 2016. According to the ACAAI website, this award is presented to "a Fellow who has made significant contributions to allergy, asthma or immunology in the United States or Canada and/or has an outstanding reputation as a clinician/teacher, dedication to ACAAI activities, scholarly achievement and leadership qualities". In the words of Dr. Bryan Martin, the President of the ACAAI, "Dr. Dinakar is incredibly active in the College and has been instrumental in the quality of College educational endeavors. She supports the practicing allergist as a Director of the ABAI, and the College representative on the Council of Pediatrics Subspecialties. She is a wonderful mentor and tireless worker for the allergy community.”

Last year, she was thrilled to receive "The Woman in Allergy Award" by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). The annual award "honors an individual who has advanced the role of women in medicine or made a significant contribution to the specialty". In the words of the 2016 ACAAI President Dr. James Sublett, “Dr. Dinakar is one of those “go-to individuals” who is always willing, when asked, to step up and take a leadership role. Whether it’s leading the development of a Practice Parameter, or chairing a College committee, we know the job will be done well and on time.”

Some of the awards Dr. Dinakar was bestowed with include, “Excellence in Service” (for Distinguished Editorial Service), Missouri State Medical Association (2016), "Woman in Allergy Award" by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2015), “Acellus Teacher of the Year” award by the International Academy of Science (2015), the "Award of Excellence" by the American Association of Allergists & Immunologists of Indian Origin (AAAII, 2009), "Golden Apple Mercy Mentor Award" by Children’s Mercy Hospital, and an honorary “Kentucky Colonel” awarded by the Governor of Kentucky. She is listed on the Consumer Research Council’s ‘Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians’; Best Doctors in America; Kansas City Magazine’s ‘SuperDocs’ and ‘435 Magazine’ Best Doctors. Being a pediatrician, and a mother of two young college boys- the older a sophomore at Stanford, and the younger a Freshman at UC Berkeley- Dr. Dinakar is an unabashed and ardent believer in the power and ability of the future global citizens to take mankind forward.

Dr. Dinakar also believes that many young Indian Americans are doubly blessed with having the benefit of both "Nature and Nurture." In other words, the majority of them have inherited priceless genes and drive that brought their incredibly hard-working and motivated parents/grandparents to cross continents in a desire to ensure a robust future for their progeny. According to Dr. Dinakar, “while there are unique generational, cultural, language, social and economic challenges in growing up as the children of immigrants in the USA, the opportunities presented to them are limitless. After all, this is "the land where dreams come true!" Addressing the young Indian Americans, Dr. Dinakar says, “You are extraordinarily gifted and loved beyond measure. Feel empowered to unlock your phenomenal potential and translate your dreams into reality.”

Dr. Dinakar finds time and passion to be actively involved in very aspect of her family life. “I believe that my family is a microcosm of the world around me, and how I interact with my family defines and shapes how I interact with the world. I believe that each one of the members of my family tree (vertically and horizontally) is exceptional and extraordinary, and am deeply grateful for the countless ways in which they have enriched and fostered my growth, either directly or by example.”

“I am a kinetic person and enjoy putting my fast muscle fibers and mitochondria to work,” describes Dr. Dinakar of herself. A classically trained Bharathnatyam dancer, she learned ballroom dancing after coming to the USA. She revels in all kinds of dance movements, including Bollywood. A competitive track athlete in school/college, she says, “nostalgic memories motivate me to represent my hospital in the annual Kansas City-wide Corporate Challenge events, where I typically medal in the 100m and 400m sprints, and Long Jump events.” She was the captain of the basketball team in medical school and “I play 2 on 2 basketball with my boys in the driveway, when the weather permits. My boys are talented musicians and I enjoy listening to them. I also love reading good books and watching movies, though I wish there were 36 hours in a day!” Ajay Ghosh Phone # (203) 583-6750
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Ayurvedic doctors to attend press club clinic



Dr Jayanta Sarmah (R)

Guwahati: The next Saturday evening OPD at Guwahati Press Club (GPC) will be attended by a group of physicians from the Government Ayurvedic College, Jalukbari (Assam). Led by Dr Jayanta Sarmah, the group of doctors including Dr Chiranjib Mahanta , Dr Ajay Barman, Dr Susmita Pegu and Dr Purnima Deori will examine the health of GPC members along with their dependents with random blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI tests. The 17 December 2016 camp will begin on 3.30 pm and continue till 6 pm.

The last Evening with a Doctor program was graced by Dr KN Srinivasan, consultant cardiologist from Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. Over 25 media persons with their close relatives participated in the camp on 10 December, where one third of them were advised for further course of treatments. Two Apollo hospital executives namely Roopjyoti Baruah and Kamalesh Chakrabarty supported the GPC to organize the clinic.

Till date, practicing physicians from Dispur Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, GNRC Group of Hospitals, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Wintrobe Hospital, Nemcare Hospital, Sun Valley Hospital etc have conducted the weekly camps in the press club.

Similarly, Medanta-The Medicity Hospital Gurgaon, Gauhati Medical College, Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad, Barthakur Clinic, Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya Guwahati etc have shown interest in conducting the healthcare consultation programs in the coming days. It may be noted that Assam's well known Dispur Hospitals Pvt Ltd, under the leadership of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, supported the initiative to raise a doctor's chamber at the press club premises, which was inaugurated by young citizens namely Dhiman, Kristi, Shantanava, Arya, Shambhavi, Nistha and Arunava on the occasion of 70th Independence Day.

"Besides personal health, the initiative is expected to help the scribes to understand various aspects of preventive healthcare in a better way that should encourage them to cover the sector with more authenticity & credibility," said a GPC statement adding that though the initiative was formulated primarily for the benefit of its members, anyone related to the profession is welcome to participate in the program.
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GNRC doctors conducted press club OPD

Special Contribution
By Nava Thakuria

GNRC doctors

Guwahati: GNRC hospital conducted the last ‘Evening with a Doctor’ program at Guwahati Press Club (GPC) in northeast India on 5 November 2016 for the benefit of media persons along with their close relatives. The free health camp was attended by neurosurgeon Dr Naba Jyoti Borah and general physician Dr Aakashi Deka from the acclaimed hospital.

