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Harvard's Chopra to headline IMANE annual meeting: Nov 2012

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Harvard's Chopra to headline IMANE annual meeting

By Martin Desmarais
(Photo by Rose Lincoln/
Harvard University)
Harvard Medical School Faculty Dean for Continuing Education and Professor of Medicine Dr. Sanjiv Chopra will be the feature guest speaker at the Indian Medical Association of New England’s 34th annual meeting on Nov. 17 at the Taj Boston. The annual meeting, “Leadership in Medicine,” will have a focus on leadership. Chopra, as well as being a specialist in continuing education, is also an author and a noted speaker on the topic of leadership. He will give a talk titled, “Leadership by Example: The Ten Key Principles of All Great Leaders.”

In addition to hearing from Chopra, IMANE’s annual meeting will feature the passing of the guard from current president Dr. Sucheta Doshi to president-elect Dr. Manju Sheth, as well as the election of a new executive committee for 2013.

Doshi is the medical director of occupational health and a women's health staff physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System. She is double board certified in family medicine and general preventive medicine/public health. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine she has an extensive background in global health, vaccination policy and infectious disease prevention. She is a long-standing member of the American Association of Physicians of India Origin and has been a member of the Indian Medical Association of New England since 2004. She served IMANE as president since the start of 2012. She was born, raised and currently resides in Brookline, Mass.

Sheth works as a primary care physician at Beverly Hospital and is dedicatedly involved in many professional and community organizations. She is on the board of directors of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence. She is co-chair of the Indian Women Physicians Forum. She is on the executive committee of the Massachusetts chapter of the Indian American Forum for Political 
Education. She is closely involved with women’s support group Saheli. She is also on the diversity committee at Beverly Hospital and involved with the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Founded in 1978, Indian Medical Association of New England is an organization for medical professionals of Indian origin in the New England area. IMANE organizes and supports numerous professional and social activities for the benefit of its members and the communities they serve.

Chopra wrote a book on the topic of leadership with the same title as the lecture he will give at the IMANE event: “Leadership by Example: The Ten Key Principles of All Great Leaders.” He has received wide spread praise for his book. Chopra told India New England that, in addition to his medical education efforts, his newest passion is teaching leadership to young people.

This new passion began two years ago when he started giving a talk at continuing medical education conferences on what he called “the 10 key principle of leadership.” The talk became very favorable and word got out about it and he was asked to do it more and more. Since the talk is not specific to the medical profession, he even started to get speaking engagements outside the CME arena. And everywhere he did the speech everyone always asked him, “Where is the book?” It happened so much that he finally decided to write the book, “Leadership by Example: The Ten Key Principles of all Great Leaders,” which was released in May.

Chopra said he believes that everyone can lead and he hopes that the principles he examines in his book can help others do so. A lifelong educator, Chopra is naturally working with other academics on a way to bring the principles in his leadership book into a class curriculum that can be offered to college students. He also wants to examine leadership through academic research. He says his dream is to create a leadership institute at Harvard.

A Harvard Medical School graduate, Chopra has remained at his alma mater for almost 30 years and. In addition to his work as dean and professor, he is also a senior consultant in hepatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is editor-in-chief of the Hepatology Section of “UpToDate,” an electronic textbook that is subscribed to by an estimated 450,000 physicians worldwide. He serves as the course director of several CME course including seven annual “Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care” conferences, which each draw as many as 8,000 doctors. He has produced approximately 120 publications and published five books. 

Prior to his book “Leadership by Example: The Ten Key Principles of all Great Leaders” he published “Dr. Chopra Says:  Medical Facts and Myths Everyone Should Know,” co-authored with Dr. Alan Lotvin, in January 2011 and also released an updated paperback version, “Live Better, Live Longer. The New Studies That Reveal What’s Really Good and Bad for Your Health,” in March of this year.

He has received numerous awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard Medical School, the American Gastroenterological Association’s Distinguished Educator Award and a Master of the American College of Physicians distinction. He was also awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor earlier this year.

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