Dr. Juglan Alvarez is a Cardiac Surgeon at the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto. Previously he practiced at the Hospital de Clinicas, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has been in practice for the last 15 years.
Sai Balasubramanian (Sai) is currently an M.D./ J.D. dual degree candidate, interested in the intersection of healthcare and policy. Prior to his graduate degrees, he worked in strategy consulting. Sai's scholarship is now mainly focused on clinical medicine, healthcare management, and systems administration.
Dr. Jyothsna S. Bhat is a clinical psychologist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a full-time private practice in Newtown, Pa and Princeton, NJ. She received a doctorate degree at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology and she is currently serving a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, marital stress, grief/loss, adjustment/mild traumas, and childhood behavior disorders as well as psychological testing for ADHD and Specific Learning Disabilities. She uses an integrative approach that incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), resilience-based therapy, mindfulness meditation, among other techniques. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and National Register of Health Providers. She has led workshops on various topics in psychology and spirituality at local and regional Sathya Sai conferences. She has also helped organize, and participated in, service initiatives including the PACT project, the S.A.I. Katrina Project, free medical camps and the Sai Org response to the Haiti earthquake.
Dr. Hari Conjeevaram is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan (UM). He has been a practicing Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist for over 25 years and a clinical researcher in liver disease. He is currently the Program Director for Gastroenterology Fellowship and Medical Director of UM Student Run Free Clinic. In the Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO), he is Regional Medical Director for Region 5, USA and Vice-Chairman of the USA Medical Committee. He is also a member of the International Medical Committee and the International Disaster Relief Committee of the SSIO. He has coordinated multiple local and international medical relief missions to disaster stricken areas across the globe. He also coordinates medical rotations for doctors to volunteer at Sathya Sai institutions. Dr. Conjeevaram has won numerous awards for his mentoring, teaching and his clinical of medical students, medicine residents and GI fellows including the “University of Michigan (UM) H. Marvin Pollard Award”, Faculty Inductee, AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society), “Dean’s Award for Community Service”, and the “Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award”. Most recently, he is the recipient of the 2017 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Lifetime Educator Award for achievements as an outstanding educator over a lifelong career.
Dr. Neelam Desai is Senior Consultant and Head of Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, Puttaparthi, India. She has performed more than 7000 Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgeries in neonates, children and adults. She is also actively involved in teaching and training resident trainees [Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Program] in cardiac surgery and has published widely in several national and international journals.
Dr. Geetha Govindarajan works at the Friend Family Health Center (a FQHC loosely affiliated to the University of Chicago) where she also serves as the Associate Medical Director for Internal Medicine. She earned her medical degree from George Washington University, DC and finished her residency in Internal Medicine from Northwestern Univ. In addition, she has a doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from Loyola University, Chicago where her research focused on delineating pathways leading to Vascular Smooth Cell Hypertrophy and a MPH in International Health from Harvard. Her current focus apart from patient care involves working on several projects focused on cardiovascular health in the South side of Chicago. She has been active member of the Young Adults in the Sathya Sai Organization and has served as the local rep, regional rep, as the Assistant Regional Medical Director and involved in several disaster relief efforts run by SSIO including Katrina, USA and Haiti.
Dr. Kalpalatha (Kay) Guntupalli is an endowed Professor and Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Ben Taub General Hospital and Program Director, Critical Care Fellowship, Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Her research interests are acute respiratory distress syndrome and medical education and has more than 150 publications. She held several leadership positions in organized medicine. In 1998, she was elected as the first woman President of the American association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) and in 2010, she served as the President of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), an international organization. Dr. Guntupalli has helped start a hospital and Medical College in Hyderabad, India and she visits India 2-3 times a year, volunteering to teach and do patient care. In India, she has been involved in several educational and community-based activities including education on anti-smoking and smoking cessation in several states, organizing several educational conferences, and initiating respiratory therapy courses.She is the recipient of many awards, some of which include “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman” award by the President of India (highest award given to a Non-Resident Indian to honor exceptional and meritorious contribution in their chosen field/profession and enhancing the image of India, “Master FCCP” from ACCP, “Master Clinician Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Baylor College of Medicine (2013), “Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine” by the Chest Foundation (2006), “World Lung Health Award” by the American Thoracic Society(2004), “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, (2010) “Parker Palmer - Courage to Teach” award by the Accreditation Council for graduate medical education (2008) and Presidential Award for “academic excellence” by the Baylor College of Medicine (2004).