Nearly 25 participants got the opportunity to check their blood pressure in the OPD. Mrinal Ali Hazarika, public relations officer of GNRC group along with nurse Ms Iban also oversaw the program. The last Saturday media health camp was postponed due to Deepawali celebration.

The 22 October evening camp was conducted by the city based Sun Valley hospital on, where Dr Tapan Sarma (Medicine) provided healthcare consultations to over 30 participants. The physician was assisted by staff nurses namely Kiniholi Sumi, Naw Naucy, Bobi Senapoti and Rashmi Bordoloi in conducting the camp which was also graced by Sun Valley hospital managing director AC Hazarika along with the directors AK Pathak & K Barman along with Dr Bikash Bhattacharjee.

It may be mentioned that the evening OPD on every Saturday at the press club was started from August 20 in the presence of Dr Kashyap, Kr Das (Department of Medicine Dispur Hospitals) along with few health workers.

Assam's well known Dispur Hospitals Pvt Ltd under the leadership of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi took the initiative to raise a doctor's chamber at the Press Club premises, which was inaugurated by young citizens namely Dhiman, Kristi, Shantanava, Arya, Shambhavi, Nistha and Arunava on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day.

Later, free camps were graced by Dr Swapnaav Barthakur (Medicine), Dr Ruma Dutta (O&G) from Down Town Hospitals, Dr Nitin Gupta (Urology), Dr Juri Talukdar (General Practitioner), Dr Debanga Borah (Cardiology) from Wintrobe Hospital, Dr Rajib Das (Cardiology), Dr Bikash Rai Das from GNRC Group of hospitals, Dr Amit Saha (Medicine) from Swagat hospital, Dr Nazmul Haque (Medicine) from Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals and Dr Nareswar Barman (Cardiology), Dr Bikash Kumar Das (Medicine) and Dr Hitesh Baruah from Nemcare hospital.

"Though the initiative has been formulated primarily for the benefit of GPC members, anyone related to journalism is encouraged to take advantage of it," said GPC president Sanjib Phukan, adding that the scribes based in other parts of the country are also welcome for the program, if incidentally they are in the city during the specified period.
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Assam’s Dispur Hospitals to observe World Heart Day



The World Heart Day

Guwahati: The city based Dispur Hospitals prepare to observe the World Heart Day on 29 September next with the global spirit to reduce the number of cardiovascular patients. The popular private hospital of northeast India will organize a free health camp on the occasion. The camp, scheduled to begin at 9 am (and to continue till 2 pm) on the hospital campus at Ganeshguri locality, will be open for the citizens, where the participants would get the opportunity to check various heart related parameters like blood pressure, blood sugar, electrocardiograph etc.

Mentionable is that the heart day is observed every year across the globe with an aim to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases, which emerge as the number one killer of human beings worldwide. The statistics reveal that various heart disease & strokes claim 17.3 million lives every year around the world. And by 2020, one third of all human deaths on the planet will be attributed to the cardiovascular diseases.

Shockingly India has been emerging as the world capital of heart patients. The populous country today takes the burden of over 30 million patients with heart related ailments. Moreover it witnesses the deaths of around 3 million people because of cardiovascular diseases every year.

However, 80% of those premature deaths can be avoided with necessary precautions. Geneva based World Heart Federation, which promotes the heart day celebrations worldwide, preaches for improving global heart health by encouraging people for lifestyle changes with acquiring knowledge about being good to the heart.

“We are supporting the mission of World Health Organization to reduce the non-communicable disease mortality rate by 2025 with the reduction of premature deaths because of cardiovascular diseases. The heart day celebration is one of our initiatives,” said Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, the chief of Dispur Hospitals.

He also added that few dangerous risk factors leading to the heart ailments and strokes include high blood pressure, high level of bad cholesterol, increased glucose level, increased weight and obesity, which are normally triggered by the smoking habit, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.

The Dispur Hospitals private limited also plans to take out a walkathon on Thursday morning in the city streets for enhancing awareness about various heart ailments. The walk will start from the hospital premises at 6 am, informed Ujjal Saikia of Dispur Hospitals adding that senior Assamese journalist Nava Thakuria will flag off the march.
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Water Park and Summer Fashion Show



At Hangang River

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GNRC doctors conducted evening OPD at press club



GNRC doctors

Guwahati: Baring few, most of the city based scribes have shown satisfactory heart conditions when they attended the ‘Evening with a Doctor’ program at Guwahati Press Club (GPC) on 10 September 2016. Dr Rajib Das (Cardiology) and Dr Bikash Rai Das (Heart Surgeon) from GNRC Group of hospitals conducted the evening OPD offering free medical check-up & consultations to the participants.

They were assisted by health workers namely Sister Iva, Guna Kataky and Mamoni Goswami from the prestigious healthcare institute of northeast India. Mrinal Ali Hazarika, public relation officer of GNRC Hospitals was also present in the evening outpatient department program, where many close relatives of the scribes also participated.

The first program of the weekly evening clinic series at GPC premises was launched on 20 August, where Dr Kashyap Kr Das (Medicine, Dispur Hospitals) provided necessary consultations on healthcare issues to the member-journalists. The participants, including some senior journalists, took the opportunity to get their blood pressure & sugar checked by the health workers.

Mentionable is that Assam’s well known Dispur Hospitals Pvt Ltd under the leadership of Dr Jayanta Bardoloi took the initiative to raise a doctor’s chamber on the GPC campus, which was inaugurated by young citizens namely Dhiman, Kristi, Shantanava, Arya, Shambhavi, Nistha and Arunava on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day.

