The South Asian Times

20 November 2019 23:48 PM

Trump administration appoints Dr. Sampat Shivangi to key US health panel


Washington, DC: Sampat Shivangi, an influential Indian-American community leader, has been invited to serve on the national advisory committee of a key health body in the US, which deals with mental health.

Shivangi, a physician, has been invited by the US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M Azar to serve on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council.

The appointment is for the term beginning immediately and ending on July 30, 2023.

In a statement, Shivangi said that he is "honored" to be invited to the national advisory body on mental health.

"Having served on the Mississippi State Board of Mental Health for more than a decade as Vice Chair and Chair, this is unique honor for me to serve on the National Advisory Council and I look forward to serve the nation with my best of abilities," Shivangi said.

Shivangi thanked President Trump and Alex Azar for their consideration and the opportunity to serve.

Advisor to the US department of Health & Human Services from 2005-2008 during the Bush Administration, Shivangi is a recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, 2017 for his contributions to India-US relationship.

Sampat Shivangi has been a conservative life long member of the Republican party, hailing from a strong republican state of Mississippi. He has been involved many philanthropic activities serving with Blind foundation of MS, Diabetic, Cancer and Heart Associations of America, according to his website.

He is the founding president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian-origin in Mississippi and is the past president and chair of the India Association of Mississippi.

Update: 19 Oct, 2019