Dr. Rajat Gyaneshwar is currently the Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fiji National University and he was former Dean at Fiji School of Medicine. He is also Co-Medical Director at Viseisei Sai Health Center as well as the President of the Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji. He has served in many countries including Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and England. He has conducted several consultancies for the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organisations including John Hopkins Program for International Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Gopi Manthripragada is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention and the Society of Vascular Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and completed his Medicine and Chief Medicine Residencies at Georgetown. He trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh and UCLA, following which he completed a Vascular Diagnostic and Intervention Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been recognized as the Resident teacher of the year, and also received Georgetown's inaugural Humanism in Medicine award. His interest in humanitarian care has led him to volunteer at medical clinics in Cameroon, Nicaragua and India, and he continues to volunteer at the Venice free clinic in Los Angeles. He is currently the associate program director of the interventional cardiology fellowship at UCLA, and has ongoing clinical and research interests in preventive cardiology and vascular medicine.
Dr. William J Martin II is Professor of Medicine and Dean, School of Public Health at Ohio State University. He was past President of the American Thoracic Society, Dean of UC (University of Cincinnati) College of Medicine, President of the American Lung Association of Indiana, a member of the Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a health policy fellow for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, Associate Director for disease prevention and health at Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a physician-scientist in lung injury and repair, he has authored more than 160 research and clinical papers.
Dr. Caroline Mueller is Professor of Medicine and Program Director for Cincinnati Hospital Group Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her research interests include residency education. As part of those endeavors she has been developing workshops and educational experiences on deliberate practice for acquisition of mastery and promotion of personal resiliency for residents, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Kathir Nadanachandran is a neurosurgeon from Australia affiliated with the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO). He is also a member of the International Medical Committee of the SSIO and Member of the board of Governors of the SSIE Australia. From 2001 to 2012 he has lead a neurosurgical team to the Island of Fiji annually for 2 weeks. He has assisted in training and establishing Fiji's first neurosurgical team. He has also been part of the annual medical camp to rural Fiji. Dr. Nadanachandran has participated in medical camps in Puttaparthi, India, worked in the Department of Neurosurgery at the SSSIHMS Whitefield and lead a Tsunami relief team to Sri Lanka in 2015. In 2015 he was awarded an honor by the Australian government titled Member of the Order of Australia - AM, for his contribution to Neurosurgery in Australia and the outreach programs. He was also awarded the Australian Capital Territory Health Medal and the Kamban Viruthu (an honor) for community work, in 2016 by the Kamban Society of Australia - a Tamil literary Association.
Dr. Swarna Lata Naidu is an academic, researcher and clinician who has devoted over 35 years of her life to women’s health in Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. Currently she is Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fiji National University and the Medical Director of Viseisei Sai Health Center. In the past 6 years, she has devoted most of her time towards strengthening the rights and access to care for rural women and girls.She is also the National Spiritual Convener for the Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji.
Dr. Anil Nanda is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. He also serves as the Board of Directors of American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He was the youngest Chief of Neurosurgery in the world. A native of New York, Dr. Nanda earned his medical degree with honors from JIPMER, Madras University in 1982. Dr. Nanda completed his neurosurgery residency at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia followed by fellowship training in microneurosurgery and cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. In the spring of 2012, Dr. Nanda received his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Committed to the expansion of higher education, Dr. Nanda has been the invited guest lecturer and visiting professor at over 400 national and international conferences and institutions. He has also published over 425 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books including “Principles of Posterior Fossa Surgery.” His efforts have been acknowledged and rewarded both on a local and national level. Dr. Nanda specializes in general and spinal neurosurgery, as well as skull base tumors, AVMs, aneurysms, and Gamma Knife radiosurgery. He has performed more than 2,500 surgeries on aneurysms and skull base tumors.
