2010
- AACIO Newsletter March 2010
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
AACIO Dinner Meet Spring 2010
Ventanas, located on the Roof Top of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, 275 Baker Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30313.
Phone: (404) 766-3867

14 March 2010
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

AACIO Dinner Meeting was organized jointly with North American Section, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences
& Georgia Association of Physicians from India (GAPI)

Agenda
6:00 – 10:00 pm
6:00 – 6:45 pm Registration and Reception

Scientific Program
6:45 – 8:00 pm Scientific Program.
Chairpersons: Drs. Debasish Roychoudhury, Navin C. Nanda, Suneet Mittal and Naresh Parikh.

6:45 – 7:05 pm Approach to the patient with syncope: The role of implantable loop recorders
– Sanjiv M. Narayan, M.D., Ph.D.

7:05 – 7:20 pm Hyponatremia in heart failure: Scope of the problem
- Alpesh N. Amin, M.D.

7:20 – 7:35 pm Hyponatremia in heart failure: Management strategies
– Srinivas Murali, M.D.

7:35 – 7:55 pm Current status of anti-platelet therapy and its complications in patients with acute coronary syndromes

– Sanjay Kaul, M.D.

7:55 – 8:00 pm Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience.

Kul Aggarwal, M.D., Suneet Mittal, M.D., Hanumanth Reddy, M.D., Rakesh Sharma,M.D., Vibhuti Singh, M.D.

8:00 – 8:20 pm Young Investigator Presentations and Awards

8:20 – 8:30 pm AACIO Honoree Presentation

8:30 pm Dinner (Indian Cuisine)

Faculty

Navin C. Nanda, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director, Heart Station/Echocardiography Laborato¬ries, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.  Director, Echocardiography Laboratories, The Kirklin Clinic, Univ. of Alabama Health Services Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama

Debasish Roychoudhury, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell Univ., New York, New York
Kul Aggarwal, MD,  Professor of Clinical Medicine, Univ. of Missouri and Chief, Cardiology Section, Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital, Columbia, Missouri 

Alpesh N. Amin, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine and Director, Hospitalists Program, Univ. of California at Irvine, Irvine, California

Sanjay Kaul, MD, Professor, Geffen School of Medicine, Univ. of California Los Angeles and Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program and Director, Vascular Physiology & Thrombosis Research Laboratory, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

Suneet Mittal, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Columbia Univ. College of Physicians & Surgeons and Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory, The Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY

Srinivas Murali, MD, Professor of Medicine, Drexel Univ. College of Medicine, and Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Medical Director, The Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Director EP Program Univ. of California San Diego and Director, EP Program VA Medical Center, San Diego, California

Naresh Parikh, MD,  Cardiologist, Georgia Clinic, PC and Chairman, Georgia MD, PC, Norcross and Duluth, Georgia

Hanumanth K.  Reddy, MD,  Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas

Rakesh Sharma, MD,  Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, Division of Cardiology, Medical Center of South Arkansas, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, El Dorado, Arkansas

Vibhuti Singh, MD
,  Assistant Professor of Medicine, Univ. of South Florida College of Medicine and Director, Div. of Cardiology, Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida and Past President, Florida Asso. of Physicians from India

We would like to acknowledge support from Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Medtronic, Inc. and Boehringer-Ingelheim US.

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Presidentís Column
Although the snow covers the hope of spring, very soon my friends we are going to meet again at our upcoming semiannual meeting when the spring will break through. I suddenly realize as I began to write this column that two years have already  passed since the time I was assigned with the responsibility to spearhead this organization. We have cruised along smoothly during the last couple of years with advancing our mission to foster awareness and knowledge in combating the menace of cardiovascular disease through educational activities, seminars, meetings, networking and above all through your camaraderie and active participation as members of AACIO.  Our educational activities have been on the upsurge with tremendous response from  young investigators to participate in our Young Investigator’s Award Ceremony. AACIO is committed to continuing to foster enthusiasm and encouragement through such activities. Keep it up all young investigators! 