The second program was graced by two physicians from Down Town Hospital namely Dr Swapnaav Barthakur (Medicine) & Dr Ruma Dutta (O& G) and the third one was attended by Dr Nitin Gupta (Urology), Dr Juri Talukdar (General Practitioner) and Dr Debanga Borah (Cardiology) from Wintrobe Hospital.

The forthcoming GPC healthcare programs will be attended by the physicians from Narayana Super Specialty Hospital, Apollo Chennai Hospital, Nemcare Hospital, Swagat Hospital etc. Though the initiative was formulated primarily for the benefit of GPC members, said GPC Secretary Nava Thakuria, anyone related to the journalism and based in other parts of the region is also encouraged to take advantage of the evening OPDs.
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Camellia Panjabi: The Queen of Indian Food

Special Contribution
By Ajay Ghosh

Camellia Panjabi(R)

A dream can change one’s life. But with Camellia Panjabi, her dream was to prove to the world that Indian cuisine is as sophisticated and as advanced as French, Japanese, Thai or any other. “We should be proud,” she says, “to be Indian and to be inheritors of such a rich legacy.”

Camellia Panjabi is one of India’s leading culinary personalities, known for her innovative contribution to popularizing Indian regional cuisines within India and London, through trendsetting Indian restaurants. She is also known for having brought the street foods of India from the pavements into plush restaurants both in India and abroad. It was her passion for learning and popularizing the authentic Indian food that made her dedicate her entire life, sharing of the broad spectrum of Indian cuisine to the rest of the world. In researching the project Camellia was aware of- and succeeded against- certain practical challenges: India was a country with around 1.2 billion people, 14 different languages, 29 States, 7 Union Territories, not to mention various cultures – thereby demonstrating contrasts at least as stark as those found between countries across a varied continent like Europe.

Little surprise then, to find that a national identity of cuisine was not something originally found in India. Camellia found that recipes were the closely guarded secrets of families across the country. To expand her knowledge of regional Indian cuisine, she embarked upon a project that sought to seek information from those families, private chefs and home cooks, a corollary of which was her publication ‘The 50 Great Curries of India’, which has sold 1.5 million copies, and is probably the best selling cookbook on Indian cuisine outside of India.

In the 1960s when Camellia came down from Cambridge, UK and applied for and was able to join the Tata Administrative Service, which was, in those days was an entirely male bastion. After a stint with Tata Oil Mills, Camellia ended up at Indian Hotels, then no more than a company that managed Bombay’s Taj, which was in a state of decline. Camellia has been credited with innovative ideas that changed the Taj and its success story has come to be admired. From just one Hotel, the Taj group in a span of few years, opened several top notch hotels in major cities across India. The marketing campaigns she launched positioned them as the country’s leading luxury chain.

Until Camellia came along, Indian hotels were not known for their food. It was the Taj that changed all that. Shamiana, the coffee shop at the Bombay hotel, was the first to put things like pao bhaji on the menu and the first 5 star posh hotel in India to offer idlis and dosas on the breakfast menu. When Machan opened in Delhi in 1978, the prices were kept low so that younger people could sample the hotel’s unusual fare – one reason why the old Machan still evokes so much affection in people of my generation.

Camellia was also instrumental in introducing the newly discovered Sichuan Chinese cuisine into India, with The Golden Dragon and The House of Ming which opened in Delhi in 1978. Both changed the way in which Indians looked at Chinese food, and swept India leading to the creation of Chindian food or Sichuan / Ludhianvi cuisine, as India’s leading food critic calls it. Her love of Far Eastern food which led to the opening of Paradise Island restaurant in the Eighties at Taj West End hotel and introduced Indians to the cuisines of Thailand.

Another contribution that Camellia has been credited with is the Taj’s success in persuading north Indians that there was more to south Indian food than idlis and sambar. It was Camellia who pushed the Taj to explore the cooking of India’s west coast: Goa, Mangalore and Kerala and set up the Karavalli restaurant at Taj Gateway Hotel in Bangalore. It was her love for the peppery hotness of Chettinad food that popularized the cuisine first within Chennai and then it spread all over India and the world. Taj chefs were dispatched to private homes in Karai Kudi district of Tamil Nadu to learn how to cook the best dishes and to learn ancient family recipes. Then she launched ‘the Raintree’, the first Chettinad restaurant in India at the Taj Connemara hotel in Chennai. But till the Taj took the plunge in the 1980s, the food of the south remained restricted to the south.

In 1983 Camellia opened the Bombay Brasserie restaurant in London, which introduced regional Indian cooking to the UK for the first time and changed the way Indian cuisine was perceived in London. Panjabi's real passion though is a variation on Indian street food. "Street sellers depend on word of mouth. So they have to make it taste the best," she says. "My mother who was a doctor, did everything in her power to stop us eating it with reasons of hygiene, but with children there is always a way. That love of the taste of street food stays with us through to adulthood."

After leaving The Taj, in 2001 Camellia Panjabi joined her family’s restaurant company Masala World in London, which owns Chutney Mary in Chelsea, Veeraswamy, the UK's oldest Indian restaurant and Masala Zone throughout London. Amaya, their latest venture, winning several awards. In 1989, Namita Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani formed Chelsea Plaza Restaurants which was later renamed Masala World. The company was formed to create top end restaurant Chutney Mary as an outlet for fine Indian food. The restaurant immediately won accolades and audiences in London. They then bought the ailing Veeraswamy, and turned it around to have a new life as London’s best Indian restaurant, given the award by London’s Time Out magazine.

Camellia Panjabi joined the group as a director in 2001 and together the team of 3 set about the project of Amaya restaurant, which after opening in October 2004 gained a nomination by 7 top food writers of UK as ‘London’s Best Restaurant’ across all cuisines. This was the first city in the world outside India where an Indian restaurant was judged the Best Restaurant. Amaya was also awarded a Michelin star in 2006.

