Alumnus – June

Miral Jhaveri MD

Miral Jhaveri MD

Miral Jhaveri MD

UG 1986

Radiology
Chicago, IL

Dr. Miral Jhaveri is a renowned Neuroradiologist dedicated to education and mentorship. His remarkable journey first as a general radiologist and then as a neuroradiologist exemplifies hard work, perseverance, and grit as well as how institutions and mentors shape the future and destiny of individuals.

Dr. Jhaveri started his career at our esteemed alma mater in 1986. Following his residency in diagnostic radiology at LTMMC he worked as a general radiologist in Mumbai for 6 years. In 1999 he spent a few months as a visiting fellow with Dr. Michael Huckman, a world renowned neuroradiologist, past president of the American Society of Neuroradiology and emeritus editor of the American Journal of Neuroradiology. His association with Dr. Huckman changed the trajectory of his career. Dr. Jhaveri completed a 2-year fellowship in Neuroradiology under Dr. Huckman and noticing Dr. Jhaveri’s astute clinical acumen in diagnosing complex neuroradiology cases, he was offered a faculty position at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

In 2005, Dr Jhaveri was introduced to Dr. Anne Osborn by Dr. Huckman and this introduction provided another golden opportunity to showcase his teaching and educational prowess. Dr. Jhaveri is one of the lead authors of the Brain section of StatDx and Radprimer, two primer online resources used by almost every residency program in the US.

Over two decades, he has trained countless radiology residents, over 80 neuroradiology fellows, several of whom continue to reach out to him for expert opinion on cases or career advice. In addition to his clinical duties, he is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the department rising to be the Division head of Neuroradiology and Executive Vice Chair. In 2019 he completed his MBA in healthcare management from Loyola University Quinlan School of Business and was nominated to the Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society. Recognizing his exceptional contributions, as a clinical educator and administrator he was appointed as permanent chair of radiology at Rush in March 2024.

Dr. Jhaveri has over 100 publications, abstracts, and book chapters to his name. He has been the lead author for several neuroradiology textbooks along with Dr. Anne Osborn. His textbook Diagnostic Imaging – Brain, 3rd edition published in 2015 sold over 4000 copies nationally and internally, translated to several languages and received the British Medical Associated highly commended book award in 2016.

Dr. Jhaveri’s dedication, leadership, and commitment to excellence make them a shining example for current and future alumni of GSMC. We are proud to call him one of our own and look forward to seeing his continued success.

Alumnus – May

Kishore Harjai MD

Kishore Harjai MD

Kishore Harjai MD

UG 1982

Interventional Cardiology
St Louis, MO

We are delighted to showcase Dr. Kishore J. Harjai as our distinguished Alumnus of the Month. Dr. Harjai stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of interventional structural cardiology, currently making impactful contributions in Saint Louis, MO.

Professional Journey:
Originally hailing from Mumbai, India, Kishore commenced his medical journey at Seth G.S. Medical College, graduating in 1988, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at King Edward Memorial Hospital in 1991.

Venturing to the United States, he pursued rigorous training across prestigious institutions, including completing his Cardiology Fellowship at Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA, in 1997. Driven by a passion for innovation, he further honed his expertise in Interventional Cardiology through a fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI, and subsequently assumed the role of Medical Director of Cardiac Cath Labs at Guthrie Clinic, where he left an indelible mark as a Co-Chair of the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence and on the Board of Directors.

Pioneering Contributions:
Dr. Harjai’s dedication to advancing cardiovascular care led him to delve into the emerging field of Structural Interventional Cardiology. 

At Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, he trained in structural heart interventions at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, paving the way for his pivotal role as Medical Director, Structural Heart Intervention at Geisinger Northeast.

At Geisinger, he pioneered the establishment of the first Structural Interventional Cardiology Program in Northeast Pennsylvania, leaving an enduring legacy of innovation and excellence.

Clinical Expertise and Scholarly Pursuits:
Renowned for his expertise in coronary stenting, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, left atrial appendage occlusion, mitral valve therapies, and other cutting-edge interventions, Dr. Harjai has co-authored over 250 scholarly works and presentations, enriching the academic landscape of cardiovascular medicine.

His relentless pursuit of clinical excellence led him to be honored as the Harlene and Marvin Wool Endowed Professor in Cardiology at Saint Louis University, underscoring his unwavering commitment to advancing patient care and medical education.

In the pursuit of clinical excellence, he obtained a Masters in Medical Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 2011, further enhancing his capacity to lead and innovate in the field.

In 2023, the American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin honored him for his exceptional contributions to Cardiovascular medicine.

Core Values and Philanthropic Endeavors:
Grounded in a set of core values encapsulated by ‘CARES’ – patient-centered Care, professional Attitudes, Reaching out to patients, operational Efficiency, and fostering Stability within the talent pool – Kishore epitomizes compassionate and comprehensive healthcare. His philanthropic endeavors extend beyond medical practice, as he remains deeply grateful to his late parents for instilling values of empathy, kindness, and frugality.

Vision for the Future:
Dr. Harjai’s vision for the future is characterized by a steadfast commitment to collaboration, reliability, and population-focused healthcare. He envisions nurturing the next generation of physician leaders and spearheading transformative initiatives aimed at enhancing clinical outcomes and patient well-being.

Personal Interests:
Outside the realm of medicine, Kishore finds solace in leisure pursuits such as hiking, indulging in non-fiction literature, skiing with his sons Neil and Kavish, and embarking on adventures with his wife, Laurinda.

