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IMANE Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:40 AM | Deleted user
IMANE Annual Meeting to feature Dr. Sukhatme's keynote on "Tomorrow's Cures, Yesterday's Medicines" 

Dr. Vikas P. Sukhatme, Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will make the keynote address during the 35th Annual Meeting of the Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) and discuss "Tomorrow's Cures, Yesterday's Medicines."

"The idea is rather simple. There exist promising ideas for treating deadly diseases such as cancer that are not being developed because they lack profitability. In other words, they are not reaching mainstream medicine because they have no sponsor," said Dr. Sukhatme, who is also the co-founder of GlobalCures.  "And here is what makes this truly tragic. Many of these ideas are affordable, immediately implementable, novel and could have a very significant impact on outcomes.  I will discuss this problem and possible solutions. That is the problem GlobalCures is addressing with a focus on cancer."

Dr. Sukhatme said he is looking forward to addressing IMANE members and meeting old friends and making new ones at the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 23 at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass. Before the cocktail reception and the gala, IMANE will also hold its annual general body meeting and elect new office bearers, executive committee and a board of trustees.

"It is going to be a great event. We are very excited that Dr. Sukhatme has agreed to be the keynote speaker in the evening," said IMANE President Dr. Manju Sheth, adding that the honorable guest at the event will be Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, the new Consul General of India in New York. Dr. Jayesh Shah, President of the Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), will also attend the event.
Dr. Sheth said IMANE will also bestow the Distinguished Physician Award to Dr. Dinesh Patel and the Community Service Award to Dr, Salil Midha. The annual gala will also feature a cultural and entertainment program by the talented IMANE family.

Dr. Sheth, whose term will end on Dec. 31, said 2013 has been a great year for IMANE.

"I feel very fortunate that I was able to fulfill all the promises that I made when I took over as the 35th president of IMANE. This was only possible due to enormous support of my executive committee and board of trustees," said Dr. Sheth. "One of our main goals this year was to focus on community service and we were able to fulfill that." 

"IMANE also received several awards this year, but it was the unconditional support from our community that has really been our most important and priceless reward," added Dr. Sheth.

Dr. Nasir Khan, a member of the Board of Trustee of IMANE and its former president, said that IMANE has had an extraordinarily successful year in 2013.

"I know that a leader sets the tone and sets the direction for an organization and more importantly the leader has the burden of doing most of the work," said Dr. Khan. "Dr. Sheth spelled out her priorities early in her Presidency and worked diligently and very successfully to accomplish her goals.  These included building and strengthening community alliances, raising funds for charitable organizations, including charitable funds for IMANE's own charitable donations, increasing membership in IMANE and giving IMANE a greater presence in the local community. She was aided by her warm and friendly personality and her excellent communication skills, verbally and in her writings."

Dr. Khan said IMANE accomplished many things this year. "Our annual CME (continuing medical education) program in the spring at the Massachusetts Medical Society headquarters was very well attended on a Saturday morning with excellent speakers on topical subjects. The first mega Health Expo co-sponsored with India New England held at the Newton Marriott was again very well attended and very successful.  This event was a first between the two organizations and is an example of Dr. Sheth using opportunity and hard work to benefit both organizations," said Dr. Khan. "The President, officers and Executive Committee supported by the Trustees have much to be grateful for leading IMANE to a wider audience."

Dr. Apurv Gupta, chairman of the board of trustees, said Dr. Manju Sheth and the IMANE team had a banner year in 2013.

"She and the EC team through their focus on partnering with community organizations not only helped to strengthen the collaborative model, but also helped to make IMANE a much more widely recognized entity throughout the region," said Gupta, adding that accomplishments this year included a first-of-its-kind Health Expo, which received rave reviews. Another signature event was the Nirbhaya fundraiser in partnership with Saheli to support women and children affected by violence." 

Dr. Manorama Mathur, a past president of IMANE who's slated to take over as the chair of the board of trustees in 2014, said Dr. Sheth and her committee did a great job of engaging, educating, and serving New England's Indian community.

"This past year went extremely well," said Dr. Mathur, who currently serves on the organization's board of trustees.

Moving forward, Dr. Mathur said IMANE must continue to work together to help improve cost-effectiveness, educate the community, and organize fundraisers and charity events, all areas she said would be critical in 2014.
Dr. Sajani N. Shah, a surgeon and assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and currently president-elect of IMANE, will replace Dr. Sheth and lead IMANE in 2014.

Dr. Sajani N. Shah, a surgeon and assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and currently president-elect of IMANE, will replace Dr. Sheth and lead IMANE in 2014.

"My vision is very much in keeping with the charter of the organization that which I will honor and use as my compass. IMANE is a premier ethnic medical organization. With that said I am interested in bringing about a balance of its academic responsibilities without discounting or overlooking its social responsibilities," Shah said. 

"The founding members espoused a dream of its perpetuity through an involvement of the second generation of Indian physicians. I believe it is of paramount importance to structure the organization to make it inviting for our young physicians in academia to join it," she added. "Financial independence of IMANE is extremely important. With the help of the trustees and members of my executive committee we will explore alternative venues to raise needed funds to make IMANE financially independent."
Shah also said she is looking forward to working with her outstanding team to strengthen IMANE's membership, community awareness and financial outlook.  

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