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Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO)

"Improving Health Worldwide"

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“Hon'ble Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, addressing the delegates during the inaugural ceremony of 9th Annual Conference of GAPIO held on 28th–30th December 2018 at Hotel Taj Palace, Mumbai.”
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Introduction of GAPIO

It is estimated that there are 1.4 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.

GAPIO souvenir - Released on 29th July 2017 at Mid-Year conference held at Tampa, Florida, USA.

9th Midyear Conference at Antigua and Barbuda

The Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), a non-profit organization, founded by Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Founder and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr. Sanku Rao, Past President of AAPI and Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President of BAPIO organized its 9th Mid-Year Conference in collaboration with the American University of Antigua (AUA) and Antigua Medical Association (AMA) in Antigua. 

His Excellency Mr V Mahalingam, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana was the Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony. The High Commissioner complimented the physicians of Indian origin for their contribution in enhancing the level of healthcare in several countries. 

Sir Vivian Richards was the Chief Guest at the evening gala. Welcoming all the delegates to the land of the Sun and Sea, Antigua, Sir Vivian Richards highlighted the importance of discipline, exercise and right diet to promote good health. 

Mr. Neal Simon, the President of American University of Antigua (AUA), Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President, GAPIO, Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President, GAPIO, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Joint Secretary of GAPIO and Dr. Sanku Rao, Past President of GAPIO, Mr. Vernon Solomon, Vice President AUA, Dr. Par Prem Kumar, Associate Director AUA for Special Projects and Dr. Alafea Stevens Secretary and Treasurer of the Medical Association of Antigua and Barbuda were present. 

Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Founder President GAPIO said, “Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are a global pandemic, claiming 63% of all deaths. Globally, the NCD burden is set to increase significantly in the next ten years. GAPIO is focusing on prevention and early detection of NCDs and will enhance efforts to control NCDs”. 

Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President of GAPIO added, “the scientific sessions on recent developments and advances in Cardiology, Metabolic Syndrome like Obesity and Diabetes were highly appreciated by the delegates”. 

Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President of GAPIO and Group Medical Director and Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Apollo Hospitals Group said “GAPIO is the platform that brings together physicians of Indian origin from different countries. Indian doctors are recognized globally for their contribution to medicine. The high calibre of the presentations was reflective of this expertise". 

Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Secretary General, GAPIO and Chairman, CEO & GMD, Columbia Asia hospitals, India Pvt Ltd, said, “GAPIO has organized 16 soft skills enhancement training workshops under Leadership Development Programs across India. Clinical Knowledge development program will be launched on 1st July 2019 at New Delhi". 

Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Joint Secretary of GAPIO and Chairman, Parikh World Wide Media, and ITV Gold highlighted “GAPIO now has representation from 34 countries. In the coming year, plans will be created to expand the presence of GAPIO. Social media will be used effectively to break geographical barriers. A resource centre is being created.”

Conference was accredited with 6 credit points by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

Chief Guest His Excellency Mr V Mahalingam (Centre), Indian High Commissioner to Guyana along with Dr. Ramesh Mehta

(4th from left), Dr. Anupam Sibal (3rd from left), Dr. K K Aggarwal (2nd from left), Dr. Sudhir Parikh (1st from left), Dr. Sudhir Parikh

(4th from right), Dr. Sanku Rao (3rd from right), Dr. Abhijat Sheth (2nd from right) and Dr. Brahma Sharma (1st from right)

Chief Guest for evening function Sir Vivian Richards (2nd from left) with Dr. Ramesh Mehta (1st from left), Dr. Sudhir Parikh (2nd from right)

and Dr. Anupam Sibal (1st from right)

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Delegates during the sessions

Mr. Neal Simon, President, American University of Antigua (AUA) addressing the delegates

Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President, GAPIO addressing the delegates during his talk

Dr. K K Aggarwal, Past President, Natiional IMA addressing the delegates during his talk on Vedic Wisdom

Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Joint Secretary, GAPIO addressing the delegates during his talk


9th Annual Conference at Mumbai

Global Healthcare Summit (GHS), organized jointly by Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) and American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) was held on 28th - 30th December 2018 at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India.

Hon’ble Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India inaugurated the conference. Hon’ble Shri C Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra and Hon’ble Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra were present.

Hon’ble President told the delegates - how does one achieve that perfect triangle of quality, cost and access? One way is to build alliances – between doctors and patient groups, between civil society and industry, between researchers and practitioners and ultimately between countries.

Hon’ble President was further concerned about another shared challenge of life-style diseases – such as diabetes and obesity – which is a serious public health issue both in India and the US. The prevention and management of life-style diseases offers scope for cooperation, including by bringing traditional Indian wellness practices to modern medical systems.

Leading Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country and overseas converged onto Mumbai to exchange knowledge and best practices on recent global medical advances, to develop vibrant and viable health policy agendas, and address growing healthcare challenges.

Scientific sessions focusing on Oncology, GI/Liver, Cardiology, Urology, NCD’s, Allergy & Immunology, Diabetes, Women’s Health and Chronic Kidney Disease were held on 29th and 30th December 2018.

CEO forum discussed ways to ensure healthcare for all, lower cost and effective medicines to make India the world leader in this field. The CEO forum also had a special discussion on finding ways to successfully implement “AYUSHMAN BHARAT”.

Women’s forum was inaugurated by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, First Lady of Maharashtra.

150 policemen of Mumbai were given training of Basic Life Support (BLS).

An update and discussions to develop practical solutions for strengthening TB Free India and addressing non-communicable diseases.

Sanofi-GAPIO awards and GAPIO-SIEMENS Awards were conferred at award ceremony on 28th December.

Sanofi-GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Padma Shri and Dr. B C Roy Awardee Dr. Pukhraj Bafna from Chhattisgarh.

Sanofi-GAPIO Service Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Sajal Sen and Dr. P K Panda.

Sanofi-GAPIO Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Ashish Aneja, Dr. Prasad Rao Nimmagadda and Dr. Surendra Gupta. 

Sanofi-GAPIO Special Appreciation award was presented to Ms. Namita Thapar, Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals

GAPIO-SIEMENS Innovation Award was presented to Dr. Sagar Jawale, Dr. Raju Vaishya, Dr. Sai Satish, Dr. Sanjiv Jasuja, Prof. Dhavendra Kumar, Dr. P N Renjen and Dr. Subramania Iyer in seven different innovation categories.


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