Dr Surendra Purohit with AAPI committed to make India TB-free

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2019 09:44:12


By Rajendra Diwe,

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and Collaboration to Elimination of Tuberculosis from India (CETI) is all set to make India free from Tuberculosis by 2025. AAPI has financed 17 charitable clinics in India for the total implementation of this ambitious project, said Dr Surendra Purohit, a General and Vascular Surgeon in Covington, Lousiana.

“This campaign involves mass awareness about hygiene, sanitation, preventive measures to be taken by people to avoid the infection of this deadly disease, advocating vaccination, educating masses and help Government in elimination of TB from the country,” Dr Purohit added.

Dr Purohit had completed his graduation from Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). He is practicing in New Orieans Louisiana area since 1979. He is a top surgeon in USA and held number of important positions in local community, among them are Chief of Staff of St Tammany Parish Hospital, Chief of Staff and Board Trustees of Lakeview Regional Medical Centre and Medical Director of Gulf South Medical Centre, He is also working as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He mentioned, “As a part of TB elimination project started by AAPI, I have become an advocate for Nagpur city. AAPI along with CETI has prepared a time bound road map for the elimination of TB from the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a goal to make country TB free by 2025 and AAPI has responded to his call in a positive way. Now, in the second step, members will adopt villages in India and spread awareness about TB.”

Dr Surendra Purohit has been associated with AAPI for more than 32 years. The AAPI represents a conglomeration of more than 110000 practicing physicians in the United States.  In addition, it also serves as a platform for more than 40,000 medical students, residents and fellows of Indian origin in this country.

Dr Purohit stated, “Indian physicians have come a long way in USA and established their reputations as dedicated health care practitioners. One in every seven persons in USA is touched by the care of a physician of Indian origin at any given time. AAPI also has a charitable foundation AAPI-CF that spearheads free clinics and health fairs in India. To date, more than 17 such clinics are being actively run in various states of India under the AAPI flagship.”

AAPI is a forum to facilitate and enable Indian American Physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in  professional and community affairs. Promote professional solidarity in the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching and research.
Dr Purohit served AAPI from grass root level and rose up to the position of Chair of Board of Trustees. He also held many leadership positions in AAPI. Currently he is serving as one of the board of directors and Vice-Chairman of Charitable Foundation.