2008
- AACIO Newsletter March 2008
Founding President
Navin C. Nanda, M.D.

President
Kul Aggarwal, M.D.

Vice President
Visha Gupta, M.D., M.P.H.
Hanumanth Reddy, M.D.
Rakesh Sharma, M.D.

Board of Directors
Suresh Jain, M.D.
Atul R. Laddu, M.D.
Roshan Lal, M.D.
Gopal Lalmalani, M.D.
Sunnet Mittal, M.D.
Dayan Naik, M.D.
Navin C. Nanda, M.D.
Debashish Roychoudhury, M.D.
Rajat Sanyal, M.D.
Pravin M. Shah, M.D.
Sukh Dev Sharma, M.D.
Vibhuti Singh, M.D.
Satinder Swaroop, M.D.

Contact Information
Kul Aggarwal, M.D., President

Address:
4012 Newport Court,
Columbia, MO 65203

Phone:
573-882-2296

E-mail:
aggarwalk@health.missouri.edu
Spring Dinner Meeting 2008
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown-Lakefront
Room: Chicago River Ballroom
511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Phone: (312) 836-5900

30 March 2008
5pm onwards

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Reception

6:30 – 8:00 pm – Scientific Program

8:00 pm – AACIO Young Investigator Awards,

Honoree Presentations followed by Dinner, Indian Cuisine

Scientific Program
Chairman:  Rajat Sanyal, M.D., President, AACIO
Co-Chairmen:  Suneet Mittal, M.D. and Navin C. Nanda, M.D.

Speakers
6:30-6:55 PM Who needs an ICD?
Davendra Mehta, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY

6:55-7:20 PM Coronary artery disease
Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, Gill Foundation Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Gill Heart Institute, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

7:20-7:45 pm Atrial fibrillation
Sanjiv Narayan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine in Residence and Director, VA EP Program, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

7:45-8:00 pm
Discussion and Questions and Answers
Presidentís Column
Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the semi-annual scientific dinner meeting of the American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (www.aacio.org) in Chicago. AACIO is the parent body of all the cardiologists of Indian origin in USA and has become twenty three years old since its inception in November, 1986. The semi- annual scientific meetings are arranged on Sunday evening with the annual meetings of American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology so that maximum numbers of cardiologists can attend our program. In the last ten years, there have been significant changes and growth in our organization the primary of which is the development of the website of the association where members can chat, renew their memberships and correct their contact information. These and other features of the website have been made possible by the sincere and dedicated work of our treasurer and webmaster Dr. Vishal Gupta, who spent significant time on this in addition to his fellowship. Another important development is the increased numbers of fellows and residents who participate in our organization, due to these meetings being made free for them to join in 1998. Although we have the names of more than three thousand five hundred cardiologists practicing in this country, we have so far only two hundred and fifty Life Members and the rate of renewal of yearly membership is very low. The strength of the Association depends on the membership and I am taking this opportunity to request all the practicing cardiologists to become Life Members of the organization and also to renew their membership on a regular basis on the website. I can assure you that all the membership collections are solely used for expenses of the organization to support our different programs. AACIO was formed for the interests of the present and future generations of Indian cardiologists. To understand our mission, activities and goal, I would request all the members to look at our website and specially the article “AACIO – past, present and future”. In this spring meeting in Chicago, we have excellent speakers on a variety of subjects. These have been posted elsewhere in this newsletter. More information will be posted on the AACIO website (www.aacio.org). I sincerely thank Boston Scientific and Medtronic corporations for the grants and sponsorship for this meeting and hope for future support from them and other organizations. Congratulation to Dr. Suneet Mittal, of the membership and scientific committee, for the selection of topics and speakers and for his sincere work of arranging the grant from Boston Scientific Corporation. Congratulations also are in order for Dr. Kul Aggarwal, secretary of the AACIO, for arranging the grant from Medtronic Corporation. During my presidency of the last two years, I have received enormous support from a very talented group of members of the executive committee and I especially want to recognize their work, especially Dr. Vishal Gupta for his dedicated hard work as the treasurer and also for managing the website. I would also thank Dr. Debashish Roychoudhury, our President elect and Dr. Kul Aggarwal, Secretary, for their support and dedication to the organization. I would like to specially thank Dr. Nanda, our founding president, for his valuable advice and guidance to me for the last two years and also to Lindy Chapman in UAB for her enormous help and kind secretarial assistance whenever I requested it. Although, we have made significant progress in the last ten years, many new programs need to be undertaken for the members, fellows and residents; to accomplish that we need more members to join the organization, more Life Members and more efforts to raise funds for the organization. With your support, ideas, and help we can make these goals a reality in the coming years. Long Live AACIO Rajat Sanyal MD, FACC President
Dear Colleagues,
 
