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  • Saturday, January 07, 2017 8:08 AM | Sameer Kapasi (Administrator)

    taken from Lokvani

    Ranjani Saigal 
    11/30/2016

    Sameer O. Kapasi M.A., M.D. hails from the Boston area and attended the Johns Hopkins University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy with coursework in Image film studies. He then returned to Boston, where he earned an M.A. in Medical Sciences. Following graduate school, Dr. Kapasi worked with MDLinx, a small medical internet startup, as a content editor. Dr. Kapasi received his medical degree from the St. George’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Kapasi again returned to Boston to complete a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the Tufts Medical Center. He completed his training with a fellowship in Spine and Rehabilitation Medicine at the New England Baptist Hospital.


    Dr. Kapasi is published in peer reviewed journals and regularly lectures in local and national meetings. Dr. Kapasi is a faculty member for the North American Spine Society spinal injection workshops and is actively involved in training residents and spine rehabilitation fellows. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was elected a fellow of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Kapasi is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the International Spine Intervention Society, and the North American Spine Society, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

    Sameer talked to Lokvani about his vision as President of IMANE. 


    Congratulations on being elected the President of IMANE. Why did you chose to give time to this organization? 


    Thank you.  IMANE has done so much much for our community including providing free health care at regular clinics and health fairs, and lectures on a variety of topics to both the lay and health professional audience.  I have always appreciated this work and worked with IMANE to facilitate the good work that IMANE does.  Ultimately, I want to help IMANE with its outreach efforts and make it into an organization that can work hard to provide for the underserved and its own members.


    What opportunities do you see for this organization? 


    IMANE is an organization that can promote healthcare change.  Some of our members have gone on to become valued members of the healthcare community: Dinesh Patel as chief of arthroscopic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Raj Goyal as a full professor at Harvard Medical School, and Jag Bhawan as a full professor at the Boston University Medical school to name a few.  We also have some great younger members: Paul Mathew as a chief medical editor at practical neurology and Darshan Mehta as the Medical Director for the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, and, of course, Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.  It continues to be our job to help these physicians expand their network and help them ascend into greater roles.


    This organization has primarily attracted first generation doctors. You are a second generation doctor. What seems to be the challenge to attract the next generation of doctors? How do you plan to address them? 


    That's one of the primary questions that I have for the organization: what can IMANE do to bring on this newer generation.  We are no longer in the 1st generation world where having an Indian physician was a novelty. Now, we have the same walk and talk as our non Indian colleagues.  Now, at least 1 out of 10 patients has seen an Indian physician.  That statistic is probably higher in New England.  


    The challenge is to promote the relevance of IMANE by promoting mentorship and networking opportunities for career advancement and continue to provide service opportunities for our members.  We can do this by further bolstering our existing clinics, as well as partnering with other organizations for health fairs.  Further, we can put together networking fairs for our young physicians and residents, so that they can meet and interact with our more established physicians to expand our greater network.


    We have an Indian Surgeon General and now an Indian woman doctor has been nominated to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Does it mean Indian Doctors have now been mainstreamed? If so is there still a reason to have an ethnic professional organization like IMANE and AAPI? 


    Yes, it does mean that we have started to mainstream.  We are proud of our peers and colleagues being elected to these roles.  However, it does not make our organization any less necessary.  Our country is following the international movement toward political isolationism and nationalism.  It is that much more important that our organizations exist as a network for our physicians.  It is also that much more important that we continue to present ourselves with the highest integrity so that others can see the importance of having a diverse community.


    How do you see the health care system morph under the new presidency? 


    Obama made great strides to provide an expanded version of the Massachusetts 'Romney care.'  While it has made the lives of some physicians more difficult, it has also provided for healthcare for a previously under served country.  I think Trump is the ultimate wild card and no one has any idea how things may change in the future.  


    How do you see technological innovations impacting health care in the future? 


    Health care depends directly on technology, whether through the pacemaker/defibrillators that keep your heart beating or through improving electronic record systems that allow better communication between physicians.  While both of these have had their initial stumbling blocks, they are making our jobs as physicians easier and making our patients that much healthier.


    For young people considering a career in medicine what advice do you have? 


    Healthcare is a labor of love.  When I have been away from the healthcare field, working at an internet startup, I knew I had to leave because that love was a core feeling.  This feeling was strong enough to last me through college, graduate school, medical school, residency, and my sub specialty fellowship. So, young people, if you are interested in medicine, explore that interest.  Work in a doctor's office taking blood pressures. Get involved with Boston's Healthcare for the Homeless. Work in the IMANE free clinics or come out to one of our health fairs. See whether providing healthcare moves you the same way it moved me and continues to move me. 


