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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.  




  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:03 AM | Deleted user
    In Conversation With Manju Sheth


    10/23/2013

    (This article is sponsored by Emerson Hospital)

    Dr. Manju Sheth is a Board Certified Internist with keen interest in women’s health. She is president of the Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) and works at Lahey Health.                      

                                                                                                         

    Dr. Sheth, who has tremendous passion for women’s causes and community service, was voted Woman of the Year in 2011 as well top 50 most influential Indians in 2011 and 2012. Previously, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Task Force for Domestic Violence and as a Co-chair for the first and successful fundraiser in 2010 for Saheli, an organization dedicated to supporting South Asian women and families in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In addition, Dr. Sheth also serves on the Executive Committee of the Indian American forum for Political education, which helps increase political awareness among South Asians. 

    Dr. Sheth has worked tirelessly on educating women in the community by organizing and leading health symposiums, free health screenings and workshops on financial empowerment of women. She also helped organize the first mega health expo with INEN in 2013 .She closely works with local charities to raise awareness about domestic violence and settlement of victims.She has also helped put together numerous  successful fund raisers for great causes locally including Nirbhaya for Saheli in Sep2013

    Dr. Sheth has been recognized for providing exceptional care to her patients and has received numerous awards for her work.She counts writing as one of her biggest passions and her series 'Chai with Manju' is the most well known series at India New England News.

    Dr. Sheth is married to a physician Dr. Dipak Sheth and has a 15 yr old daughter Shaleen.

    Please share with us some of the highlights under your leadership at IMANE?

    When I took over as IMANE President, I said in my speech that every president brings his or her own vision and strength to an organization. My mission was community service and community outreach under my leadership. I have to say that I have been able to achieve these goals with the help of an excellent executive committee and board of trustees of IMANE.

    We collaborated with INDIA New England News for a free mega South Asian Health Expo in April which was extremely successful and attended by nearly 800 people. We  brought some of the best speakers from medical world of New England  to educate our community and were supported by the area’s almost every  South Asian organization in this venture. We also collaborated with Saheli for Nirbhaya fundraiser in September which was also successful in raising over $56,000 for victims of domestic violence in our own community .

    On a personal level, I was also part of many great musical programs like the Burman show to name a few, which donated funds to IMANE charitable funds that we used to support free health clinics locally. We also organized some great medical, networking and social events for our medical community. In addition, we have planned a fabulous annual meeting of our organization coming up on Nov. 23,  featuring great speakers like Dr. Vikas Sukhatme who will speak about “Yesterday's Medicine and Tomorrow’s Cures” and also  our new Consul General of India Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay will be our honorable speaker. I must say that it has been a very busy and at the same time a very productive year for IMANE.

    What was your personal philosophy that you brought in when you took over?

    My philosophy is that it is vital to give back to our community. Gift of time is always the most precious. I truly believe in the quote by Mahatma Gandhi that the “Best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

    What are some of the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome that?

    My challenges were of a very personal nature. This has been the toughest year of my life as I lost my beloved dad who was my rock on May 18th this year and I also lost my wonderful mom a month later on June 18. Losing both of them suddenly within 30 days of each other shattered my world completely. Mt trip to India to visit my family under such circumstances was the worst in my life and it still haunts me every day. It was very tough for me to go on and fulfill my professional and community obligations and responsibilities. My parents always taught me that work and commitment come first in life so it took all my strength, a lot of prayers and love and support of my friends and family for me to pull myself together and take care of all my responsibilities this year. I feel that I have truly done the best that I could. I also feel blessed that my IMANE family supported me during my tough times and together we could achieve the goals that we had set out for the organization this year.

    You brought in a few partnerships with local organizations with IMANE? How was that experience?

    It was best of both worlds. I have been working with many organizations and charities at grass root levels for many years and in leadership roles for the last five years. Women's causes are closest to my heart and I have had  great experience working with both ATASK and Saheli. I was the Cochair of very successful first fund raiser for Saheli and this year I was instrumental in bringing my two favorite organizationsundefinedIMANE and Saheliundefinedtogether for Nirbhaya fund raiser.

    What are the future plans of IMANE moving forward?

    As I said every president brings their own vision. It will depend on the next team. I am sure that the future leaders will bring their own strength to the organization.

