Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO)

"Improving Health Worldwide"

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Introduction of GAPIO

It is estimated that there are 1.2 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.

6th Annual Conference

VI Annual Conference of Global Association of Physicians of Indian origin was held on 9th -10th January 2016 at Hotel Sheraton, Bangalore, India. Bangalore “The Silicon Valley of India” was humming with delegates from India and overseas particularly from USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Russian Federation, Dubai, Middle East and India who travelled long distances to participate in this two day conference to discuss the solutions in healthcare for improving health worldwide. Theme of the conference was “Indian healthcare - Inflection point to global excellence”. Highlights The conference focused mainly on clinical topics comprising of Cardiology, Endocrinology - Diabetes Mellitus, Neurosciences, Organ Transplantation, Oncology, Child Health and Nutrition as well as other non-clinical sessions comprising of “GAPIO initiatives to improve community health”, “Patient Safety and Ethics”, “Healthcare outside the hospital” and “Telemedicine”. Renowned National and International faculty addressed more than 300 delegates. Multiple things happened during this meet apart from excellent scientific deliberations by Key Opinion Leaders. There was Gandhi Fair, release of Special Postal Cover and launch of book “Is your child ready to face the world” written by Dr. Anupam Sibal and press conference. Launch of postal cover which happened in this conference will be entrenched in history of GAPIO. KMC (Karnataka Medical Council) has accredited four CME points for the scientific session. Recommendations Dr. Anupam Sibal, Secretary general shared the annual report of GAPIO covering various charitable projects and availability of SwaasthIndia web portal in collaboration with Government of India. Executive committee of GAPIO decided to adopt one scalable project under community service. Awards Dr. Surendra Varma from USA was honoured with GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Surendra Gupta and Dr. Uma Koduri were honoured with GAPIO Leadership Award. GAPIO Service Excellence Awards were given to Dr. Arvind Kumar Gupta and Dr. A K Tandon. GAPIO Service Special Appreciation Awards were given to Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Dr. Pradeep Rangappa, Dr. Chandrika Kambam, Dr. Balreddy, Dr. Rajender Saluja and Dr. Trichur Sachidanandam. Quotes GAPIO has come a long way but our journey has just begun - Dr. Sanku Rao, President, GAPIO Thank you Faculty members for sparing valuable time to speak on important topics. See you on 7th and 8th January 2017 at Hyderabad – Dr. Ramesh Mehta, Vice President, GAPIO Thank you delegates for an overwhelming response to make the conference a great success. See you on 6th and 7th July 2016 at Moscow – Dr. Anupam Sibal, Secretary General, GAPIO GAPIO will identify GAPIO ambassadors/ coordinators in countries where GAPIO has presence so as to enlarge the membership base - Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Treasurer, GAPIO Next Conferences Next Mid-Year conference will be held on 6th and 7th July 2016 at Moscow, Russia Federation. Next annual conference of GAPIO will be held on 7th and 8th January 2017 at Hyderabad, India.

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Dr B C Roy National Awards presented to GAPIO members Dr. Subash Gupta and Dr. Yash Gulati
President Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr B C Roy National Awards to two GAPIO members, Dr. Subash Gupta for the year 2010 and Dr. Yash Gulati for the year 2008 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Doctors’ Day (July 1).

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