Incoming President of AAPI commits to strengthening the organization

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Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, incoming president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) who will be sworn in at the organization’s convention in Atlanta over the July 4, 2021 weekend. Photo: courtesy AAPI

Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, the incoming president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) says she wants to make the organization a premium healthcare leader.

Dr. Gotimukula, who will take over the baton at the upcoming Annual Convention on July 4th in Atlanta, GA, will be only the 4th woman elected to be the President of AAPI in its nearly four decades long history.

“I strive to be an empathetic team leader and good listener, always seeking and doing my best to achieve the team’s goals,” Dr. Gotimukula is quoted saying in a press release from AAPI.

 

As the leader of the largest ethnic physician medical organization in the United States, she said she wants to make AAPI a premium  healthcare leader, primarily focussing to improve and reform the current healthcare system and help towards making a better healthcare model for the patients;  create awareness projects on major chronic diseases burdening our health care system through Lifestyle modifications; establish a support system to members going through racial discrimination in the U.S.; support AAPI legislative efforts to make healthcare better and affordable to all and promote charitable activities globally.

Beginning her long association with AAPI as a volunteer in San Antonio in 2009, inspired by the AAPI activities, she became life member of AAPI 2010.  She was President of Texas Indo-American Physician Society  SW Chapter (2013) , Treasurer/Co Chair  of AAPI National Convention (2014), IT Chair(2015),  2 years as Regional Director of AAPI, and later elected as AAPI Treasurer (2017), Secretary (2018), Vice President (2019) with a huge majority and currently President-Elect (2020).

 

A resident of San Antonio, TX, Dr. Gotimukula  is a board certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist, practicing since 2007, is affiliated with Christus Santa Rosa, Baptist and Methodist Healthcare systems in San Antonio.

A graduate of Kakatiya Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences in India, she did Residency at University of Miami & University of Illinois, and Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at University of Michigan.

As the President of AAPI, Dr. Gotimukula said, she will work towards “strengthening the organization’s mission, encourage participation of more young physicians, develop the best communications platforms  for Indian American Physicians and keep the members well connected.”

According to her, “Patience, Perseverance, Passion and Positive Attitude,” are her mantra to be successful in leadership.

On her agenda are several goals:

  1. Dr. Gotimukula has been instrumental in creating $250,000 Endowment Fund for operations in 2020 with a goal to reach $2.5 Million in the next five years;
  2. She wants to focus on offering Continuing Medical Education and other seminars for members;
  3. Provide for educational projects in India by collaborating with Global Association of Indian Medical Student Council;
  4. Working towards healthcare reforms by being proactive and working with AMA and other allied medical organizations, since AAPI is the “biggest stakeholder” in American medical healthcare system;
  5. Provide research opportunities to the pre-med and medical students; and
  6. Pursue a global mission working across the globe on healthcare.
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