In 2001 they created a new Masala Zone concept and launched it in the colorful Soho district, providing a fresh new approach with Indian street food and the Thali way of eating, including non-vegetarian thalis. The décor of the restaurants is full of spirit using tribal and popular folk art. Now there is a collection of seven restaurants across London. In 2012, the company as a whole was renamed MW Eat. Most recently, MW Eat moved the iconic restaurant Chutney Mary to beautiful upscale premises on St James’ Street, London and opening Masala Grill on its former site.

Veeraswamy, UK's oldest Indian restaurant, has been the rendezvous of rich, famous, fashionable lovers of Indian food since its inception in 1926. It celebrates 90 years in 2016 and is credited with being the oldest Indian restaurant in the world. The luxurious, chic, and exotic décor evokes Maharaja's palaces of the 1920s. A menu of top flight classical dishes from throughout India is combined with more contemporary creations. National Geographic, the highly respected travel magazine, has ranked it as one of the 10 Best Destination Restaurants in the World. No other UK restaurant is in the top 10. Voted “Indian Restaurant of the Year” by them. Veeraswamy is one of the leading fine dining restaurants serving Indian food in the world today.
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The Colors Of India: Fashion Show By Rohini Bedi’s Exclusive 2016 Collection At AAPI’s 34th Convention in New York



Fashion by Rohini Bedi

AAPI Convention has come to be recognized for its ways of catering to the varied needs of the delegates from across the nation. A ways of networking and strengthening bond, AAPI convention offers events, programs and services, always striving to provide the best in the world to the participants.

While AAPI convention is packed with Seminars, CMEs, CEO Forum, gala, cultural events, scintillating Bollywood and Hollywood shows, one thing has come to be popular among the delegates is the live Fashion Shows. Participants at the 34th annual convention in New York City this year will not be disappointed.

This year's Fashion Show is being led by Rohini Bedi. The much sought after South Asian designer Rohini Bedi from Los Angeles brings you her exclusive collection 2016 for APPI in her presentation for AAPI delgates, “The Colors Of India,” announced Dr. Seema Jain, President of AAPI. “Rohini’s collection infuses the vibrant colors of the East and the jaw dropping designs that rock the runways in the West,” she added.

According to Dr. Hetal Gor, an organizer of the event at the Convention, “The Fashion Show will consist of beautiful dancers, dancing to Caribean, Brazil, Hawaian dances provided by Bergen pac and music. These will be followed by models walking in Resort Wear.” In addition, there will be Fusion/Jazz/ Tap dancing to get everyone excited for the day wear/office wear which stunning models will show case. A sensational Kathak Dance with Pakiza set and Taj Mahal on the screen will be followed by Party and Wedding Wear. The grand finale will have breathtaking performances by Sonali Bhendre.

"The exclusive Indian fashion designer Rohini Bedi has been custom designing and selling her label throughout various boutiques in India and worldwide," said Dr. Rita Ahuja, Chairwoman of the Convention. "She has recently opened her flagship studio "Fashion by Rohini" next to Bhindi Jewelers in Cerritos bringing her exclusive showcase to the South Asian bride right here in So Cal. Rohini has the innate talent to bring any brides dream to life, so for those brides to be that want an exclusive one of a kind piece tailored to their vision...let Rohini bring that special touch to the most memorable day of your life."

AAPI’s 34th annual convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis, Time Square in New York from June 30-July 4, 2016. Expected to have a record attendance of more than 2,000 delegates including Physicians, Academicians, Researchers and Medical students, “the annual convention offers extensive academic presentations, recognition of achievements and achievers, and professional networking at the alumni and evening social events,” she added. For more details, please visit: www.fashionbyrohini.com, for and sponsorship opportunities at AAPI convention, please visit: www.aapiconvention.org and www.aapiusa.org
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Sadhguru To Address Delegates On Need To Build A Culture Of Health In Society During AAPI’s 34th Annual AAPI Convention in New York



Sadhguru

(New York, NY: May 19, 2016): Understanding the inherent humanity that unites all nations, religions and cultures, Sadhguru is recognized for his pioneering efforts to nurture global harmony, Dr. Seema Jain, President of American association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), said today, while announcing the 1.5 hours of CME to be led by Sadhguru during AAPI’s 34th Convention in New York. AAPI’s 34th annual convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis, Time Square in New York from June 30-July 4, 2016. Expected to have a record attendance of more than 2,000 delegates including Physicians, Academicians, Researchers and Medical students, “the annual convention offers extensive academic presentations, recognition of achievements and achievers, and professional networking at the alumni and evening social events,” she added.

Having Sadhguru at the Convention with his unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds, and acts as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life, will make the convention and the delegates from across the nation richer, in so many ways, said, Dr. Rita Ahuaja, Chairwoman of the Convention. “His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful,” Dr. Ahuja added. Named one of India's 50 most influential people, Sadhguru is a realized Yogi and mystic who works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of all. Sadhguru’s work has deeply touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs.

"We need to create a culture of Health in society, instead of investing in just healthcare,” Sadhguru says. “What we call feeling healthy, is not just the absence of disease, but having a sense of wholeness within us. If we feel like a complete being in our body, mind and spirit, that is when we are truly healthy." An author, poet and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoke and broaden our thoughts and perception of life. Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, the UK House of Lords, TED among many others.

Just as he has stated, “Your success in this world essentially depends on how well you can harness the prowess of this body and this mind,” Sadhguru believes in dedicating his life for the service of humanity. He established Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by over three million volunteers worldwide. From powerful yoga programs to large-scale humanitarian projects for rural upliftment, education for the underprivileged, environmental restoration, as well as holistic and healthy living, the foundation’s activities are designed to create an inclusive culture and establish global harmony. His fundamental vision is to offer the science of inner wellbeing to every human being – a science vitally helping realize the ultimate potential within. From this vision stem a multitude of projects, programs, and methods, all towards the same aim: to raise every human being to the peak of their potential, be exuberant, all-inclusive, in harmony within themselves and the world.