Through our scientific programs we have continued to enhance knowledge and understanding of all the complex issues of cardiovascular disease. Being the organization representing the highest ethnic minority, AACIO provides a fertile ground for a wide range of cardiovascular interventions ranging from prevention to medical therapeutics to percutaneous interventions and device therapy. AACIO has built up close alliance with industries like Medtronic, Boston Scientific and pharmaceutical companies like Otsuka and Boehringer-Ingelheim. We are looking forward to continued alliance with all different industries in our common goal to combat cardiovascular disease.  We are committed to participating in the World Congress of Clinical Preventive and Geriatric Cardiology held in India every year to extend our hands in preventing cardiovascular ailments in the subcontinent.

Members of AACIO have been awarded numerous accolades in the past.  The most recent ones worthy of mention are Masood Ahmad, M.D., Professor in the  Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and Director of the UTMB Echocardiography Laboratory, who has been appointed as holder of The Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Professorship in Cardiology, effective May 15, 2009.  Dr. Ahmad was honored by AACIO in 2006.  Navin C. Nanda, M.D., Founding President of AACIO, will receive one of the American College of Cardiology Distinguished Awards, the 2010 International Service Award.  The Award is given “for outstanding contributions to cardiovascular medicine and science and for significantly enhancing cardiovascular care throughout the world.”  We all take great pride in Dr Nanda's achievement. This is not only a recognition of his academic achievement but also recognition of his humanitarian qualities and his life long commitment "to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield" in advancing the cause of ours and other ethnic minorities. This is adequately reflected in the President of ACC, Dr Alford Bove’s statement “You have been selected to receive this award . . . because you have been a true role model for others to follow in your footsteps.  You have made great contribution to the College and to the international cardiovascular community.”  We salute Dr Nanda and pledge our allegiance to his life long commitment.

As we make strides forward more challenges are yet to be faced. With the changing face in healthcare now is the time to strengthen our organization even further. So I appeal to you all to recruit more members for our organization as we all know that united we stand, divided we fall.  I want to end by thanking all the members of our executive committee, Dr. Kul Aggarwal, Dr. Suneet Mittal and Dr. Vishal Gupta for all their support and dedication.  Last but not the least I want to thank Dr Nanda for all the inspiration and support.


See you all in Atlanta 
 
Debasish Roychoudhury, MD
President
 


AACIO Young Investigator Awards
Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Award
 
Interventional and Electrophysiology : Dr. Param Puneet Singh:  Effectiveness and Safety of Transradial Approach for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials
 
Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh  Awards
 
Basic Science:  Dr. Sirtaz Adatya : Circulating Caspase-3 P17 Levels and Echocardiographic Parameters in Decompensated Heart Failure Patients with Preserved Ejection Fraction.
 
Preventive and Imaging Cardiology :  Dr. Preeti Singh:  The Relationship between Anthropometric Measures and Traditional Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Asian Indians in the United States


AACIO Honorees
Sanjay Kaul, MD, FACC, FAHA, is a Cardiologist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles where he serves as the Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Diseases. He is also a Director of the Vascular Physiology and Thrombosis Research Laboratory at the Burns and Allen Research Institute in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Dr. Kaul is a recognized expert in clinical cardiology, cardiac intensive care, thrombosis and vascular biology, clinical trial methodology and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Kaul was listed in "Best Doctors in America" for the year 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; in the “Top Cardiologists in America” by Marquis Who’s Who in America in 2008, 2009, 2010; in America’s Top Cardiologists by Consumers’ Research Council of America in 2008, 2009, and 2010; and in the Super Doctors in Los Angeles in 2009, 2010.  Dr. Kaul has been a visiting professor and lecturer at several prestigious institutions throughout the world. He has been interviewed extensively by news agencies on topics ranging from drug-eluting stents and cardiovascular risks of thiazolidinedione drugs to healthcare reform and practice guidelines.



Samuel Matthew Kalarickal, M.D. is the Director of interventional and cardiology and cardiac catheterization laboratories at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India. Dr. Matthew is a pioneer of angioplasty in India and has one of the largest experience in South-East Asia. He has performed over 10,000 angioplasties, started coronary angioplasty programs in most of the hospitals in India and has trained many interventional cardiologists in India, all over South East Asia and Australia. He is the first Indian cardiologist to start various newer techniques like angioplasty with percutaneous bypass, coronary stenting, carotid stenting and rotablator atherectomy. He is the recipient of the prestigious Padmashree National Award from His Excellency, The President of India in 2000 and recipient of the prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy National Award in recognition of services in the development of the speciality of cardiology from His Excellency, The President of India in 1996. He is the recipient of “Doctor of Science” Honoris Causa Award from Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University on June 30, 2003.




