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Originally from Naperville, IL, I graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA in 2014. Currently in my 3rd year of Internal Medicine Residency at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades in North Bergen, NJ with an interest in the field of Endocrinology. I have been active on the Executive Board of AAPI MSRF and am honored to be President this year. I have been active in a National Resident Wellness Task Force and the National Physician Wellness Task Force with the American Osteopathic Association working diligently to increase awareness of physician burnout and to promote In the coming year I plan promote the practice of mindfulness and meditation within the MSRF community as I have within my own residency program.
My vision for AAPI is to promote and empower the upcoming physicians. The main areas through which this can be achieved is through innovation through the various research initiatives including our research symposium as well as encouraging more collaboration with medical technology companies, and guidance through a mentorship program. I would also like to expand upon the current Community Service goals to a more local level in the many medically underserved regions of our country.
As AAPI MSRF President, my main goals for this year are expand our grassroots effort to encourage more medical students and residents to participate in AAPI. We are also starting a new Medicine and Technology initiative to promote more collaboration and innovation in addition to expanding our Mentorship Program.
Dr. Prachi Dua is currently a Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellow at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. She was raised in New York and attended CUNY Brooklyn College where she majored in Psychology. She then completed her Masters in Public Health and MD degree at SUNY Downstate. She focused on understanding the efficacy of community health worker models in promoting health education and preventing blindness. She then completed her preliminary year in Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hospital-Long island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset, New York and her residency training in Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate. This year, with support of AAPI, she hopes to promote effective community based health screening programs to increase awareness about diseases within the South Asian community.
My name is Nidhi Atri and I am originally from Saginaw, MI. I graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, with a dual degree in Spanish Language and Literature. I then attended American University of Antigua College of Medicine and am currently conducting post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. I am active in several protocols, including clinical trials. I am honored to have the opportunity to join the MSRF Board. The strength of this organization and its potential for impact give us a real opportunity to affect change and grow as a community within the healthcare system. As Vice President, I hope to be able to serve AAPI and work towards our passions in healthcare advocacy, community service, and furthering our career goals together!
My name is Deep Shah, and I am an Internal Medicine Intern at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I grew up in Columbus, OH and completed my undergraduate and medical education at University of Akron and NEOMED, respectively. In the coming year, I plan to promote AAPI MSRF to future generations of healthcare professionals with various recruitment events. Furthermore, I hope to foster mentorship and networking opportunities within AAPI.
Shruti Amin is a recent graduate from American University of Antigua where she completed her undergraduate studies and medical school. Originally from York, PA, her love for science peaked in musculoskeletal and nervous systems. She completed her Gold Award in Girl Scouts involving a cultural diversity community project, lab leader at a top lab at BUSM in Diabetic Retinopathy, lead teacher assistant, and chief through numerous rotations. She is currently working as a NJSPM&R Coordinator, medical assistant for outpatient practice, and researcher at NYU RUSK Institute for Stroke Rehab Research. Along with other AAPI members she aims to keep AAPI organized, professional, and maintain strong teamwork, help guide a mentorship program, be of help to any and all, and promote networking.
Atul Nakhasi is a current resident physician at UCLA Ronald Reagan hospital in internal medicine. He originally hails from Iowa, born and raised, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa. During this time he led the movement to galvanize youth voters in the historic US Presidential Election of 2008. His leadership was recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, ABC World News, and BBC. After Iowa, Atul went on to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Harvard Kennedy School of Government to complete his medical and policy degrees. He is deeply passionate about engaging physicians in healthcare advocacy within their local communities and helping mentor aspiring physician advocates. Atul currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
After a successful pilot run at the 2016 AAPI Conference in Atlantic City, Amit Lodha introduced the Innovation and Tech Committee to AAPI in order to bring a new dimension to the conferences and new insights to the members of the AAPI. With this committee, Amit intends to bridge the gap between the healthcare technology world and the doctors of AAPI by inviting technology stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, investors and technologists to discuss upcoming innovations, healthcare industry pains, and necessary healthcare policy changes. He is currently a Cognitive Technology consultant at IBM where he advises on and builds various advanced analytics applications for clients from all industries. He graduated from NYU Stern in 2014 with degrees in Finance and Physics. In his spare time, Amit likes to produce music, write satire stories, and take abstract nature photographs.
