WALTHAM, MA– The Indian Medical of Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE), the oldest organization of physicians of Indian origin in the United States, on Saturday held its annual general body meeting and installed Dr. Dhrumi Shah, MD, as president for 2020 and elected Akash Patel. MD as President-elect and other members of the executive committee and board of trustees.
Dr. Shah replaces outgoing President Saraswathi Muppana, MD.
Dr. Shah and other newly-elected members will assume their roles on Jan. 1. IMANE elected Seema Gupta as its Secretary. The position of Treasurer was left open and will be filled later.
IMANE’s Members at Large are: Geeta Trivedi, Mohini Malhotra, Shilha Merchia, Sonali Khond and Paul Mathew. Members of the Board of Trustees are: Pramod Shah, Rajendra Trivedi, Vikas Desai, Kishor Mehta, and Ashol Joshi.Devila Shah was elected Chair of the Nominating Committee and Pramod Shah as Chair of ByLaws Committee. Pooja Chandrashekhar was elected YPS representative.
In his acceptance speech Dr. Shah said that about 95 percent of members of his executive committee are members of the previous committee whose term is expiring by the end of this year.
In a published message to IMANE members, Dr. Shah said: “I feel honored and humbled at the same time representing all of us as IMANE community with the drive to create value.
He said the purpose of IMANE if not only to organize and support various professional and social activities within the region, but also to create a dynamic environment for future generations to get inspired and promote values of inclusivity, diversity and collaboration.
“I am a family physician, informaticist and a social entrepreneur with a passion to improve healthcare by making it a little more ‘healthy’ and ‘caring’ through collaboration and innovation,” said Dr. Shah.
Dr. Shah is a family physician and a CMIO/CIO at Compass Medical, an independent provider led organization in Southeast Massachusetts. His primary interests and focus areas are Digital health innovation, Data science and Care analytics, Health innovation and Entrepreneurship and Life science technology commercialization.
Dr. Shah did his Family Medicine training at New Jersey Medical School, and subsequently graduated from University of Illinois Chicago completing his Post Masters in Health Informatics. He is actively involved in Health IT space via advisory services and participates in national and regional speaking engagements.
President-elect Dr. Patel earned his Medical School Degree from Pramukhswami Medical College; Sardar Patel University; Gujarat, India. Dr. Patel completed his Family Medicine Residency at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey / Hoboken University Medical Center in Hoboken, NJ.
Dr. Patel is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Patel’s clinical interests include Hypertension, Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Medicine.
In her message to IMANE members, Outgoing President Dr. Muppana said: “It has been a very enriching year in terms of building relationships and collaborating with different organizations and trying to get members involved, and to get more prominence for IMANE in the medical community locally and nationally.”
Dr. Brian Pereira, MD, president and CEO of Visterra Inc. was the keynote speaker and spoke about “Coming to America—Perspective on Children, Families, and Persons With Disabilities.” Guest of Honor was Massachusetts State Representative Kay Khan (11th Middlessex District) and House Chair, The Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. Special Guest of the evening was AAPI President Suresh Reddy, MD.
IMANE also honored its members. IMANE’s President’s Awards were given to Dr. Dinesh Patel, Dr. Manju Sheth, and Dr. Sapna Aggarwal. Dr. Sahdev Passey received the Community Service Award, Dr. Bharti Khurana was bestowed Goyal Physician Achievement Award for distinguished service to community and IMANE. Dr. Pramod Shah received Ambassador Award for spreading the good word about IMANE and brining in new members. Ajay Vempati received Young Student Award.