Welcome to the semi-annual scientific dinner meeting of the American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (www.aacio.org) in Chicago.
 
AACIO is the parent body of all the cardiologists of Indian origin in USA and has become twenty three years old since its inception in November, 1986. The semi- annual scientific meetings are arranged on Sunday evening with the annual meetings of American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology so that maximum numbers of cardiologists can attend our program. 
 
In the last ten years, there have been significant changes and growth in our organization the primary of which is the development of the website of the association where members can chat, renew their memberships and correct their contact information. These and other features of the website have been made possible by the sincere and dedicated work of our treasurer and webmaster Dr. Vishal Gupta, who spent significant time on this in addition to his fellowship.
 
 Another important development is the increased numbers of fellows and residents who participate in our organization, due to these meetings being made free for them to join in 1998. 
 
Although we have the names of more than three thousand five hundred cardiologists practicing in this country, we have so far only two hundred and fifty Life Members and the rate of renewal of yearly membership is very low. The strength of the Association depends on the membership and I am taking this opportunity to request all the practicing cardiologists to become Life Members of the organization and also to renew their membership on a regular basis on the website. I can assure you that all the membership collections are solely used for expenses of the organization to support our different programs.
 
AACIO was formed for the interests of the present and future generations of Indian cardiologists. To understand our mission, activities and goal, I would request all the members to look at our website and specially the article “AACIO – past, present and future”.


In this spring meeting in Chicago, we have excellent speakers on a variety of subjects.  These have been posted elsewhere in this newsletter.  More information will be posted on the AACIO website (www.aacio.org).  I sincerely thank Boston Scientific and Medtronic corporations for the grants and sponsorship for this meeting and hope for future support from them and other organizations.  
 
Congratulation to Dr. Suneet Mittal, of the membership and scientific committee, for the selection of topics and speakers and for his sincere work of arranging the grant from Boston Scientific Corporation.  Congratulations also are in order for Dr. Kul Aggarwal, secretary of the AACIO, for arranging the grant from Medtronic Corporation.
 
During my presidency of the last two years, I have received enormous support from a very talented group of members of the executive committee and I especially want to recognize their work, especially Dr.  Vishal Gupta for his dedicated hard work as the treasurer and also for managing the website. I would also thank Dr. Debashish Roychoudhury, our President elect and Dr. Kul Aggarwal, Secretary, for their support and dedication to the organization. 
 
I would like to specially thank Dr. Nanda, our founding president, for his valuable advice and guidance to me for the last two years and also to Lindy Chapman in UAB for her enormous help and kind secretarial assistance whenever I requested it.
 
Although, we have made significant progress in the last ten years, many new programs need to be undertaken for the members, fellows and residents; to accomplish that we need more members to join the organization, more Life Members and more efforts to raise funds for the organization. With your support, ideas, and help we can make these goals a reality in the coming years. 
 
