AAPI is all geared up for 35th annual convention from June 21 to 25, 2017

AAPI is all geared up for 35th annual convention from June 21 to 25, 2017

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Representing the interests of the over 100,000 physicians of 
Indian origin,
 leaders of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), 
the largest ethnic organization of physicians, for 35 years, AAPI 
Convention provides a platform to the medical fraternity to discuss 
issues relating to their profession, including assessing their role 
in the ever evolving situations – medical, political and social. The 
annual convention this year, from June 21 to 25 at Harrah’s Resort in 
Atlantic City, is being organized by AAPI’s New York Chapter. Those 
responsible for the big event are Convention Chair, Dr. Raj Bhayani, 
Co-chairs, Drs. Vinod Sanchetti, Kishen Kumar, Jayesh Kanuga, and 
Kusum Punjabi; Convention Advisory Committee Chair, Shashi Shah; and 
Drs. Hetal Gor, Jagdish Gupta, and Himanshu Pandya. AAPI’s new executive
 committee includes Dr. Gautam Samadder President, Dr. Naresh Parikh, 
Vice President; Dr. Suresh Reddy, Secretary; Dr. Manju Sachdev, 
Treasurer; Dr. Madhu Agarwal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; 
Aditya Desai, YPS president; and Atul Nakhasi, MSRF President. The 
Indian Panorama is introducing here two of the incoming leaders of the 
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. One is the 
Presidentelect Dr. Gautam Samadder, and the other, Dr. Ashok Jain 
Elected Chair, BOT of AAPI.

Dr. Gautam Samadder, President Elect of AAPI

“AAPI must be responsive to members, supportive of leadership and a true advocate for our mission”

“AAPI must be responsive to its 
members, supportive of the leadership and a true advocate for our 
mission,” Dr. Gautam Samadder, President of American Association of 
Physicians of Indian Origin, says. “I am committed to unify AAPI by 
breaking down the barriers of various regions, languages, medical 
education within the organization and bringing everyone together as a 
whole organization rather than separate fragments of the organization,” 
Dr. Samadder says.

At AAPI, where he will assume charge 
as the president of AAPI at the annual convention in Atlantic City on 
June 25th, Dr. Gautam Samadder rose through the ranks due to his hard 
work and dedication. He was a Regional Director for the AAPI NE 
Central-II Region, and had served as the Editor-in-Chief of AAPI 
Journal, a quarterly published by the American Association of Physicians
 of Indian origin (AAPI). He was instrumental in reviving the journal 
and turning it around to a ‘sought-after’ publication.

“My leadership involvement with the AAPI started during my Global Health Summit trip to India
 in Rajasthan in the year of 2010 although I have been a patron member 
of AAPI for more than 20 years. I had the opportunity to know Dr. Ajit 
Singhvi, who had encouraged me to take on a leadership role at AAPI and 
here I am seven years later.”

According to him, “One thing is clear, 
if you are a team player, hardworking, and willing to serve in the best 
interests of the organization. There is always a leadership opportunity 
for you in AAPI.”

The Incoming President Dr. Gautam Samadder and family L to R: Dr.Samadder, wife, son and

Dr. Samadder was elected as Secretary 
of AAPI in 2014. Prior to this, he served as the Regional Director in 
Ohio and Michigan for two consecutive years in 2010 and 2011. “I 
have been involved in the grass-root level to form all Ohio AAPI chapter
 which includes (AIPO) local chapters from Columbus Cleveland Cincinnati
 Dayton, Youngstown, and Toledo and served as the president in 2012. 
In addition, I have been the president of the local Chapter of AAPI 
Central Ohio (Columbus) from 2008-2010.

Working with his dedicated 
executive committee, Dr. Gautam wants to “establish a strategic plan for
 AAPI that can sustain change in leadership. “AAPI members should be at 
the table during planning and implementation stages of the health 
care reforms,” Dr. Samadder says. “I want to encourage medical students,
 residents, and fellows and all second-generation Indian American 
physicians to be actively involved in both local and national level. 
Efforts go to building a strong association focusing on leader 
development and strengthening our professional relations.”

“In my capacity as the President of 
national AAPI, I want to support the growth of global and Indo-US 
relationship and to support and promote charitable activities through 
AAPI both in the US and India,” Dr. Samadder says.