I am a first-year medical school student at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in southern California. I was fortunate enough to have also been born and raised in the area. It feels great to be starting my professional journey here too. Ultimately I hope to end up practicing in pediatrics. I am also an avid fan of music, writing, and journalism. I enjoy getting involved in my community and am excited to serve as Public Relations Chair this year!
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Neethi joined the BS/MD program at The Ohio State University. As an intern at the Columbus Medical Association Foundation she worked as programs officer and led a youth grant-making team. She joined Access Ohio, a mental health and substance abuse treatment agency as business development coordinator. She co-authored a $2.5 million grant towards addressing the issue of homelessness in Columbus. As convention chair, she looks forward to sharing her hometown with everyone for the 2018 convention!
A lifelong New Jersey native, Manan is currently in 3rd year of medical school at International American University doing clinical clerkship rotations in the Baltimore/D.C. area. As a past board member, he has learned a lot in the last year and has seen many MSRF goals come to fruition that began from ground up. The experience of working with the MSRF team has been invaluable, and he looks forward to new agendas. As Co-Convention chair for this upcoming year, Manan wants to help put together another Convention as great as this past Winter Medical Conference. The aim is help provide more resources and help to those in the South Asian community that need it most. Manan is excited to be working collectively with colleagues from around the U.S., further promoting future endeavors of AAPI-MSRF, and hopefully reaching out to even more of those involved in the healthcare field.
Heera Prasad is native to Washington DC, has a background in Biomedical Engineering, and graduated from medical school in China. Her vision is to create a platform to help IMGs bridge the gap between medical school education abroad and residency admissions in the US. From passing the boards, expediting foreign degree paperwork, to obtaining US clinical experience and applying for residency, MSRF can serve as a wealth of information by connecting individuals to older physician mentors within AAPI who serve as faculty members in academic and residency programs across the country. There is strength in numbers: as this transition period is extremely trying and uncertain, any resources that we can collectively share will be helpful to many who need that support.
Born in the state of Gujarat-India, I moved to the US at the age of 12. Fascinated by all the opportunities here, I worked hard academically as well as gained experience by exploring other aspects of life, which set the stage for my long-term interests and goals. I went to medical school in Grenada, West Indies, and am currently a second year Internal Medicine Resident at Jamaica Hospital, New York. I am very passionate about public health and prevention, helping my fellow IMGs in their struggle to fulfill their dreams, and to help create a better working environment for my fellow physicians. I am a part of my hospital CIR committee as a department representative. As an IMG-liason co-chair, my goals are to 1) help current AAPI members by introducing them to the existing opportunities AAPI offers as well as finding more such opportunities which may strengthen their CV, 2) get more young IMGs involved with AAPI and provide them with platform unlike any other physician organization. I am excited to be a part of the board of an organization that brings so many Indian physicians together for the goal of helping others.
Nehaly Shah is a first-year medical school student at Loma Linda University in Southern California. She wants to work in primary care and is passionate about health care for underserved communities. A lover of words and stories, Nehaly spent the last year working on her master's degree in specialized journalism, focusing on health and science. Interviewing health care providers and patients has renewed her desire to become a physician, but Nehaly hopes to continue medical journalism as well.
Ammu Thampi Susheela is a medical graduate from India who is currently doing a clinical research fellowship in Harvard Medical School. She is also the vice-chair of Harvard Medical Postdoc Association and also the governing board member of Massachusetts Medical Society (RSF) and MMS House of delegates. As the co-chair of community service in AAPI, Ammu plans to bring forth meaningful initiatives to help the community as well as benefit the medical fraternity. She has experience as the Task Force Member of physician patient collaboration in Massachusetts, and she would like to bring forth the experience to foster the community in Massachusetts locally and AAPI nationally. During this year, Ammu with the help of co-chair and other AAPI MRSF members would like to make meaningful contributions to the society such as initiatives for diversity inclusion and addiction medicine.