Dr. Onaly A. Kapasi, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Boston since 1980, will speak on “Osteoporosis: the Silent Disease” during the upcoming Indian and South Asian Health Expo on April 27 at the the Marriott Hotel in Newton, Mass.
“I have selected the topic as it is most cogent relative to the number of insufficiency fractures I am seeing in our community and also in the general population and also the fact that the disease is least understood,” said Dr. Kapasi. “I see teens and young adults on starvation diets, over consumption of soda pops and little or no concept of gravity exercises”
Dr. Kapasi is scheduled to speak from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 pm. Organized by Indian Medical Association of New England and INDIA New England news, the day-long free Health Expo will bring the area’s major hospitals and health care providers together with the Asian Indian and South Asian communities in New England.
“It is very important to increase awareness of osteoporosis in our community,” said Dr, Manju Sheth, president of IMANE. “It is a condition that causes weakening of bones and about two million fractures are attributed to osteoporosis every year in the Unites States alone. We are very pleased that Dr. Kapasi will talk about this silent disease.”
Dr. Kapasi, an orthopedic surgeon, received his medical education from the prestigious Grant Medical College in Mumbai. He received postgraduate training from the Nairobi University in Kenya, Harvard University and Tufts University in Boston. Besides being the director of the Arthroscopic and Sports Medicine Center of Boston, Dr. Kapasi involves himself in multiple activities. He is a published poet and carries out philanthropic medical work in the United States, Africa and India. In India, he is an integral part of the Asian American Physicians of Indian Origin free clinic in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, where he also runs a free orthopedic camp each year. He has provided free orthopedic services at the Sancheti Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital, Lilavati Hospital and several other hospitals and medical centers where he conducts free orthopedic surgical care for patients in need of such services.
Dr. Kapasi has served on the Massachusetts Board of Medicine where he was the chairman for Medical Licensing Committee and Joint Committee Graduate Medical on Education. He has served the AAPI as chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee, Awards Committee and chair of CME program on Sports Medicine where he conducted a three-day program at the National Sports Authority of India in Patiala. He has served as the president of the Indian Orthopedic Society of United States and of Indian Medical Association of New England.
Dr. Kapasi has received awards for academic excellence in India, Africa and the United States. He received the coveted Ethicon price for his academic performance at the postgraduate Master of Medicine (Surgery). Last year he received the prestigious Most Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and a presidential award from Indian Medical Association of New England.
The Health Expo is supported by the India Society of Worcester, Indian Americans of Lexington, Vision Aid, Ekal Vidyalay, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Association of Pakistani Physicians of New England, Indian American Forum for Political Education, Saheli Boston, the United India Association, the India Association of New Hampshire, the Gujrati Association of New England, the Indian Association of Greater Boston, New England Hindi Manch, LearnQuest Academy of Music and NetSAP Boston.
Health Tip of the Week
Here is a health tip from a reader of the Health Expo event page on Facebook. Neither IMANE nor INE are responsible for this tip. Please consult your doctor.
Submitted by Pratibha Shah:
Besan Kadhi: Take butter milk, 4 cups; chick pea flour, 1 cup; water, as needed. Make a smooth blend with chickpea flour and butter milk. Add 1 tsp. turmeric power, chili powder to taste, salt to taste and mix well. Add water to bring this blend to a consistency you like. Warm 3 table spoons of sesame oil in a deep pan, add fenugreek seeds, let splatter till light brown, add the above blend and let cook. When fully cooked (chick pea in the mix is well cooked), add 3 cups of chopped dandelion. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Take off stove and season with chopped ginger fried in ghee. Serve hot.