Women lead American Assoc. of Physicians of Indian Origin


Surendra Ullal

CHICAGO: It’s been truly historic and a very proud moment for American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to have a majority of the current leadership  being held by Women Leaders,” Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, President of AAPI, observed . “Never has there ever been such a strong representation of women leaders in AAPI’s leadership positions. It’s been a privilege and a challenge to be lead AAPI as AAPI celebrates 40 years of dedicated service to USA, India and the world.”

AAPI WOMEN LEADERSDr. Gotimukula is the only 4th woman president of AAPI in the 40 years old history of AAPI. Dr. Kusum Punjabi serves as the Chair of AAPI Board of Trustees; Dr. Soumya Neravetla is the President of Young Physicians Section (YPS,) while Dr. Ayesha Singh is the President is the Medical Student/Residents & Fellows Section (MSRF.) Dr. Anjana Samadder, who serves as the Vice President of AAPI is in succession for the top AAPI leadership position in the year 2023-24.

A resident of San Antonio, TX, Dr. Gotimukula is a board certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist, practicing since 2007, has been an active member and leader of AAPI over a decade. Dr. Kusum Punjabi is the youngest to date to be holding this position in AAPI’s 40 years long history and the first person to go to medical school in the USA

Dr. Anjana Samadder is the Vice President of AAPI Dr. Soumya Neravetla, president of YPS, is a second generation Indian American, born, raised and educated in the US. Ayesha Singh is a 4th year medical student at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY). Ayesha is currently applying for Internal Medicine residency with plans to pursue a career in Interventional Cardiology.

Other leaders who constitute the current executive committee include: Dr. Ravi Kolli, President-Elect, who will be the President of AAPI in 2022-23; Dr. Satheesh Kathula, Secretary and Dr. Krishan Kumar, Treasurer of AAPI.

“Fortunate to be leading AAPI with this amazing group of dedicated women leaders,” says Dr. Gotimukula. “We at AAPI have so much more room to grow and serve. I challenge myself, my Executive Committee to rise up to the task of building on our accomplishments and successes over the last several decades. My team, along with the dynamic group of women leaders has defined several goals for this year to further AAPI’s mission.”  For more details, please visit: www.appiusa.org