New York: American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin Queens Long Island (AAPIQLI) celebrated its 26th Annual Convention at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Dec 17, 2022, at the behest of the President Dr. Vinni Jayam and Convention Chair, Dr. Jagat Rawal.
The ceremony was presided by the Chief Guest, Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, CEO of Catholic Health Services. Studded with guests of Honor, Dr. Chuck Lucore, CEO of St. Francis Hospital and Bruce Blakeman, Nassau County Executive.
The Chair, Dr. Jagat Rawal welcomed the audience of over 550 attendees including physicians, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and industry leaders. It was a day when AAPIQLI showcased its activities and accomplishments in the year. The President Dr. Vinni Jayam elaborated on them as ‘Three Pillars’ – Educational, Service and Charitable endeavors. The Chief Guest Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy and the Guests of Honor Dr. Chuck Lucore, Bruce Blakeman delivered their appreciative remarks.
The day was about honoring some of the brightest and most accomplished physicians in the Greater NY area. The honorees this year were Richard Shlofmitz, Chairman of Cardiology at St. Francis Hospital and Service Line Director of Cardiology for Catholic Health; Dr. Meena Bansal, Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine and Director of Transplant Hepatology Fellowship and Translational Research in the Division of Liver Diseases at Mount Sinai Health Center; Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna, Chief of Neurosurgery at New York-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital & Weill Cornell Medical College; and Dr. Bhavani Srinivasan, the Lifetime Service Awardee.
The celebration included a scintillating dance performance by the AATMA Group and music by Dr. Biba Singh. The program was masterfully emceed by Dr. Sunil Mehra.
AAPIQLI appreciated the efforts of the team including – Dr. Jagdish Gupta, Chair BOT, Dr. Abhay Malhotra, Immediate Past President, Dr. Devendra Shrivastava, Co-Chair, Dr. Venu Pall, Co-Chair, Dr. Raj Bhayani, Media Chair etc.