    What are some of the critical health issues that South Asians face and must pay attention?

    Diabetes remains a huge concern. Preventive medicine is also something that we lag behind in.I feel it is so important to get physicals , pap smears for women, mammogram, colonoscopy and age appropriate health screenings done. Prevention is always better than cure.

    Finally any message to the younger generation gearing to enter the field of medicine?

    My message is slightly different because I also think like a mom. I have a 15 year old daughter. My husband is also a physician but I have to say that medicine so far does not excite my daughter. It may have  disappointed some people in our family but  I truly believe that it is very important to follow our passions in life, especially in the current times.

    When I was growing up in India then women did not have many career choices. I love medicine but  while growing up, journalism was also a passion of mine. However, I did not get a chance to pursue that. Interestingly, I was able to make some of my dreams come true later in life as I got opportunities to write too but that is another story. So my message is that medicine is a great field to enter especially with all the advances in the area, but one should choose that as a career only if it excites you because it is challenging and requires tremendous dedication. I have to say that it is a very fulfilling career choice. I also feel that In Indian families we still tend to push our kids towards medicine, engineering and other math and science related fields but we should encourage our children to follow their passions, guide them and  also help them to make their dreams a reality.


  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:08 AM | Deleted user
    Join Us At Nirbhaya And Support Saheli’s Mission Of Empowering Women


    Anu Chitrapu 
    09/11/2013

    Join us at Nirbhaya and support Saheli’s mission of empowering women

    Saheli, a local organization that works on empowering women, is getting ready for its annual fund raising gala. This year’s event is named “Nirbhaya”, which means without fear.  The name was chosen to symbolize a life without fear for all women. The event will be held at the Westin, Waltham on Friday, September 20th and will start at 6.30pm.

    Funds raised from Nirbhaya will be used to send several women to vocational training courses that will put them on the path to independence.  Needed mentoring will also be provided to ensure the women are successful in completing these courses and finding employment upon completion.  While a few programs, like paralegal training and medical assistant training have been identified, Saheli wil put together a portfolio of course options that women can pick from based on their skills and interest. Our goal is to raise somewhere north of $40K.


    This year Saheli is collaborating with IMANE (Indian Medical Association of New England). Dr.Manju Sheth, President of IMANE, co-chair of the 2010 Saheli gala and a great believer in Saheli’s cause says, “As physicians, we treat the physical and emotional injuries and scars of domestic violence, but I have always felt that our job was somehow incomplete till the victims became not just survivors but were also empowered to take care of themselves and their families. Saheli helps complete that by providing them support, friendship, guidance and education.”


    Volunteers from all walks of life have come together to support a cause they believe in.  The gala committee consisting of Dr. Sapna Aggarwal, Sumana Bhat, Dr. Deepa Jhaveri,  Dr. Sumi Manwani, Dr. Meera Subramaniam, Rekha Singh, Eshani Shah and Neelam Wali, are working tirelessly to make sure the event is close to perfection.

    In keeping with the theme of the event we have picked short entertainment pieces that elegantly bring out the message of the evening. One of the highlights of the event is having Meghna Chakraborti from WBUR serve as our anchor for the evening. The items include a candlelight dance by Maya Delity, Harshini Joshi, Madhu Nene, Anu Saxena, Rhea Manwani, Sumi Manwani; a soul-stirring dance piece by Mouli Pal; songs by Shraddha Agrawal, Sankar Gangaikondan, Sudha Rao, Uma Sankar, Mohan Subramaniam and Meena Sundaram accompanied by Tarun Bangalore, Pranav Ghatraju & Sahana Srinivasan. A special treat for all is the fact that renowned musician Tara Anand has provided guidance and expertise with the music arrangement!

    Another exciting part of the program is the launch of the Saheli Men’s Initiative, led by Ramesh Advani. Details will be shared at the event.

    We are very lucky to live in a city like Boston, where the vibrant Indian diaspora supports various causes.  So many businesses have stepped forward offering their services complimentary for the event. Shobha Shastry is adding her magic touch with her decorations; Vinod Kapoor of Masala Art is sponsoring the food; DJ Yogz is offering his services to liven up the evening; Neelam Wali is printing flyers, invitations, brochures; Bollywood Delights is bringing delicious Kulfi and a large audience is coming to support this important cause.