Dr. Meera Narasimhan is Professor and Chair in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and serves as the Associate Provost for Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina. She serves on faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Dr. Narasimhan's scientific career has focused on clinical, multidisciplinary, policy research, as an educator and clinical service provider at Yale and at the University of South Carolina. She represents a new generation of biological research trained physicians who are capable of translating the revolution in health care research into clinical applications for both patients and trainees. Dr. Narasimhan has an excellent track record of fostering public-private-academic partnership(s) and has demonstrated her ability to think outside the box of traditional approaches to address basic public health service needs of the community, capture valuable cost and quality data using data warehouse to study health disparities, social determinants of health. She has collaborated across health sciences disciplines and across medical specialties over the years and trained future workforce in innovative care delivery systems. She has several NIH, industry and PCORI grants over the years and is currently evaluating a Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative in the state of South Carolina. Dr. Narasimhan also Co-Chaired the Global Healthcare Summit on Mental Health and has served as an advisor on projects to develop integrated clinics using collaborative care models that incorporate mental health virtually using technology into primary care sites in India. Dr. Narasimhan has received over two dozen prestigious national and international awards from several institutions and organizations globally. In 2014 she received the “Hind Rattan Award”, an Indian diaspora award granted annually to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) with distinguished careers across the globe for outstanding global achievements and contributions. She has championed technology driven healthcare initiatives to improve access and affordability and she was awarded the “Psychiatric Services Achievement Award” from the American Psychiatric Association, the Harvard Ash Bright Ideas Award for the” Statewide ED Telepsychiatry Initiative”. This year, she was also honored with the South Carolina Community Innovator Award for Telehealth.
Dr. Mayur Narayan is Attending Surgeon at Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Division of Trauma, Burns, Critical and Acute Care Surgery. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons and is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. In addition to his surgical expertise, Dr. Narayan is also involved in clinical and cost-effectiveness research, having completed both a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Blomberg School of Public Health and Master of Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dr. Narayan has a strong passion for education having been awarded numerous teaching awards at the local and national level. He recently completed his Master of Science in Health Professions Education from the Harvard Macy Institute and MGH Institute of Health Professions. His many professional honors include the 2011 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation 2012 National Gold DOC Award, and the 2012 and 2013 Golden Apple Teaching Award for Best Clinical Faculty. Dr. Narayan is part of a group involved in rolling out a national campaign to Stop the Bleed targeting lay persons (bleedingcontrol.org). The course teaches basic recognition of traumatic hemorrhage and how to stop it using a simple tourniquet and packing. This program was supported by the White House during the presidency of Mr. Barak Obama.
Dr. Soumya Panchanathan received her medical degree from University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She completed a rotating internship at Carborough General Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario, followed by a pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She currently works and teaches as an attending pediatrician in the general pediatrics clinic in the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix and is an Associate Program Director in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Pediatrics Residency Program. She completed her MS in Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University in 2009 and currently serves as the Biomedical Informatics Theme Director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. She was the first medical director of the SHOW clinic, a student-led, interprofessional, tri-university clinic which serves people experiencing homelessness in Phoenix.
Dr. Joseph Phaneuf graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor Michigan. He received his training in dermatology at the University of Missouri, in Columbia Missouri, and has been a practicing dermatologist in Texas and Northern California for 35 years. He served as a dermatologist, chief of medical staff education, and communication consultant during his 21 years at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. In the Sathya Sai International Organization he serves as the Medical Director at the Ashland Free Medical Clinic, Chairman of the USA Medical Committee, Regional Medical Director for Region 7, National Young Adult Advisor in the USA, and Committee Member and Faculty for the Sathya Sai International Young Adult Leadership Program. He received the David Lawrence Community Service Award, and the Sidney Garfield Exceptional Service Award from Kaiser Permanente for serving the local community in San Lorenzo, California as medical director for the Ashland Free Medical Clinic, which has been providing free medical care for those in need since January 8, 2005.
Dr. Christina Puchalski is Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences and founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) at The George Washington University School of Medicine. She is a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in clinical settings and medical education.She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care, is a co-director of the Medical Faculty Associates (MFA)-GWU Outpatient Supportive and Palliative Clinic and Hospice Medical Director for Professional Health Hospice in Washington, DC. She has received numerous awards including the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Humanities Award in recognition of her scholarship and leadership. She recently co-founded the Global Network for Spirituality and Health and serves on The Ad Hoc Committee for the WHO Palliative Care resolution.
Dr. Narendranath Reddy, M.D. graduated with distinction from SV Medical College, Tirupati, in India. He received his training in internal medicine at the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry and did his sub-specialization in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He has been a practicing internist-endocrinologist in Southern California for 40 years. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinologists. He is the Chairman of the International Medical Committee and the Chairman of the Prasanthi Council, the governing body of the Sathya Sai International Organization, which has many volunteers in over 120 countries.