Conclusion:
Dr. Kishore J. Harjai’s illustrious journey exemplifies the pinnacle of dedication, innovation, and compassionate patient care. As an esteemed member of our alumni community, his achievements serve as a source of inspiration, embodying the spirit of excellence and service that defines our institution’s legacy. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Harjai and express our gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the field of cardiology and beyond.

C. Thomas Peter MD

C. Thomas Peter MD

C. Thomas Peter MD

PG 1967

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Bel Air, CA

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Dr. C. Tom Peter, a true legend in Cardiac Electrophysiology.

He began his journey at KEM in 1967, as a PG in Internal Medicine, later diving into Cardiology, crafting an exemplary career that inspired many.

Despite being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease 11 years ago, his spirit remained unyielding. Tethered to a ventilator, he continued his passion for writing, dissecting EKGs and delving into Electrophysiology with unmatched expertise, using an eye-controlled tablet, Tobii Dynavox! His resilience was a beacon of hope.

May his memories be a source of comfort, and may his legacy inspire generations to come.

Just days ago, I honored his contributions as Alumnus of the Month, and now, on this solemn April 13, 2024, we immortalize him anew as AOM.

Legacy of Resilience

Dr. C. Thomas Peter’s journey is not just a story of professional excellence but also one of resilience, dedication, and profound impact on the field of cardiology and electrophysiology.

Early Years and Academic Pursuits:

Dr. C. Thomas Peter did his post graduate studies in Medicine and Cardiology in Mumbai at the Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Global Pursuits in Cardiology:

Venturing across borders, Dr. Peter embarked on a transformative journey at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia under the guidance of Dr. Graeme Sloman. During this tenure, he not only enriched his expertise but also earned an M.D. degree from the University of Melbourne. His quest for knowledge didn’t stop there, as he delved into the realm of infarct size reduction at the Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, working alongside Dr. Robin Norris.

A Legacy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center:

In 1977, Dr. Peter brought his expertise to the United States, where he spent over three decades at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His tenure, spanning more than 25 years as the head of the Electrocardiography and Electrophysiology section, was marked by unparalleled dedication and innovation. Notably, he held the esteemed Wasserman Foundation chair in Clinical Electrophysiology, leaving an indelible mark on the institution.

Global Mentorship and Educational Initiatives:

In September 2004, he was honored by the University of California, Los Angeles, with a named International Mentorship program in Electrophysiology. This mentorship is an educational and training program for practicing electrophysiologists from around the world and over the last 9 years, several physicians, especially, from the developing countries have had access to the teaching facilities of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia center.

Pioneering Educational Initiatives

Dr. Peter’s remarkable contributions have been celebrated through prestigious accolades, including the “Lifetime Achievement Award” bestowed upon him by UCSF in 2007, and recognition as “Teacher of the Year” by UCLA. These honors reflect his profound impact on both academia and clinical practice.

Moreover, Dr. Peter’s commitment to education is exemplified by his collaboration with Dr. Mel Scheinman, commencing approximately 15 years ago. Together, they pioneered an intensive review course on complex arrhythmia analysis tailored for cardiology and electrophysiology fellows. This initiative has since evolved into an annual cornerstone event for fellows in this region of the United States, providing invaluable training and mentorship under the guidance of these distinguished experts.

Advocacy and Leadership: 

Additionally, Dr. Peter’s commitment to advancing cardiac care is evident through his roles as the founder and inaugural President of CARES—a non-profit organization dedicated to bolstering research and education in the realm of cardiac arrhythmias. Over the years, he has orchestrated a plethora of arrhythmia-focused educational initiatives at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, enriching the knowledge and expertise of medical professionals.

Furthermore, Dr. Peter’s visionary leadership extends to the establishment of GLAES, the Greater Los Angeles Electrophysiology Society, over a quarter-century ago. This esteemed society has become a cornerstone for the field, convening distinguished national and international leaders in electrophysiology through its annual dinner meetings.

Dr. Peter’s impact transcends borders, as evidenced by his representation of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) at the annual Cardiac Society meetings in Brazil and Argentina. Moreover, his leadership was recognized when he was chosen to lead a delegation of cardiologists to Cuba in 2001, furthering collaboration and knowledge exchange on a global scale.

Groundbreaking Research and Contributions:

Dr. Peter’s extensive research spans a diverse spectrum of critical areas within cardiology. He has delved into pioneering investigations, including the transmission of electrocardiograms via telephone, the evaluation of Dilantin as an anti-arrhythmic agent for preventing sudden death within the initial two years post-myocardial infarction (MI), and the utilization of intravenous beta-blockers during acute MI to mitigate infarct size.

Furthermore, his scholarly pursuits have encompassed elucidating the mechanisms and clinical implications of signal-averaged electrocardiography in post-MI patients and those afflicted with ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Peter has also contributed significantly to the understanding of amiodarone’s efficacy as an antiarrhythmic therapy for individuals grappling with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias.

Moreover, his research has shed light on the optimal utilization of automatic implantable defibrillators in high-risk populations and the application of resynchronization therapy in heart failure patients, regardless of left bundle branch block (LBBB) presence. Through these multifaceted investigations, Dr. Peter has made enduring contributions to advancing cardiac care and enhancing patient outcomes on a global scale.

