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  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:32 PM | Deleted user
    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 | Deleted user
    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."


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  • Friday, March 28, 2014 11:54 AM | Deleted user
    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
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  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:30 AM | Deleted user
    Nineteen past presidents, four special guests join jam-packed IMANE's 35th annual meeting



    Dr. Salil Midha and Dr. Dinesh Patel, two well-respected physicians in the New England area, were honored for their work and contributions at the Indian Medical Association of New England's 35th Annual Meeting at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass. Midha, who recently completed his 25th charitable mission to Africa, was presented with the 2013 Community Service Award at the November 23 event while Patel, who serves as the chief of arthroscopic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, was honored with the 2013 Distinguished Physician Award. Apart from Midha and Patel, other prominent individuals present at IMANE's November 23 event included distinguished guests Devyani Khobragade, Consul General of India in New York, Vikas Sukhatme, Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Jayesh Shah, president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, and Ravi Jagirdaar, AAPI's president-elect.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:30 AM | Deleted user
    Dr. Vikas Sukhatme's keynote address at IMANE: "Tomorrow's Cures, Yesterday's Medicines"

    By Dr. Vikas Sukhatme   

    I am honored and delighted to be here tonight and to share with you some thoughts about a problem that my wife Vidula, who is in the audience, and I are passionate about. Let's think about a woman who discovers a lump in her breast or is told of a suspicious lesion on a routine mammogram. A biopsy shows cancer. This event occurs about 200,000 times annually in the US, or over 500 times a day. 95% of these women show no evidence that the cancer has spread to other organs. For these women, the goal of therapy is to cure. They typically undergo removal of the tumor or a more extensive operation, a mastectomy, depending on a number of factors. Sometimes they get radiation therapy to prevent local/regional recurrence and even chemotherapy to attempt to wipe out micrometastases that might later give rise to systemic disease. Yet relapses do occur - systemically - and of the 40,000 deaths from breast cancer annually in the US, ¾ of the women had first presented with localized disease.
  • 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" 
     
     Sukhatme


    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.



     
     Sheth
    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.

     
     Shah
    "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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