An extraordinary transplant surgeon and philanthropist.
By Deepak Chitnis
WASHINGTON, DC: Dr. Rahul Jindal will be given the Outstanding American by Choice Award from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) organization, for his work in the fields of medicine and philanthropy.
Jindal is a transplant surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where he had treated countless military personnel.
Jindal is one of the leading surgeons in his field. In July of 2009, he and Lt. Col. Edward Falta, the chief of the Walter Reed organ transplant service, performed the first-ever kidney transplant in the history of the country Guyana. In addition to practicing medicine, Jindal is also a clinical professor of surgery at George Washington University, and a professor of surgery at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
The award singles out naturalized US citizens who have made a difference in their communities, and Jindal is also well-known throughout the community for his charitable and philanthropic work. He is the director of the National Blood and Bone Marrow Drive Campaign, an initiative that has been sponsored by close to 600 temples throughout the country that registers south Asian-Americans to a marrow registry, where those in need of a transplant can find them.
Recently, Jindal has also received the Leadership Award from the International Leadership Foundation. Previous winners of that award include Nancy Pelosi, Bobby Jindal (not related to), and Jackie Chan.
Jindal earned his Medical Degree from the B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He then earned his FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) from the Royal College of Edinburgh, in Scotland.
The USCIS award will be given as part of the USCIS’s Veterans Day event on Wednesday, November 13. The event itself is part of a week-long celebration of Veterans Day, with events taking place in cities across the nation to honor the work of military servicemen. The event on Wednesday will take place at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located in Arlington, Virginia at the Arlington National Cemetery.