I promise to align all the energies to make AAPI an enormous force.
(Atlanta, GA. July 7th, 2019) “I promise to align all the energies to make AAPI an enormous force,” Dr. Suresh Reddy, the young and dynamic 36th President of AAPI, declared in his inaugural Presidential address, immediately after assuming charge as the President of as the President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) for the year 2019-20, at the 37th annual convention in Atlanta, GA on July 6th, 2019.
Dr. Suresh Reddy, a Neuro-Interventional Radiologist by profession, told a packed over 2,000 AAPI delegates that, towards this end and the many lofty goals he has set before self as the President of AAPI, the largest ethnic organization of Medical Professionals in the United States, promised that “I am committed to work for AAPI to the best of my ability.”
Dr. Vinod Shah, former President of AAPI, administered the transfer of office at the solemn celebration, while the audience gave a rousing applause to the new leader of AAPI.
Dr. Reddy received the Gavel from Dr. Naresh Parikh, the outgoing President of AAPI at the final day of the Convention at the Famous Georgia World Congress Center. In his farewell address, Dr. Parikh enumerated his several achievements, especially his efforts and success in enabling AAPI financially sound. Cleaning up AAPI’s Voters List, Obtaining and using $9 Million from USAID to eradicate TB from several cities of India; Bringing local Chapters of AAPI and national AAPI closer and bonding through the 10 City Jai HO Musical Tour by Sukhvinder Singh have been some among the many successful initiatives under Dr. Parikh.
“I am honored to be serving with such an enthusiastic and cohesive group of physicians,” Dr. Reddy, the soft spoken and unassuming young leader of AAPI, said. In his capacity as the President of the largest ethnic organization of physicians in the United States, Dr. Reddy is committed to take the more than three decades old organization to the new heights and “bring all the AAPI Chapters, Regions, Members of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees to work cohesively and unitedly for the success of AAPI and the realization of its noble mission.”
“At the outset I would like to immensely thank you for electing me with landslide majority in my last three elections. I feel honored to take charge as the President of AAPI. “As I have promised you that, we will bring increased dignity, decency, professionalism and eliteness into the organization, and thus elevate the already existing stand.”
Dr. Suresh Reddy has a Team with Dr. Seema Arora, who will serve as the Chair of BOT; Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, President-Elect of AAPI; Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Vice President; Dr. Vijay Kolli, Secretary; Dr. Raj Bhayani, Treasurer of AAPI; Dr. Stella Gandhi, President of Young Physician section; and, Dr. Anubhav Jain, President of Medical student and Resident section.
Having elected with a resounding victory at every office at the national level, Dr. Reddy is ever grateful to the entire AAPI members for entrusting the trust in him. “As you have elected me with landslide majority several times with immense confidence in me, I am grateful to AAPI members for giving him an executive “team who have ethics and strong principles and great track record and those who can work with me with synergy. I have a team that works with synergy with me to rebuild the organization, so I can produce the best results you all deserve.”
Dr. Suresh Reddy currently serves as the Chief of Radiology at Hines Medical Center, Associate Professor of Radiology at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has had many years of service to the medical community and to AAPI.
Acknowledging that leading AAPI is a daunting challenge, Dr. Reddy says, “I’m very honored, privileged and consider myself fortunate to announce that I have an excellent group of dedicated, hardworking, and loyal officers and executive committee members who are with me to take AAPI to new heights.”
Involving all leaders and people elected to lead the organization is important. “I promise you that the executive committee will work hard together along with the board of trustees and charitable foundation as we take AAPI to even greater heights,” Dr. Reddy promises.
Having committed to lead AAPI to newer heights, fulfilling the many aspirations and dreams of AAPI membership as a whole, the dynamic leader with a vision for AAPI, says, “I have a dream to fulfill few promises and goals for the upcoming year.”
Dr. Reddy is of the opinion that in the pursuit of raising funds AAPI has changed its course and path. Although raising funds is an important part of the survival of the organization, this organization was built on the foundation of scientific and educational interaction between its members, and those should not be diluted.
Among the goals Dr. Reddy has set before him as he takes on the leadership of AAPI is to: “Make AAPI financially robust and increase our endowments enormously so we can focus on our mission of E, M, R (education, mentoring, research) and service.”
Listening to the concerns/suggestions from members is key to the success of any leader. Recognizing the many noble ideas he has received from several members, Dr. Reddy says, he will work on “the great ideas and suggestions on how to improve AAPI and put it on right track and work towards its mission of Scientific Research and Education.”
Experience and wisdom are the vital in leading a large organization such as AAPI with diversity and numerous interests and needs. Dr. Reddy, a young professional who has been entrusted with the task of taking AAPI to newer heights, relies on the immense experience, skills and talents of AAPI members and experienced leaders of AAPI. He says, “I continue to look forward working under the mentorship of our senior leaders and to lead the next generation into the future.”