Global Outreach-Advancing Electrophysiology Across Borders:

In the years leading up to and especially following his retirement, Dr. Peter has dedicated himself to volunteer work, imparting his expertise in electrophysiology, ablation, and the analysis of complex arrhythmias. His efforts have extended to medical centers in regions where specialized fields like electrophysiology have been slower to develop roots. Notably, he has shared his knowledge and skills in locales such as Kathmandu, Nepal, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the esteemed medical institutions including the Medical College at Thiruvananthapuram, and the Christian Medical colleges in Vellore and Ludhiana, India. Through these endeavors, Dr. Peter has played a pivotal role in nurturing and advancing the understanding and treatment of cardiac conditions in underserved regions across the globe.

A Testament to Resilience and Spirit:

Despite facing the profound challenges of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dr. Peter’s resilience shines through. In May 2013, he received the devastating diagnosis, and subsequent years brought physical decline, leading to a tracheostomy and gastric tube placement in the winter of 2016 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Enduring multiple procedures and severe hospitalizations, including a grueling six-week ICU recovery from a critical arrhythmia episode complicated by sepsis-induced multi-organ failure, Dr. Peter’s journey has been marked by unwavering determination.

Despite being virtually quadriplegic, he has persevered, his indomitable spirit undiminished. In 2024, he achieved a remarkable feat by releasing “Hearts Behaving Badly,” a monumental two-volume tome encompassing nearly four decades of groundbreaking research on complex arrhythmias. This magnum opus stands as an indispensable resource for electrophysiologists worldwide, a testament to Dr. Peter’s enduring dedication to his field.

Remarkably, he crafted this comprehensive work using an eye-controlled word processor-tablet, a testament to his adaptability and ingenuity. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Peter penned a heartfelt memoir, “Stories of My Life: Some Short, Some Tall,” a poignant reflection on his life’s journey, available through Amazon U.S. Despite the physical limitations imposed by his condition, Dr. Peter’s intellect, creativity, and passion remain undiminished, inspiring all who encounter his remarkable story.

A Beacon of Inspiration:

In addition, during these hard days, he has attended his two sons’ weddings, writing a prayer and a speech at both weddings and became a grandfather in 2021. He remains a father passing on wisdom to his sons and daughters-in-law and a loving husband to his wife, Sarah.

In honoring Dr. C. Thomas Peter as our Alumnus of the Month, we celebrate not just his professional accomplishments but also his enduring legacy of resilience, innovation, and compassion. He exemplifies the spirit of our institution and continues to inspire generations of medical professionals worldwide.

Alumnus – April

Vijay Dave MD

Vijay Dave MD

Vijay Dave MD

UG 1962

Cardiologist
Munster, IN
As the distinguished Alumnus of the Month, Dr. Vijay Dave’s journey epitomizes a magnificent tapestry interwoven with threads of resilience, determination, and an unwavering dedication to the pursuit of excellence in medicine. Graduating from the UG 1966 batch, Dr. Dave’s narrative transcends mere personal triumph, serving as a profound testament to the transformative power of education and the profound impact of giving back to one’s community.

Hailing from humble beginnings in India, Dr. Dave’s formative years were imbued with a profound desire to effect positive change in the world. Fueled by an insatiable thirst for knowledge and an unyielding drive to succeed, he embarked on a transformative journey that traversed continents and led him through the corridors of some of the most esteemed medical institutions.

His tenure at KEM Hospital in India laid the bedrock for his illustrious career, imprinting upon him the indelible values of compassion, empathy, and an unwavering commitment to serving others. It was during this pivotal period that Dr. Dave’s passion for cardiology ignited, propelling him towards a trajectory of becoming a pioneering figure in the field.

Upon his arrival in Chicago, armed with a mere $8 to his name, Dr. Dave confronted the formidable task of establishing himself in a foreign land. Undeterred by the obstacles that lay ahead, he immersed himself in his studies, diligently honing his skills and expanding his medical repertoire under the tutelage of some of the brightest luminaries in the field of medicine.

As he settled into his role as a respected practitioner in the suburbs of Northwest Indiana, Dr. Dave’s steadfast commitment to his patients and his profession remained unwavering. Renowned for his compassionate care and profound ability to forge personal connections with his patients, he swiftly garnered a reputation as a healer of both body and spirit.

Yet, Dr. Dave’s impact extends far beyond the confines of his clinical practice. Recognizing the pivotal importance of nurturing the next generation of physicians, he spearheaded the establishment of observership and subinternship programs at his local hospital, providing aspiring medical students with invaluable hands-on experience and mentorship. Through his tireless efforts, Dr. Dave has inspired a multitude of young minds to pursue careers in medicine, thereby shaping the future landscape of the profession.

Perhaps most remarkable of all is Dr. Dave’s unwavering commitment to giving back to his roots. His philanthropic support of KEM Hospital in India, including generous donations of angioplasty tools and other critical resources, has significantly bolstered the hospital’s capacity to deliver life-saving care to the underserved. His steadfast dedication to his alma mater serves as a resplendent beacon of the transformative impact that a single individual can wield upon their community and the broader world.

Dr. Vijay Dave’s illustrious career transcends the boundaries of his clinical practice. As a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University Northwest, he epitomizes the pinnacle of academic excellence, nurturing the minds of future physicians with his wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience. His dedication to imparting wisdom to the next generation is unparalleled, serving as the driving force behind innovative medical education and externship programs that equip aspiring doctors with the skills and acumen necessary to navigate the challenges of tomorrow.

