Dr. Jayesh Shah creates “WoundDoctor” App Credited with restoring AAPI’s strength, reputation, credibility, member engagement, sponsor commitment & financial stability

Jayesh B. Shah, MD, CWSP, UHM, the current President of South Texas Wound Associates, PA San Antonio, Texas where he provides clinical wound care services in San Antonio and the surrounding communities, is also the President of TIMEO2 Healing Concepts, LLC in San Antonio, Texas, which provides consulting and education services in wound care and hyperbaric medicine both nationally and internationally.

An evidence based approach, DR. Shah has been credited with creating “WoundDoctor” App, a comprehensive wound care resource tool for physicians, nurses and physical therapists for iPhone, Android and iPad.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, India’s Minister for Health being awarded with the Distinguished Leadership Award by Dr. Jayesh Sha during AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit in Gujarat in Jan 2014
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, India’s Minister for Health being awarded with the Distinguished Leadership Award by Dr. Jayesh Sha during AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit in Gujarat in Jan 2014

His degrees include MBBS from M. S. University, India and MD in Internal Medicine from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, New York. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Certified in Wound Management, Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine, Past Chair of American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, Past President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Past Chair of American Medical Association, International Medical Graduates Section, 2016 President of the Bexar County Medical Society. Many in the wound care arena regard Dr. Jayesh Shah as a much-sought-after speaker on wound care and hyperbaric medicine while others in the community regard him as a visionary and a charismatic leader. Organizations, local and national, have commended him for his leadership and problem solving skills as they continue to seek advice long after he has finished serving his term.

To his credit, Dr. Shah has received awards not only for his academia but also for his community service and leadership. He has been the recipient of the Enterpreuner of the year award by the Alamo Asia Chamber of Commerce (2016); the Paul James Sheffield Education Award for Lifetime Dedication to Education in the field of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (2014); Jefferson C. Davis Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine (2007 and 2011); Carolyn Sue Award (2009); Young Scientist/Medical Doctor Award (2008); Community Service and Leadership award by Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce (2008). Dr. Jayesh Shah has 18+ years of experience in wound care and hyperbaric medicine practice and 12+ years of experience as Program Director for continuing medical education courses.

Dr. Shah with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India during Global Health Summit held in Gujarat earlier this year
Dr. Shah with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India during Global Health Summit held in Gujarat earlier this year

As the Medical Director of the Wound Care Centers, Dr. Shah has helped such centers from startup through their growth up to their maximum potential first being the Uvalde Memorial Hospital Wound Healing center in 1997, and Southwest Center for Wound Care in 2000, which was awarded a Center of Excellence in 2006. He currently serves as the Medical Director for the Northeast Baptist Wound Healing Center since 2010 which recently got accredited by the UHMS within its first four years of inception.

He is also the Co-Medical Director for the Mission Trail Baptist Wound Healing Center since 2014. He has published 3 books- “Wound Care Certification Study Guide” in 2011 with its second edition 2016, Textbook of Clinical Wound Medicine: He has authored over 40 chapters on various wound topics in 4 books in addition to 30+ scientific articles in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. As an Assistant Editor of the Journal of ACCWS, he regularly writes a column on certification exam in wound care.

As the president of AAPI, Dr. Shah had devoted his time, resources and skills to navigate this organization to greater heights. AAPI Family/CME Cruise was an awesome way to bond with fellow AAPI members, Dr. Shah says.  About 185 physicians and their families enjoyed a week of education, friendship, networking and bonding together.

As a past president of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). Dr. Dr. Shah has been right on task and has devoted years to lead AAPI to stability and greater heights.

“I am proud to report that the state of AAPI is strong. We have made significant progress; Our reputation, our credibility, our member engagement, our sponsor commitment & our financial status is stronger than ever,” declared Dr. Jayesh Shah, who is passing on the mantle of AAPI’s leadership to Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar during the convention in San Antonio, TX on June 28th, 2014.

“I am humbled and honored for this opportunity bestowed on me to serve as the President of this esteemed organization,” he went on to add. “The current Executive Committee has been in office for the most eventful one year. During my inaugural address at the Chicago Annual Convention, I shared with you the major projects AAPI is undertaking this year.

The nine-city musical tour along with the regional conferences were successful by all measures, Dr. Shah recalled. Every regional conference attracted almost full attendance from each region. Educational conferences were very well attended. Childhood obesity awareness message was delivered to more than 20,000 people during the conference and to a wider audience around the world through the media. The multi-city mini-seminars are a novel concept for education and recreation that helped raise funds for the local chapters of AAPI, the national AAPI and the AAPI Charitable Foundation. AAPI was joined by the Indo-American Psychiatric Association in America and the Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin. The seminars and workshops were led by accomplished faculty of leading Cardiologists, Cardiovascular Surgeons and Psychiatrists. I want to thank all the nine city conveners and hundreds of volunteers who worked very hard to make these conferences very successful.