Collaboration and cooperation is essential among AAPI leadership that all members of the lead team speak and act in one voice. “I promise you that I will work closely with the next two confirmed presidents so we can start strategic planning on multiple projects,” Dr. Reddy says. This will ensure continuity and smooth transition of programs and initiatives from current President to next.
Education is the core value and lead goal for AAPI. Dr. Reddy promises to initiate “Special E, M, R programs for our high school, medical students, Residents and Fellows” with particular focus on “our children admitted to Caribbean Medical Schools” and “for young physicians coming from India.”
Born and raised in the undivided Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Suresh Reddy did his medical education in India at Kakatiya/Osmania Medical Colleges. He has been educated, trained and board certified in Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology and Interventional Neuroradiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Dr. Suresh Reddy earned his medical degree from Kakatiya Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India in 1988 and did Residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed research and clinical fellowships in diagnostic Neuroradiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX and spent a further two years at State University of New York at Stony Brook, pursuing a fellowship in Diagnostic Neuroradiology with an emphasis in Neuro-interventional training. Dr. Reddy is extensively trained in Neuroradiology and Interventional Radiology and Interventional Neuroradiology.
As the Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and on Faculty at Harvard Medical School for almost a decade, Dr. Reddy had been involved in the highly specialized techniques and art of treating aneurysms and strokes in the complex part of our body, the Brain. He is also extensively trained to perform complex procedures on the Spine, in the very inaccessible regions of the spine.
His other professional achievements include, publishing many journal articles related to medicine and scientific research. Dr. Reddy has travelled extensively and has been involved in giving specialty lectures in the complex procedures he does. He has been involved in teaching and mentoring many medical students and residents and has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards to his credit including a four time recipient of “Faculty award for excellence in teaching”.
Apart from his very distinguished career as a Neuro-Interventionalist, Dr. Reddy has been applauded for his active involvement in AAPI and its causes. As a member and leader of AAPI, Dr. Reddy is proud that has been working with “young physicians in guiding and mentoring them.”
“It has been a great journey of more than a decade to reach here,” Dr. Reddy, who rose to the top of the executive committee from being an ordinary AAPI member to, being elected to lead the noble organization, recalled.
Dr. Reddy has served at the national AAPI in various capacities. He served as Chair of IT and CME Standing Committees for several years. He has rose through the ranks from the level of Regional Director from New England area to the level of President. He has won three elections with a landslide majority in AAPI for the positions of Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-President.
Last year as the Chair of Membership Committee Dr. Reddy was instrumental in integrating several new state chapters under the umbrella of national AAPI. This year as the Chair of the Bylaws committee he has helped close so many loop holes in the AAPI bylaws.
During his active involvement in AAPI, he has taken up many worthy causes, one of them including clearing “Green Card” backlog for Indian physicians in Rural America. He has been involved in increasing AAPI membership. He also has the credit of adding 8 new member chapters to the national organization. He has organized many Independence Day celebrations in Chicago, leading AAPI at the annual parades, spreading the message of health and wellbeing.
Dr. Reddy has successfully organized CME cruises to Alaska, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and Hawaii along with others and donated the proceeds to AAPI. His upcoming CME family events to Israel, Jordan and Antarctica are sold out events. He believes that “AAPI members connect on a family level in such trips.”
Dr. Reddy has envisaged and meticulously planned the next edition of the Global Health Summit in Hyderabad in July 2019 with a thrust on education, having numerous workshops. In October of 2019, he plans to take a leading role along with the Indian Resuscitation Council to train almost 500,000 lay people in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation in India. He is a strong supporter of Indian Resuscitation Council being part of International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR).
Dr. Reddy, honored with the Resident Research Award at the (RSNA) Radiological Society of North America’s 2000, has presented widely at national meetings. Dr. Reddy is also honored with several other awards especially for his excellent teaching interests including “Fellow of the Year” award for the year 2001, “Faculty of the Year” and, “Excellence in Teaching the Harvard Medical Students” awards for the years 2002, 2003 and 2004. Dr. Reddy holds the distinction of winning these prestigious awards in three consecutive years.
He also mentored several Harvard Medical School Students and Residents. Dr. Reddy was the Chief of Interventional Neuroradiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School for more than ten years. He is always committed to do the best he can to provide quality care to patients while looking for ways to forge bonds with other disciplines to help the overall health care delivery to those who need it the most.
Dr. Reddy says that one of his goals for future is to strengthen ties between the “sub chapters” and AAPI, His vision for AAPI includes, “bridging the next generation of physicians of Indian origin with the current members of AAPI and to serve as a link between AAPI and people of other ethnic origin.” He is committed to “showcasing unity in diversity” for AAPI, and wants to work towards making AAPI a “purely an academic and research society.”
Dr. Reddy currently resides in Chicago with his wife Leela and son Rohun. Dr. Reddy has made the Indian community proud with his innumerable contributions and he is ready to serve AAPI as its President. He dedicates his track record of more than a decade as a foot soldier in AAPI as his strength. His theme is “ask what you can do for AAPI, and not what AAPI can do for you.”