Dr. Dave’s prodigious contributions to the field of medicine have been duly recognized with numerous prestigious accolades, including the esteemed Sycamore of Wabash Award—the highest civilian honor bestowed in Indiana. Additionally, he has been honored as the Glory of Gujarat and hailed as the Jewel of India by his community, a testament to his profound impact on both local and global scales. Featured in media interviews and newspaper articles, Dr. Dave’s expertise and insights have garnered widespread acclaim, further solidifying his stature as a luminary in his field.

Beyond his clinical and academic endeavors, Dr. Dave’s fervent passion for advancing medical knowledge finds expression in his prolific writing. Serving as the Editor of the Practical Handbook of Advanced Interventional Cardiology and co-editor of a textbook on the Management of Complex Cardiovascular Problems, his contributions to medical literature stand as invaluable resources for practitioners worldwide. His dedication to sharing his expertise extends even further, with his works translated into Spanish to reach a broader audience.

Despite the myriad accolades and commitments that adorn his illustrious career, Dr. Dave’s devotion to his calling remains unwavering. Whether responding to emergency calls or reconnecting with old friends on social media, his fervent passion for medicine permeates every facet of his life. Guided by his unwavering principles of self-reliance and self-awareness, Dr. Dave continues to uphold the highest standards of patient care and professional integrity, leaving an indelible imprint on the field of medicine and inspiring all who have the privilege of crossing his path.

In Dr. Vijay Dave, we encounter not merely a remarkable physician, but a true humanitarian whose enduring legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. His journey from humble beginnings to esteemed practitioner stands as a resounding testament to the power of perseverance, passion, and the unwavering spirit of giving back. As an alumnus of distinction, Dr. Dave’s narrative serves as a radiant beacon of hope and a poignant reminder that, with dedication and determination, the realms of the possible are boundless.

Alumnus – March

Sanjeev Kothare MD

Sanjeev Kothare MD

Sanjeev Kothare MD

UG 1977

Pediatric Neurologist
New York, NY

Renowned as a trailblazer in the fields of pediatric neurology, sleep medicine, and epilepsy, Dr. Sanjeev Kothare, MD, stands as a paragon of excellence and innovation.

His illustrious career, spanning prestigious institutions, has positioned him as a transformative leader at the forefront of pediatric healthcare. In his distinguished tenure, Dr. Kothare has assumed pivotal roles within Northwell Health, serving as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurology, Director of the Pediatric Neurology Service Line, and Co-Director of the Neurology Pediatric Sleep Program. Simultaneously, he holds the esteemed position of Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Boasting board certifications in child neurology, clinical neurophysiology, EEG/epilepsy, and pediatric sleep medicine, Dr. Kothare’s expertise reflects a rich tapestry of experiences. Notably, his leadership at NYU Langone Medical Center as Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics, where he directed the Pediatric Sleep Program and spearheaded quality improvement initiatives, underscores his unwavering dedication to advancing clinical care and fostering innovation.

Dr. Kothare’s academic journey, which commenced at the Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College in Mumbai, India, has been distinguished by prestigious fellowships and residencies at renowned institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Duke University Medical Center. His tenure at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School as Professor of Neurology solidified his reputation as a luminary in the field of pediatric neurology / epilepsy/ sleep medicine, where he also was the director of the center for pediatric sleep disorders.

As a distinguished fellow of esteemed medical organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, Child neurology Society, American Epilepsy Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Kothare’s scholarly contributions are vast and impactful. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, 50 review articles, and 50 book chapters to his name, he has significantly contributed to the advancement of pediatric neurology and sleep medicine. Notably, his editorial roles for seminal works such as “Sleep in Childhood Neurological Disorders,” “Parasomnias,” and “Sleep Disorders in Adolescents” highlight his leadership and expertise.

Dr. Kothare’s unwavering commitment to advancing knowledge and clinical practice is epitomized through his pioneering research endeavors. Focusing on the intersection of sleep and epilepsy, as well as the prevention of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), his work has garnered widespread recognition, including accolades such as the Harvard Catalyst Research Award and grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As a devoted educator, Dr. Kothare has nurtured the next generation of pediatric neurologists and sleep specialists, earning acclaim for his exemplary teaching and mentorship. His commitment to advancing knowledge transcends traditional boundaries, evidenced by his editorial roles in prominent journals and his influential contributions to national policies and guidelines. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Dr. Kothare has been honored as the Physician of the Year at Northwell Health, a testament to his enduring impact on pediatric healthcare.

His relentless pursuit of excellence continues unabated, as he endeavors to elevate the academic and clinical standards of pediatric neurology, pioneering innovative approaches and quality measures that redefine healthcare delivery in the modern era. As Chief of Child Neurology at Northwell Health, Dr. Kothare remains steadfast in his mission to enhance patient care and drive forward the frontiers of pediatric medicine.

With a steadfast commitment to innovation and excellence, Dr. Kothare’s legacy as a visionary leader and trailblazer in pediatric healthcare continues to inspire and shape the future of the field.

Alumnus – February

Anuja Dokras MD

Anuja Dokras MD

Anuja Dokras MD

UG 1982

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Anuja Dokras, MD., MHCI., PhD is an internationally recognized translational researcher, innovator, mentor and educator in women’s health. She received her medical degree from Seth G.S. Medical College, University of Bombay, India and a PhD from the University of Oxford, UK on the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In pursuit of her passion for advancing women’s health, Dr. Dokras moved to the US for residency training in obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) and fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) at the renowned Yale University. Currently, she is the Founders Professor in Women’s Health in the department of OBGYN at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia, USA and has established herself as an international leader in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). At Penn, Dr. Dokras has held several leadership roles including medical director of the Penn Fertility Care IVF program, gynecology chair of the Women’s Health Service Line across 6 hospitals, medical director of the Reproductive Surgical Facility and director of the OBGYN residency research program.

