- AACIO Newsletter March 2017
Founding President
Navin C. Nanda, M.D.

Hanumanth Reddy, M.D.

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

Board of Directors
Kul Aggarwal M.D.
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.

Honorary Members
Board of Directors

Satish Parashar, M.D.
Cardiological Society
of India
C.N. Manjunath, M.D.
Indian College
of Cardiology
Rakesh Gupta, M.D.
Indian Academy
of Echocardiography

Contact Information
H.K. Reddy, M.D., President
5 Breezy Hill Road
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Phone: (870) 814-4555
E-mail: hk.hanumanth@gmail.com

Carmineís Restaurant, 425 7th St NW (at the Penn Quarter), Washington, DC 20004. 6 BLOCKS FROM THE CONVENTION CENTER. Phone: (202) 737-7770

18 March 2017
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (AACIO)
Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GWAPI)
International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound (ISCU)


Italian Dinner Cuisine, entertainment, socializing and networking



6:00 –6:10 p.m. Registration

6:10 – 6:30 p.m. Scientific Program.
Chairmen: Drs. Rajeev Khanna, Harbhajan Singh Ajrawat, Hanumanth Reddy and Navin C. Nanda
Lecture: Update on Coronary Artery Disease in Asian Indians Living in USA - Dr. Kul Aggarwal

6:30 – 6:35 p.m. Discussion and Questions from the Audience

6:35 -- 7:05 p.m. Young Investigator Awards and AACIO Honorees

7:05.--10:00 pm. Dinner (Italian Cuisine), Entertainment by the nationally famous Dr. Amit Chakrabarty and his Geethanjali group and local voluntary artists, sponsored by Mr. Harish Thadhani. Socializing and Networking

10:00 p.m. Adjournment

Reservations: E-mail: aacio123@gmail.com.


Kul Aggarwal, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Missouri and Chief, Cardiology Section, Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital, Columbia, Missouri

Harbhajan Singh Ajrawat, MD,
Physician, MidAtlantic Urology Associates, Greenbelt, Maryland

Rajeev Khanna, MD
, Internal Medicine Specialist, Sterling, Virginia

Navin C. Nanda, MD,
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

Hanumanth K. Reddy, MD,
Clinical Professor of Medicine, St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis, Missouri, and Medical Director, Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital, Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Presidentís Column
President’s Column

Dear AACIO members and friends:

As 2017 has rolled in with a big bang, Washington DC area is vibrating with an unprecedented level of energy and activities. In the same spirit, AACIO brings in another exciting semiannual scientific and dinner meeting to Carmine’s Restaurant, Washington, DC at 6.00 PM on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Again, this meeting is going to be short, sweet, enlightening and entertaining. The program starts on time with a core curriculum lecture, followed by research, abstract presentations and an Italian dinner with drinks. Then, Dr. Amit Chakrabarty along with his Geethanjali group will present an exciting Bollywood music and songs by the world famous entertainers. Each and every time this meeting is attended by a large audience because of the fact that this meeting provides an elegant venue for education and entertainment. Furthermore, this rare occasion offers a great opportunity for socializing and networking.
I personally invite each and every one of you to this dinner meeting filled with education and entertainment. There is no registration fee and Carmine’s restaurant is a just a few blocks away from the convention center (walking distance). While you have several other meetings to attend, this is a great opportunity to socialize with your friends and colleagues while you enjoy Indian food and drinks. There is something for everybody in this meeting.

Once again, I would like to sincerely thank many of friends and colleagues for making this large meeting possible. I extend my personal gratitude to Drs. Navin Nanda, Rajeev Khanna, Harbhajan Singh Ajrawat, Debashish Roychoudury, Jagdeesh Kalavakunta, Vishal Gupta, Rakesh Sharma and Mrs. Chapman.
We should highly applaud the untiring and relentless efforts of Distinguished Professor Navin Nanda, Mrs. Lindy Chapman in putting together the nitty-gritty details of this entire meeting.
We want remind you of the immense popularity of our last AACIO semiannual spring dinner cruise meeting aboard the Anita Dee II yacht on April 3rd of 2016. More than 350 participants graced this historical occasion and enjoyed every bit of it. We would expect similar crowds in this forthcoming meeting in Washington, DC. Therefore, I urge you to make an early reservation and attend this meeting on time. I am sure, there is something for everybody in this meeting.
All of you will be happy to know that we are going to roll out our new, user-friendly and dynamic AACIO website
Please don’t forget to become members of AACIO and empower this entity to make a difference in the lives and careers of cardiologists of Indian origin and/or ancestry.

