Nov 2009
- AACIO Newsletter November 2009
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


AACIO Fall Dinner Meeting 2009
Wyndham Orlando Resort Hotel
8001 International Drive, Orlando, Florida.

Phone: (407) 531-2420

15 Nov 2009

AACIO Dinner Meeting Jointly with North American Section, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Florida Association of Physicians from India (FAPI), Central Florida Association of Physicians of India (CAPI)

6:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Scientific Program

Chairpersons:  Drs. Debasish Roychoudhury, Navin C. Nanda and Vibhuti Singh

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Registration and Reception

7:00 – 7:20 p.m. Prevalence of coronary heart disease and associated risk factors in Asian Indians living in the USA
– Navin C. Nanda, M.D

7:20 – 7:40 p.m. Newer modality for the treatment of hyponatremic heart failure.
 Dr. Debasish Roychoudhury

7:40 – 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience.
Srinivas Murali, M.D. (Chairperson), Naranjan Dhalla, M.D.,(Co-chair person), Kul Aggarwal, M.D. Hanumanth Reddy, M.D., Rakesh Sharma, M.D., Vibhuti Singh, M.D.

8:00 – 8:05 pm International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (North American Section),
Dr. Naranjan S. Dhalla, Executive Director

8:05 – 8:20 pm Young Investigator Presentations and Awards

8:20 – 8:25 pm AACIO Honoree Presentation

8:25 pm Dinner (Indian Cuisine)


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

Debasish Roychoudhury, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
Kul   Aggarwal, MD,  Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Missouri and Chief, Cardiology Section, Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital, Columbia, MO
Srinivas Murali, MD, Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Director, Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Hanumanth K.  Reddy, MD,  Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Rakesh   Sharma, MD,  Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, Division of Cardiology, Medical Center of South Arkansas, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, El Dorado, AR
Vibhuti   Singh, MD,  Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine and Director, Division of Cardiology, Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida and Past President, Florida Association of Physicians from India
We would like to acknowledge support from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Presidentís Column
 As autumn arrives at our doorstep with graceful colors and mystic flavor, my friends and colleagues let us get ready for our semiannual AACIO dinner meeting to be held on 15th November at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Florida. 
AACIO is making rapid strides in accomplishing its mission of eradicating cardiovascular disease worldwide. The World Congress of Clinical, Preventive and Geriatric Cardiology was recently held in the auspicious venue of the Swaminaryan Akshardham Temple in New Delhi. AACIO members were present in this meeting. International panel discussion was held highlighting ways and means to combat this menace in India through preventive approach.  Please see the report written by Dr. Kul Aggarwal, Vice-President of AACIO, in another section of this Newsletter.
Young and budding cardiologists are highly encouraged to become members of AACIO. Our organization provides a great forum for networking, achieving academic excellence through abstract submission and presentation, social interaction, job search, etc. I highly encourage all cardiologists to visit our website for more information. 
Healthcare is anticipated to undergo dramatic changes in US. Our specialty is also being affected. It is time to join hands together to do the needful to serve the best interest of our patients. Therefore friends, time is now to become members of our organization to protect the needs and interests of our own ethnicity. 
In our semiannual meeting, we have interesting topics of discussion including prevalence of CAD and associated risk factors in Asian Indians in US and newer aspects of management of hyponatremia in heart failure. So stay tuned. 

As always the Young Investigator’s Award Ceremony for presentation of abstracts will crown our program. 

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticlas for their generous grant support for this program.  I want to thank all the members of the Executive Committee for all their dedication and support for our organization. Lastly I want to extend my warm personal regard to Dr Navin C Nanda  for his wisdom and support See you all in Orlando.

Dr. Debasish Roychoudhury (left) receiving the WCCPGC-2009 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of  Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in the World presented by Dr.  H.K. Walia (right) , Hon’ble Finance Minister, Delhi. And Dr. H.K. Chopra (middle), Organizing Chairman.


Debasish Roychoudhury, MD
President, AACIO

AACIO Young Investigator Awards
Dr. Krishna Ramaswamy Award 
Interventional and Electrophysiology ($1,000.00 award): Dr. Navinder Sawhney:  Segmental Pulmonary Vein Isolation May be the Preferred Initial Ablation Approach in Patients with Symptomatic Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
Dr. Madhukar Deshmukh  Awards
Basic Science ($1,000.00 award): Dr. Jon C. George:  Expanded and Genetically Modified Human Cord Blood-Derived CD133+ Stem Cells Improves Cadiac Function in a Rat Model of Acute Myocardial Infarction. 
Preventive and Imaging Cardiology ($1,000.00 award): Dr. Nehal N. Mehta:  Insulin Resistance and Presence of the Metabolic Syndrome Predicts Burden of Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Type 2 Diabetes


World Congress Inauguration Ceremony
From right-to-left:  Hon’ble Tejendra Khanna, Lt. Gov. of Delhi, Dr. H.K. Chopra, Organizing Chairman, Dr.  H.K. Walia, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Delhi, Dr. Navin C. Nanda, Intl President, Dr. Satish Parasher, Scientific Chairman, Mr. Sushil Ansal, Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Organizing Secretary

