NEW YORK: Joining the distinguished Ellis Island Medal honorees this year were five outstanding Indian Americans – Dr. Nitin Doshi, Dr. Samin Sharma, Babu Rao Mandava, Tejinder Singh Bindra and Dr. Manu Vora.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are awarded annually to distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service; preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of his/her ancestry and who dedicate themselves to creating a better world for all.
The honorees this year were bestowed the medal at a glittering ceremony held May 7 with all the traditional pomp and pageantry on the historic Ellis Island.
Dr. Nitin Doshi, a co-founder of NDC Capital Partners, is an entrepreneur and real estate investor whose family has significant holdings in NDC’s investments.
Dr. Doshi is also the co-founder and Chairman of DIG Holdings, the 3rd largest US medical imaging company with thirty-six medical centers located in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He is a member of NDC’s Investment Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the company’s investment strategy.
Additionally, the Doshi family also owns a substantial portfolio of medical office properties outside the NDC portfolio. Dr. Doshi and Doshi Capital Partners, the investment office for the Doshi family, have considerable experience investing in a diverse range of public and private investments.
Dr. Doshi and his wife Dr. Leena Doshi are also active in a number of philanthropic ventures.
Dr. Samin K. Sharma is a US interventional cardiologist, holding the American record for the highest number of complex coronary interventions performed annually, along with the highest angioplasty success rate in New York State.
Dr. Sharma is currently Director of Interventional Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Under his leadership, the Catheterization Laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital was incorporated into Mount Sinai Heart as an effort to combine Mount Sinai’s cardiac care resources.
In 1998, Dr. Sharma founded the Live Symposium of Complex Coronary Cases (CCC Symposium), where he remains a course director and which is attended by over 400 delegates annually. He is the Vice-President of the Rajasthan Development Foundation in India and serves on the Cardiac Advisory Board of New York State, which advises the New York Department of Health and the Governor’s office on heart care in New York hospitals.
Babu Rao Mandava is the founder and CEO of Indotronix International Corporation (IIC), and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.
He migrated to the US in 1964, where he completed his Masters in Industrial Engineering at NYU. During this time he was admitted to several honor societies and is currently life member of IEEE. After working nineteen years with IBM in management, he took an early retirement and cofounded an IT company, Indotronix International Corporation (IIC).
As president and CEO, Mandava, in the past 24 years, has provided employment to thousands of people, among these, many Indian immigrants. IIC, with over 800 employees, works closely with several Fortune 500 companies in the USA, and has a major presence in both USA and India.
Tejinder Singh Bindra, President of the Sikh Art & Film Foundation and also president of Sikh Organization, is a very popular and well respected figure in the Sikh American community.
A Co-founder of Jeetish Group of Companies, Bindra is also a Member of Board of Trustees at Hofstra University. He is also the founder and president of the Sikh Organization of New York.
Bindra was honored in 2006 at Hofstra University’s Saltzman Community Services Center gala fundraiser.
Dr. Manu Vora of Naperville, Illinois is Chairman and President of Business Excellence, Inc., a global quality management consulting firm. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Northern Illinois University’s College of Business.
He has served on the board of directors of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts. He has been honored with the ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal, Grant Medal and Lancaster Medal.
Vora is the founding director and president of the Blind Foundation for India (BFI) which has since 1989 raised over $3.5 million to serve over 15 million blind people in India. BFI has supported 100,000 free Cataract operations, donated 96 mobile vans, distributed 10,000 Braille kits to blind children, performed eye sight checkup for over one million people and completed child sight projects for over 400,000 school-aged children. For his BFI service, he has received Paul Harris Fellow Medal from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
He also served as a chair of “Save The Children Holiday Fund Drive” at AT&T Bell laboratories/Lucent Technologies from 1986 through 1999 sponsoring 52 children in 19 countries around the world. He served as a president of the Pratham Chicago chapter in 2009.
India Post News Service