  • Saturday, January 07, 2017 8:02 AM | Sameer Kapasi (Administrator)
    Itaken from Lokvani

    Sapna Aggarwal 

    01/01/2015

    The 38th Annual Gala was held at Burlington Marriott in Burlington on November 19th. It was organized by its President, Dr. Sapna Aggarwal and her team. The gala was sold out many days in advance with a record number of physicians attending the event. The gala had all the elements of a fun gathering with great food, wonderful entertainment and awesome speakers.

     

    Highlights of the gala include a cocktail reception, speeches by Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker Amar Sawhney, a serial medical technology entrepreneur, Distinguished Guest Dr. Prem Shekar, Chief of Division of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Ajay Lodha, President of AAPI.


    The IMANE gala was capped by an Indian dinner catered by Gourmet India and a special entertainment program titled “Mastani Shaam” that featured Bollywood songs sung by prominent local singers. Cultural program by Mohan Subramaniam, Sowmya, Nidhi and Hemant was just fabulous. Dancing with DJ Preetesh was fantastic. Many guests brought in Kaala Chashma for the dance.

     

    Dr. Aggarwal said “Many AAPI representatives including Dr. Ajay Lodha, Smita Lodha, Dr. Sampat Shivangi, Dr. Udaya Shivangi, Dr. Manju Sachdev: AAPI Treasurer, Dr. Anupama Gotimukula:.Regional Director, Dr. Satish Manha: past RD and Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda: past RD all came for me at my personal invite, that has meant a lot to me.” 


    Dr. Aggarwal expressed her thanks to all my sponsors for their support for enabling team 2016 to have such a Graand Gala!!!!! 


    At the Gala, the following members from the IMANE family were honored.


    Community Service Award: Dr. Victor F. Saldanha

    Distinguished Physician Award: Dr. Manju Sheth

    Raj and Prem Goyal Young Physician Achievement Award for Distinguished Service: Tej Shah and Sangita Murali

    Ambassador Award: Dr. Anand Kanjolia

    President’s Award:  Dr. Umakanth Khatwa, Paresh Motiwala, Dr. Naveen Pandaraboyina, Dr. Devila Shah, and Pramod Shah.


    Dr. Sameer Kapasi is the incoming President. Dr Aggarwal wished Team 2017 all the best.





  • Friday, January 01, 2016 11:27 AM | admin (Administrator)

    Source - Lokvani

    Press Release 
    11/24/2015

    The Indian Medical Association of New England held its annual General Body Meeting and gala on November 21, 2015 at the Burlington Marriott hotel in Burlington, MA. 

    The event opened with a welcome by President Dr. Seema Arora who recounted the accomplishments of the year that included a wide variety of activities including participating in Mega health expo, childhood obesity program etc. She recognized the past presidents of IMANE.

    Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Director of Infection at Boston University, Woman of the year 2016 and a Frontline physician for providing care to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone with WHO gave a detailed talk on Ebola patients.  Kay Khan, State Representative, Massachusetts house of States was the honorable guest.

    A new team was elected for IMANE which consists of:

    President: Dr. Sapna Aggarwal 
    President-Elect: Dr. Dr. Sameer Kapasi 
    Past President: Dr. Seema Arora 
    Secretory: Dr Umakanth Khatwa
    Treasurer: Dr. Dr.Naveen Pandaraboyina
    Members at Large: Dr., Dr. Smita Patel, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Meera Subramaniam, Dr Ashok Shah and Dr Anand Kanjolia

    The members of the new board of trustees are:
    Chairperson: Dr. Tejaswini Shah
    Treasurer: Dr Salil Midha
    Members:  Dr Pramod Shah, Dr Ashok Joshi and Dr.Vikas Desai.

    Nominating Committee Chairman: Dr. Devila Shah
    AAPI Region 7 Representative: Dr. Seema Arora.

    The following members were honored with different awards:

    Distinguished Physician: Dr. Manorma Mathur
    Community Service Award: Dr. Manju Sheth
    IMANE Ambassador Award: Dr. Tapasya Shrivastav
    IMANE Enhancement Award: Dr S Reddy
    President's Awards: Dr Geeta Trivedi, Dr Sameer Kapasi and Dr. Paul Mathew.
     
