From the President
At the halfway mark of my presidency of SAAVS I wish to make a few remarks.
In October this year I attended the annual meeting of the Vascular Society
of India in Bhuvaneshwar, Orissa as an invited guest of the society. I was
impressed by the breadth and quality of the meeting. The presentations were
generally of good quality and enthusiasm of the younger members was good to
see. The hospitality of the Indians was genuine and heart-warming. It
brought back fond memories that I had growing up in that blessed land.
It was then that I decided that we must cement our ties with the VSI.
Towards that end we your executive body have been working feverishly with
the Veith organization and the SVS officials to provide a platform for
residents and young faculty of the VSI to present their work at the two
most important Vascular meetings in the US. In the years to come we hope to
see important contributions from the sub-continent being presented at these
meetings under the SAAVS/VSI umbrella.
Here at home we are attempting to boost our membership, however the
response has been tepid at best. I hope all of you will embrace this
society as your own and please reach out to Vascular surgeons and Residents
of South Asian descent in your area and encourage them to join the
organization. Strength lies in numbers and increases our relevance at the
We look forward to an exciting meeting in June in Chicago. Please ask your
Residents to participate in the Paper competition which will be announced
See you in June in Chicago, in the meanwhile if you have any suggestions to
make our society more robust and relevant please reach out to me or any
member of the executive committee.
Dipankar Mukherjee MD
Chief of Vascular Surgery
INOVA Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church, VA
Purpose of Society
The Society was formed to provide a forum for scientific, clinical, cultural, charitable and social interaction among American physicians and healthcare providers of South Asian origin involved in the management of vascular disease.
The South Asian community of Vascular Surgeons has been a significant part of the U.S Vascular Surgery specialty. Several surgeons with a shared heritage from South Asia started talking about forming a group in 2008. The conversation was broadened to solicit interest amongst South Asian surgeons from various backgrounds and age groups. An informal meeting was arranged at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Annual meeting in 2009 where great interest was expressed in starting the society. Past and present officers of the SVS also conveyed support attended the meeting. After drafting bylaws and registering the South Asian American Vascular Society (SAAVS) as a 501 C (3) organization the Society was officially in business.
The first annual meeting of the SAAVS was held on 6-10-2010 in Boston where a slate of officers was elected, a program consisting of talks of a scientific and human interest were presented. The founding President (Krishna Jain, MD) and first President-elect (Bhagwan Satiani, MD) guided plans to refine the bylaws and develop a timeline for the executive committee to carry out the hard work necessary for a successful society.
There will be no discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, color, creed, or disability.
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The Founding Members of the SAAVS are:
- Suresh Alankar MD
- Sateesh Babu MD
- Mohan Das MD
- Kapil Gopal MD
- Sachinder Hans MD
- Shahid Haque MD
- Ani Hingorani MD
- Krishna Jain MD
- Zafar Jamil MD
- Karthikeshwar Kasirajan MD
- Brajesh Lal MD
- Rajesh Malik MD
- Chittur Mohan MD
- Ragu Motaganahalli MD
- Manikyam Mutyalal MD
- Deepak Nair MD
- Lakshikumar Pillai MD
- Hiranya Rajasinghe MD
- Bhagwan Satiani MD
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