As I take over the helm of AACIO presidency, I have pondered over the steady progress accomplished by the outgoing president, Dr. Kul Aggarwal. We extend our sincere gratitude to him for his untiring services in making AACIO stronger than before. Thanks to our Founding President, Dr. Navin Nanda, who has clearly proved to be vital to the successful activities of AACIO year-after-year. No less important are enthusiastic efforts of our Board of Directors and Executive Committee Members, especially Drs. Rakesh Sharma, Vishal Gupta and Debasish Roychoudhury. Of course Mrs. Lindy Chapman’s long term contributions to the activities of AACIO have been extremely valuable and quite commendable.
The last Spring AACIO Dinner Meeting at Horton Grand Hotel in downtown San Diego was very popular and well attended. More than 250 attendees of three generations from all over the world enjoyed a brief scientific and educational meeting while savoring the delicious Indian cuisine. We extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Sridhara Ayengar who has greatly helped us with this meeting. We are also highly grateful to the California area Indian physician leaders, Drs. Bharat Patel, Jayanti Patel, Manoj Shah and Thomas Peter for their collaboration and active participation. Quite a few dignitaries graced the occasion. Among them were Dr. H.K. Chopra, the President of Cardiology Society of India (CSI), Dr. Santanu Guha, the President Elect for CSI and Dr. Sharad Agrawal from the British Association of Indian Cardiologists. Thus, in these twice yearly meetings of cardiologists of Indian diaspora, there is something for everyone. We wholeheartedly congratulate the honorees of this meeting for their great life time achievements. We are truly proud of our young and upcoming cardiologists-scientists of Indian Origin.
We welcome you all to attend the next exciting AACIO dinner meeting to be held at the Wyndham Resort Convention Center, near the main convention center in Orlando in the evening of November 8th, 2015. This meeting will have a brief scientific, educational program and Indian gala dinner. We thank our Industry sponsors for their continued support and we are expecting a large number of attendees at this meeting. I, for myself, have never skipped an AACIO dinner meeting in 20 years. While there are other high powered meetings at the same time, I prefer this meeting to others, because I get to socialize, network, enjoy the scientific meeting and savor the great Indian cuisine. Therefore, I am looking forward to seeing you all in the next AACIO dinner meeting in Orlando. All the details will be posted at the ‘AACIO.org Website.
Lastly, I implore you all to become life members of AACIO and play an active a part in the future endeavors of this formidable force in the cardiology arena. See you all in Orlando!
Hanumanth K. Reddy, M.D.