Nov 2014
- AACIO Newsletter
Founding President
Navin C. Nanda, M.D.

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

4012 Newport Court,
Columbia, MO 65203


Indian Garden Restaurant
247 E. Ontario Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 280-4910

16 Nov 2014
5:45 p.m. – onwards

5:15 – 6:25 p.m. Registration and Reception. Appetizers

Symposium Directors: Drs. Navin C. Nanda, Kul Aggarwal and Hemlata Bakane

6:25 – 6:30 p.m. Introduction. Drs. Kul Aggarwal and Navin C. Nanda
6:30 – 6:50 p.m. ZS-9, a novel potassium ion trap to enable maintenance of RAAS blockade. Dr. Bhupinder Singh
6:50 – 6:55 p.m. Discussion and Questions from the Audience
6:55 – 7:15 p.m. Management of heart failure – Dr. Kul Aggarwal
7:15 – 7:20 p.m. Discussion and Questions from the Audience. Drs. Gopal Lalmalani and Vemuri Murthy
7:20 – 7:45 p.m. AACIO Honorees and Young Investigator Awards
7:45 p.m. Dinner (Indian). With entertainment
9:30 p.m. Adjourn

Registration is Complimentary. RSVP to Lindy Chapman, e-mail: or phone: 205-934-8256


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

Hemlata Bakane, MD, President, Indian American Medical Association of Illinois

Gopal Lalmalani, MD, Former President and Member Board of Directors of AACIO and Mayor, Oak Brook, Illinois

Vemuri Murthy, MD, Member, International Committee of the American Heart Association

Navin C. Nanda, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, Director, Heart Station/Echocardiography Laboratories, Senior Scientist, Minority Health and Research Center and UAB Center for Aging, and UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.

Bhupinder Singh
, MD, President, Cardio Renal Society of America and Assistant Clinical Professor, Research , Creighton University School of Medicine, NE (Phoenix Campus) and Clinical Assistant Professor, Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona
President’s Column
 Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Fall Edition of the AACIO Newsletter.

Last March at the ACC meeting in Washington, DC, we had a very successful meeting with excellent attendance with a packed audience. Three Young Investigators were recognized for their outstanding work. The scientific program was followed by Indian and Italian cuisine.

Cardiologists of Indian Origin play a vital role in the provision of Cardiovascular care as well as academic leadership and research in the United States. We are proud of our colleagues. AACIO is your organization and joining it adds strength to all of us.

Our next dinner meeting will be held in Chicago on Sunday, November 16, 2014. The venue and program details can be found in this newsletter. You are all cordially invited. It will be a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with colleagues. Please let us know what we can do to improve and strengthen your Organization.

We are grateful to our Industry sponsors whose support makes it possible to hold our meetings.

Be sure to visit the redesigned AACIO website at to update your information and to keep in touch. It is important that we have your current e-mail address in order to ensure that you receive the information that you need. We are already in the initial planning stages for our March 2015 meeting in San Diego. Please encourage fellows-in-training to submit their work for the Young Investigators’ Awards.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Chicago.

Warm Regards,

Kul Aggarwal, M.D., F.A.C.C.


 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:

AACIO Young Investigator Awards
AACIO Young Investigator Awards - November 2014

Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Award

Title: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Reasonable Alternative to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery for Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery Occlusion presenting as ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction ?

Apurva Patel MD, James Lai MD, Roosha Parikh MD, J.R. Exequiel Pineda MD PhD, Stephen G. Ellis MD, E. Murat Tuzcu MD, Samir R. Kapadia MD. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh Award

Title: Efficacy of Cryoablation Technique for Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Arun Kanmanthareddy1, MD, MS, Madhu Reddy2, MD; Venkata Sandeep Koripalli2, MBBS; Avanija Buddam2, MBBS; Venkata Alla1, MD; Husseim Abuissa1, MD; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy2, MD. 1. Cardiology Division, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE. 2. Cardiology Division, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.

