By Suresh Bodiwala
CHICAGO: Prominent Indian American doctors were honoured at the 33rd annual gala dinner of the Indian American Medical Association (IAMA) of Illinois at the Meadows Club here on November 16.
Among those honoured were Dr. Ramanathan Raju who was given the Distinguished Physician Award and Dr Birinder Marwah who got the President’s Appreciation Award. The Golden Stethoscope Awards went to Dr.Trinadha Pilla and Dr. Abhishek Reddy.
Spiritual leader Sant Rajinder Singhji, who was one of the special guests, was given the special award on the occasion.
Prominent among those who were present at the annual gathering were Sant Rajinder Singhji, his wife Ritaji and his son Dr. Kunwarjit Singh and his wife; Mr. Kenneth G. Busch, President Elect Chicago Medical Society; Mr. Mickey Straube, Mayor of Burr Ridge; Dr. Gopal Lalmalani, Mayor of Oakbrook; Dr. Ramanathan Raju, CEO Cook County Health and Hospitals System; Mr. Yash Amin, Director of Drug Compliance, Illinois Professional Regulation; Ms. Manju Goel, Candidate for Congress from 8th District; and Ms. Swati Dandekar, Candidate for Congress from Iowa, and many others.
The evening began with a cocktail reception at 6.00 PM. Emceed by Anita John, MD, and Balu Natrajan,MD, the evening began with the American National Anthem by Christine Phillip and the Indian National Anthem by Dr. Raj and Sujata Arora and Dr. Samir Shah.
Outgoing IAMA (Chicago) president Dr Raj Arora welcomed the gathering of the Indian American doctors. “As a physician community, we are having to learn to incorporate new technologies as we take care of our patients. Changes are happening and we are only seeing the downstream end points. We need to come together to help guide how these changes should be incorporated into our profession. Promoting awareness of our charitable activities, continuation of community educational activities and participation in Community Health Screenings and Health Fairs etc. are important,’’ he said.
In her remarks, incoming president Dr. Hemlata Bakane recalled Swami Vivekanand’s speech delivered 120 years ago at the parliament of world religions in Chicago and said, “We are indebted to Swamiji for building a bridge between east and west and for introducing India and Indian culture to America. Swamiji was well known for his humanity. He sacrificed his health and ultimately his life for betterment of mankind. Dear friends, we physicians also work long hours and dedicate our life for the similar goal that is betterment of human life, human health.’’
MKM Bollystars presented ‘Dola Re Dola and Dum Dum, before dinner and thereafter presented Style, Kathak Haa E Dil, Hip Hop, Masakalli, Tore Matware Naina, Folk Dance, Spirit of Rangeela, Barso Re, Lavani, Maston Ka Jhund, Salsa, Desi Girl Desi Boy, Apni To Jaisi Taisi, Cabarat video and Performance, Jab Tak Hai Jan,Taali Ho and Jai Ho.
Indian American doctors make up about nine percent of all physicians in the US.