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Dr Sudhakar Jonnalagadda takes over as AAPI President

Chicago: “I will work to make AAPI stronger, more vibrant, united, transparent, politically engaged, ensuring active participation of young physicians, increasing membership, and enabling that AAPI’s voice is heard in the corridors of power,” said Dr Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, on  assuming office as the 37th president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin on July 11.

Consul General of India in Atlanta Swati Kulkarni introduced Dr Jonnalagadda during the first ever virtual change of guard ceremony that was livecast on social media platforms, said a press release.

Dr Jonnalagadda’s executive committee members include Anupama Gotimukula, president-elect; Ravi Kolli, vice president; Amit Chakrabarty, secretary; and Satish Kathula, treasurer.

In his acceptance speech, Jonnalagadda vowed to take the nearly four decades old organization to the next level and “bring all the AAPI chapters, regions, members of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees to work cohesively and unitedly for the success of AAPI and the realization of its noble mission.” The Indian American physician also said he plans to emphasize the importance of a legislative agenda both here in the US and overseas, benefitting the physicians and the people AAPI is committed to serve.

Suresh Reddy, the out-going president of AAPI, presented some of the major accomplishments of his presidency. “For the first time, we have started an endowment for AAPI with an initial establishment of quarter million dollars, the returns of which will be used to run the AAPI office. We have also transferred $100,000 for the incoming team to work on their goals and mission. This will help the future presidents focus on the goals and missions of AAPI rather than spend time on fund raising,” said Reddy.

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