Trivandrum-born doctor elected as the chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine, a position he has held in the past.
WASHINGTON, DC: Known as much for his ability to raise millions of dollars for GOP campaigns, as well as being an exceptional cardiologist, and touted once as a front-runner for the US Surgeon General’s position, Zachariah P. Zachariah, who had been cleared of insider stock trading charges two years ago, is back firmly in the limelight: he has been elected as the chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine, a position he has held in the past.
Born in Trivandrum, now known as Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala, India, Zachariah is the President and Director of the Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute. In addition, he is also Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health. His political appointments include serving on the Florida State Board of Governors, the President’s White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and as a US Representative to the World Health Organization, in Geneva.
Zachariah is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiac Angiography, the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Clinical Scientists. He received his medical training at the Armed Forces Medical College in Poona, India, and did his medical residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.
In a year when Indian Americans have been in the limelight for being convicted in hordes of insider trading charges by the SEC, Zachariah will remain one of those who managed to beat the government after a Federal judge ruled in his favor almost two years ago and threw out charges that he made gains of almost a million dollars out of tips he received illegally, including from his son, Dr. Mammen Zachariah.
Dr. Zachariah Zachariah, who had taken the witness stand at his non-jury trial, had admitted to making millions of dollars, as well as losing $20 million to his habit of “gambling” – placing “hundreds and hundreds of trades” a year in between patient visits.