Perhaps Sadhguru’s mission is most succinctly summarized in his own paradoxical words: “I have no mission of my own. It is just that when you see a certain need around you, you do what you can do – that’s all. But I have a dream, that someday, walking on a street anywhere in the world, I would be able to meet lots of enlightened or realized beings. That would be the greatest blessing to happen to the world.” The annual convention this year is being organized by AAPI’s New Jersey Chapter. In addition to offering over 12 hours of cutting edge CMEs to the physicians, the event will have 12 hours of product theaters/promotional opportunities, six plenary sessions, a first ever multi-segment CEOs Forum, and a first ever women’s leadership forum. The convention will be addressed by senior world leaders, including US Senators, Presidential candidates, Nobel Lauretes, Governors, Congressmen, and celebrities from the Hollywood and Bollywood world.

Representing the interests of the over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin, leaders of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic organization of physicians, for 34 years, AAPI Convention has provided a venue for medical education programs and symposia with world renowned physicians on the cutting edge of medicine. “Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country and internationally will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year. We look forward to seeing you in New York!” said Dr. Seema Jain. For more details, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: www.aapiconvention.org and www.aapiusa.org

(New York, NY: May 19, 2016): Understanding the inherent humanity that unites all nations, religions and cultures, Sadhguru is recognized for his pioneering efforts to nurture global harmony, Dr. Seema Jain, President of American association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), said today, while announcing the 1.5 hours of CME to be led by Sadhguru during AAPI’s 34th Convention in New York. AAPI’s 34th annual convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis, Time Square in New York from June 30-July 4, 2016. Expected to have a record attendance of more than 2,000 delegates including Physicians, Academicians, Researchers and Medical students, “the annual convention offers extensive academic presentations, recognition of achievements and achievers, and professional networking at the alumni and evening social events,” she added.

Having Sadhguru at the Convention with his unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds, and acts as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life, will make the convention and the delegates from across the nation richer, in so many ways, said, Dr. Rita Ahuaja, Chairwoman of the Convention. “His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful,” Dr. Ahuja added. Named one of India's 50 most influential people, Sadhguru is a realized Yogi and mystic who works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of all. Sadhguru’s work has deeply touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs.

"We need to create a culture of Health in society, instead of investing in just healthcare,” Sadhguru says. “What we call feeling healthy, is not just the absence of disease, but having a sense of wholeness within us. If we feel like a complete being in our body, mind and spirit, that is when we are truly healthy." An author, poet and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoke and broaden our thoughts and perception of life. Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, the UK House of Lords, TED among many others.

Just as he has stated, “Your success in this world essentially depends on how well you can harness the prowess of this body and this mind,” Sadhguru believes in dedicating his life for the service of humanity. He established Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by over three million volunteers worldwide. From powerful yoga programs to large-scale humanitarian projects for rural upliftment, education for the underprivileged, environmental restoration, as well as holistic and healthy living, the foundation’s activities are designed to create an inclusive culture and establish global harmony. His fundamental vision is to offer the science of inner wellbeing to every human being – a science vitally helping realize the ultimate potential within. From this vision stem a multitude of projects, programs, and methods, all towards the same aim: to raise every human being to the peak of their potential, be exuberant, all-inclusive, in harmony within themselves and the world.

Perhaps Sadhguru’s mission is most succinctly summarized in his own paradoxical words: “I have no mission of my own. It is just that when you see a certain need around you, you do what you can do – that’s all. But I have a dream, that someday, walking on a street anywhere in the world, I would be able to meet lots of enlightened or realized beings. That would be the greatest blessing to happen to the world.” The annual convention this year is being organized by AAPI’s New Jersey Chapter. In addition to offering over 12 hours of cutting edge CMEs to the physicians, the event will have 12 hours of product theaters/promotional opportunities, six plenary sessions, a first ever multi-segment CEOs Forum, and a first ever women’s leadership forum. The convention will be addressed by senior world leaders, including US Senators, Presidential candidates, Nobel Lauretes, Governors, Congressmen, and celebrities from the Hollywood and Bollywood world.

Representing the interests of the over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin, leaders of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic organization of physicians, for 34 years, AAPI Convention has provided a venue for medical education programs and symposia with world renowned physicians on the cutting edge of medicine. “Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country and internationally will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year. We look forward to seeing you in New York!” said Dr. Seema Jain. For more details, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: www.aapiconvention.org and www.aapiusa.org
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Research Symposium & Poster Contest To Be Held At AAPI’s Annual Convention



Winner of the Research and Poster Contest during AAPI's Global Healthcare Summit held in New Delhi

(New York, NY: May 4th, 2016) The high quality of medical care humanity enjoys today is the result of centuries of research by physicians, scientists, and the medical professionals investigating the causes and potential treatments for diseases. Insights provided by medical research today promise to lessen the impact of today’s greatest health problems, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. When you support and encourage medical research, you are helping medical researchers build the future cures for various diseases, making significant headway in advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care, and thus contributing to humanity to live healthier and longer lives.

Indian American Physicians are way ahead in the medical field, and contribute immensely towards medical research. Encouraging young medical researchers of Indian Origin, “following in the traditions of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), a Research Symposium and Contest with Poster Presentation is being held during the 34th annual convention being organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in New York City on Saturday July 2nd at the Hotel Marriott Marquis, Times Square. Quoting Bill Gates who had said, “I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts,” Dr. Seema Jain, President of AAPI, said, “The contest provides a forum for medical students and researchers in the area of health to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for awards and recognition at the annual convention of 2016.” Students, residents, faculty and medical practitioners have been invited to submit their research abstracts and posters for presentation at the 2016 annual convention. The competition is open to both members and non-members of AAPI.