Dr. Dokras received the National Council of Education and Research Training Scholarship and Dorab Tata scholarship to pursue her medical studies at G.S. Medical College. In addition to being the recipient of a gold medal in OBGYN and second highest overall rank in the University, she received several extracurricular accolades including the best speaker awards at intercollegiate and national debate and elocution competitions such as Carnival and Synapse. Given her stellar all-round achievements, it was no surprise that in 1988, she was selected as one of three Rhodes scholars from India to pursue advanced studies at the University of Oxford, UK. Her doctoral thesis focused on developing techniques for preimplantation genetic testing under the mentorship of IVF pioneers, including the Nobel Laureate, Bob Edwards. These research findings are a true example of rapid bench to bedside advances, as human blastocyst biopsies are now routinely used for genetic testing in IVF practice worldwide. Furthermore, during her time, Dr. Dokras was President of the student body at Green College, University of Oxford.

Dr Dokras is the founding director of the first multi-disciplinary PCOS center in the US with an internationally acclaimed research program focusing on long-term cardiovascular disease risks at both the cellular and population level. Her group was one of the first to identify the high prevalence of anxiety and mood disorders associated with PCOS, resulting in a paradigm shift in managing this condition. Her well-funded research program, including funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and PCORI, has resulted in over 150 highly cited publications. Dr. Dokras has been invited to speak at national and international meetings as a keynote speaker and invited lecturer, and she has mentored several medical students, residents and medical and reproductive endocrinology fellows over the past three decades.

Dr. Dokras was elected as President of the Androgen Excess (AE)-PCOS society (2015-2017), an international society focused on advancing education and promoting research. She now serves as the Executive Director of the AE-PCOS society. In 2015, Dr. Dokras helped establish the PCOS Society, India which focuses on increasing awareness, physician education and dissemination of research in India. In 2022, she was awarded an honorary Fellowship by the PCOS Society, India. Given her expertise and commitment to advancing clinical practice, she was invited to chair one of the Guideline Development Group for the international PCOS guidelines in both 2018 and 2023. She has been deeply committed to patient engagement and serves on the advisory board of PCOS Challenge, a patient support group with over 55,000 members. Moreover, she is committed to increasing awareness and research funding for PCOS through advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and in 2021, she received the PCOS Challenge International Advocacy Leadership Award.

As a well-recognized authority in REI, Dr. Dokras is also the co-editor of the international textbook, Yen and Jaffe’s Reproductive Endocrinology, Physiology, Pathology and Clinical Management and contributes chapters to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. She serves as an Associate Editor for the high impact Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (past) and Endocrine Reviews (current). Dr. Dokras is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and reviewer for NIH study sections. She has held leadership positions in the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and received the ASRM Women’s Council Distinguished Service Leadership award and ASRM 10-year Service Milestone Award in 2022.

Over the past decade Dr Dokras has developed a keen interest in innovation in women’s healthcare delivery across the lifespan. In this pursuit, she completed a Master’s in Health Care Innovation (MHCI) from Penn in 2022. She is the founding Executive Director of the first academic center dedicated to innovation women’s health in the US, Penn’s Women’s Health Center for Clinical Innovation where she currently oversees almost twenty projects focused on improving patient access, clinical operations and workflow efficiency. These programs have received funding from multiple stakeholders and resulted in several publications, presentations and even scaled nationally. Dr. Dokras lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, Dr. Dinesh Jagasia, who was in her batch in G.S. Medical College. Her husband is a Professor and non-invasive cardiologist at Penn Medicine. Their twins, Anika and Arnav, both graduated from Wharton and University of Pennsylvania and now work in New York City.

Alumnus – December

Arun Gulani MD

Arun Gulani MD

Arun Gulani MD

PG 1985

Ophthalmologist
Jacksonville, FL
​Dr. Arun C. Gulani, renowned as the “Visionary Artisan of Ophthalmology,” embodies a remarkable amalgamation of DaVinci and Michelangelo with his futuristic vision, award-winning innovations, unmatched surgical craftsmanship, and a consistent global track record spanning three decades. The narrative of Dr. Gulani’s life has become a compelling subject of interest for biographies and movie scripts. Recently, his birth date of September 12th was officially declared “Gulani Vision Day” by the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida.

Over three decades ago, at G. S. Medical College, Dr. Gulani fell in love with eye surgery. He was captivated by the serene atmosphere of the operating room, the immediate transformation in patients’ lives, and the opportunity to harness his innovative and artistic talents to make a difference. This passion drove him to excel in his medical studies, ultimately earning him the prestigious ophthalmology seat with a Gold Medal. Even during his residency in the ophthalmology department, he published papers in international journals and authored a book detailing his innovative techniques that as lauded globally.

Dr. Gulani challenged conventional notions of glasses as “Accessories” and called them “Crutches” and reframed vision prescription as a “Disability.” With this conviction and his own natural 20/10 vision, his mission became clear: to provide each patient with vision surpassing 20/20, aspiring to liberate them from glasses or contact lenses.

