Narendra Modi, Michelle Obama to address AAPI convention in Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Nina Davuluri to attend too.

By The American Bazaar Staff

WASHINGTON, DC: First Lady Michelle Obama will be the chief guest, while the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address via satellite from India, The American Association of Physicians of Indian origin’s (AAPI) 32nd annual convention, onJune 25-29, at the Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

The organization’s current president Dr. Jayesh Shah said that the event’s “preliminary program is in place,” in a press release.

The convention will also in attendance Texas Governor Rick Perry, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, US Surgeon General nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy, and several prominent US Congressmen.

Some 2,000 AAPI members and their families are expected to attend the event, which will feature several other high-profile guests and speakers. Chief among them is the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who will deliver an address at the AAPI Women’s Forum Session. Indian American chef Sanjay Thumma will also give a live cooking demonstration, in which he will prepare his signature “tasty and healthy” dishes. Several performers from India will perform Bollywood-style numbers.

The convention will also continue the AAPI agenda of “Be Fit and Be Cool,” an initiative started by the organization to promote physical fitness. There will be an AAPI Bone Marrow Drive, as well as a health walk, the first time such an activity has ever been featured at an AAPI event.

“We have been working for more than a year in putting together an attractive program for our annual get together, educational activity and family enjoyment,” said Dr. Vijay Koli, the chairman of AAPI’s 2014 Annual Convention and the head of the organization’s Texas chapter.

“I and the Co-Chairs, Drs. Anupama Gotimukula, Rajam Ramamurthy, Hormazd Sanjana and Aruna Venkatesh are fortunate to have a dedicated team of convention committee members from San Antonio and surrounding areas helping us. We are expecting a record turnout and hence I would encourage early registration to avoid later disappointment,” said Koli in a statement.

AAPI is the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States, and has been in existence for over 40 years. It has almost 130 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations under its purview, and represents the interests of over 60,000 physicians and 15,000 medical students and residents of Indian heritage in the United States.

“Many of the physicians who will attend this convention have excelled in different specialties and sub-specialties and occupy high positions as faculty members of medical schools, heads of departments, and executives of hospital staff,” said Dr. Seema Jain, Vice President of AAPI. “The AAPI Convention offers an opportunity to meet directly with these physicians who are leaders in their fields and play an integral part in the decision-making process regarding new products and services.”

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