The groundbreaking AAPI Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) in Cochin from January 1-3, 2013 will discuss ways to bring the most innovative,
efficient and cost effective healthcare solutions for India.
Chicago, IL: Healthcare in India is one of the largest sectors, in terms of revenue and employment. India is making significant
improvements in the healthcare infrastructure and is building modern medical facilities throughout India. Indian doctors have made
tremendous progress in the medical field and India is now being touted as a medical tourism hub. With a rise in population, there is an
urgent need to create additional health infrastructure, which entails a higher level of investment in the Indian healthcare market in
the coming years.
The government of India is committed to the ever increasing need to invest in the health care system in India It's in this context,
the groundbreaking AAPI Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) 2013 organized by the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI),
Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin( GAPIO) and Indian Medical Association (IMA), in collaboration with the Ministry of
Overseas Indian Affairs & Ministry of Health, with participation from some of the world's most well known physicians, and industry
leaders becomes very critical and significant. Described as the most innovative, efficient, cost effective healthcare solutions for
India, the GHS 2013 is aimed at exploring possibilities for greater collaboration and cooperation between the physicians and health care
providers in India with those of Indian origin and major healthcare providers abroad.
This innovative Summit is aimed at advancing the accessibility, affordability and the quality of world-class healthcare to the people of
India. Among other areas, the Summit will focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment options and share ways to truly improve healthcare
transcending global boundaries.
"AAPI USA has been actively engaged in harnessing the power of Indian Medical Diaspora," Dr. Narendra Kumar, President of AAPI, said.
"In our efforts to realize these goals, we have successfully gained the support of several leading healthcare experts and professional
physician associations, including GAPIO and IMA to collaborate on this ground breaking international healthcare summit, designed to
bring the best, cost effective quality healthcare solutions to the people of India."
According to Dr. Kumar, "Our ability to share knowledge and influence the medical world has never been greater. With the advancement of
modern technology, the quality of care we provide and the values that we support can reverberate around the world as it never been
This international healthcare summit is a progressive transformation from the first Indo-US Healthcare Summit launched by AAPI USA in
007 under the leadership of Dr. Hemant Patel and moderated by Anwar Feroz. "Providing a forum for innovative opportunities for
learning, networking and giving back to our motherland that have now enabled us to plan ahead and prepare for an outstanding event that
has already received confirmation and endorsement from over 300 very prominent and talented physicians and surgeons from abroad, who are
very passionate about serving their homeland, mother India," Dr. Kumar added.
During the past five Indo-US Summits since the first innovative summit in 2007, AAPI has been instrumental in developing strategic
alliances with various organizations. "It is this experience and the resulting relationships that have enabled us to organize this
outstanding event." Dr. Jayesh Shah, President-Elect of AAPI, said. The Summit, which is a public-private initiative between the
Government of India and AAPI, is all about dedication and commitment of Indian-American physicians to improving healthcare in India, he
"This Convention will display how well the Indian doctors have shown themselves as an effective force in the medical world in USA,"
Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, Vice President of AAPI, said. GHS 2013 will include a scientific program developed by leading experts with
contributions by the Scientific Advisory Board and International Scientific Committee, which will includes high priority areas like
Cardiology, Diabetes, Oncology, Surgery, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Allergy-Immunology and Lung Health, Health
Information Technology (HIT), and the impact of co-morbidities, Dr. Jahagirdar elaborated.
Featuring plenary sessions, interactive roundtables, clinical practice workshops, and meet-the-expert sessions, the first ever
scientific poster session will facilitate dissemination and exchange of best practices. More than 100 opinion leaders and expert
speakers from across the globe will present cutting-edge scientific findings related to clinical practice, and the dozens of Chairs and
speakers will represent major centers of excellence, institutions and professional associations.
For the first time at GHS, a Healthcare CEO Forum representing CEOs from around the world and from major hospitals, teaching
institutions and healthcare industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, medical devices and technology, will join together to explore
potential opportunities for collaboration, Dr. Kumar said. Mr. Omar Ishrak, Worldwide CEO of Medtronic, the foremost device company in
the world has agreed to be the keynote speaker for this Forum. Several other senior Vice Presidents of pharma companies have already
accepted our invitation.
Among those representing the Government of India and addressing the Summit include: India's Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri.
Vayalar Ravi, India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri. Oommen Chandy,
Kerala Health Minister Shri. V.S. Sivakumar, Kerala Tourism Minister Shri. A.P. Anil Kumar, Shri. Ramesh Chennithala, Shri. Pinaray
Vijayan, Smt. Sreemathy Teacher and Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Shri. T.K.A Nair.
Expected to have over 1,000 participants from across the globe, GHS 2013 keynote speakers and expert panel will include Jeremy Lazarus,
MD (President, American Medical Association, Chicago), Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, MD (President and CEO, ECFMG USA), Shri P.K. Pradhan, IAS
(Principal Health Secretary), Dr. Jagdish Prasad (Director General of Health Services), Shri Rajeev Sadanandan, IAS (Kerala Health
Secretary), Dr. Prathap C. Reddy (Chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals), Devi Prasad Shetty, MD (Medical Director, Narayana Hrudayalaya
Hospital, Bangalore), Dr. Dilip Jeste (President of American Psychiatric Association), Dr. Kalpalatha Guntupalli (Past President of ACCP),
Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori (Professor of Oncology, The New York Presbyterian Hospital), Dr. Mani Menon (Professor of Urology & Robotic
Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit), Dr. P. Mahalingam (Chairman, Santosh University, Delhi-NCR), Dr. K.K. Talwar (Chairman,
Medical Council of India), Dr. Shiv Kumr Sarin (Former Chairman, Medical Council of India), Dr. Ranjan Pai (CEO, Manipal University),
Dr. G.N. Singh (Drug Controller General of India), Dr. Eshwar Reddy (Device Controller of India), Dr. M.S. Valiathan (Advisor, Manipal
University), Dr. K.M. Cherian (Frontier Lifecare Hospital, Chennai), Dr. N.K. Ganguly (Former Director General, ICMR, Dr. Girdhar Gyani
(Secretary General, Quality Council of India), Dr. Rajan Badwe (Director, Tata Memorial Hospital), Dr. K. Vijay Kumar (President,
Indian Medical Association), Shri M. Ayyappan, CMD, Lifecare HLL, Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences,
Dr. Azad Moopen, Chairman, Aster Medicity & DM Healthcare etc.
The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States and
represents the interests of more than 65,000 physicians and about 35,000 medical students/residents of Indian heritage. AAPI is an
umbrella organization with nearly 130 specialty societies and alumni organizations. AAPI is a forum to facilitate and enable Indian
American Physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community
affairs. GHS 2013 will be held at the prestigious Le Meridien's signature chic world-class Convention Center in Cochin. For more
information, please visit: http://www.aapighsindia.org.