Dr. Satheesh Kathula: AAPI’s loyal foot soldier running for Vice President

Dayton, OH: Dr. Satheesh Kathula, the eminent doctor of over 25 years’ standing in Ohio, admirable community leader and philanthropist with a stellar record of serving in leadership roles in the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), is running to be its Vice President in the election this month.

Dr. Kathula, hematologist/oncologist, is currently Secretary and past Treasurer of National AAPI. He is well-liked by the rank and file of AAPI as evidenced by the number of endorsements he has received.

He has clearly laid out his vision for AAPI on his campaign website:   

 ·       Promote AAPI’s mission of education, excellence in patient care, research, and professionalism.

·     Increase membership of AAPI and enhance membership benefits. Engage the younger generation more.

·     Collaborate with major physician organizations in the US.

·     Fast-tracking of green cards for Indian doctors on H1 visa.

·     Leverage the strength of 100,000 Indian American doctors at the legislative level.

Dr. Kathula calls himself a loyal foot soldier of AAPI for 13 years but the fact is he has served in key positions already – as Co-Chair – AAPI’s Global Health Summit 2019 and 2022, Board of Trustees (2014-17) and as Regional Director (2012-14). 

As AAPI Treasurer last year, he played a key role in raising and distributing over $5.5 million for Covid relief in India. He is also Chair of Adopt a Village Committee, a program launched last year to adopt 75 villages in India for free health screening of non-communicable diseases. 

Endorsements for him have been coming fast and furious. Dr. Dattatteyudu Nori, a renowned radiation oncologist and Padma Shri awardee, writes, “I have worked with him on several oncology-related projects. He is very efficient, knowledgeable, and is an excellent leader. He would make a great Vice President of AAPI.”

Past AAPI President Dr. Sanku Rao has said: “This is not only an election for Vice President but for President of AAPI! Satheesh has an excellent reputation in the organization and all the qualities to become one of the best presidents of AAPI!”  

Dr. Kathula has excelled in leadership roles in the medical field locally in Ohio as well. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Dayton chapter) and has raised more than $200,000 for it thus far. The society conferred on him the Man of the Year award in 2018.

Active in the Indian community, he was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the Om Shanti Hindu Cultural Center in Dayton. He is a regular contributor to Veterans Obesity Awareness walks and Ekal Vidyalaya. The India Club of Dayton presented him with the Service Award in 2010.  

Expressing his love for his motherland, he founded in 2007 a pharmacy college in Warangal in Telangana, where he grew up. Named Pathfinder Institute of Pharmacy and Educational Research (PIPER), the non-profit provides quality education and has already graduated about 750 students. Dr. Kathula also arranged to send one lakh masks to India during the Covid pandemic and has organized several medical camps there. He personally donated a clean drinking water plant and defibrillator to his native village in Telangana. He usually raises funds for charitable causes through music concerts and golf tournaments, like the one he organized with cricket legend Kapil Dev.

A good doctor has to be also an educator to pass on his knowledge, skills and experience to the next generation of physicians. Dr. Kathula is Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Neurology at Wright State University in Dayton. He has been involved in teaching/mentoring medical students, residents and fellows for two decades. He has presented CME lectures at conferences and published articles in peer-reviewed journals. His two sons, Akshar and Aneesh, are both studying to become doctors.

Dr. Kathula came to the US in 1994 after earning his MBBS degree from Siddhartha Medical College in Vijayawada, India. Here he did his residency at Wright State University, Dayton. He is a Partner physician, Dayton Physicians, LLC.

For more details, go to https://www.drkathula.com/

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