(Long Island, NY: February 10, 2020) “I am excited to announce that Dr. Sajani Shah, a second generation physician of Indian Origin, and the first ever from the Young Physicians Section, has been elected as the Chair of BOT, AAPI for the year 2020-21,” Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of AAPI announced here. “I am so proud that this historic milestone by AAPI has occurred during my Presidency,” the young and dynamic President of AAPI declared here.
Dr. Sajani Shah was elected Chair of Board of Trustees, AAPI during the AAPI Spring Governing Body Meeting held on Saturday, February 8th, 2020. Organized by the AAPI-QLI Chapter, the GB Meeting was conducted smoothly with informative reports & healthy discussions.
Attended by over 150 AAPI Members and leaders of AAPI from across the country, was led by the Executive Team led by AAPI President, Dr. Suresh Reddy and was coordinated by Dr. Ravi Kolli, in his capacity as the Secretary of AAPI. Dr. Aravind Goyal, a veteran AAPI leader served as the Speaker for the GB Meeting, ensuring a smooth flow of agenda.
During his inaugural address, Dr. Reddy gave an overview of accomplishments under his leadership of AAPI in the past 200 days. “As I look back to the past 200 days since we assumed office, leading American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), representing over 100,000 enthusiastic and cohesive group of Physicians and Fellows of Indian Origin, I am extremely happy to state that we have accomplished several and are on way to fulfill our promises and commitment to take AAPI to the next level,”
“In my inaugural address, I had promised to align all the energies to make AAPI an enormous force, committing 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, bringing in increased dignity, decency, professionalism and eliteness into the organization, and thus elevate the already existing stand,” Dr. Reddy reminded AAPI members.
Dr. Reddy highlighted the historic Global Health Care Summit held in Hyderabad, Continuing Medical Education, active involvement/participation of Young Physicians, Three highly successful voyages to Antarctica, Obesity Awareness campaign in India, Argentina and in the US, Share a Blanket program, Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, several new initiatives in India in collaboration with the government of India, MCI, local NGOs, Tata Trust and Apollo Hospital, and the continued collaboration and efforts to coordinate and unify the many AAPI Chapters as some of the highlights of the AAPI’s 200 Days Under Dr. Reddy and Team.
In her remarks, Dr. Seema Arora, current Chair of AAPI’s BOT said, “Congratulations to President Dr. Suresh Reddy for another successful event of the year and completion of very productive 200 days. It has been a great journey working together with the active contribution from Board of Trustees towards achieving the mission and goals of the organization, ensuring financial stability as well as maintaining peace and harmony which is the foundation for prosperity of any institution. I look forward to an even better rest of the term setting strong foundation for years to come!”
“Early Bird Registration for the historic 38th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to be held from June 24th to 28th, 2020 at the famous Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Chicago has begun, offering discounted registration rates for the AAPI delegates,” Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, President-Elect of AAPI, announced.
“For the AAPI members who had attended the AAPI Spring GBM, a discount of $100 towards the Registration fee,” Dr. Ravi Kolli, Secretary of AAPI announced. “Also they will have $100 waived towards registration for the Cruise On Michigan Lake planned for the inaugural day of the AAPI Convention.”
Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Vice President of AAPI thanked AAPI-QLI leaders Dr. Raj Bhayani, Dr. Ajay Lodha, Dr. Himanshu Pandya, Dr. Jagdish Gupta, Dr. Krishan Kumar, Dr. Sunil Mehra, Dr. Shashi Shah, and the rest of the very efficient and dedicated QLI team for organizing this awesome event.
Dr. Rajendra Bhayani, President of AAPI-QLI, said, “Thank you all for the love and friendship which you have shown to all of us at AAPI-QLI by giving us the opportunity to be the host and welcome you all on Long Island, New York.”
A Health Book compiled by Dr. Chander Kapasi, Chair of the AAPI Charitable Foundation was
released. The fabulous Evening Gala and Valentine’s Day Party, organized by AAPI-QLI was attended by over 400 AAPI members and their families. The gala was enjoyable and the food was extraordinary with exceptional hospitality of the local Chapter.
Towards making AAPI financially strong, Dr. Reddy urged members to contribute towards AAPI Endowment Fund. Dr. Ravi Kolli presented a check for $10,000 while the President of the St. Louis Chapter of AAPI, Dr. Raghuveer Kura along with Dr. Amit Chakrabarty, BOT Vice Chair donated a check for $10,000. AAPI-QLI expressed their intent to contribute towards the AAPI Endowment Fund in the future.
Dr. Sajani Shah, the new chair of BOT, AAPI, is a surgeon from Boston, MA who specializes in minimally invasive Bariatric Surgery. She earned her executive MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, she is serving as the Chief of Minimally Invasive Bariatric/Surgery and is the Medical Director of Weight and Wellness, Obesity Treatment Program in New England. Dr. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. She was also a President of IMANE, a subchapter of AAPI. She has been serving as a member of BOT, AAPI since 2018. For more information about AAPI and the upcoming convention, please visit www.appiusa.org