    As IMANE moves to the next year under the leadership of Dr. Sapna Aggarwal, Lokvani wishes the team great success. 

     


  • Monday, December 14, 2015 11:35 AM | admin (Administrator)
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  • Friday, November 28, 2014 11:42 PM | admin (Administrator)

    The 36th annual meeting of the Indian Medical Association of New England was held on November 22nd at the Cambridge Marriott Hotel in Boston. IMANE, which is one of the oldest physician organizations of Indian-Americans, is currently headed by Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi, a surgeon specializing in Bariatric surgery.

    Dr. Kapasi opened the meeting with a speech and the diya lighting ceremony. She invited each of the past 20 presidents of IMANE as well as other dignitaries individually to the stage to honor them in the lamp-lighting ceremony.

    Several leading physicians spoke at the event, among them Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, who spoke of the vision and goals of AAPI and its current and future projects including the upcoming Jan. 2-4 Global Health Summit in India; Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Shalender Bhasin addressed the gathering on men’s health issues; Dr. Sanjay Shetty of the Stewart ACO’s physician group also addressed the gathering.

    Dr. Sudhir Parikh, publisher of News India Times and recipient of India’s Padma Shri award, was a guest speaker but could not attend due to a family emergency. He told News India Times IMANE was a great organization that had achieved much over the years. He also encouraged organizations like IMANE to join new initiatives being opened up by the Modi government. “I’m particularly heartened by “Swasth India” program which IMANE could support more vigorously.”

    Swasth India makes it possible for Indian-American doctors to select the areas they wish to serve in India and get formal approval from Medical Council of India within 15 days. “This is also a great way to rally the philanthropic impulses of young Indian-American doctors,” Dr. Parikh added.

    Gastroenterologist Dr. Raj K.Goyal, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and staff physician at Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System, and his wife Prem Goyal, donated an initial $25,000 from the Raj & Prem Goyal Foundation for a perpetual “Distinguished Medical Achievement Award,” following Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi’s appeal to members.

    Dr. Kapasi is expected to set up a committee to award the grant annually. This award is separate from the existing Distinguished Physician Award which was awarded this year to Dr. Baltej Maini, a vascular surgeon, president of Maini Consulting Group.

    The Community Service Award was given to Dr. Kunwar Singh for his “missionary zeal and dedication” to IMANE’s service projects for more than a decade, a release from IMANE said. Dr. Manorama Mathur, chair, IMANE Board of Trustees, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Dr. Kanu Patel and the emcees for the evening Dr. Paul Mathew and Dr. Sapna Aggarwal received the President’s Award.

    Dr. Onaly Kapasi donated the money from the sale of his poetry book “MIND’s Eye” to IMANE Health Fair and the AAPI Charitable Foundation.

    Dr. Seema Arora takes over at IMANE’s president starting Jan. 1. Members of the new Executive Committee include Dr. Sapna Aggarwal as president-elect, Dr. Sameer Kapasi as secretary, Dr. Subha Thiagrajan as treasurer, Drs. Paul Mathew and Devila Shah as members-at-large, Drs. Salil Midha, Geeta Trivedi, Teju Shah, Promod Shah and Vikas Desai as trustees .


  • Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:34 PM | admin (Administrator)

    The Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) elected a new executive committee, a new board of trustees and a new president, Dr. Seema Arora. The new committee and the board assume office on Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Arora replaces Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi as its president.


    Here are the members of the new executive committee of IMANE:

    President: Dr. Seema Arora

    President-Elect: Dr. Sapna Aggrawal

    Past President: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi

    Secretory: Dr. Samir Kapasi 

    Treasurer: Dr. Subha Thiagarajan 

    Members at Large: Dr. Devila Shah, Dr. Smita Patel, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Rajiv Nanda

    Here are members of the new board of trustees:

    Chairperson: Dr. Geeta Trivedi

    Treasurer: Dr Tejaswini Shah 

    Members: Dr. Salil Midha, Dr Pramod Shah, and Dr.Vikas Desai.

    Chairman of Nominating Committee: Dr. Mohani Malhotra

    AAPI Region 7 Representative: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi.

    "It is an honor for me to serve as chair of board of trustees of IMANE in 2015," said Dr. Trivedi. "I am looking forward to working with the new executive committee to fulfill the mission of community service and community outreach. I am also deeply committed to working towards financial stability of IMANE so that we can continue to generate funds for educational and community events now and in future."

    Dr. Arora said the team work is the key to success and that she is looking forward to having a great year for IMANE in 2015.