“As I have shown over the past decades 
in my roles as a Regional Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President
 and President Elect of AAPI, and now as the President, I will continue 
to work to create advocacy and community services, escalating 
profitability, productivity and popularity of AAPI.

“I will also promote globalization 
of education as well as work towards creating awareness and promote the 
level of involvement of the Indian American Medical Community and to foster the increasing strength and grown of our beloved Nation.

While working in close cooperation with 
AAPI at all levels, we will together address the issues affecting the 
physicians at the state and national level. I envision promoting 
health care advocacy and community services, escalating profitability, 
productivity and popularity of AAPI,” he adds.

Dr. Samadder wants to 
“amplify participation among young physicians and medical students, 
strengthen AAPI’s financial security through profitable 
corporate sponsorships and facilitate collegial cooperation between 
local and state chapters, as this will increase AAPI’s global stature 
and eminence, which will ultimately make healthcare more efficient and 
effective in USA and India.”

His “work ethic, integrity and 
self-reliance will help propagate AAPI’s mission and instill renewed 
energy and participation. My leadership experience demonstrates in 
the private and nonprofit sectors will be advantageous in increasing 
participation, chapter cooperation and awareness of exchange programs. I
 am dedicated to helping chart a course toward AAPI’s true mission.”

Under his leadership, Dr. Gautam will 
strive to make AAPI an organization where people feel proud to 
contribute their time and energy for the greater good of the members and
 the society. “AAPI is a platform to cherish their achievement and 
creating a platform to further enhance and provide opportunities to our 
budding physicians to be successful in academic medicine and to the rest
 of the world, and to India in particular.Leading a major organization 
like AAPI and providing a forum to its members to collectively 
work together to meet their diverse needs is a major challenge.”

Dr. Samadder’s presidency will start 
with AAPI’s family trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana from 
August 4-13, 2017, which will provide twelve hours CME credits 
and include a jungle safari at a world famous resort and extensive site 
seeing opportunities.

The AAPI Global Healthcare Summit 
(GHS) from December 28-31, 2017 in the beautiful city of joy, Kolkata 
(West Bengal, India), will continue to make progress on AAPI’s 
past initiatives, including the traumatic brain injury (TBI) guidelines 
dissemination, training of first responders, and engaging local 
authorities to help address one of the major causes of road fatalities 
by pursuing four key aspects which are awareness, free hospital care, in
 hospital, and rehab.

According to him, the GHS will serve as 
a sounding board for many health care leader to freely exchange ideas, 
and help resolve challenges that are addressed during the very effective
 CEO forums usually chaired by MOH officials and leading CEOs. This will
 help in attracting investments, advanced training, and setting up 
hospitals, medical institutions, etc. AAPI GHS will continue the 
International Research Competition, EP, Cardiology, Urology, and other 
workshops that will help in training several India based physicians. 
Finally, the women’s forum under the banner of women’s leadership forum 
will serve as an inspiration for aspiring female leaders to see and hear
 from their role models.

Gautam spends most of his life in the 
private sector and is presently the CEO and managing director of 
Columbus Sleep Consultants, which he has built up from the ground. He 
was instrumental in the formation of Indian Sleep Society, with the 
objective of promoting sleep research and publications within Asian 
Indian communities. He is a speaker for several pharmaceutical companies
 and the physician advisor to several medical technology companies and 
recently collaborated with Fisher and Paykel to establish diagnostic 
centers in several major cities in India.

Born and growing up in Jabalpur, Madhya 
Pradesh, young Gautam was always eager to learn and develop the talents 
and skills, overcoming numerous obstacles and turning them into small 
town opportunities, he took on the challenge of pursuing his career in 
Medicine by competing in the medical admission process and graduated 
from Rani Durgawati Medical College, Jabalpur.

With his passion for knowledge, determination, perseverance, and success, Dr. Samadder came to the United States
 in 1985 for higher education. After completing his Residency in 
Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai affiliate hospital-North General, New 
York, he did his Pulmonary Fellowship at SUNY affiliate-Brookdale 
Hospital, New York and Sleep Fellowship at Medical College of 
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Subsequently, he moved to Ohio in 
1995. “While doing pulmonary fellowship, I was very intrigued 
with obstructive sleep apnea – a very dangerous medical condition but 
an easily treatable condition,” recalls Dr. Gautam Samadder, Founder 
and CEO of Columbus Sleep Consultants. “Also, this is one of the 
rare specialties, where patient satisfaction is enormous because of 
the successful outcome of the treatment.”