Hanumanth K. Reddy, M.D.


AACIO would like to receive News Items about its members or Short Articles of interest for consideration of publication in the next Newsletter. Please send your items for consideration to Dr. Debasish Roychoudhury, Editor, Email: roychoudhury03@gmail.com

AACIO Young Investigator Awards
 AACIO Young Investigator Awards - March 2017

Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Award/Interventional/EP

Relationship of Body Mass Index with Outcomes after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Results From the National Cardiovascular Data- STS/ACC TVT Registry.

Abhishek Sharma, M.D.1,2.; Carl J. Lavie, M.D.3; Sammy Elmariah, M.D.4,5, MPH; Jeffrey S. Borer, M.D1,6.; Samin K. Sharma, M.D.7; Sreekanth Vemulapalli, M.D.8; Babatunde A. Yerokun, M.D.8.9; Zhuokai Li, Ph.D.8; Roland A. Matsouaka, Ph.D.8,10; Jonathan D. Marmur, M.D.1 (1). Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, New York, NY; (2). Institute of Cardiovascular Research and Technology, Brooklyn, NY; (3). Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinical School-the University of Queensland School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA; (4). Cardiology Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; (5). Harvard Clinical Research Institute, Boston; (6). The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Schiavone Institute for Cardiovascular Translational Research, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NY; (7). Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart & Vascular Institute, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; (8). Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC; (9). Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; (10). Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh Award

Preventive and Imaging Cardiology

Feasibility of Imaging of Apoptosis with Low Radiation in the Post Infarct Myocardium

Aditya C. Shekhar, H. Kawai MD, Ph.D, F. Chaudhry MS, H. Boersma MD, Ph.D, T. Nakahara MD, Ph.D, T. Tanimoto MD, Ph.D, A. Petrov MD, Ph.D, N. Narula MD, J. Narula MD, Ph.D. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Basic Science

NTproBNP and all-cause mortality by race: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) cohort

Navkaranbir S. Bajaj, MD MPHa
, Orlando M. Gutiérrez MDb,c, Garima Arora MD, MRCPa, Suzanne E. Judd PhDd, Nirav Patel MDa, Aleena Bennettd, Sumanth D. Prabhu MDa, George Howard PhDc, Virginia J. Howard PhDc, Mary Cushman MD, MSce, Pankaj Arora MDa
aDivision of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, U.S.A.; bDivision of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, U.S.A.; cDepartment of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, U.S.A.; dDepartment of Biostatistics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, U.S.A.; eDepartment of Medicine, Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, U.S.A.

AACIO Honorees

Dr. K. Sarat Chandra, MD,DM,FACC,FESC,FCSI, Consultant Cardiologist, Indo US Superspecialty Hospital, Hyderabad, India qualified in cardiology at the Post Graduate Institute, Chandigarh in the year 1989. He is one of the early interventional cardiologists of India and did the first device closure in congenital heart disease in Hyderabad and also the first case of rotational atherectomy. He was chairman of the National Interventional Council for the years 2008 and 2009. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Heart Journal from 2012 to 2014. He has been elected as the President-Elect of the Cardiological Society of India. AACIO is most proud to honor Dr. Saratchandra Koduganti for his exemplary and outstanding accomplishments.

Dr Rituparna Shinde, MD FACC, graduated from the prestigious BJ Medical College, University of Pune, India in 2003. He did his Fellowship and DNB (Cardiology) completion at Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune under the guidance of Prof Manuel Durairaj in 2007. He has keen interest in electrocardiology and clinical cardiology. His key research papers include first description in the world literature of J waves as precursor of ST elevation in coronary ischemia. He was trained extensively in prestigious institutions such as the Thoraxcenter, Rotterdam and the University of Guangzhou, China. He also did an observing fellowship in Echocardiography under Prof. Navin Nanda at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He was elected Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 2011. At that time, he was the youngest fellow to be elected to the College from India. Subsequently he was also elected Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and Society of Cardiovascular Intervention and Angiography, USA. He founded the Sanjeevan Institute of Cardiology and Research in Pune, India in 2014. It is a center of excellence for Invasive and non- Invasive cardiology in western India. His current motto includes making invasive cardiology affordable and accessible in India. AACIO is proud to honor Dr. Rituparna Shinde.

