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India Governor's Newsletter June 2017

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A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

B.A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor 

From the Desk of the Governor

Dear Members,

This is my first newsletter as Governor of the ACP Indian Chapter. I would like to start by thanking you for electing me and giving me the opportunity to serve the Chapter. I took over as Governor from the highly-respected S.B. Gupta, MD, FACP, on April 1st, 2017 for a period of four years. Dr S.B. Gupta has laid a good foundation along with his team of enthusiastic Advisory Council members. I and the newly elected Advisory Council need to strengthen the Chapter further and take it to greater heights. This, however, will not be possible without the engagement and support of each one of you members.

It was a pleasure and a wonderful first experience to attend the Spring 2017 Board of Governors meeting held at San Diego, California prior to the Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 held from 30 March to 1 April, 2017. The Board of Governors (BOG) Resolutions Process was instituted in 1985 as a means for the grassroots membership to have formal input to the Board of Regents (BOR), the policy-making body of the College. A resolution may address any topic or issue of interest to the initiating member and is submitted to the Governor and/or the chapter council. After approval at the chapter level, the resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter. The BOG holds a resolutions hearing at its spring and fall meetings.

It was an honour to meet ACP leadership including Jack Ende, MD, MACP, President ACP 2017-2018; Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, MACP, Immediate Past President and Thomas G. Tape, MD, MACP, Immediate Past Chair ACP Board of Regents among others. I also met with peers, colleagues and ACP members from across the four corners of the globe and imbibed best practices from the more mature and established Chapters.

Philip Masters, MD, FACP, Vice President, Membership, and Tanveer P. Mir, MD, MACP, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Regents and six other senior Fellows of the College have confirmed their participation as faculty in the 2nd ACP India Chapter Congress - Medicine 2017 to be held from 12-13 August, 2017 in New Delhi. The objectives of the Congress are given later in the newsletter. Details of the venue, registration and scientific program are posted on the Congress website

Early Career Physicians, Residents/Fellows-in-training and Medical students are encouraged to participate in the poster presentations. It is a great opportunity to showcase your work and win recognition from your peers! Abstract submissions are due by 10 July, 2017 and should be sent to

Dr. N.P. Singh, Dr. Sandeep Budhiraja and their team are working very hard to make this conference a memorable and grand one. Please support the organizing committee by mobilizing more delegates and more resources by way of stalls for the exhibition.

A lot of hard work has gone into finalizing the excellent scientific program for the ACP India Chapter Congress – Medicine 2017 (details available later in this newsletter) so do be sure to register today to participate and make it a resounding success. Attending the Congress is an excellent way to update your medical education and staying abreast of global best practices and trends. Please organize many scientific CMEs in your region. You can also conduct health camps along with other organizations. By conducting these activities you can improve the image of ACP. I am also planning to create an ACP WhatsApp group. Please send your contact details (email address & mobile numbers) so that we can make an ACP directory.

Warm regards,

B.A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP Indian Chapter
Secretariat Mobile - 97874 55111 / 98430 60666
Tirupur, Tamilnadu

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B.A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP with Jack Ende, MD, MACP, President ACP 2017-2018; Mrs. Ende (to his right) and Mrs. Damle and Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, MACP, Immediate Past President (to his left)


B.A. Muruganathan with Thomas G. Tape, MD, MACP, Immediate Past Chair ACP Board of Regents


Internal Medicine Meeting 2017

The ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 was held from March 30th to April 1st, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. This year a record 29 attendees from India came to the meeting. Of those 29, there were 13 fellows, 5 members, 1 resident, 6 medical students and 1 non-member.

It was a wonderful platform to learn and interact with other members of ACP. The meeting had over 200 educational and interactive workshops which had case-based sessions on important issues faced in patient management. A Convocation ceremony was held on 30 March, 2017 to award Fellowships. The new Governor B. A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP was proud to lead the Indian delegation at the somber and grand Convocation.


ACP Fellows after the Convocation ceremony with the Governor, B. A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP (fourth from left)

Wahid Khan, MD, FACP had this to say about his experience at IMM 2017

“I got to learn a lot not only about recent advances in the field of medicine and it's sub-specialties but also refreshed my knowledge regards ongoing burning topics in medicine. The faculty was excellent and to the point. They kept the audience glued to their seats in the sessions. There was no session that I attended where empty seats could be seen. Often delegates stood and listened to the speaker for the whole session, if the room was jam packed.”


Meet the New Advisory Council

The Governor's Advisory Council reflects the chapter's composition of academic, practicing, male, female, urban, rural, and diverse training backgrounds. Given the size of the country it was decided to have representation from each of the five zones – East, West, North, South & Central.