At the first meeting for strategic planning (Vision 2020) in New York City on August 17, 2013, twenty AAPI members of the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and other leaders met to give strategic direction to AAPI and developed the Vision 2020 document. The members who had convened discussed five main topics – Governance, Communications, Financial Health, Legislation and Focus on India, and concrete plans and practical guidelines for implementation of goals were developed. AAPI had a wonderful women’s conference with amazing speakers. This event was jointly organized by The Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin or AAPI, the AAPI New York City Metro Chapter, the New York County Medical Society on Sunday, August 18th in midtown Manhattan.

AAPI’s first ever Capitol Hill Health Care Symposium took on September 18, 2013 discussed immigration reform and healthcare policy became the main topics of discussion. Twenty US lawmakers addressed the dozens of AAPI delegates who had come from across the nation, pledging support to AAPI’s legislative agenda, Dr. Shah proudly declares.

The 8th annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS 2014) held at Ahmedabad Medical Association from Jan 2-4, 2014 was great success. The summit concluded with the valedictory event and Research Contest award ceremony. Over 1,000 delegates that included a record 350 international delegates attended this event that was filled with dozens of educational workshops, CME Seminars and insightful interactive forums, cultural programs, laser show, awards ceremony, inaugural and valedictory events, and dinner receptions.

For the first time ever, a highly competitive Research and Poster Contest was organized. AAPI conducted several workshop including 1. ACLS/BLS 2. Advance Endoscopy workshop 3. Advance wound care workshop 4. Head and Neck Oncology workshop. AAPI- AHA partnership was started with opening international training center at Baroda Medical College. AHA Vice President, Mr. John Meiners attended the event.

AAPI’s Missions committee with AAPI Charitable foundation conducted the first health camp after global health care summit in Gujarat from Jan 5-9, 2014. Organized by the AAPI Charitable Foundation, more than two dozen physicians did pro bono services during the health camp, treating over 1,800 patients. Many volunteers also performed specialized surgeries at the RMS Hospital, which serves approximately 450 villages in the region. AAPI truly thanks all the volunteer physicians who took part in the camps. Health Camp in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh for three days, starting on March 1st, 2014under the leadership of Dr. Chander & Onaly Kapasi went very well being organized.

Dr. Shah led AAPI delegation to the PBD in New Delhi and presented on the topic of “Health Care Opportunities in India and Role of AAPI” on January 9th, 2014. He also represented AAPI at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) meeting on January 10th and presented to the FICCI on the topic of “Health Innovations and Medical Tourism.”

AAPI’s first YPS young physicians meet with over 150 delegates at Miami from Jan. 17-20, 2014 was a huge success, Dr. Shah says. Young physicians are excited to join AAPI. YPS and MSRF leadership is extremely dynamic. They want to work from grounds up. AAPI town hall was extremely productive. Young physicians brought great suggestions to make AAPI a force to reckon with.

Physician Shortage, J-1 Visa Waiver Program, Immigration Reform, Permanent Fix to the Medicare SGR, Medical Liability Reform, Tuberculosis Prevention and Funding, and Support for the Nomination of Dr. Vivek H. Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States were part of the Legislative Agenda for 2014 discussed during the highly successful annual Legislative Day on March 27, 2014. Over 120 members of AAPI and nearly two dozen US Lawmakers.

“The Childhood Obesity Committee of 15 AAPI physicians formed in Feb 2013 has come up with AaS-COAC (Adopt a School – Childhood Obesity Awareness Campaign) whose guidelines are on our website,” Dr. Shah says. The goal is to conduct school walkathons/events in at least 100 schools in 50 states in the nation. We hope to do most of them in the month of September as President Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness month.

Under Dr. Shah’s leadership,  AAPI has launched educational networks of renowned thought leaders in the areas of Cardiology, Diabetes, and Stroke to foster education of AAPI physicians in these important areas which heavily impact the Asian Indian community. AAPI’s new “Oncology Network” to be formed in Cincinnati under leadership of Dr. Kirti Jain and Dr. Sateesh Kathula.  AAPI, with the help of Dr. Vemuri Murthy, signed a memorandum of understanding that will help AAPI to develop international training centers in India to facilitate education of ACLS/BLS in India.  First Meeting of AAPI- AHA was held on Nov 17, 2013 at Dallas, Texas during AHA symposium.

AAPI and ACP will work together for mutual goals of increasing membership, Observership Program and developing scientific session for ACP annual conference, ACP india meetings and AAPI annual Convention. AAPI with the help of Dr. Thakor Patel signed memorandum of understanding to expand Sevak Project in multiple villages in India. AAPI joined with National Medical Association and Several other associations of diverse American cultures to communicate our shared passion and resolve for addressing the critical need to improve “minority” representation in clinical trials data supporting marketing applications for products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Summarizing the year past and the years ahead, Dr. Shah says, “We still have few more challenges and lot many opportunities. AAPI has faced some turbulence from time to time and we have overcome those and have come out stronger. AAPI is developing e platform by end of the year with complete update of our website so we can provide e-learning experience to our members in chronic diseases.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to the AAPI Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and AAPI Charitable Foundation for their help and support.”

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