Dr. Venkatraman Sadanand is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University Health System and an attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon. He is currently the Chairman of the Board and CEO of HouseCallsNow Inc., a company engaged in healthcare delivery using current technologies including telehealth initiatives. He is an active office bearer in the Sathya Sai International Organization, a member of the SSIO International Medical Committee and Chairman of the IT Committee. Dr. Sadanand received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India. He graduated with an MS and PhD in economics and game theory from Caltech. Subsequently, he obtained an MD from the University of Toronto, a neurosurgery residency from the University of Saskatchewan and a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship from Northwestern University, Chicago. Dr. Sadanand also has several patents, research grants and publications. He has also been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and awarded a Medal of Exemplary Service by Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa).
Dr. Brahma Sharma is Associate Professor Clinical medicine at University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in the Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Passavant Hospital. He was previously the Assistant Program Director in the Cardiology Fellowship Program at Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Sharma is a member of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), dealing with challenge and opportunity for combating cardiovascular disease. He has served as a co-chair for cardiovascular disease at the Annual Indo-US Global Health Summit and panelist for cardiovascular forum of global health summit of GAPIO. Additionally, he has served on the advisory board of the Pennsylvania Medical Society as well as the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) as a board member in addition to being the Associate editor of the ACMS bulletin at present. Dr. Sharma has served as an international physician as part of the WHO Mission in Nigeria, Africa and volunteers on an ongoing basis in Sathya Sai Institutes where he also teaches that includes Tele-education of residents and physicians at these institutes. In the Sathya Sai Organization, he served in the role of chair of USA Sai Medical Society and Medical Director for the Mid-Atlantic region in addition to being one of the founding members of International Sai Medical Organization. Through the International Sathya Sai Organization and other NGO's over the years, he has volunteered as a Cardiologist in many countries around the world.
Dr. V. Mohan is the Chairman and Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre at Chennai, S. India which is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Non-communicable Diseases Prevention and Control. He is also President and Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation which is an ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Diabetes. Dr. Mohan has published more than 1,000 papers in peer reviewed journals including 690 original articles, 230 review articles and invited editorials and 144 chapters to text-books on Diabetes and Internal Medicine published in India and abroad. Dr. Mohan has received over 150 awards including the prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy National Award by the Medical Council of India and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award from the Indian Council of Medical Research, the highest award for Biomedical research in India. Dr. Mohan also provides life long free treatment to thousands of patients through the free diabetic clinics established by him and has conducted over 2000 free diabetes camps including several along with the Sri Sathya Sai Organization. For his extensive contribution in the field of diabetes in 2012, Dr. Mohan was awarded the prestigious ‘Padma Shri’, one of the highest civilian awards from the Government of India. In the Sathya Sai Organization, he serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of a Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.
Dr. Chandra Varadachari is a retired board certified Pathologist and was Medical Director of Laboratory at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Illinois for 20 years. She currently serves as Coordinator for Medical Service Rotations in Sathya Sai General Hospital and Medical Camps in Prasanti Nilayam, Puttaparthi, India. She is also a Regional Medical Director for Mid-West Region in USA Medical Committee, SSIO. Dr. Chandra Varadachari graduated with her medical degree from Madras University, India with high honors and underwent Pathology residency training in Wayne State University School of Medicine, Michigan, USA, where she later went on to serve as Assistant Professor of Medicine in Hematopathology. As a faculty member she has published several articles in Pathology and conducted workshops in American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National meeting and at University of Illinois in Peoria. She is an Emeritus Member of College of American Pathologist.
John Whelan is a graduate from the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. He spent the first decade of his clinical career in Emergency Nursing, before transitioning to a specialization in Endoscopy Nursing. Here he would practice for twenty years, through roles of staff nurse, educator, and department manager. Currently, he has a system role, overseeing High Level Disinfection for the University of Michigan Heath System. Mr. Whelan is a member and educator for the ‘Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA), as well as a clinical representative for the Endoscope Reprocessing Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. In 2008, he assisted in the planning and launch of the Endoscopy Unit at the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Puttaparthi, India. To this day, John holds that life experience as one of the most meaningful for any work he’s accomplished in his professional career.