With aspirations to develop and become 
an entrepreneur, he took on the challenge of opening an independent 
practice of Pulmonary and Sleep medicine in 1997. His hard work and 
dedication paid off. He was successful in expanding the practice to be 
one of the biggest networking of independent sleep labs in Ohio, 
employing more than 50 employees, including three physicians and two 
physician assistants. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director at a 
multi-locational and Multispecialty Sleep facility, Columbus Sleep 

Dr. Gautam Samadder built his career on 
hard and dedicated work in the private and public sectors. He 
spearheaded the formation of Indian Sleep Society (AAPIOS) and is 
actively involved in promoting Sleep Research and Awareness both 
nationally and Internationally including India. He recently collaborated
 with Fisher & Paykel to establish diagnostic centers in major 
Indian cities.

Even though working as an entrepreneur, 
owning a large sub-specialty involving community service, he had a deep 
desire to give back to the community. Having worked with the local and 
state medical society, being the regional director and local chapter 
president of AAPI he has a deep desire to give back to this extra 
ordinary organization (AAPI).

He is actively involved with the Indian 
community and member at large of the Asian Indian Alliance, which 
actively participates in a bipartisan way to support and fund electoral 
candidates. He is actively involved with the Bharatiya Hindu Temple and 
free health clinics.

Serving as a core member of the Advisory
 Board of the Ohio State University Gateway Project, which supports 
Exchange programs between USA and India including student’s 
scholarships, Dr. Samadder is also an active member of the Ohio State 
Medical Association and was the first counselor of the International 
Medical Graduates for the state of Ohio. Dr. Samadder was a Clinical 
Assistant Professor at Ohio State University.

“These experiences, along with others, 
have provided me with a strong foundation from which I can offer fresh 
ideas and responsible leadership,” he says. For someone who in his own 
words is “always looking to strengthen AAPI”, a set of more 
responsibilities would certainly be welcome. “Having worked with 
Dr.Narendra Kumar on the 9- city tour event, I would like to lead AAPI 
with my dream team to new heights.” he says. “I am always looking for 
opportunities to help AAPI in making it powerful so that members get 
benefit they deserve, and spread awareness at local and state level and 
unite local chapters.”

Among the many mentors, who had inspired
 him, Dr. Samadder has been impressed by Dr. Kumar and Dr. Ajit Singhvi,
 past Presidents of AAPI. “I have been especially fascinated by the 
commitment of Dr. Kumar. He is fortunately in the same specialty as me 
and I have had several interactions with him. When I see him working for
 AAPI, his unselfish commitment, time and family wise, I am so 
awestruck. If I can replicate that, I will be blessed,” he says with 

His wife is a practicing 
gastroenterologist in Columbus. The couple have been married for about 
25 years now. They have a son who is in medical school and their 
daughter is in high school.

“AAPI has a mandate to help disseminate 
our medical knowledge, our expertise and technological advances to the 
entire world,” Dr. Samadder says. Utilizing AAPI membership, AAPI, Dr. 
Samadder wants to create and lobby for the legislative agenda at the 
federal level, supporting the policies and programs benefitting AAPI 
members. He wants to bring in second generation Indian American members 
into AAPI leadership roles and positions, and thus “ushering in a new 
era of cooperation, stability, and sustained growth for AAPI.”

Years of health care management experience: Dr. Ashok Jain Elected Chair, BOT of AAPI

Dr. Ashok Jain, Chairman elect of AAPI BOT

DrAshok Jain, M.D., M.S., FACR, chief 
medical officer for Beaumont Hospital, Wayne, MI, has been elected 
Chairman of Board of Trustees, American Association of Physicians of 
Indian Origin for the year 2017-18.

Soft spoken, caring, 
gentle, intelligent, and committed to give back to the society, and 
gentle in his approach, Dr. Jain has been associated with AAPI since its
 initial launch over 35 years ago. “I have been involved with AAPI since
 its inception in 1983 as a young physician who had just 
started practicing in Michigan.” Ever since, he has been actively 
associated with AAPI and worked hard to the growth of this organization 
since its inception.