    "Every President contributes to the organization through their unique strengths. I hope to utilize my strengths of community outreach, networking, teamwork and coordinating cultural shows to increase membership, raise funds and to continue our mission of community service, medical education and mentorship for young physicians," said Dr. Arora. 

    During its 36th annual meeting, which was held at Cambridge Marriott hotel in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, Nov. 23, IMANE also honored some of its members and distinguished physicians:

    Distinguished Physician: Dr. Baltej Maini

    Community Service Award: Dr. Kunwar Singh

    IMANE Ambassador Award: Dr. Sapna Aggarwal

    President's Awards: Dr. Manorma Mathur, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Kanu Patel.


    IMANE Elects New Executive Committee and Board of Trustees 
    CAMBRIDGE, MAundefinedThe Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) elected a new executive committee, a new board of trustees and a new president, Dr. Seema Arora. The new committee and the board assume office on Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Arora replaces Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi as its president.

    Here are the members of the new executive committee of IMANE:
    President: Dr. Seema Arora
    President-Elect: Dr. Sapna Aggrawal
    Past President: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi
    Secretory: Dr. Samir Kapasi 
    Treasurer: Dr. Subha Thiagarajan 
    Members at Large: Dr. Devila Shah, Dr. Smita Patel, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Rajiv Nanda

    Here are members of the new board of trustees:
    Chairperson: Dr. Geeta Trivedi
    Treasurer: Dr Tejaswini Shah 
    Members: Dr. Salil Midha, Dr Pramod Shah, and Dr.Vikas Desai.

    Chairman of Nominating Committee: Dr. Mohani Malhotra
    AAPI Region 7 Representative: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi.

    "It is an honor for me to serve as chair of board of trustees of IMANE in 2015," said Dr. Trivedi. "I am looking forward to working with the new executive committee to fulfill the mission of community service and community outreach. I am also deeply committed to working towards financial stability of IMANE so that we can continue to generate funds for educational and community events now and in future."

    Dr. Arora said the team work is the key to success and that she is looking forward to having a great year for IMANE in 2015.

    "Every President contributes to the organization through their unique strengths. I hope to utilize my strengths of community outreach, networking, teamwork and coordinating cultural shows to increase membership, raise funds and to continue our mission of community service, medical education and mentorship for young physicians," said Dr. Arora. 
    During its 36th annual meeting, which was held at Cambridge Marriott hotel in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, Nov. 23, IMANE also honored some of its members and distinguished physicians:

    Distinguished Physician: Dr. Baltej Maini
    Community Service Award: Dr. Kunwar Singh
    IMANE Ambassador Award: Dr. Sapna Aggarwal
    President's Awards: Dr. Manorma Mathur, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Kanu Patel.

    IMANE Elects New Executive Committee and Board of Trustees 
    CAMBRIDGE, MAundefinedThe Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) elected a new executive committee, a new board of trustees and a new president, Dr. Seema Arora. The new committee and the board assume office on Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Arora replaces Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi as its president.

    Here are the members of the new executive committee of IMANE:
    President: Dr. Seema Arora
    President-Elect: Dr. Sapna Aggrawal
    Past President: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi
    Secretory: Dr. Samir Kapasi 
    Treasurer: Dr. Subha Thiagarajan 
    Members at Large: Dr. Devila Shah, Dr. Smita Patel, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Rajiv Nanda

    Here are members of the new board of trustees:
    Chairperson: Dr. Geeta Trivedi
    Treasurer: Dr Tejaswini Shah 
    Members: Dr. Salil Midha, Dr Pramod Shah, and Dr.Vikas Desai.

    Chairman of Nominating Committee: Dr. Mohani Malhotra
    AAPI Region 7 Representative: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi.

    "It is an honor for me to serve as chair of board of trustees of IMANE in 2015," said Dr. Trivedi. "I am looking forward to working with the new executive committee to fulfill the mission of community service and community outreach. I am also deeply committed to working towards financial stability of IMANE so that we can continue to generate funds for educational and community events now and in future."

    Dr. Arora said the team work is the key to success and that she is looking forward to having a great year for IMANE in 2015.

    "Every President contributes to the organization through their unique strengths. I hope to utilize my strengths of community outreach, networking, teamwork and coordinating cultural shows to increase membership, raise funds and to continue our mission of community service, medical education and mentorship for young physicians," said Dr. Arora. 
    During its 36th annual meeting, which was held at Cambridge Marriott hotel in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, Nov. 23, IMANE also honored some of its members and distinguished physicians:

    Distinguished Physician: Dr. Baltej Maini
    Community Service Award: Dr. Kunwar Singh
    IMANE Ambassador Award: Dr. Sapna Aggarwal
    President's Awards: Dr. Manorma Mathur, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Kanu Patel.