The World Congress on Clinical, Preventive and Geriatric Cardiology was held October 2-4, 2009 at Akshardham, New Delhi. This was the fourth year of this Annual Conference.  Dr. H.K. Chopra was the Organizing Chairman, Dr. Navin Nanda was the International President and Dr. S.K. Parashar was the Chairman of the Scientific Committee. 
A number of Organizations co-sponsored the event. These included the World Heart Academy, Cardiological Society of India, Swami Akshardham, International Medical Sciences Academy, International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound and American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin (AACIO).
The objectives of the Conference included a focus on “Prevention to Intervention to Prevention” to create guidelines for preventive strategies and create a Heart Attack Eradication Program. There was a special International Panel Discussion on Heart Health and Lifestyle Optimization. 
Faculty from India as well as abroad including USA participated. Many were officers/members of AACIO.  There was ample opportunity for interaction between the audience and the faculty.
It covered a wide variety of topics and was well attended with over 1800 participants. In addition to the aspects highlighted by the title of the Congress, there was a special emphasis on the interaction between Cardiology and Spirituality. The famous and impressive Akshardham temple provided spiritual ambience to the meeting. Topics included hypertension, role of Yoga and diet and exercise in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, coronary revascularization, heart failure, valvular heart disease, dyslipidemia and cardiac risk in the Indian population. 

Kul B.  Aggarwal, M.D.
Vice-President, AACIO
Professor of Clinical Medicine,University of Missouri-Columbia and
Chief, Cardiology Section, Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital, Columbia, Missouri

AACIO Honorees
Srinivas Murali, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine, and Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Medical Director, Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   He graduated from the University of Madras in India in 1980, and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in cardiovascular medicine at the Jewish Hospital and Medical Centre, New York in 1985.  He moved to Allegheny General Hospital in 2006.  In 2004, he was honoured as one of the “Best Heart Failure Specialists” by Business Week. Dr. Murali was recognized for his contributions to cardiovascular sciences by the World Congress of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in 2008 and 2009.  Over the past 24 years, he has authored or co-authored over 120 publications in the field of heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and cardiac transplantation.   Dr. Murali’s research interests are in developing new treatments for heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, improving outcomes after cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, developing new biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis in these patients, and recognizing genetic markers for sudden cardiac death in cardiovascular disease.

Rahul Mehra, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in India and his PhD in Bio-Medical Engineering from New York in 1975. He was  Director of Computerized Electrophysiology at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Downstate Medical Center till 1983. He joined Medtronic Inc in 1983 and  headed  research programs leading to the development of implantable defibrillators and  devices for treatment of atrial fibrillation. He was granted over 60 patents  and has authored over 90 manuscripts and 24 book chapters.  He is a Senior Technical Fellow of Medtronic as well as a Bakken Fellow.  He retired from Medtronic in 2009. He is on the board of Heartbeat International, which donates free implantable devices to indigent patients in developing countries. He is the chair of Indian Heart Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in India by educating the public and healthcare professionals. He recently developed an educational DVD on anti-tobacco which  will be used with WHO funding  in over 500 schools in India. He is  initiating projects  with the Indian government to promote “wellness” and prevention of heart disease in industrial workers covered by the government health insurance schemes. 


Member Honored
Dr. Satinder Swaroop, member of AACIO Board of Directors, will receive an award as Ethnic Physician of the Year by the California Medical Association during its annual convention on October 16, 2009 in Anaheim, California.
Dr. Navin C. Nanda was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Physician Award by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, presented on June 12, 2009 at their annual meeting. On September 30, 2009, he was presented an award, “Excellence in Echocardiography”, by Escorts Hospital, Delhi, India.  He was also awarded the “Cardiologist of the Millennium” award by the World Congress on Clinical, Preventive and Geriatric Cardiology (2009) on October 2, 2009 in New Delhi and was presented by the Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Tejendra Khanna.
Seeking a cardiologist for a practice in California.  Contact Dr. Satinder Swaroop (email: for further details.  

November  14, 2009, 19th Annual International Conference n Echocardiography and Allied Techniques (MRI, CT Scan, Nuclear):  Case Studies and Recent Advances in Echocardiography, Embassy Suites Orlando International Drive, 8978 International Drive, Orlando, Florida; Room:  Regency Ballroom.  OVER 50 SUPER INTERESTING CASES FROM DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS WILL BE SHOWN.  WOULD BE OF GREAT INSTRUCTIVE VALUE TO THE ATTENDEES.  Conference Director:  Dr. Navin C. Nanda.  
For more information call Lindy Chapman, 205-934-8256, email:
February 17-19, 2010, XIV World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques, Philippines.  Cosponsored by the Philippine Heart Association with the Philippine Society of Echocardiography and the Philippine Society of Vascular Medicine.  President: Dr. Homobono B. Calleja; Chairman of the Organizing Committee:  Dr. Raul D. Jara.  Congress Secretariat:  email:; Website:
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, 205-934-8256, email:
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:
February 23-25, 2011, XVI World Congress of Echocardiography and Allied Techniques, India. Con-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: