Hundreds Of Indian American Physicians Attend 27th AAPIQLI Convention And Gala

Above and two below: several individuals were honored at the Dec. 9, 2023, AAPIQLI Annual Convention and Gala. PHOTOS: ITV Gold

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Queens and Long Island (AAPIQLI), held its 27th annual convention and gala at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, NY, Dec. 9, 2023.

More than 500 physicians and their families attended the event during which awards were given to some achievers, and an entertainment segment where well-known performers like Rimi Nique, Yash Wadali, and Garima Baijal were featured.

Five physicians were honored including

  1. Dr Vivek Reddy, Director and Prof of Medicine in Cardiac Electrophysiology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.  NY
  2. Dr. Parag Mehta, Chairman of Medicine, LI Community Hospital, Patchogue, NY, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, NYU
  3. Dr. Manish Parikh, Chief Div of Cardiology, NY Presbyterian-Bklyn Methodist. Associate professor of clinical Medicine
  4. Dr. Smita Sihag, Attending Surgeon, Thoracic Services, MSK Cancer Center. Asst Prof. Cardiothoracic surgery, Weil Cornell Med College, NY
  5. Dr. Krishan Kumar, Attending Physician, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Coney Island, Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency medicine, NY College of osteopathic Medicine. Dr Kumar has been practicing medicine for than 50 years. He has trained more than 5000 EMTs and 300 paramedics at Fire Police EMS Academy, NY as their medical director. He is actively involved in training and teaching medical students, residents and fellows and nursing staff. His trained residents are working from NY to NASA, in the US and abroad, including India.
Dr. Krishan Kumar, one of the awardees at AAPIQLI convention and gala of Dec. 9, 2023. PHOTO: ITV Gold

Several attendees at the gala, spoke to ITV Gold, giving their views on the event. They thanked Dr. Kumar for his services, and praised organizers of the event.

Raj Jinna, president of AAPIQLI, speaking at Dec. 10, 2023, gala and convention. PHOTO: ITV Gold

Dr. Raj Jinna, current president of AAPIQLI, said the organization had a membership of 800 physicians. “I try to do the best for the organization which is meant to take care of our physicians, our students, and activities like health camps, etc.,” Dr. Jinna said.

Dr. Gautam Samadder and Dr. Anjana Samadder, both past presidents of AAPI national, praised AAPIQLI, for being one of the most active chapters.

Dr. Sunil Mehra, founding member of AAPIQLI, Dr. Devendra Srivastava, and Dr. Sumita SenGupta, also praised the organization and the event.

Sibu Nair, from Governor Kathy Hochul’s office told ITV Gold he was there to provide details about the significant budget allocation to health care made by Gov. Hochul.

The AAPIQLI represents about 1000 Physicians of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk serving the Community of New York and its Counties. In addition, it also represents hundreds of Medical Students, Residents and Fellows of Indian Origin. “We are an Integral part of New York State health care system and research programs,” the organization said in the press release.



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