    IMANE Elects New Executive Committee and Board of Trustees 
    CAMBRIDGE, MAundefinedThe Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) elected a new executive committee, a new board of trustees and a new president, Dr. Seema Arora. The new committee and the board assume office on Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Arora replaces Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi as its president.

    Here are the members of the new executive committee of IMANE:
    President: Dr. Seema Arora
    President-Elect: Dr. Sapna Aggrawal
    Past President: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi
    Secretory: Dr. Samir Kapasi 
    Treasurer: Dr. Subha Thiagarajan 
    Members at Large: Dr. Devila Shah, Dr. Smita Patel, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Rajiv Nanda

    Here are members of the new board of trustees:
    Chairperson: Dr. Geeta Trivedi
    Treasurer: Dr Tejaswini Shah 
    Members: Dr. Salil Midha, Dr Pramod Shah, and Dr.Vikas Desai.

    Chairman of Nominating Committee: Dr. Mohani Malhotra
    AAPI Region 7 Representative: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi.

    "It is an honor for me to serve as chair of board of trustees of IMANE in 2015," said Dr. Trivedi. "I am looking forward to working with the new executive committee to fulfill the mission of community service and community outreach. I am also deeply committed to working towards financial stability of IMANE so that we can continue to generate funds for educational and community events now and in future."

    Dr. Arora said the team work is the key to success and that she is looking forward to having a great year for IMANE in 2015.

    "Every President contributes to the organization through their unique strengths. I hope to utilize my strengths of community outreach, networking, teamwork and coordinating cultural shows to increase membership, raise funds and to continue our mission of community service, medical education and mentorship for young physicians," said Dr. Arora. 
    During its 36th annual meeting, which was held at Cambridge Marriott hotel in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, Nov. 23, IMANE also honored some of its members and distinguished physicians:

    Distinguished Physician: Dr. Baltej Maini
    Community Service Award: Dr. Kunwar Singh
    IMANE Ambassador Award: Dr. Sapna Aggarwal
    President's Awards: Dr. Manorma Mathur, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Kanu Patel.

    IMANE Elects New Executive Committee and Board of Trustees 
    CAMBRIDGE, MAundefinedThe Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) elected a new executive committee, a new board of trustees and a new president, Dr. Seema Arora. The new committee and the board assume office on Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Arora replaces Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi as its president.

    Here are the members of the new executive committee of IMANE:
    President: Dr. Seema Arora
    President-Elect: Dr. Sapna Aggrawal
    Past President: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi
    Secretory: Dr. Samir Kapasi 
    Treasurer: Dr. Subha Thiagarajan 
    Members at Large: Dr. Devila Shah, Dr. Smita Patel, Dr. Tapasya Srivastava, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Rajiv Nanda

    Here are members of the new board of trustees:
    Chairperson: Dr. Geeta Trivedi
    Treasurer: Dr Tejaswini Shah 
    Members: Dr. Salil Midha, Dr Pramod Shah, and Dr.Vikas Desai.

    Chairman of Nominating Committee: Dr. Mohani Malhotra
    AAPI Region 7 Representative: Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi.

    "It is an honor for me to serve as chair of board of trustees of IMANE in 2015," said Dr. Trivedi. "I am looking forward to working with the new executive committee to fulfill the mission of community service and community outreach. I am also deeply committed to working towards financial stability of IMANE so that we can continue to generate funds for educational and community events now and in future."

    Dr. Arora said the team work is the key to success and that she is looking forward to having a great year for IMANE in 2015.

    "Every President contributes to the organization through their unique strengths. I hope to utilize my strengths of community outreach, networking, teamwork and coordinating cultural shows to increase membership, raise funds and to continue our mission of community service, medical education and mentorship for young physicians," said Dr. Arora. 
    During its 36th annual meeting, which was held at Cambridge Marriott hotel in Cambridge, MA, on Saturday, Nov. 23, IMANE also honored some of its members and distinguished physicians:

    Distinguished Physician: Dr. Baltej Maini
    Community Service Award: Dr. Kunwar Singh
    IMANE Ambassador Award: Dr. Sapna Aggarwal
    President's Awards: Dr. Manorma Mathur, Dr. Suresh Reddy, Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Kanu Patel.

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