 
Long Live AACIO
 
Rajat Sanyal MD, FACC
President


AACIO Young Investigator Awards
November 2006, Chicago, Illinois The abstracts of Dr. Pridhvi Yelamanchili and Dr. Kalpana Prakasa were selected for the AACIO Young Investigator Award and were presented at the AACIO Meeting held during the ACC meeting in Chicago in November 2006. Dr. Pridhvi Yelamanchili received the Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Young Investigator’s Award and presented an abstract on the “Live/real-time three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular volumes, ejection fraction and mass compared with magnetic resonance imaging” and Dr. Kalpana R. Prakasa received the Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh Young Investigator’s Award and presented an abstract on “Strain Echocardiography Suggests Plakophilin-2 Mutation is Associated With a Milder Functional Phenotype in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia ”. March 2007, Orlando, Florida Dr. Raja Deo’s abstract entitled “Kidney Dysfunction and Fatal Cardiovascular Disease – an Association Independent of Atherosclerotic Events: Results from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study” received the Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Young Investigator’s Award. Dr. Apurva A. Notivala’s abstract entitled “Cardiovascular Risk, Obesity, and Myocardial Blood Flow in Postmenopausal Women” received the Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh award. November 2007, Orlando, Florida Mintu Turakhia, M.D. receiving the Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy YIA award for his abstract entitled “High Prevalence of Untreated Dyslipidemia and Metabolic Risk Factors among South Asian in Northern California: Identification of an Unmet Clinical Need”. Muthiah Vaduganathan receiving the Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh YIA award for his abstract entitled “Platelset Reactivity and Response to Aspirin in Subjects with the Metabolic Syndrome”.
November 2006, Chicago, Illinois 

The abstracts of Dr. Pridhvi Yelamanchili and Dr. Kalpana Prakasa were selected for the AACIO Young Investigator Award and were presented at the AACIO Meeting held during the ACC meeting in Chicago in November 2006.  Dr. Pridhvi Yelamanchili received the Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Young Investigator’s Award and presented an abstract on the “Live/real-time three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular volumes, ejection fraction and mass compared with magnetic resonance imaging” and Dr. Kalpana R. Prakasa received the Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh Young Investigator’s Award and presented an abstract on “Strain Echocardiography Suggests Plakophilin-2 Mutation is Associated With a Milder Functional Phenotype in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia ”.
 

 




March 2007, Orlando, Florida

Dr. Raja Deo’s abstract entitled “Kidney Dysfunction and Fatal Cardiovascular Disease – an Association Independent of Atherosclerotic Events:  Results from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study” received the Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Young Investigator’s Award.  Dr. Apurva A. Notivala’s abstract entitled “Cardiovascular Risk, Obesity, and Myocardial Blood Flow in Postmenopausal Women” received the Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh award.


 


November 2007, Orlando, Florida

Mintu Turakhia, M.D. receiving the Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy YIA award for his abstract entitled “High Prevalence of Untreated Dyslipidemia and Metabolic Risk Factors among South Asian in Northern California:  Identification of an Unmet Clinical Need”.
 
Muthiah Vaduganathan receiving the Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh YIA award for his abstract entitled “Platelset Reactivity and Response to Aspirin in Subjects with the Metabolic Syndrome”.
 