As a young physician filled with love 
and commitment, he had worked with Wayne County Medical Society and 
Michigan State Society for the establishment of first IMG section at 
state level in Michigan.

One of his contributions, Dr. Jain feels
 very proud of today is that, “I worked for keeping same criteria 
for IMG’s and AMG’s for state medical licensure.” Dr. Jain was elected 
as MAPI President in 1994, and had served at the AAPI Executive 
Committee as the Regional Director in 1995-1996.

His connections with the 
political leaders from India and the US made Dr. Jain more popular and 
much sought after. Dr. Jain served as the Alumni Committee Chair, 
and AAPI’s prestigious Legislative Affairs Committee Chair in 
2004- 2005.

All along his life, Dr. Jain was filled 
with passion for giving back to the society. He was elected to serve 
as the MAPI Board of Trustees Chair and the Foundation of MAPI (FOMAPI) 
Chair in 2015. His visionary and leadership skills were seen all over as
 Dr. Jain, helped FOMAPI raise $180,000 for MAPI free clinic, serving 
the less privileged. In the 1980’s Dr. Jain raised $500,000 in five 
years benefiting Nargis Dutt Foundation for cancer patients for different charities in India.

His love for his country of birth was 
seen in Dr. Jain building and running Girls High School in his village 
in Rajasthan in 1997, where 650 girls study year until they complete 
High School. Dr. Ashok Jain had also served as a member of the Board of 
Trustee of Jain Temple in Detroit.

Dr. Ashok Jain, who serves as the Senior
 Vice President at Beaumont Health and as the Chief Medical Officer at 
Beaumont Hospital in Wayne, MI, has a Master of Science Degree in 
Medical Practice Management. Dr. Jain has served as a member of Board of
 Trustee at Oakwood Health Care System and now at the Beaumont Health. 
Dr. Jain serves as Chief of Medical Staff of Beaumont Hospital, Wayne 
from 2011 onwards.

Dr. Jain is married to his 
beautiful wife, who is also involved with MAPI auxiliary. His son 
finishing medical school and his daughter has a degree in MHA, Masters 
in Healthcare Administration, and is Trinity Health in Ann Arbor, 
MI. Beaumont Hospital, where Dr. Jain serves as the Chief 
Medical Officer, is a 185?bed teaching hospital that is part of Beaumont
 Health, Michigan’s largest health care system, based on 
inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. Dr. Jain was appointed to 
this role at Beaumont, Wayne in 2015. He closely collaborates with 
medical and hospital leadership, including its Medical Executive 
Committee, hospital president and elected chief of staff.

Dr. Jain is responsible for 
overall hospital performance and developing the vision and 
strategic plan for clinical activities. He also serves as the hospital’s
 patient safety officer and oversees site?related patient safety and 
quality activities.

A practicing radiologist, Dr. 
Jain joined Beaumont Hospital, Wayne in 1982 and was elected chief of 
staff in 2011. Dr. Jain is a graduate of the M.S. University of Baroda 
Medical College and completed a residency in radiology and fellowship 
in ultrasound/CT through the Wayne State University School of 
Medicine. Ashok Jain, M.D., M.S., FACR Senior Vice President & 
Chief Medical Officer Beaumont Hospital, Wayne Beaumont Health is 
a not-for-profit organization formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health 
System, Botsford Hospital and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients 
and families with compassionate, extraordinary care, no matter 
where they live in Southeast Michigan. It consists of eight hospitals 
with 3,429 beds, 174 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 36,000 
employees and 3,500 volunteers. In 2016, the organization had $4.4 
billion in net revenue with nearly 178,000 inpatient discharges, 
568,000 emergency visits and more than 17,500 births.

“I bring years of health care management
 experience, organized medicine leadership experience to AAPI,” Dr. Jain
 says the newly elected Chair of AAPI BOT. “My goal as the BOT, AAPI in 
the coming year is to formalize and create AAPI leadership academy 
working with American college of physician executives for development 
of leadership roles for all AAPI membership. I want to work hard 
to engage young physician and attract them to AAPI. They are the future 
of AAPI.”


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