IAMA holds its 33rd annual banquet

Three of the IAMA Awardees  Sant Rajinder Singh Ji, Dr Bappu Arekapuri and Dr Birendra Marwah
Three of the IAMA Awardees Sant Rajinder Singh Ji, Dr Bappu Arekapuri and Dr Birendra Marwah

CHICAGO, IL: The Indian American Medical Association of Illinois (IAMA), a non-profit professional organization comprising Illinois physicians of Indian origin, held its 33rd Annual Meeting and Banquet on Saturday, Nov 16 at Meadows Club reflecting on the highlights of this year and focusing on its line of action in the coming year.

Cocktail Reception started from 6 pm onwards. There were different booths of Vendors.

Among the dignitaries were Manju Goel, Candidate for Congress from 8th District and Swati Dandekar Candidate for Congress from IOWA. Master of Ceremonies were Anita John, MD and Balu Natrajan, MD. Singing of American and Indian national anthems was followed by a welcome address by Dr Raj Arora, IAMA President. He underlined the need to promote awareness of IAMA charitable activities, continuation of community educational activities and participation in community health screenings and health fairs etc.

Guest of Honor was Sant Rajinder Singh Ji, an internationally recognized spiritual master of meditation heading Science of Spirituality. He was honored along with Special guest Dr Kenneth G. Busch, MD. Among the awardees, the Distinguished Physician Award was given to Dr Ramanathan Raju, President’s Appreciation Award to Dr Birinder Marwah. Golden Stethoscope Awards were given to Dr Trinadha Pilla (1st Prize) and Dr Abhishek Reddy (2nd Prize).

Addressing the elite gathering, the incoming President Dr Hemlata Bakane recollected Swami Vivekananda’s speech delivered at the Parliament of Worlds’ Religions in Chicago. “We are indebted to Swamiji for building a bridge between East and West and for introducing India and Indian culture to America. Swamiji was well known for his humanity. He sacrificed his health and ultimately his life for betterment of mankind. Dear friends, we physicians also work long hours and dedicate our life for the similar goal, that is, betterment of human life/ human health” she added. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Priti Singh
2014 Executive committee:

President elect : Kamal Patel, MD; Secretary : Samir Shah, MD; Treasurer: Deepak Bakane, MD Secretary Elect : Manoj Duggal, MD
By-laws Committee Chair: Kirti Talsania, MD; Communications and Public Relations Committee Chair: Bapu Arekapudi, MD; Entertainment Committee Chair: Tapas Dasgupta, MD; Health awareness Committee Chair: Urmila Talsania, MD; Academic affairs Committee Chair: Alka Waiker, MD; Young Physician Committee Chair: Jay Joshi, MD; Liaison Committee for CMS/ISMS Chair: Roger Rodrigues, MD; Resident Physician Committee Chair: Tejas Patel, MD; Membership Committee Chair: Kiran Bais, MD; Education Committee Chair: Parag Jain, MD; Auxiliary Committee Chair: Kathakali Dasgupta; Presidential Advisor: Aruna Vade, MD.

The Entertainment program was planned and presented in a gorgeous manner having synchronized all facets of entertainment –
Direction, Choreography, Video Presentation, Digitization by Shebani and Madan Kulkarni.

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