Armed with confidence and unwavering faith in his mission, he acquired a ophthalmology residency in the United States. Along the way, he received numerous accolades including the Career Achievement award and continued on his unwavering path by pioneering a super-specialty in eye surgery known as Gulani Plastique® Techniques. He also developed patented technologies, proprietary techniques, and next generation surgical instruments, raising the bar on procedures like LASIK to non-cutting LazrPlastique®, Cataract surgery to custom-designed LenzOplastique®, and Corneal surgery to Corneoplastique®. These innovations enabled him to address a wide spectrum of vision issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, high astigmatism, and reading vision correction, as well as complications and side effects of LASIK or cataract surgery. He became renowned for successfully handling complex cases like Keratoconus, Corneal scars, and Radial keratotomy.

To enhance the patient experience, he established the world’s first and only eye surgical SPA. Patients undergo surgery in a serene and spa-like environment with no pain, no stitches, no injections, and a truly memorable experience.

Dr. Gulani’s practice defies the conventional business model of elective medicine. It proudly avoids advertising, discounting, and referral incentives, yet boasts a clientele that includes Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, as well as the Who’s Who from around the world who travel to seek his expertise.
He refuses to accept insurance company contracts that prioritize volume over patient care and has maintained an unparalleled level of compassion, focusing on “one patient at a time.” As a testament to this commitment, the Gulani Vision Institute received the esteemed Ultimate CEO award.

Known as Dr. GQ for his passion for fashion, Dr. Gulani seamlessly blends elegance, symmetry, and beauty into his eye surgeries, elevating them to an art form.
Over 3 decades ago, while still a resident at KEM hospital, patients of Dr.Gulani elated by their outcomes would request pictures with him and this trend continues till today as selfies by worldwide patients with their Rockstar surgeon, turning him into a social media sensation and an inspiration not only to eye surgeons but to the entire medical community worldwide.

Dr. Gulani consistently attributes his success to his formative years at Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital. He continues to teach and mentor eye surgeons in India while also allowing them fellowships at the Gulani Vision Institute in Florida. Additionally, he has established the Gulani Vision Global Foundation to provide support for these educational initiatives.

Affectionately known as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) of eye surgery, Dr. Gulani holds a world record in medical tourism by assisting patients from 98 countries. Despite offers from private equity firms to relocate to Beverly Hills or New York, he remains steadfast in his vision, transforming Jacksonville, Florida, into the global destination for vision care, guided by the eye of an artist and a passion for helping people see.

Alumnus – November

Shubhada Jagasia MD

Shubhada Jagasia MD

Shubhada Jagasia MD

UG 1986

Endocrinologist, CEO
Nashville, TN

Leading the Way in Healthcare

Dr. Shubhada Jagasia, MD, MMHC, is a distinguished luminary in the healthcare field, earning accolades from both national and local publications. Her remarkable journey as the President and CEO of Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, one of the largest healthcare institutions in Middle Tennessee within the expansive Ascension Health system, has been defined by her unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and community engagement.

In her role as the head of Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, situated in the vibrant Nashville market, Dr. Jagasia spearheads an array of vital responsibilities. These include overseeing the hospital’s operations, nurturing crucial relationships, and facilitating its growth. The hospital boasts an impressive 1,224 licensed beds across two Nashville campuses, illustrating the scope of her leadership.

Since joining Ascension Saint Thomas in May 2021, Dr. Jagasia has orchestrated significant expansions of the hospital’s facilities and service offerings. Notable achievements include a momentous $300-million renovation of the Midtown campus, with the grand openings of state-of-the-art additions such as a surgery and critical care tower, a dedicated spine institute, a rehabilitation hospital, a new Women’s Hospital Pavilion, and a state-of-the-art cancer center, among others. Simultaneously, at the West hospital campus, Dr. Jagasia is directing an expansion of essential cardiovascular, heart and kidney transplant, neurosciences, and critical care programs.

Dr. Jagasia’s professional journey is a testament to her enduring commitment to medical excellence. After completing her medical education at Seth G. S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Medical College in Mumbai, India, in 1992, she ventured to Tennessee in 1994 to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Her journey continued in 1999, when she began an internal medicine residency at the Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital through the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Nashville. Subsequently, she pursued a fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism at Vanderbilt University while obtaining a Master of Management in Health Care from the Owen Graduate School of Management in 2017. Dr. Jagasia’s clinical focus centers on managing endocrine complications after transplantation and those associated with pregnancy, topics on which she has published extensively.

Before her tenure at Ascension, Dr. Jagasia held several leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, notably serving as Chief of Staff for the adult hospital and ambulatory clinics during VUMC’s COVID-19 response. She also served as the medical director of the Eskind Diabetes Clinic and Vice-Chair of Clinical Affairs for Vanderbilt’s Department of Medicine.

Dr. Jagasia is a true pillar of the Middle Tennessee community, actively engaging in various service-oriented initiatives. Her contributions extend to leadership roles, including her chairmanship of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign in 2022-2023 and her participation on the boards of Nashville Health and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She further serves on several Ascension ministry boards, notably as the Chair of the Tennessee ACO Board.

A sought-after expert, Dr. Jagasia frequently lends her insights to industry panels and has been featured in renowned publications such as The Tennessean, Nashville Post, and the Nashville Business Journal. Her remarkable achievements have been celebrated through a slew of prestigious accolades, including being named among the “Women CEOs of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know” by Becker’s Healthcare in 2023 and 2022, earning the title of “Most Admired CEOs” by the Nashville Business Journal in 2022, and being recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women” by the Nashville Post in the same year. Additionally, she was honored as a “Tennessee Titans Playmaker” in 2022.

Dr. Jagasia is a distinguished member of the 2017 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows and holds a place in the Class of 2024 for Leadership Nashville, an exclusive executive program that enriches the Middle Tennessee community by bringing together a diverse group of leaders from various industries.