The Governor's Advisory Council for the period 19th May, 2017 to 30 June, 2019 is as follows:

Governor: B. A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP - Tirupur
Immediate Past Governor: S.B. Gupta, MD, FACP - Mumbai
Vice-President: Jyotirmoy Pal, MD, FACP - Kolkata
Secretary: K. Mugundhan, MD, FACP - Salem
Treasurer: R. Rajasekar, MD, FACP - Kumbakonam
Co-opted Member: N. P. Singh, MD, FACP - Delhi
North Region: Jatinder K Mokta, MD, FACP - Shimla
West Region: Mangesh Tiwaskar, MD, FACP – Mumbai
  Meenakshi G. Narkhede, MD - Aurangabad
East Region: Jayant K Panda, MD, FACP - Cuttack
South Region: Suresh Babu, MD, FACP – Mysore
  Vidya Menon, MD, FACP – Kochi
Central Region: Sudhir Mehta, MD, FACP - Jaipur
Early Career Physician Member: Dwijen Das, MD, FACP - Silchar
Resident/Fellow-in-Training Member: Selva S. Saravanan, MBBS - Kangeyam


Educational & Scientific Committee Activities

ACP India Chapter in association with JSS Mahavidyapeeta, Mysuru and API, Mysuru conducted a ‘Personality Development Camp’ for medical students at Suttur. It was a great initiative for personal and professional growth of the medical students.


B. A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP inaugurating the Personality Development Course

B. A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP, Governor ACP India Chapter was also invited to inaugurate KAPICON 2017 – a conference of API Karnataka, Mysuru held from 19- 21 May, 2017 at JSS Medical College, Sri Shivarathreeshwara Nagara. Dr. Muruganathan awarded prizes to students who won the A-Z Leadership Qualities Contest.


B. A. Muruganathan, MD, FACP, along with Dr. H. C. Mahadevappa, PWD Minister of Karnataka handing over the prizes to two students of JSSMC who won the A-Z leadership qualities contest.


Register Now for the 2nd ACP India Chapter Congress

2nd ACP India Chapter Congress – Medicine 2017, 12-13 August, 2017 at JW Marriott Hotel, Aero City, New Delhi

The 2nd ACP India Chapter Congress – Medicine 2017 will offer delegates scientific sessions on the theme, ‘Recent Advances in Medicine’. Objectives of the Congress are:

  • To know more about recent advances in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Endocrinology and other fields
  • To improve the diagnostic skills
  • To promote ethics in medical practice
  • To understand the various updates on vascular diseases
  • To know more about changes in future practice
  • The importance of adult vaccinations

Visit the Congress website for highlights of the scientific program and other details.

The sessions will be led by renowned international and regional experts in the field through focused discussion groups and case presentations that will provide the necessary knowledge to delegates to stay ahead in their field.

ACP India Chapter Congress 2017 gives a unique opportunity to interact and engage with over 500 physicians and specialists and learn about the latest advances in internal medicine and is an excellent platform to not only broaden your reach, but also demonstrate your active role and commitment to improving the quality of patient care.

Click here to download offline registration form.

Click here to register online.

Registration Fees

  By May 31st By June 30th After July 1st
ACP Members / Fellows Rs 7,500 Rs 9,000 Rs 10,000
Non Members Rs 10,000 Rs 12,000 Rs 14,000
Accompanying Persons Rs 12,000 Rs 14,000 Rs 16,000
PG Students Rs 5,000 Rs 6,000 Rs 7,500
International Delegates US $ 300 US $ 350 US $ 400


Welcome New Fellow & Members (Since January 2017)

New Fellows

Fellowship is an honor achieved by those recognized by their peers for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship.

The Chapter recognizes and congratulates the following physicians who were elected to Fellowship in the College in the past 5 months:

Amitesh Aggarwal, MD, FACP Subrahmanyam Karuturi, MD, FACP
Ananda Bagchi, MD, FACP Hemant Malhotra, MD, FACP
Sangeeta Bhattacharya, MD, FACP Girish R Mood, MD, FACP
Sekhar Chakraborty, MD, FACP K Mugundhan, MD, FACP
Mahinder Pal Singh Chawla, MD, FACP Manabendra Nayak, MD, FACP
Dwijen Das, MD, FACP Bharat Panigrahy, MD, FACP
Sandeep Garg, MD FACP Mukundkumar Patel, AHP, MD, FACP
Kaushik Ghosh, MD, MRCP, FACP R Rajasekar, MD, FACP
Soumitra Ghosh, MD, FACP Manish Rathi, MD, FACP
Partha Sarathi Karmakar, MD, FACP Amit Varma, MD, FACP

New Members

We are proud to welcome the following members who have joined the Chapter during the past 5 months:

Vandana Anand, MD Vijay Arora, MD
Aurobinda M Banerjee, MD Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya, MD, PhD
Dhavala JK Chakravarthy, MD Chandril Chugh, MBBS
Ashok Damir, MBBS Surendran Deepanjali, MD
Anupam Dey, MD Sankar Gorthi, MD
Vipul Gupta, MD Dheeraj Kapoor, MD
Mohammed Ahmed Khan, MBBS GreeshKhurana, MD
Atul Mehrotra, MD Ajay Mishra, MD
Prasanta Raghab Mohapatra, MD  



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Register For Internal Medicine Meeting 2018

The ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 - the most comprehensive conference in internal medicine - is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana from April 19-21, 2018. You will enjoy:

  • The best national faculty
  • A broad array of clinical and practice management topics
  • Interactive and hands-on sessions

The ACP India Chapter will be happy to take a delegation of 20 or more physicians to IM2018. In this way members can avail of the group registration rates as also have the advantage of getting better rates on tickets, boarding & lodging in New Orleans. The Chapter will organize the tickets, visas, boarding & lodging, tours. All those interested may please write to


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