Dr. Ravi R. Kasliwal, MD, DM (Cardiology), is one of the most renowned names in the field of Cardiology in South East Asia. He received Dr. B. C. Roy National award from the then President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in the year 2004. Dr Kasliwal is presently the Chairman, Clinical & Preventive Cardiology as well as the Community Outreach Program at Medanta the Medicity. He is also the Program Director for the Diplomate National Board in Cardiology, Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology, and the Fellowship in Non-invasive Cardiology at Medanta. In addition he is the current President of South Asian Society of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis, also the past President of the Indian Academy of Echocardiography. He has received over 175 awards. He has authored and edited several books in Cardiology, the most recent one being Applied Echocardiography In Coronary Artery Disease. He is also on the editorial board of numerous journals and is himself the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology..
Teaching has been Dr Kasliwal’s passion. He has been instrumental in introducing numerous teaching courses in Cardiology and has mentored more than hundred cardiologists over the past two decades. . AACIO is proud to honor Dr Ravi Kasliwal.

Prof. Abdullah Al Shafi Majumder graduated from Dhaka Medical College in Bangladesh and did his MD(Cardiology) in 1991 from the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. His further training included many institutions in Japan, India, Thailand and France as well as the University of Alabama at Birmingham Echo Lab as a WHO Fellow.
He joined the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in 1998, was appointed Director & Professor and worked in that capacity till 2015. He was appointed Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge.UK in November, 2014, an honor received by a physician for the first time in Bangladesh. He is the Founder-President of the Bangladesh Society of Geriatric Cardiology and International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, Bangladesh Chapter. .He is also the editor of “ Cardiovascular Journal”. He has received from the President of India the “Distinguished Service Award” for “Outstanding contribution in the field of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in the World” during the World Congress on Clinical and Geriatric Cardiology held in Delhi in 2009. In 2014 he was elected Secretary-General of Bangladesh Cardiac Society. Currently, he serves as Honorary Professor of Cardiology at Popular Medical College in Dhaka. AACIO is proud to honor Professor Majumder.

Dr. Y. Chandrashekhar MD, DM, FACC, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and has just been selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging. A physician investigator for over 20 years funded variously by the NIH, the VA as well as other agencies, he continues to be an active member of multiple grant review committees including the NIH & VA, recently completed his term as Chair of the Cardiology study section (BLR&D) of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is on the Scientific and Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) of the World Heart Federation. His clinical interests include multiple imaging modalities and he was an author of the 2015 Multimodality Imaging guidelines in COCATS 4. He has published extensively, including in leading Journals like the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, JACC, and Circulation.

Dr. Sriram Iyer ("Sri") MD, FACC FSCAI, is an interventional cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist with more than 25 years of experience in coronary, peripheral vascular and carotid interventions. Dr. Iyer received his M.B; B.S.; M.D. (General Medicine) and D.M. (Cardiology) degrees from the Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospitals, University of Bombay, India. After coming to the United States, following a research position at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, he underwent formal fellowship training in interventional cardiology and vascular techniques at the Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI and at UAB in Birmingham, AL. Until 2014, he served as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Cardiology and the Director of Peripheral Vascular and Carotid Interventions at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He is recognized worldwide for his pioneering work and contributions to angioplasty and stenting for treatment of extra cranial carotid artery disease. He was a member of the team that introduced the first bare metal coronary stent in the United States (Gianturco-Roubin Stent, 1993). His co-patented nitinol self-expanding stent for carotid interventions is currently marketed worldwide. AACIO is proud to honor Dr Sriram Iyer.

Dr. Harbhajan Ajrawat, MD is a Physician at MidAtlantic Urology Associates, Greenbelt, Maryland. He has served as Chairman of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Legislative Committee and as a Past President of the Indian American Association (IAMA) of Greater Washington D.C.
Dr Ajarawat has played a leadership role in both national and local AAPI for several decades and is most respected by all Indian physicians and AACIO is most proud to honor such as a great leader.

Dr. Rajeev Khanna, MD is President of the Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GWAPI) , a patron Member of AAPI and Chair of the IT Committee, AAPI. He is Clinical Preceptor - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and former Chairman, Department of Medicine at the Reston Hospital Center, Reston, VA. He is a practicing internist who has played a leadership role in uniting three different Indian physicians organizations in his area into a single stronger and more powerful organization (GWAPI). AACIO is most proud to honor him.