The Research Competition gives students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results during the GHS in a special forum that provides visibility for their work. It also gives students the opportunity to meet with and interact with the attendees at the Convention to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications, while giving students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills. Above all, it serves to recognize and reward outstanding student research. "The AAPI Research Symposium is an exciting venue to learn about and present new and exciting research as well as case reports and discussions,” says Dr. Kunj Patel, an organizer of the contest. “Presenting before the Indian physician community adds a personal feel to the event that provides an additional sense of pride. I have presented at many renown national meetings at this point in my career, but my parents were particularly proud of my accomplishments with AAPI."

The contest is open to all Medical Residents of Indian Origin. The conference promises to feature an exciting educational program with national leaders in medicine. The highly competitive and prestigious completion will give each participant to showcase one’s research by submitting an abstract in one of the following categories: Basic Science; Clinical Medicine; and Clinical Vignette. The annual convention this year is being organized by AAPI’s New Jersey Chapter. “Many of the physicians who will attend this convention have excelled in different specialties and subspecialties and occupy high positions as faculty members of medical schools, heads of departments, and executives of hospital staff. The AAPI Convention offers an opportunity to meet directly with these physicians who are leaders in their fields and play an integral part in the decision-making process regarding new products and services,” Dr. Jain said.

The deadline for the online submission of one’s entry is 11:59 PM Eastern time on June 1, 2016. Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis, with all notices occurring before June 10th, 2016. All presenters must be official registrants for the conference. Expected to be a great day of presentations and discussions, the winners will be awarded with awards. Poster Presentation & Judging will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016 and the applicants whose works are picked for oral and poster presentations will have free entrance to the research competition. AAPI, an umbrella organization, representing 130 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations, is the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States. For over 30 years, Indian physicians have made significant contributions to health care in this country, not only practicing in inner cities, rural areas and peripheral communities but also at the top medical schools and other academic centers. Almost 10%-12% of medical students entering US schools are of Indian origin. For more information on the contest, please contact Dr. Kunj Patel (kunj.patel@emory.edu) or Dr. Amar Shah (secretary@aapimsrf.org). For more details on AAPI and the convention, please visit: www.aapiconvention.org and www.aapiusa.org
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American University of Antigua College of Medicine Holds First Ever Responder Trainings in India



The First Responders Trainings both in Udaipur and Jaipur, being attended by Fire Fighters, Policemen, and EMT in Advance Life Support, CPR, and First Aid

(New York, NY: April 26, 2016) Indian roads claim more than 16 lives every hour in accidents on an average. Over 141,000 people died in crashes in 2014, 3% more than the number of fatalities in 2013. According to World Health Organization (WHO), India has now overtaken China and has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide.

Rajasthan, a northwestern state in India, is among the top five states in India, that together account for nearly 40% of the fatalities in India. Training the first responders, who are often the Police Force, Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Team (EMT) and the Doctors is very important to save the lives of those who meet with accidents. With the objective of training the first respondents in accidents, American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, a division of Manipal Global Education Services, organized a week-long training to at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) in Jaipur and Rabindra Nath Tagore (RNT) College of Medical Sciences in Udaipur Rajasthan, India.

The trainings held from April 18th to 22nd, both in Udaipur and Jaipur, trained first responders, including Fire Fighters, Policemen, and EMT in Advance Life Support, CPR, and First Aid. Instruction on these techniques provided by leaders from AUA’s Emergency Medicine Training Centre, including Vernon Solomon, Director; Marlon Destin, Manager; and Dr. Courtney Lewis, Assistant Director, Instructor for Clinical Medicine, and Campus Physician. The trainings were given to four groups consisting of 25 Doctors and 50 Policemen. The policeman were chosen as they are the first responders at any road side accident. Each participant received a Certificate upon completion of the training.

This first ever event of this nature was organized with the active support by the Honorable Home Minister of Rajasthan, Gulab Chand Kataria and his Special Advisor, Mahendra Parakh; Principal of Rabindra Nath Tagore (RNT) Medical College, Udaipur, Dr. D.P. Singh; and Dr. Raja Panwar, Vice Chancellor of RUHS College of Medical Sciences; and Ramesh Joshi, Deputy Director, who was highly appreciative of this new initiative. “The trained first responders held this week is going to save millions of life through the effective intervention of those who participated and benefitted from these trainings,” he said. Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Principal and Controller of RUHS College of Medical Sciences, lauded AUA for this noble initiative and the excellent reputation associated with the University’s Medical Education. “This innovative training course will ensure that the first responders meet the international standard of care,” said Dr. Rajesh Sharma. “We hope this will be the start of many such coordinated training efforts between RUHS and AUA.”

“AUA is very happy to be part of this training initiative by the Home Minister to bring knowledge and first responder training to the personnel” said Premkumar, Advisor to the President for Special Projects, Advisor to the President for American University of Antigua, College of Medicine. Dr. Ajay Lodha, President-Elect of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, who had travelled to his home state Rajasthan from New York, to be part of this noble initiative and to express his support for the program, said, “The trainings by the AUA and with the active support of the Government of Rajasthan needs to be done in all parts of the state and across the nation, which will save millions of innocent lives that we lose to road accidents every day across the nation.”

AUA College of Medicine is an innovative medical school dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion, and professionalism. AUA College of Medicine is approved by the New York State Education Department and the Florida Department of Education, recognized by the Medical Board of California, and accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions. Ajay Ghosh
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10 Credit Hours of CME Offered to Participants During 34th Annual AAPI convention in New York

Special Contribution
By Ajay Ghosh

AAPI delegates during the Global Healthcare Summit in New Delhi

(New York, NY: April 6, 2016) The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) that represents more than 100,000 Indian American Physicians, reflects the range of physician specialties seen in the physician community at large with 61% in Primary Care, 33% in Medical sub-specialties and 6% in surgical sub-specialties. Medical specialty representation includes pediatrics, psychiatry, anesthesiology/pain management, cardiology, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology, gastroenterology pathology, endocrinology, nephrology, rheumatology along with many other fields.

