Bostonian Dr. Sajani Shah Elected Chair of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, or AAPI

Dr. Sajani Shah
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BOSTON–American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, known as AAPI, has elected Bostonian Dr. Sajani Shah, MD as Chair of AAPI Board of Trustees.

Dr. Shah, a former president of the Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE), and a second-generation physician of Indian origin, will serve for 2020-21. She replaces Dr. Seema Arora, also a Bostonian and former IMANE president.

“I am excited to announce that Dr. Sajani Shah, a second generation physician of Indian Origin, and the first ever from the Young Physicians Section, has been elected as the Chair of BOT, AAPI for the year 2020-21,” AAPI President Dr. Suresh Reddy. “I am so proud that this historic milestone by AAPI has occurred during my Presidency.”

Dr. Shah was elected Chair of the AAPI Board of Trustees during the AAPI Spring Governing Body Meeting held on Saturday in Long Island, NY.

Dr. Shah is a surgeon from Boston who specializes in minimally invasive Bariatric Surgery. She earned her executive MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, she is serving as the Chief of Minimally Invasive Bariatric/Surgery and is the Medical Director of Weight and Wellness, Obesity Treatment Program in New England.

Dr. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. She was also a President of IMANE, a subchapter of AAPI. She has been serving as a member of BOT, AAPI since 2018.

Organized by the AAPI-QLI Chapter, the event was attended by over 150 AAPI members and leaders of AAPI from across the country. It was led by the AAPI Executive Team and its president Dr. Reddy and was coordinated by Dr. Ravi Kolli in his capacity as the Secretary of AAPI. Dr. Aravind Goyal, a veteran AAPI leader served as the speaker for the GB Meeting.

During his inaugural address, Dr. Reddy gave an overview of accomplishments under his leadership of AAPI in the past 200 days.

“As I look back to the past 200 days since we assumed office, leading American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), representing over 100,000 enthusiastic and cohesive group of Physicians and Fellows of Indian Origin, I am extremely happy to state that we have accomplished several and are on way to fulfill our promises and commitment to take AAPI to the next level,” Dr. Reddy said.

“In my inaugural address, I had promised to align all the energies to make AAPI an enormous force, committing to take the more than three decades old organization to the new heights and bring all the AAPI Chapters, Regions, Members of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees to work cohesively and unitedly for the success of AAPI and the realization of its noble mission, bringing in increased dignity, decency, professionalism and eliteness into the organization, and thus elevate the already existing stand,” Dr. Reddy reminded AAPI members.

Dr. Reddy highlighted the Global Health Care Summit held in Hyderabad, Continuing Medical Education, active involvement/participation of Young Physicians, Three highly successful voyages to Antarctica, Obesity Awareness campaign in India, Argentina and in the US, Share a Blanket program, Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, several new initiatives in India in collaboration with the government of India, MCI, local NGOs, Tata Trust and Apollo Hospital, and the continued collaboration and efforts to coordinate and unify the many AAPI Chapters as some of the highlights of the AAPI’s 200 Days Under Dr. Reddy and Team.

Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Vice President of AAPI thanked AAPI-QLI leaders Dr. Raj Bhayani, Dr. Ajay Lodha, Dr. Himanshu Pandya, Dr. Jagdish Gupta, Dr. Krishan Kumar, Dr. Sunil Mehra, Dr. Shashi Shah, and the rest of the very efficient and dedicated QLI team for organizing this awesome event.

Dr. Rajendra Bhayani, President of AAPI-QLI, said, “Thank you all for the love and friendship which you have shown to all of us at AAPI-QLI by giving us the opportunity to be the host and welcome you all on Long Island, New York.”

A Health Book compiled by Dr. Chander Kapasi, Chair of the AAPI Charitable Foundation was released. The Evening Gala and Valentine’s Day Party, organized by AAPI-QLI was attended by over 400 AAPI members and their families.

Towards making AAPI financially strong, Dr. Reddy urged members to contribute towards AAPI Endowment Fund. Dr. Ravi Kolli presented a check for $10,000 while the President of the St. Louis Chapter of AAPI, Dr. Raghuveer Kura along with Dr. Amit Chakrabarty, BOT Vice Chair donated a check for $10,000. AAPI-QLI expressed their intent to contribute towards the AAPI Endowment Fund in the future.


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