Grateful for the excellent education she received at Seth G. S. Medical College and the unwavering support from her family, including her husband Madan and daughters, Ria and Puja, Dr. Jagasia attributes her success to the values of hard work, honesty, and perseverance instilled in her from an early age by her parents, Vasu and Lalita Paranjape. Her remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to all and exemplifies her dedication to advancing healthcare and nurturing her community.

Alumnus – October

Jagmeet Singh MD

Jagmeet Singh MD

Jagmeet Singh MD

PG 1991

Cardiac Electrophysiologist
MGH, Harvard Medical School

Shaping the Future of Healthcare

In the realm of modern medicine, Dr. Jagmeet P. Singh stands as a towering figure, an individual whose profound impact has reshaped the landscape of cardiology and medical research. With a string of advanced degrees and prestigious roles, he is a beacon of excellence in the healthcare community.

Dr. Jagmeet Singh currently holds the prestigious position of Professor of Medicine at the venerable Harvard Medical School, where he imparts his wisdom and expertise to the next generation of medical professionals. His journey of medical excellence has been intrinsically tied to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as the Clinical Director of the Cardiology Division and occupied the esteemed Roman W. DeSanctis Endowed Chair in Cardiology. Dr. Singh’s visionary leadership extends to the founding and directorship of the groundbreaking Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he pioneers innovative cardiac therapies that hold the promise of transforming patient care.

His academic journey began in 1991 at Seth G.S. Medical College where he trained in Cardiology This marked the commencement of his lifelong dedication to the field of cardiovascular medicine. He left for Oxford in 1994 on the P.N. Berry Scholarship program run through AIIMS where he recalls being interviewed by Dr. Sunil Pandya. He earned a doctorate from the hallowed halls of Oxford University.

Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, he ventured to the United States, where he undertook a rigorous path of recertification and training. He completed his internal medicine residency, cardiology fellowship, and cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, solidifying his expertise. He also earned a coveted Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from the MIT-Harvard consortium, demonstrating his commitment to advancing the boundaries of medical research.

Dr. Singh’s influence extends far beyond academia, as he has delivered over 600 lectures at national and international conferences, captivating audiences with his insights and expertise. He is a sought-after luminary, frequently participating in educational panels, where his wisdom is revered. He is a fixture at ‘Meet the Masters’ and ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions at prestigious conferences. Beyond his roles as an educator and speaker, Dr. Singh has left an indelible mark as a program director, having helmed over 30 educational symposia. His prolific research output is a testament to his unwavering commitment to scientific discovery, with over 450 peer-reviewed publications to his name, spanning original research articles, textbook chapters, review articles, and thought-provoking editorials. The field of clinical electrophysiology has been enriched by Dr. Singh’s contributions, including his editorial work on two textbooks in the subject.

Dr. Singh’s impact reaches into the heart of clinical research, where he currently serves as the national and global principal investigator for six ongoing multi-center clinical trials. These trials are pioneering device therapy and sensor strategies to combat heart failure and atrial fibrillation. His role extends to several steering committees for large multicenter research studies, where his insights and leadership are instrumental in advancing the frontiers of cardiology and healthcare.

Dr. Singh’s current pursuits revolve around healthcare redesign, digital health, and innovations in medical devices. His visionary work promises to redefine the landscape of healthcare delivery, placing it firmly in the digital age.

Dr. Singh extends his influence into leadership roles, holding a distinguished position on the Board of Trustees of the Heart Rhythm Society. He also takes on the role of Co-Executive Producer for HRX 2023, showcasing his commitment to advancing the field. Beyond his clinical and research endeavors, Dr. Singh is a prolific author. His recently published book, “Future Care: Sensors, Artificial Intelligence, and the Reinvention of Medicine,” serves as a testament to his forward-looking perspective on healthcare’s transformative potential.

Dr. Jagmeet P. Singh is not just a medical professional; he is a visionary shaping the future of cardiology and healthcare. His unwavering commitment to excellence, prolific research contributions, and visionary leadership have solidified his status as a prominent figure in both national and international healthcare communities.

Jag’s PBS presentation at the historic City Club of Cleveland, a venue graced by every POTUS since 1918

Alumnus – September

Kalpaj Parekh MD

Kalpaj Parekh MD

Kalpaj Parekh MD

UG 1986

Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Iowa, IA
Dr. Kalpaj Parekh is a renowned surgeon and researcher in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, whose remarkable career has left a lasting impact. Throughout his journey, he has not only excelled as a skilled practitioner but has also dedicated himself to mentorship and education, inspiring future generations of surgeons.

Dr. Parekh embarked on his impressive career at our esteemed alma mater in 1986. Following his ENT residency at the renowned Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals, he ventured to the United States to pursue further training.

He recalls an incident during the Blizzard of 1996, when as a surgical intern in New York, he risked his life to show up for on-call duties at Lenox Hill Hospital, impressing the faculty, leading to a categorical position offer and as he states, “Changed his Life”. The experience taught him the importance of showing up in challenging situations and inspiring others to do the same.

He subsequently honed his expertise in prestigious programs, including residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and rigorous research in transplant immunology. His pursuit of excellence culminated in a lung transplant fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Returning to the University of Iowa, Dr. Parekh completed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery and embarked on a successful journey as a faculty member. He played a pivotal role in establishing a thriving lung transplant program. Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Parekh’s passion for research shines through. His laboratory has developed groundbreaking models for chronic lung allograft dysfunction, paving the way for potential revolutionary treatments for this life-threatening condition.