AACIO Honorees
March 2008 Mani A. Vannan, MBBS, MRCP (UK), MRCPI, FACC The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Dr. Mani Vannan, Professor of Medicine at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, and The Joseph M. Ryan Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Imaging, will be honored by AACIO at the March meeting for his outstanding contributions to the field of cardiology. Dr. Vannan graduated from Madras Medical College, India in 1985 and went on to train in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in the UK from 1985 to 1992. He then went on to be Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Director of Cardiovascular Hemodynamic Laboratory, Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston up to 1998. Since then he has been Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Professor of Medicine at Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia and University of California, Irvine between 1998 and 2007. He is a national and international leader in echocardiography and cardiovascular Imaging. He has authored over 100 publications. He serves in various committees of the American Society of Echocardiography and American College of Cardiology and in the editorial board of leading cardiovascular journals. Mrs. Lindy Chapman, Administrative Associate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, will also be recognized for over 20 years of service to AACIO. Since 1984, she has worked for Dr. Navin C. Nanda, Founding President of AACIO, and since its inception has functioned as support person for AACIO. November 2007 Dr. Waine Kong, CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia was honored by AACIO in Orlando, Florida on November 4, 2007. He was honored for his outstanding contributions to ethnic groups. March 2007 P.A.N. Chandraratna, M.D. is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, California and Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Director of Echocardiography at Long Beach VA Medical Center, Long Beach, California. He was honored for his outstanding contributions to Cardiology. Richard Allen Williams, M.D., is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and President/CEO of the Minority Health Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He was the Founder and Founding President of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He was honored for his outstanding contributions to Cardiology. Dr. Navin C. Nanda Receives Several Honors President-Elect of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology Navin C. Nanda, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Station/Echocardiography at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama has been elected President-Elect of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology. He will become President of the Society from March 2008. The mission of the Society is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in older people and to improve the care of older adults with cardiovascular disorders. The Society, founded in 1986, has been a leader in promoting improved care for older adults with cardiovascular diseases. Winner of the Andreas R. Grüntzig Award Dr. Navin C. Nanda was declared the 2007 winner of the prestigious Andreas R. Grüntzig Award by the Swiss Society of Cardiology. The medal named after the famous Swiss Cardiologist who invented angioplasty for dilating narrowed coronary arteries, was presented to Dr. Nanda at a special ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland. It cited Dr. Nanda “in recognition for his major contributions as a teacher and clinical researcher in cardiology”. The medal was given by Dr. Andres Jaussi, the President of the Swiss Society of Cardiology, during a joint meeting of the Swiss Society of Cardiology, Swiss Society of Thorax-, Heart- and Vascular Surgery and the Swiss Society of Hypertension held in Geneva, Switzerland, June 13-15, 2007. Dr. Nanda’s Andreas Grüntzig Lecture was “Does 3D-echocardiography facilitate teamwork with the cardiovascular surgeon?”. He also presented another lecture in the same conference on “Use of stress echo in heart valve disease”. His Excellency Bharat Ratan Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Oration Dr. Nanda was selected to present His Excellency Bharat Ratan Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Past President of India) Oration, World Congress on Clinical & Preventive Cardiology (WCCPC)and World Public Conference on Three-Dimensional Heart Care (WPCHC), September 2007, Mt. Abu, India. Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Nanda was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for “outstanding contribution in the field of clinical and preventive echocardiography” bestowed by His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Past President of India) and Mrs. Vasundra Raje Hon’be, Chief Minister of Rajastan. World Congress on Clinical & Preventive Cardiology (WCCPC) and World Public Conference on Three-Dimensional Heart Care (WPCHC). Mt. Abu, India, September 2007. Future Cardiology/Echocardiography Conferences March 28 and 29, 2008, 24th International Conference on Recent Advances in Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear), Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown-Lakefront, 511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois. September 11-14, 2008 21st Annual Conference on 2D, Conventional and Color Doppler Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (Transesophageal, stress, contrast, tissue Doppler, velocity vector imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography. Also MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear), Callaway Gardens Resort, Pine Mountain, Georgia. November 8, 2008, 18th Annual International Conference n Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear): Case Studies and Recent Advances in Echocardiography, New Orleans, Louisiana. July 18-20, 2009, XIII World Congress of Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound, Kobe, Japan For further information on any of the above conference please contact: Dr. Navin C. Nanda, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Heart Station SW/S102, 619 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35249 (phone: 205-934-8256; fax: 205-934-6747; conference email: lindyc@uab.edu; personal email: nanda@uab.edu

March 2008


Mani A. Vannan, MBBS, MRCP (UK), MRCPI, FACC
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
 
Dr. Mani Vannan,  Professor of Medicine at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, and The Joseph M. Ryan Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Imaging, will be honored by AACIO at the March meeting for his outstanding contributions to the field of cardiology.  Dr. Vannan graduated from Madras Medical College, India in 1985 and went on to train in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in the UK from 1985 to 1992. He then went on to be Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Director of Cardiovascular Hemodynamic Laboratory, Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston up to 1998. Since then he has been Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Professor of Medicine at Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia and University of California, Irvine between 1998 and 2007.   He is a national and international leader in echocardiography and cardiovascular Imaging. He has authored over 100 publications. He serves in various committees of the American Society of Echocardiography and American College of Cardiology and in the editorial board of leading cardiovascular journals.
 