Aziz Haniffa is a USA journalist par excellence. He currently serves as the Executive Editor and Chief Diplomatic and Political Correspondent of India Abroad - the oldest and largest paid circulating South Asian newspaper in North America. Aziz has a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in English and Economics and a master’s degree in political science and international affairs from George Washington University.
In September and October 2004, he was the first and only South Asian journalist to have done back-to-back exclusive interviews with both President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential challenger Senator John F. Kerry, on the eve of the 2004 presidential election. Aziz was also the only South Asian print journalist who was part of the White House press delegation that accompanied former president Bill Clinton to the subcontinent in March 2000. He was also the first South Asian journalist to interview then Senator Barack Obama during the presidential campaign in 2007-2008. He has been a regular South Asia analyst on CNN International and has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and several other mainstream publications on US-South Asia issues and the Indian American community.
Over the years Aziz has won several awards and accolades, including the Indian American Forum for Political Education’s Outstanding Journalist Award in 1991; the US-Asia Foundation’s Lifetime Service Award in 2001; the Indian American Community of Washington, D.C. area’s Distinguished Prabasi Sambad Sarovar Award in 2004; the Indian American Friendship Council’s Most Outstanding Journalist of the Year Award in 2006; and the US-Indian American Chamber of Commerce’s Journalist of the Year Award in 2005.In 2015, Aziz received the American India Foundation’s Special Recognition Award for Leadership in Journalism and Community Service. AACIO is most proud to bestow on Aziz Haniffa its Life Time Service Award for his outstanding services to the Indian community over the past several decades.

Members Achievements
More Honors for Dr. Navin Nanda

►Father of Echocardiography Award from the Association of Physicians of India and the Indian College of Physicians.

►Examiner for the Fellowship in Cardiac Care-2017 examination at the Medanta Hospital in Delhi, India in January. He also directed a Workshop in Advanced Echocardiography in Dhaka, Bangladesh, SVIMS Institute in Tirupati and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and gave lectures on Echocardiography in Jaipur and Pune, India.

►The first batch of students were enrolled in January 2017 in the new Navin C. Nanda Echocardiography, Emergency Medicine and Paramedics Institute, Jaipur, India, founded by Dr. Harvinder Dod. Dr. Rubin Pillay, University of Alabama at Birmingham Dean for International Affairs was the Chief Guest.

►Care Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) Hospital, Ahmedabad, India, dedicated their 10th Advanced Echocardiographic Scientific Conference to "Father of Echocardiography Prof. Navin C. Nanda".

Future Cardiology/Echocardiography Conferences

33rd Annual International Conference on Recent Advances in Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear) THURSDAY, March 16, 2017, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. FREE REGISTRATION. Sponsored by the International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound (ISCU) and American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (AACIO). Conference Director: Navin C. Nanda, M.D. Includes light continental breakfast and break. Venue: The Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036; Phone: 202-393-1000; Meeting Room: Federal AB. The Conference is being held one day before the ACC Annual Meeting. For program and registration contact: Monika Kapoor, e-mail: iscuorg@yahoo.com. For further information: E-mail address: Dr. Navin C. Nanda, nanda@uab.edu for information. Mobile phone: 1+205 807-0731


XXIII World Congress Of Clinical Cardiology, Echocardiography and Allied Imaging Techniques will be held October 6–8, 2017 in Jaipur, India. A Pre-Congress CME will be held on October 5, 2017. Organized by the Indian Academy of Echocardiography, Delhi & NCR Chapter in corporation with the International Society Of Cardiovascular Ultrasound. Other co-sponsors are the American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (AACIO) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. Dr. Satish Parashar: National President; Dr. Sameer Shrivastava, Dr. Rakesh Gupta and Dr. S. Ramakrishnan: Joint Organizing Secretaries. Website: www.worldcongressofcardioecho2017.com

XXIV World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques will be held May 17-20, 2018, Varna, Bulgaria. President: Prof. Krasimira Hristova, MD; Vice-President: Assoc. Prof. Elena Kinova, MD; Secretary: Dr. Svetlin Tsonev

XXV World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques will be held May 17-19, 2019, Lodz, Poland. Presidents: Prof. Jaroslaw D. Kasprzak, MD, PhD ,FESC, FACC and Professor Piotr Lipiec MD PhD FESC

Dr. Navin C. Nanda is International President for all the World Congresses


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