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Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda takes Oath as AAPI President

Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda takes Oath as AAPI President
July 16
13:25 2020
Dr Sudhaker addressing AAPI Meet

Dr Sudhaker addressing AAPI Meet

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CHICAGO: ‚ÄúI will work to make AAPI stronger, more vibrant, united, transparent, politically engaged, ensuring active participation of young physicians, increasing membership, and enabling that AAPI‚Äôs voice is heard in the corridors of power,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda,  assuming    the office of the  American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)  on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

In his opening remarks, Amit Kumar, Consul General of India in Chicago and the Chief Guest at the event, praised the contributions of Indian American Physicians. He lauded the efforts of AAPI especially during the COVID pandemic. He urged AAPI to collaborate in pharma sector and Ayushmaan Bharat as well as in telehealth related issues providing guidelines in collaboration with the MCA of India. While lauding g Dr. Reddy for his great accomplishments during the year of pandemic. Kumar offered his best wishes to the incoming President of AAPI, Dr. Jonnalagadda and Team.

Indian Consul general in Atlanta, Swati Kulkarni introduced Dr. Jonnalagadda and offered her best wishes to the President of AAPI during the 1st ever Virtual Change of Guard Ceremony that was live-cast on social media platforms around the world. In her address, describing AAPI as a world leader in Medical Education and Healthcare Delivery, Dr. Kulkarni urged AAPI to be more politically active.

Along with the new President, new executive committee members took oath. They included, Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, President-Elect; Dr. Ravi Kolli, Vice President, Dr. Amit Chakrabarty, Secretary of AAPI; Dr. Satish Kathula,  Treasurer of AAPI, Dr. Sajani Shah, Chair of AAPI‚Äôs BOT; Dr. Ami Baxi, YPS President; Dr. Kinjal Solanki, MSRF President; and Dr. Surendra Purohit, Chair of AAPI Charitable Foundation.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Jonnalgadda has vowed to take the nearly four decades old organization to the next level and ‚Äúbring all the AAPI Chapters, Regions, Members of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees to work cohesively and unitedly, for the success of AAPI and the realization of its noble mission.‚ÄĚ  He wants to increase AAPI membership by offering more benefits and opportunities for mem¬≠bers. 

‚ÄúAAPI has given me so much — networking, advocacy, and education — and I am honored to serve this noble organization.  I sincerely appreciate the trust you placed in me as the President of AAPI, and I am deeply committed to continue to work for you,‚ÄĚ declared Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, the new President of AAPI.

Dr. Jonnalagadda will lead AAPI as its President in the year 2020-2021, the largest Medical Organization in the United States, representing the interests of the over 100,000 physicians and Fellows of Indian origin in the United States, serving the interests of the Indian American physicians in the US and in many ways contributing to the shaping of the healthcare delivery in the US for the past 39 years. ‚ÄúAAPI must be responsive to its members, supportive of the leadership and a true advocate for our mission,‚ÄĚ he said.

Dr. Suresh Reddy, the out going President of AAPI through a video, presented some of the major accomplishments of his presidency under unique circumstances. Expressing gratitude to the AAPI fraternity for entrusting the role of leading AAPI, Dr. Reddy said, AAPI is stronger and is in safe hands, as he passed on the traditional gavel and the coat to the new President of AAPI.  

Dr. Seema Arora, the out going Chair of AAPI Board of Trustees, shared her experiences while working with a dedicated Team of AAPI leaders, contributing to strengthen AAPI and help AAPI reach greater heights.



Dr. Sajani Shah, the very first to be a second-generation physician of Indian origin, assumed charge as the Chair of AAPI Board of Trustees. In her inaugural address, she promised to work with the entire AAPI Body, and help AAPI realize its mission.

A visual presentation of the history of ‚ÄúChange of Guard‚ÄĚ took the AAPI members down the lane through its 37 tears of great historical growth under AAPI leaders. Earlier the event began with an Inter-Faith Prayer and Meditation, led by leaders of various Faiths and praying for several AAPI leaders who have been critically ill due to the pandemic and those who have lost their lives.  

 AAPI represents more than 100,000 physicians and fellows of Indian Origin in the US, and being their voice and providing a forum to its members to collectively work together to meet their diverse needs, is a major challenge.



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