Indian envoy points to immense opportunities for collaboration in healthcare between the US and India
American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic medical association in the US, will hold its 40th Annual Convention and Scientific Sessions in San Antonio, Texas, from June 23 to 26, 2022.
The world-class Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center on the River Walk will afford an intimate setting for the convention, Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, the 4th woman President in the history of AAPI, announced during the virtual kick-off meeting on Nov 7.
“Today, AAPI is strong representing over 100,000 Indian American physicians, 130 local Chapters, who make up 10% of total physicians in the US and nearly 50% of International Medical Graduates, rooted in every corner of the nation, who serve every 7th patient in the US,” she said. “We are proud of our achievements and our contributions to the healthcare industry and the millions of people we serve.”
Inviting delegates to the Convention, Dr. Jayesh Shah, past President and Chair of AAPI Convention 2022, said it will convey cutting-edge research and CME, promote business relationships, and display ethnic items.
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Addressing the virtual curtain raiser, Aseem Mahajan, Consul General of India in Houston, referred to the significance of “India and the United States, the two most vibrant democracies, representing two great multicultural societies with shared values, who are natural partners” working together in several areas of interest to both the nations.
He pointed to the immense opportunities for collaboration in healthcare between the US and India, as India is working towards “Expanding on the MedTech sector for global presence and position India as a global hub for medical devices.”
By encouraging manufacturing, innovation, and R&D based on emerging technological landscapes, and transforming India into a hub for medical devices, India may emerge as the “diagnostic capital of the world,” Mahajan said.
Welcoming AAPI delegates to San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said, “2022 is the most exciting time to be in San Antonio, which hosts one of the largest Diwali celebrations in the United States.”
“We are honored to host the largest gathering of Indian American physicians in our vibrant city, home to some of the best healthcare facilities in the nation.”
The AAPI Convention will be offering an exciting venue to interact with leading physicians, health professionals, academicians, and scientists of Indian origin, according to an AAPI press release.
The physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year.
Some of the major themes at the convention include: Yoga and Meditation practices, Welcome kit with books & self-care supplies, A Personal Reflexology Session, Take home wellness routine, Ailment based yoga therapy sessions, Workshop on Spiritual well-being, Book talk with Yoga Gurus, including on the science of Yoga & Lifestyle medicine.
The convention will also provide an opportunity to visit Aum Ashram in San Antonio as part of the wellness session, AAPI said.
Yoga gurus and experts leading the wellness sessions include Paramguru Sharatha Jois, Sadhvi Bhagawati, Saraswati Eddie Stern, Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa, Dr. Dilip Sarkar, Dr. Pankaj Vij, and Dr. Param Dedhia.
Read: AAPI to Hold 40th Annual Convention in San Antonio in June 2022 (November 16, 2021)
The Convention Committee includes Venky Adivi, Chief Executive Officer of the Convention; Dr. Aruna Venkatesh, Convention Treasurer; Dr. Vijay Koli, Past President of AAPI & Convention Advisor; Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy, Convention Advisor; Dr. Rajeev Suri, President of TIPS & Co-Chair of the Convention, Dr. Shankar Sanka, Co-Chair of the Convention; Dr. Hetal Nayak, Co-Chair of the Convention; Kiran Cheruku, Co-Chair of the Convention; and Chief Operating Officers, R. Reddy Yeluru and Ram Joolukuntla.