Dr. Avinash Gupta receives Monmouth Medical Center Humanitarian Award on Diwali eve

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Dr. Avinash Gupta (center) and his medical colleagues at the special event organized by the Bihar Foundation, U.S. on October 23, 2022. Next to him (left) is Parikh World Wide Media and ITV Gold Chairman Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Dr. Geeta Gupta (right), Deputy Consul General Dr. Varun Jeph (second from right), and others. Photo: Courtesy Alok Kumar, Bihar Foundation, U.S.

Dr. Avinash Gupta, chief of Cardiology and president-elect of the medical staff at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC) in New Jersey, was awarded the Humanitarian Award for his exemplary work in public health and social service during the pandemic, in the U.S. and in India.

Gupta, an alumni of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, was honored at a special ceremony October 23, 2022. Present at the ceremony were Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal; Chairman Ankur Vaidya of  Federation of Indian Associations (FIA); Deputy Consul General Dr. Varun Jeph; Chairman Alok Kumar of Bihar Foundation U.S.; President Anurag Kumar of Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America (BJANA); BJANA Vice President Sanjeev Singh and its executive committee.

The award was given for Dr. Gupta’s remarkable services and involvement in Covid relief work, a press release said. He launched a tele-consultation service for the needy during the 2021 wave of Covid-19 in India; attended to over 1,000 patients with his wife Dr. Geeta Gupta; helped raise over $250,000 for medical relief in India; helped Patna based non profit AASTHA to establish a 10-bed Covid Care Center; and was part of the team of doctors who sent medicines and oxygen concentrators to India. In the U.S., he virtually consulted Indians without medical insurance during the pandemic lockdown.

Dr. Avinash Gupta (center) with his family. Photo: Courtesy Alok Kumar, Bihar Foundation, U.S.
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“Dr Gupta’s service is an inspiration for many. His community leadership continues to glow,” Consul General Jaiswal said. Deputy Consul General Jeph also congratulated Gupta praising his online consultations with Covid patients in Jharkhand and Bihar.

FIA Chairman Vaidya praised Gupta saying his service as a cardiologist shows his love and care for India and the U.S. Bihar Foundation chairman Kumar said Gupta getting the award on the eve of Diwali was remarkable, and also complimented the good work Gupta and his wife have been doing of providing assistance to Indian medical students in the U.S.

In the U.S., Gupta led a team of 50 doctors and healthcare professionals to vaccinate 3,500 Indian Americans in Ocean County, New Jersey. As a president of Monmouth Country American Association of Physicians from India (AAPI), he helped raise $150,000 to Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank. Gupta led the community leaders’ team in establishing the Siddhivinayak Temple and Indian Cultural Center in Toms River in 2012.

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