AACIO Honorees

Vemuri S. Murthy, MD., FAHA, FICS, Department of Anesthesiology, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois is the Chairman of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin/American Heart Association Liaison Committee. The committee is initiating projects in India to advance the mission of American Heart Association to reduce morbidity and mortality due to heart attacks and strokes.
Dr. Murthy has been associated with AHA as an international volunteer for many years. He is the current member of the AHA International Committee that deals with global healthcare initiatives in several countries including India. He initiated a successful pilot educational project in India mandating the AHA Resuscitation Science courses in all Medical Colleges in Andhra Pradesh. As an AHA National Faculty, he is also a Visiting Faculty to NTR University of Health Sciences in India and honorary advisor to the International Training Center.
A current Faculty of Advocate Christ Training Center, USA, Dr. Murthy has been the program Director of several AHA courses internationally. He also chaired international global health seminars.
In Illinois, Dr. Murthy, a Trustee of Chicago Medical Society, is the Founder-Chairman of Project SMILE (Saving More Illinois Lives through Education), a Community Health Awareness project of Chicago Medical Society and Illinois State Medical Society to encourage Bystander CPR.
Dr. Vemuri S. Murthy is the recipient of several awards in USA and Internationally for his contributions to global health education. AACIO is proud to honor him.

Hon. Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consulate General of India, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, a career diplomat, assumed his responsibilities as the Consul General of India, Chicago in August 2013.
Dr. Sayeed has nearly 25 years of diplomatic experience. Since joining the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1989, he has represented India's interests in political, economic, cultural and consular realms and fostered friendly relationships with nations around the world.
Dr. Sayeed earlier served as Ambassador of India in Sana’a, Yemen (September 2010 to July 2013), as Joint Secretary (West Africa) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (August 2008 to August 2010) and Consul General of India in Jeddah (August 2004 to July 2008). He has also held various diplomatic assignments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Denmark. Dr. Sayeed launched several business groupings in the Gulf countries for promoting trade and economic relations between India and these countries.
Dr. Sayeed holds a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Geology from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India and an Advanced Diploma in Arabic from the American University in Cairo. He is a Competent Toastmaster (CTM) and recipient of the Shri Y.G.K.Murthy Gold Medal from Osmania University.
Dr. Sayeed has published three books: (i) ‘Trends in Objective Geology for Civil Services and Other Competitive Examinations’, (ii) 'Trends In Indian Culture And Heritage: For Civil Services’ and (iii) 'Indian Art and Culture'. He also compiled and edited the Urdu book ‘Kuliyaat-e-Awaz Sayeed’.
Dr. Sayeed is married to Farha Sayeed, an accomplished painter and egg artist and has three sons.

M. Vinayak Kamath, M.D. is the Robert G. Ellison Distinguished Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Director of the Heart and Cardiovascular Health Services and Professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from MGM Medical College in Indore, India and completed a Residency in General Surgery at both the University of Indore and the University of South Carolina. His Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery was at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.
Dr. Kamath is President of F.A.I.T.H. in Augusta, Georgia and a Patron at the Hindu Temple Society of Augusta, Georgia. He has crafted, drafted and shepherded Medical Board Physician Manpower Policy (2009) and Medical Board Pain Care Policy (2007). He also served on the Healthcare Policy Roundtable with Hon. Newt Gingrich presiding (2003) and also as Healthcare Policy Advisor under Congressman Charlie Norwood (1996-1999).
Dr. Kamath’s wife, Sheila Kamath, is Coordinator of Cardiac Rehab at the University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.
AACIO is proud to honor Dr. Kamath for his outstanding contributions in the field of medicine.

Hemlata Bakane, MD, current president of Indian American Medical Association is a family practice and nuclear medicine physician. She has been practicing in Chicagoland area for more than 20 years. She has been actively involved in leading various community activities in Chicago and India. Dr Bakane believes that, “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present.”

Members Achievements
Navin Nanda receives D.Sc. (Hon) from Turkey and other Awards. The Sakaria University, near Istanbul, Turkey, bestowed on Dr. Nanda the Honorary Doctoral Degree of Science (D.Sc) for pioneering and outstanding contributions in the field of medicine. The award was presented on June 1, 2014 by Professor Muzaffer Elmas, the President of the University, at a special meeting held in Sakaria. This is the first time such an award has been given to an outside physician.

Dr Nanda was also honored as the “Father of 3D Echocardiography” by the Saudi Heart Association in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 22, 2014. This honor recognized him as one who is “the epitome of dedication, inspiration and innovation. His iconic contribution to the advancement in the field of Echocardiography is unparalleled.”

Dr Nanda was also elected in May 2014 as a Membro Honoris of the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences for contribution to the development of echocardiography at the global level