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  • Sunday, November 30, 2014 11:43 PM | Anonymous


  • Friday, November 28, 2014 11:42 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:32 PM | Anonymous
    The Indian Medical Association of New England held its annual gala on Saturday Nov 23, at the Cambridge Marriott hotel in Cambridge, MA. In the IMANE tradition, several members of the community were honored at the event. 

    The event opened with a welcome by President Dr. Sajani Shah -Kapasi who recounted the accomplishments of the year that included a wide variety of activities including a health fair to serve the underprivileged. 
    She recognized the past presidents of IMANE and acknowledged the services of the committee members. 

    Dr. Shailender Bhasin, director of the research program in men's health at Brigham and Women's hospital gave a detailed talk on his research on testosterone biology while Dr. Sanjay Shetty, CEO of Steward Health Care enlightened the audience on the subtleties of accountable care organizations.  Dr. Ravi Jagirdhar, President of AAPI spoke about the organization and highlighted its accomplishments.

    A new team was elected for IMANE which consists of:

    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

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

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

    The following members were honored with different awards:
    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.

    The MC Dr. Paul Matthew was delightful and kept the audience entertained with his humor.  As IMANE moves to the next year under the leadership of Dr. Seema Arora, Lokvani wishes the team great success. 


  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014 10:27 PM | Anonymous
    The Indian Medical Association of New England, held a very successful and rewarding 2014 Community Health fair on September 20, 2014 at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple (ISSO) in Lowell, Massachusetts.

    To quote Gandhijee, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony".

    That is the harmony, I espouse and enjoy of our IMANE community - thank you all, for this high privilege of serving IMANE as its 2014 president.

    The free event offered a great and much needed opportunity to a very large cross-section of our greater Boston Indian community to receive a general health checkup and specialty consultations at a single stop.

    IMANE is proud to share information of the much needed healthcare evaluations and advice provided to greater than one hundred and twenty (120) participants and so many others who attended the event.

    The screenings were provided by volunteers covering a large spectrum of medical specialties.

    Each attendee was cordially invited and given a number by our volunteers prior to proceeding to the array of check up stations. Each station was well marked and appropriately flagged to maintain an order with the evaluation process. Each participant was given an evaluation form that was filled with relevant medical information at each station,

    thereby providing the information to each participant.

    Dental, cholesterol, diabetes, and vision screenings were all much appreciated by the attendees who lined the tables shuttling in an orderly manner between various stations at the spacious function hall that was provided for the fair.

    The attendees benefited greatly from the general medical as well as specialty medical information and evaluations. The highlights for the attendees were the cholesterol, HbA1c, and bone density stations that remained populated most of the evening.

    The evaluations for the fair were selected in response to a demographic survey of the needs of our Indian population that included audiology testing, blood pressure evaluation, and body composition analysis.

    Specialty tables where available for attendees who desired to speak individually, in privacy and confidence with our consultants on various cogent issues that included preventive health, heart disease, nutrition, and women's health/cancer issues.

    Bone marrow drive volunteers were able to sign up potential bone marrow donors and also informed the participants of a great need for South Asians donors as they were underrepresented in the bone marrow database.

    WE FULFILLED 

    IMANE's MOST PARAMOUNT MISSION 

     

    "SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY" 

     

    SPONSORS THANK YOU  FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT


    THANK YOU


    ·  This event was possible because of  the community spirit of volunteerism.

    ·  Shree Swaminarayan Temple  for offering a venue  

    ·  Subha Thiagarajan, M.D.-special credit for the coordination and co-chairing of the health fair.

    We received tremendous thank you and established a feeling of belonging in our community

    Shalesh Patel  a  health fair attendee commented, "Health screenings are important; you know that you should do them but you don't always do them."


  • Sunday, September 14, 2014 11:56 AM | Anonymous

  • Friday, March 28, 2014 11:54 AM | Anonymous
    The travel from USA to New Delhi is about eighteen hours; however, it is much easier in comparison to the journey from New Delhi to Mandi, that is in the Indian side of the Himalayan ranges. The flight was booked from the USA to New Delhi and onwards to Kullu via a small propeller airplane only to find out that Air India had cancelled all flights to Kullu until April 15, 2014.

    We had two options remaining, one to go via the road to Mandi which is an arduous, fatiguing and long journey or to fly to Dharamshala and have cars receive us at the airport to drive us to Mandi.  Dharamshala is the Indian residence of his eminence the Dalai Lama.  We were fortunate to procure bookings on the flight to Dharamshala. We proceeded to Mandi via road transport which took us through treacherous mountain terrain, hair pin bends and a dizzy ride that gave motion sickness to most of us. Even though the weather was not very cooperative as it was rainy, wet and bone chilling cold, our determination to stay on course with our steadfast  determination to provide medical service at the Health Camp of the AAPI Charitable Foundation prevailed.

    The celebration for the twenty years of continued service that was arranged and orchestrated, was well attended.  In the four days, a team of physicians from the U. S. A. counseled, treated and carried out second opinions for about three hundred patients and also provided medications, and percutaneous procedures at no cost to the patients.

    Drs. Onaly and Chander Kapasi who are veterans of many such past health camps, this was a pleasing routine experience, but for Dr. Sajani Shah and Dr. Sameer Kapasi, it was indeed a profound, exciting and an immensely gratifying experience. 

    The local committee & the Health Minister of Himachal Pradesh were very appreciative of AAPI-Charitable Foundation's contibutions. They thanked Dr. Jayesh Shah & the executive committee  of AAPI, Dr. Nick Shroff & executive committee of Charitable Foundation, and presented them with momentoes in absentia, which we carried with us to give them.

     Please double click on the link to view a short video clip of the Health Camp. The narration is by Dr. Sajani Shah, co-chair, AAPI Academic Committee and President of Indian Medical Association of New England. This may give you a glimpse of the work done by the AAPI Charitable Foundation's Mandi Clinic.
    http://youtu.be/0iOfOSWoDQ0
  • Monday, December 23, 2013 5:24 AM | Anonymous


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