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

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.