Indian American physicians hold Global Healthcare Summit in New Delhi

Scenes from the 17th Annual Global Healthcare Summit hosted by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin held in New Delhi at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, starting Jan. 2, 2024. PHOTO: Courtesy AAPI

The 17th annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) hosted by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) on the theme, “Cutting Edge in Healthcare and Artificial Intelligence” was held at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on January 2, 2024, in New Delhi, India.

The Summit ended with a “call and commitment to help bridge the Digital Gap in Healthcare delivery system in India with the effective utilization of modern technology.”

Dr. Anjana Samadder, president of AAPI and Dr. M. Srinivasan, director of AIIMS signed a MoU during the Summit. “The meeting today is a great beginning to facilitate collaborative efforts between India and the United States,” said Dr. Samadder. “The MoU between AAPI and AIIMS, India’s most premier Medical Education Institute has been signed for the purpose of furthering cooperation in education, student exchange, and research activities, affirming our intent to promote such academic collaborations and participate in various academic endeavors.”

Dr. Rakesh Garg, additional professor in Onco-Anesthesia and Palliative Medicine at Delhi-AIIMS, Dr. Shubham Anand, chair of GAIMS, Dr. Ajeeth Kothari and Dr. Gautam Samadder, both past Presidents of AAPI, Dr. Sumul Raval, Secretary of AAPI, Dr. Bhavani Srinivasan, Chair of AAPI Publications, Dr. Inderpal Chabra, president of AAPI QLI, and Dr. Avinash Gupta, a senior leader of AAPI and president of Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) in NY/NJ/CT, were present during the signing ceremony.

In her welcome address, Dr. Samadder said, “I extend my warmest greetings to each and every one of you attending this prestigious 17th annual Global Healthcare Summit in New Delhi and Manipal. For the first time it is being held in two cities, in collaboration with prestigious institutions, such as AIIMS, New Delhi and MAHE in Manipal,” noting she’s honored to welcome a diverse gathering of experts, policymakers, and healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing global health.

The annual event of AAPI, GHS has played a key role in transforming healthcare delivery for India’s 1.4 billon people, residing in both urban and remote rural areas. As such, GHS aims to build upon previous efforts and introduce new programs, Dr. Samadder added.

For the first time ever, AAPI held the annual GHS in India’s Northern and Southern cities giving participating international delegates, a unique perspective. In addition to New Delhi, GHS will also be held at the Kasturba Medical College, in Manipal, Karnataka from January 4-6, 2024.

Dr. Sampat Shivangi, chair of GHS 2024 said, “With the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, AAPI has rightly chosen to focus on the future of Healthcare and Artificial Intelligence during the GHS 2024, organized in collaboration with AIIMS, and University of Manipal… with the invention of Artificial Intelligence, we want to explore its impact on Medicine and Healthcare in the 21st century.”

Chair of GHS – Delhi, Dr. Anupam Sibal, in his keynote address, highlighted enormous accomplishments of India and Indian Americans across many spectrums while pointing out advances in Medical Education in India.

Vice President of AAPI, Dr. Amit Chakrabarty, commended the participating physicians and surgeons of Indian origin from around the world for their passion in serving their homeland.

Director of AIIMS, M. Srinivasan said, “It is my pleasure that we are onboard with AAPI for its 17th annual Global Healthcare Summit. AIIMS New Delhi was established in 1956 to accomplish the trinity of mission, advanced medical education, cutting edge research, and quality patient care. I am certain that this conference will act as a platform for exchange of ideas and collaboration across the domains for cutting edge research and breakthrough in medical education.”

Leaders of National Board of Examination in Medical Science India, National Board of Examination in Medical Science USA, and the Federation of State Medical Boards also participated in a panel discussion. Dr. Lokesh Edara, BOT-Chair Elect, Dr. Sumul N. Raval, current Secretary of AAPI, and Dr. Shubam Anand, chairman of Global Association of Indian Medical Students led and coordinated the initiatives.

Dr. Edara, said, “AAPI’s GHS is yet another way of continuing with our constant commitment towards making quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all the people of India. In addition, GHS 2024 focusses on promoting Healthcare Technology including Artificial Intelligence in the Healthcare arena.”

Another session on the theme: Physician Burnout and Mitigating Mental Health Issues among Physicians, was moderated by Dr. Shubham Anand, Dr. Inderpal Chadda, and Dr. Chanchal Pal. Panelists in the session included: Dr. Sreenivasan, director of AIIMS; Dr. Suresh Kumar, director of LNJP Hospital; Dr. Subhash Giri, director of LHMC; Dr. Ishwar Singh, director of Indira Gandhi Hospital; Dr. Vinay Kumar, president, RDA, AIIMS; and Dr. Rohan Krishnan, chairman, FAIMAR.

At GHS, the CEO Forum included eminent panelists such as Padma Shri D R Kaarthikeyan, Air Marshal Sadhana Nair, Saurav Kasera, Sreeprasad Guduppa, Sudharshan Jain, Shenoy Robinson, and Suresh Samuel. They spoke on the topic of Equity and Ethics and stressed on how to navigate the evolving healthcare landscape and create a meaningful and enduring influence that enhances the well-being of physicians, industries, and the broader population.



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