    As Chair of Nirbhaya, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to announce that we have sold over 300 seats already with a week to go for the event!

    We all dream of the day when Saheli’s services will no longer be needed. That would be the day when there are no more cases of domestic violence and women are living their lives to the fullest with no fear.  While we wait for that day, we all need to join hands and help Saheli as it helps women build their futures, one step at a time.  


    Please join us and help us achieve this dream.


    Buy your tickets now at www.lokvani.com/l/nirbhaya


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  • Monday, September 09, 2013 10:05 AM | Deleted user
    With 300 tickets already sold, Saheli and IMANE gear up to put a super show for next week’s fundraising
    With 300 tickets already sold, Saheli and IMANE are gearing up to put together a super show for the next week’s fundraising for empowering South Asian women and their families in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The event, called Nirbhaya which means fearless, is scheduled on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.This is the first time that Saheli, an organization dedicated to empowering South Asian women and their families, and Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) are coming together for the fund raiser, which starts at 6:30 pm on Sept. 20. This event has been also supported by many local organizations.
     
    Anu Chitrapu, president of Vision Aid who is involved in many local charities, is the chair of the event. Dr. Manju Sheth, president of IMANE, has been instrumental in this Saheli-IMANE collaboration.
     
    “I have been closely involved with Saheli for many years and was the co-chair of their first fund raiser in 2010,” said Dr. Sheth. “As president of IMANE, it was an honor for me to bring these two wonderful organizations together for benefit of our community. As physicians we always feel our job is incomplete if we only treat the physical and emotional injuries related to domestic violence. Saheli helps us complete this picture by empowering these women so they can get trained, get jobs and take care of their families. I cannot think of a better collaboration. It is truly a privilege to be part of this great event.”
     
    Funds raised from Nirbhaya will be used to send several women to vocational training courses that will put them on the path to independence. Needed mentoring will also be provided to ensure the women are successful in completing these courses and finding employment upon completion. While a few programs, like paralegal training and medical assistant training have been identified, Saheli will put together a portfolio of course options that women can pick from based on their skills and interest. The goal is to raise somewhere north of $40,000 during the Sept. 20th event.
     
    This fundraising has been put together by dedicated team of volunteers. The gala committee, which consists of Dr. Sapna Aggarwal, Sumana Bhat, Dr. Deepa Jhaveri, Dr. Sumi Manwani, Dr. Meera Subramaniam, Rekha Singh, Eshani Shah and Neelam Wali and Dr Subha Thiagrajan, has been working for many months  to make sure the event is a super success.
     
    A short, classy and uplifting program has been planned to bring out the message of the evening. Meghna Chakraborti from WBUR, local affiliate of National Public Radio, will serve as anchor for the evening. The program includes a candlelight dance by Maya Delity, Harshini Joshi, Madhu Nene, Anu Saxena, Rhea Manwani, Sumi Manwani; a soul-stirring dance piece by Mouli Pal; songs by Shraddha Agrawal, Sankar Gangaikondan, Sudha Rao, Uma Sankar, Mohan Subramaniam and Meena Sundaram accompanied by Tarun Bangalore, Pranav Ghatraju and Sahana Srinivasan. A special honor for all is the fact that renowned musician Tara Anand has provided guidance and expertise with the music arrangement. Well known community activist Preetesh Srivastva will conduct the pledge drive.
     
    There will also be a launch of the Saheli Men’s Initiative by Ramesh Advani and Manish Patel. Details will be shared at the event.
    So many local businesses have stepped forward offering their services complimentary for the event. Shobha Shastry is once again adding her magic touch with her splendid decorations. Vinod Kapoor of Masala Art is sponsoring the delicious food. DJ Yogz will for the third time have great dance music and add fun to the evening. Neelam Wali is working extremely hard in printing flyers, invitations, brochures. Bollywood Delights is bringing delicious Kulfi. Sudeshna Das has designed the artistic flyers and brochure.
     
    The Nirbhaya team touched at the overwhelming support from community, their faith and belief in the cause. The team has already sold over 300 tickets for the event. The Saheli team and volunteers, who are looking forward to welcoming everyone at the event, all dream of the day when Saheli’s services would no longer be needed. That would be the day when there are no more cases of domestic violence and women are living their lives to the fullest with no fear.


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