Alumnus – September
Kalpaj Parekh MD
Kalpaj Parekh MD
University of Iowa, IA
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.
Alumnus – August
Bharat Sangani MD
Bharat Sangani MD
Cardiologist & Entrepreneur
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
ENT Facial Plastic Surgeon
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
Rohit Shahani MD
Zucker School of Medicine
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.