The 34th Annual AAPI Convention & Scientific Assembly will be held at Marriott Marquis in New York, NY from June 30 to July 4, 2016. The multidisciplinary CME conference during the convention allows specialists and primary care physicians to interact in an academic forum. World-renowned speakers will discuss gaps between current and best practice of wide-ranging topics of CME sessions.

It’s a well known fact that physicians of Indian origin excel in their respective areas of work and continue to play key roles in patient care, administration, academics and medical research. In order to cater to its diversity of medical specialties, AAPI continues to use a multi-disciplinary conference format. “The essence of AAPI is educational,” Dr. Seema Jain, president of AAPI, while describing the purpose of CME said. According to Dr. Seema Jain, “That translates into numerous Continuing Medical Education and non-CME seminars by experts in their fields. CME will provide comprehensive and current reviews and guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of various disease states to reduce morbidity and mortality and achieve cost effective quality care outcomes. At the end of the activity, it is expected that attendees will gain an understanding of the causation, diagnosis and the best clinical practices for the management of the diverse group of diseases discussed during this program.”

On Friday, July 1st, Dr. Donald Lloyd Jones, Writer of AHA and ACC Guidelines & Chairman of PSM at North Western University, Chicago IL will present CME on New Cholesterol Guidelines and Implication. Dr. Jeffrry Mackanick, Director of Clinical Diabetes MSSM will discuss with the delegates on Guidelines in management of Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes. Dr. Clive Rosendoeff will present on Recent trends in Management of Hypertension. Management of Prostate related disease and Cancer of Prostate will be the topic discussed by Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Chair Of Urology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, while Modern Trends in Management of Multiple Myeloma will be presented by Dr. Sunder Jaggannath, Director Of Multiple Myeloma Center, NY. New Imaging Guidelines for smokers and Contemporary Management will be addressed in his presentation by Dr. Manjit Bains at Sloan Kattering Memorial Hospital, NYC. Dr. Sanjeev Gupta will address the delegates on New Development Inflammatory Liver Disease.

On Saturday, Dr. Valentine Fuster, Editor in Chief of JACC, will deliver his address on ways to “Promoting Cardio Vascular Health Globally From Heart to Head.” Dr. Robert Banow, Editor in Chief of JAMA Cardiology, will discuss with participants about the “Timing Of Surgical intervention for Mitral/Aortic Valve regurgitation.” Dr. Javed Butler, Chief of Cardiology at State of New York University, Stony Brook, will focus his lecture on Advances in Heart Failure, while Dr. Devendra Mehta, Director of EP Services at St. Luke Hospital, NYC will present on Advances in Treatment of Arrhythmias. The lecture by Dr. John Puskus, Chairman of Cardio Thoracic Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY will be on Complete Arterial Vascularization, and, Dr. Samin Sharma, Chair Of Cardiology at Mt Sinai Medical Center, NYC will address the audience on Advances in Interventional Cardiology.

On Sunday, July 3, 2016, the focus will be mental health issues. Depression and Mood Disorder of Moods in Women will be topic addressed by Dr. A. Patkar and Association, while Dr. Samuel Gandy will address on Mild Cognitive Dysfunction to Alzheimer Disease is Prevention or Option. Dr. Sharmila Makhija, Chair of OB/GYN at Albert Einstein Medical Center’s theme will be on Recent Advances in Management of Cancer of Ovary, Dr. James Abraham from the Cleveland Clinic will address on New Advances in Management of Cancer of Breast, and the final presentation will be on Women Health and Advances.

The 34th annual AAPI Convention in New York from June 30th through July 1st, 2016, while providing physicians of Indian origin an opportunity to come together in an atmosphere of collegiality, it will enable them to retrace and appreciate their common roots, culture and the bond that unites them as members of this large professional community. Giving them a platform to celebrate their accomplishments, the annual convention to be attended by nearly 2,000 physicians of Indian origin, it will also provide a forum to renew their professional commitment through continuing medical educations activities.

The annual convention this year is being organized by AAPI’s New Jersey Chapter, headed by Dr. Rita Ahuja, who said, “The 2016 AAPI Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly offers an exciting venue to interact with leading physicians, health professionals, academicians, and scientists of Indian origin. Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year.” “Many of the physicians who will attend this convention have excelled in different specialties and subspecialties and occupy high positions as faculty members of medical schools, heads of departments, and executives of hospital staff. The AAPI Convention offers an opportunity to meet directly with these physicians who are leaders in their fields and play an integral part in the decision-making process regarding new products and services,” Dr. Seema Jain added.

AAPI is an umbrella organization which has nearly 160 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations. For over 30 years, Indian physicians have made significant contributions to health care in this country, not only practicing in inner cities, rural areas and peripheral communities but also at the top medical schools and other academic centers. Almost 10%-12% of medical students entering US schools are of Indian origin. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, AAPI represents the interests of over nearly 100,000 physicians, medical students and residents of Indian heritage in the United States. It is the largest ethnic medical organization in the nation. For more details and registration for the convention, please visit: www.aapiconvention.org and www.aapiusa.org
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Seoul International Sports & Leisure Industry Show 2016



At the exibition

Seoul International Sports & Leisure Indusrty Show 2016(SPOEX 2016) held in COEX, Seoul from February 25 ~ 28, 2016. The exibition organizers are Korea Sports Promotion Foundation(KSPO) and Korea International Trade Association(KITA).