Alpesh N. Amin, M.D. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  He began his distinguished career in Biomedical Engineering at UC San Diego, then went to Medical School at Northwestern University. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at UC Irvine. Dr. Amin also received his health care MBA from UC Irvine.  Dr. Amin is considered a national/international leader in Hospital Medicine. He has been an invited speaker at many national meetings including the American College of Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Heart Failure Society of America, and the University Health System Consortium.  Dr. Amin has won numerous awards including the ACP Laureate Award, ACP Top Ten Hospitalist Award in 2009, Distinguished Physicians of the Year Award 2009 by the Indian Medical Association of Orange County and the Orange County Physician of Excellence Award.



Special Awards



Vinod Shah, M.D.
, President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is being presented a Special Award “for distinguished service to AACIO and AAPI”




Jagan Kakarala, M.D. is being presented a Special Award “as a distinguished founder of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin”




Naresh Parikh, M.D. is being presented a Special Award “ for continuing service to AACIO”



Future Cardiology/Echocardiography Conferences

March  13, 2010, 26th  International Conference on Recent Advances in Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear), Atlanta, Georgia.  Conference Director:  Dr. Navin C. Nanda.  For more information call Lindy Chapman, 205-934-825., email:  lindyc@uab.edu
 
July 8-10, 2010, XV World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques, Mexico City, Mexico.  Co-sponsored by La Sociedad Nacional de Echocardiografia de Mexico (SONECOM) and the International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound.  President: Nilda Espinola-Zavaleta, M.D.; Secretary: Hilda Peralta-Rosado, M.D.  Contact information: www.sonecom-ecocardiografia.com.mx
 
September 23-26, 2010, 23rd Annual Conference on 2D, Conventional and Color Doppler Echocardiography and Allied Techniques.  Callaway Gardens Resort, Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Conference Director:  Dr. Navin C. Nanda. For more information, email:  lindyc@uab.edu
 
October 1-3, 2010, World Congress on Clinical Preventive & Geriatric Cardiology, Lakhi Shah Vanjara Hall, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, New Delhi, India.  For more information contact Dr. H.K. Chopra, email:  drhkchopra@yahoo.com
 
November  13, 2010, 20th Annual International Conference n Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear):  Case Studies and Recent Advances in Echocardiography, Chicago, Illinois.  Conference Directors:  Drs. Navin C. Nanda, Julius Gardin, Natesa Pandian and David Sahn.  For more information, email:  lindyc@uab.edu

September 30 – October 2, 2011, XVI World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques, India. Co-sponsored by the Indian Academy of Echocardiography.  President:  Dr. Satish K. Parashar, Secretary General:  Dr. Rajesh Gupta.  For more information contact Dr. Satish Parashar, email:  drparashar@yahoo.com.


Memorium
 


Member Honored
Masood Ahmad, M.D., Professor in the  Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and Director of the UTMB Echocardiography Laboratory, has been appointed as holder of The Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Professorship in Cardiology, effective May 15, 2009.   An active clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator, Dr. Ahmad has been a UTMB faculty member for nearly three decades.  His scholarly work has focused on noninvasive imaging in evaluation of left ventricular function, stress echocardiography, and 3-D echocardiography.  Dr. Ahmad was honored by AACIO in 2006.





Navin C. Nanda, M.D., Founding President of AACIO, will receive one of the American College of Cardiology Distinguished Awards, the 2010 International Service Award.  The Award is given “for outstanding contributions to cardiovascular medicine and science and for significantly enhancing cardiovascular care throughout the world.”  Dr. Alford A. Bove, President of the College, wrote to Dr. Nanda “You have been selected to receive this award . . . because you have been a true role model for others to follow in your footsteps.  You have made great contribution to the College and to the international cardiovascular community.”  The Award, which will be presented to him on Monday, March 15, 2010 at the ACC annual meetings in Atlanta, Georgia, is not given every year.