Mrs. Lindy Chapman
, Administrative Associate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, will also be recognized for over 20 years of service to AACIO.  Since 1984, she has worked for Dr. Navin C. Nanda, Founding President of AACIO, and since its inception has functioned as support person for AACIO.





November 2007





 Dr. Waine Kong, CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia was honored by AACIO in Orlando, Florida on November 4, 2007.   He was honored for his outstanding contributions to ethnic groups.







March 2007





P.A.N. Chandraratna, M.D.
is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, California and Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Director of Echocardiography at Long Beach VA Medical Center, Long Beach, California.  He was honored for his outstanding contributions to Cardiology.






Richard Allen Williams, M.D.
, is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and President/CEO of the Minority Health Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, California.  He was the Founder and Founding President of the Association of Black Cardiologists.  He was honored for his outstanding contributions to Cardiology.
 

Dr. Navin C. Nanda Receives Several Honors

President-Elect of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology
Navin C. Nanda, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart Station/Echocardiography at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama has been elected President-Elect of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology.   He will become President of the Society from March 2008.  The mission of the Society is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in older people and to improve the care of older adults with cardiovascular disorders.   The Society, founded in 1986, has been a leader in promoting improved care for older adults with cardiovascular diseases.
 
Winner of the Andreas R. Grüntzig Award 
Dr. Navin C. Nanda was declared the 2007 winner of the prestigious Andreas R. Grüntzig Award by the Swiss Society of Cardiology.  The medal named after the famous Swiss Cardiologist who invented angioplasty for dilating narrowed coronary arteries, was presented to Dr. Nanda at a special ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland.  It cited Dr. Nanda “in recognition for his major contributions as a teacher and clinical researcher in cardiology”.  The medal was given by Dr. Andres Jaussi, the President of the Swiss Society of Cardiology, during a joint meeting of the Swiss Society of Cardiology, Swiss Society of Thorax-, Heart- and Vascular Surgery and the Swiss Society of Hypertension held in Geneva, Switzerland, June 13-15, 2007.  Dr. Nanda’s Andreas Grüntzig Lecture was “Does 3D-echocardiography facilitate teamwork with the cardiovascular surgeon?”.  He also presented another lecture in the same conference on “Use of stress echo in heart valve disease”. 
 
His Excellency Bharat Ratan Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Oration   
Dr. Nanda was selected to present His Excellency Bharat Ratan Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Past President of India) Oration, World Congress on Clinical & Preventive Cardiology (WCCPC)and World Public Conference on Three-Dimensional Heart Care (WPCHC), September 2007, Mt. Abu, India.
 
Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Nanda was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for “outstanding contribution in the field of clinical and preventive echocardiography” bestowed by His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Past President of India) and Mrs. Vasundra Raje Hon’be, Chief Minister of Rajastan.  World Congress on Clinical & Preventive Cardiology (WCCPC) and World Public Conference on Three-Dimensional Heart Care (WPCHC).  Mt. Abu, India, September 2007.

Future Cardiology/Echocardiography Conferences

March 28 and 29, 2008, 24th  International Conference on Recent Advances in Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear), Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown-Lakefront, 511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois.  
 
September 11-14, 2008 21st Annual Conference on 2D, Conventional and Color Doppler Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (Transesophageal, stress, contrast, tissue Doppler, velocity vector imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography.  Also MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear), Callaway Gardens Resort, Pine Mountain, Georgia.  
 
November  8, 2008, 18th Annual International Conference n Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear):  Case Studies and Recent Advances in Echocardiography, New Orleans, Louisiana.  
 
July 18-20, 2009,  XIII World Congress of Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound, Kobe, Japan
 
For further information on any of the above conference please contact: Dr. Navin C. Nanda, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Heart Station SW/S102, 619  19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35249 (phone:  205-934-8256; fax:  205-934-6747; conference email:  lindyc@uab.edu; personal email:  nanda@uab.edu