According to the organizers, top trade show leading the latest trends in Korea's sports and leisure industry. SPOEX is an outstanding show attracting more than 40,000 visitors from the domestic and overseas sports and leisure industry every year.

SPOEX includes the Outdoor Show, Camping Show, Bike Show and KUSPO Show. SPOEX was approved by UFI in 2005 and has been named the "Promising International Show" by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The Items exibition are Health/Fitness, Sporting Goods/Facilities, Camping/Camping Car, Outdoor, Bike/Extream Leisure, Water Sports(KUSPO)

The exibition was supervised by K. Fairs Ltd. And sponsor by Ministry of Culture,Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Trade,Industry and Energy.

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South Asian Games kicks off Friday in northeast India

Special Contribution
By NJ Thakuria

The 12th South Asian Games 2016

Guwahati: As northeast India is preparing for the 12th South Asian Games 2016, to be held in Guwahati and Shillong on 5-16 February 2016, both the capital cities have turned into fortress under security nets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the spectacular sporting event on Friday in presence of nearly 4500 athletes, officials and sport lovers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan with the host country India.

The mascot of the event is designed with the campaign for conservation of world’s precious one-horned rhinoceros, which has sizable population in various forest reserves of the region and the theme song ‘Ai Prithibi Ek Kringagon….’ has been picked up from the immortal creations of legendary Assamese music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika. Meanwhile, the security agencies have already expanded its nets to all sensitive locations to make the first biggest ever international multi-sporting event held in the region hassle free. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has ensured a ‘fool-proof security system’ for the mega event ensuring smooth conduct of the Games.

“The government has arranged fool-proof security for sportspersons as well as spectators for the smooth conduct of the games,” said Gogoi after attending a review meeting with the representatives from the army, para-military forces, police, intelligence agencies and sports administrators to discuss the last minute preparations of the event. The Congress veteran as well as Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma have appealed to the people of the alienated region to welcome and co-operate with the sportspersons and officials who are coming from eight south Asian countries for the event spreading camaraderie & good will.

Guwahati city police commissioner Mukesh Agarwala, while talking to the media persons, elaborated that over 90 hotels, guest houses and resorts would be used for the Games, where the security personnel would be deployed for 24 hours a day during the occasion. He also added that additional 500 officials would be deployed in the city to control the traffics.

Meanwhile, the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), which is waging a war against Indian Union government for a sovereign Assam, has also come out with a statement welcoming the event saying that the participants from the south Asian nations would ‘find our region have similarities with their own lands’ that should make them feel at home.

“The sporting spirit quality in human interactions is recognized as an extremely valuable asset which can evaporate petty differences, break barriers, remove misunderstanding, strengthens bonding of old friendship and create new ones,” said the statement issued by Ulfa (I) chairman Abhijit Asom.
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Dozen Women Achievers Discuss Women’s Leadership At AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit



Women's forum speakers

New Delhi, India: January 2, 2016: Women play multiple roles in the society. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, and in modern times, they are active bread winners in every family. They lead and inspire others by setting examples for others to follow. There are many areas where women have proven to be effective leaders, but many more need to take on leadership roles in many more areas. “We have come a long way. But there is much more to achieve,” a dozen women achievers, who were featured at the prestigious “Women’s Forum,” told an enthusiastic audience during AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit at the Maurya ITC in New Delhi on January 2nd, 2016.

Dr. Seema Jain, who rose through the ranks of AAPI after being a member of AAPI and in almost every body of AAPI in the past 15 years, told the audience that she is proud to be the leader of AAPI, which is predominantly a men’s group. In her role as the President and CEO, Dr. Seema jain is assisted by all men. She thanked her committed team consisting of Dr. Ajay Lodha, President-Elect, Dr. Gautam Samadder, Vice President, Dr. Naresh Parikh, Secretary, and Dr. Suresh Reddy, Treasurer, Dr. Aravind Pillai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Rupak D. Parikh, President of the YPS, and Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, President of MSRF for the 2015-2016.

At AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit

The Panel on Women’s Leadership was chaired by Dr. Seema Jain, President, AAPI, while Sonal Kalra, national Editor of Hindustan Times, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Art, moderated the high-powered women’s session. Dr. Jayehsree Mehta, President, MCI, gave an overview of her own life journey and told the delegates, “Take life as they come.” Sangita Reddy, Joint MD, Apollo Group, shared with the audience how her dad used to be told, “This poor man with four daughters” had turned into “This lucky man with four daughters,” after the four siblings achieved greater things in life and have made their dad proud.

Rashmi Singh, quoted what others had told of her achievements, “You do not become popular by the positon you hold, but the position becomes popular because of you and what you do.” Vimla Mehra, who had spearheaded prison reforms in India, shared of the challenges and the satisfaction she had experienced while being the 2nd woman police officer incharge of the Prison system in the country. Pinky Anand, a woman’s rights advocate, told the audience, “You got to play your role whatever it may take.” She told the women among the audience that they need to be “more creative in what you do rather than try to be bossing around.’

Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj and Dr. Loveleen Johri, US Embassy India, were among those who had shared with the audience their life’s experiences and how their roles have shaped their own lives and that of many others. “The job of leadership is to make meaning for others and to inspire them,” Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj said, “Just by being there you could be an inspiration to others.” The youngest on the panel, the 25-yr old Kriti Sanon, an actress and fashion model who shot to fame with her role in Dilwale, told her own life story of how she allowed her heart’s desire lead the way to success. “I am so honored to be among these inspiring women,” she said with modesty. “I didn’t give up when I was scared.”

The 10th annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) 2016, organized by the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) at the prestigious ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi, India from January 1st to 3rd, 2016 offers a unique forum for them to come together, sharing their knowledge and expertise in their respective medical fields with their fellow physicians from around the world, and to learn from one another. For more information on Global Health Summit 2014, please visit www.aapighsindia.org Ajay Ghosh, Phone # (203) 583-6750
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