AAPI’s Women’s Leadership Forum Celebrates “Women of Excellence”
India-West Staff Reporter
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) during its 41st Annual Convention with a Women’s Leadership Forum that spotlighted the achievements of women who have excelled in various fields, from healthcare to business, and beyond. The forum, themed “Celebrating Women of Excellence,” brought together a diverse group of accomplished women leaders who have broken barriers and blazed trails in their respective domains.
Dr. Udaya Shivangi, Chair of AAPI’s Women’s Committee, set the stage by highlighting the importance of the Women’s Forum in promoting innovation and transformation. She emphasized that the forum’s goal was to recognize and honor women who are shaping the world and making meaningful contributions to society.
One of the key speakers at the event was Jagadguru Sai Maa, a renowned spiritual master, healer, and humanitarian. Sai Maa shared insights into empowering others and leading a conscious life, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all individuals and the potential for positive transformation.
The event also featured Dr. Asha Pillai, a distinguished figure in the field of hematology and transplantation research. She highlighted the challenges she faced and the importance of maintaining a balance between ambition, humility, and vision. She stressed that meditation and a solid foundation were pivotal to her achievements.
Dr. Rachana Kulkarni, a leading cardiologist and healthcare executive, shed light on the advantages of pursuing secondary degrees and shared her experiences as an entrepreneurial physician. She underscored the value of combining medical expertise with broader knowledge in fields like public health and administration.
Actress and producer Rituparna Sen Gupta shared her perspectives on maintaining balance in a multifaceted career while staying grounded. Her insights into the synergy between her roles in movies and her personal life provided valuable insights to the audience.
Dr. Himabindu Gadipatti, an oncologist, geneticist, and entrepreneur, discussed her groundbreaking work in implementing novel cancer solutions in developing countries. She highlighted the progress being made in cancer research across the globe and the role of developing nations in contributing to this effort.
Dr. S. Pulluru, a clinical executive at Walmart Health, delved into the role of artificial intelligence in modern healthcare and the challenges faced while managing a large team of physicians. She provided valuable insights into the integration of technology into healthcare practices.
Dr. Smita Joshi, Director of Smit Medical and Heart Hospital, shared her commitment to addressing the diabetes pandemic in India. Her work to raise awareness and provide effective solutions for the millions affected by diabetes showcased the impact of individual dedication on public health.
The Women’s Forum was moderated by Dr. Gita Mehta, a practicing OB/GYN physician, and Dr. Manju Sachdev, a board-certified pediatrician. The interactive session facilitated meaningful discussions among the accomplished women leaders, enabling the audience to gain insights into their journeys and philosophies.
Dr. Anajana Samadder, President of AAPI, applauded the Women’s Forum for honoring the contributions of women in various spheres of life. She acknowledged the essential role that women play in families, societies, and the world, underscoring their sacrifices and influence.