Recognizing his exceptional contributions, including securing NIH grants, Dr. Parekh has been appointed as the Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Iowa. His leadership, vision, and achievements in the field have earned him this prestigious role. Additionally, he holds the esteemed Nicholas P. Rossi Professorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery and serves as the surgical director of the lung transplant program, with a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Dr. Parekh’s research prowess is evidenced by his extensive publication record, including nearly 100 research manuscripts and book chapters. He has presented his findings at numerous national and international conferences, further solidifying his standing as a respected researcher. As an educator, Dr. Parekh imparts his knowledge through lectures on general and thoracic surgery, actively engaging with resident physicians, fellow physicians, and medical students. He has also been a mentor and supervisor to many MD and PhD students at the Carver College of Medicine.

With his wealth of experience in research and education, Dr. Parekh remains devoted to advancing patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, and providing exceptional education. His commitment extends beyond his professional responsibilities, as he also plays a role in co-leading research support efforts for Seth G.S. Medical College & KEM Hospital.

Let us celebrate Dr. Kalpaj Parekh’s remarkable achievements and extend our warmest welcome to him as he continues to bring glory to our alma mater. His dedication and expertise are sure to leave an indelible mark on the field of cardiothoracic surgery, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact he will make during his tenure.

CBS News: Incredible Covid Recovery

Alumnus – August

Bharat Sangani MD

Bharat Sangani MD

Bharat Sangani MD

UG 1976

Cardiologist & Entrepreneur
Dallas, TX

Dr. Bharat Sangani is a cardiologist, real estate investor, and life mentor.

Joining GSMC & KEMH in 1976, he graduated from medical school with a gold medal in anatomy. He then moved to the United States with $10.45 in his pocket and built a successful career in both medicine and real estate.

After training in Columbus, Ohio and starting his clinical practice in cardiology, he built one of the largest cardiology treatment centers in Mississippi. He credits his father’s advice to “never stop striving for more” with his success in both medicine and real estate.

Sangani is now the Chairman and CEO of Encore Enterprises, a commercial real estate investment company that has closed more than $2.9 billion in deals. He is also the creator of the “Life is a Business” course, which teaches young entrepreneurs how to develop their business plans.

Sangani’s mantra is “health, wealth, and wisdom.” He believes that these are the keys to success and happiness in life. He has applied these principles to his own life, and it has paid off. He is a successful businessman and a respected mentor. He is an inspiration to others, and he is sure to continue to achieve great things in the future.

Alumni – July

Raj Bhayani MD

Raj Bhayani MD

Raj Bhayani MD

PG 1992

ENT Facial Plastic Surgeon
Queens, NY

Philanthropic Leadership

Dr. Raj Bhayani arrived in the US after completing his fellowship in Neurosurgery at KEM Hospital. In the US he trained in ENT with fellowships in Facial-Plastic and microvascular surgery. 

Apart from numerous academic publications, leadership positions in some of the leading hospitals in New York, he has found time to be actively involved in philanthropic endeavors and social activities.

He was instrumental in welcoming Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the historic address at Madison Square Garden (September 2014). He has continued his support of India and serves on many boards with active membership of over 20 communities and associations. He is on the Board of Trustees of Save a Life Foundation, which created a Good Samaritan Law and Road Safety Bill, to improve accidental outcomes by assisting roadside casualty victims.

Improvement in hygienic conditions drew him towards fundraising for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He brought both Parliamentarians and Film Stars together with the Football for Nation Initiative. His team has also helped organize several health and blood donation drives, support the Mid-day Meal program in India which helps millions of underserved children.

He is integrally involved with leadership in the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), having served in numerous leadership positions in this coveted organization.

He also finds time to support the understanding of our Vedic origins to the second generation of Indian Americans including the role of Hinduism as a way of life.

All these charitable, entrepreneurial and leadership contributions have been recognized with over 50 awards, including the “Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award” in London, Bharat Gaurav Puraskaar, Delhi Ratan Award, Hind Ratan Award, Asian American Honoree (New York, 2016) and State Proclamation Award. The US Congress has also honored him, and he is the recipient of the Most Influential Leader in the Indian Community in the US.

The Indian government felicitated his Indic endeavors with the Atal Mithila Samman (Aug 2016). His resolve and contributions both in the field of medicine, social activism, philanthropy found its way on the cover story article of the prestigious Outlook magazine (December 2015).

In summary, Dr Bhayani, is a Philanthropic leader with an ability to utilize his resources, skills and influence to make a positive impact on the world, driven by a passion to make a difference, skillfully building relationships and mobilizing teams to work together.

Rohit Shahani MD

Johny Rodz with Rohit Shahani MD

Watch this interview of a GOSUMEC, Rohit Shahani MD, who saved the life of WWE Hall of Famer, Johnny Rodz.

The “unpredictable” Johnny Rodz, a wrestling legend who trained several WWE superstars, is grateful for the treatment he received from Dr. Shahani.

Rohit Shahani MD

Rohit Shahani MD

UG 1983

Assistant Professor
Zucker School of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgery
New York, NY

Dr. Rohit Shahani completed his entire 13-year medical training in India at our alma mater. 

In the US, he trained with leading heart surgeons, including Dr. Alain Carpentier, who is known for his pioneering work in valve repair, and Dr. Albert Starr, who developed the Starr-Edwards valve, one of the first artificial heart valves.

He practices both the Art & Science of Medicine, achieving some of the best outcomes in NY state and the nation.