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Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO)

"Improving Health Worldwide"

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“Hon'ble Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, addressing the delegates during the inaugural ceremony of 9th Annual Conference of GAPIO held on 28th–30th December 2018 at Hotel Taj Palace, Mumbai.”

Introduction of GAPIO

It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.

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GAPIO souvenir - Released on 29th July 2017 at Mid-Year conference held at Tampa, Florida, USA.

9th Annual Conference at Mumbai

Global Healthcare Summit (GHS), organized jointly by Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) and American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) was held on 28th - 30th December 2018 at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India.

Hon’ble Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of India inaugurated the conference. Hon’ble Shri C Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra and Hon’ble Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra were present.

Hon’ble President told the delegates - how does one achieve that perfect triangle of quality, cost and access? One way is to build alliances – between doctors and patient groups, between civil society and industry, between researchers and practitioners and ultimately between countries.

Hon’ble President was further concerned about another shared challenge of life-style diseases – such as diabetes and obesity – which is a serious public health issue both in India and the US. The prevention and management of life-style diseases offers scope for cooperation, including by bringing traditional Indian wellness practices to modern medical systems.

Leading Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country and overseas converged onto Mumbai to exchange knowledge and best practices on recent global medical advances, to develop vibrant and viable health policy agendas, and address growing healthcare challenges.

Scientific sessions focusing on Oncology, GI/Liver, Cardiology, Urology, NCD’s, Allergy & Immunology, Diabetes, Women’s Health and Chronic Kidney Disease were held on 29th and 30th December 2018.

CEO forum discussed ways to ensure healthcare for all, lower cost and effective medicines to make India the world leader in this field. The CEO forum also had a special discussion on finding ways to successfully implement “AYUSHMAN BHARAT”.

Women’s forum was inaugurated by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, First Lady of Maharashtra.

150 policemen of Mumbai were given training of Basic Life Support (BLS).

An update and discussions to develop practical solutions for strengthening TB Free India and addressing non-communicable diseases.

Sanofi-GAPIO awards and GAPIO-SIEMENS Awards were conferred at award ceremony on 28th December.

Sanofi-GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Padma Shri and Dr. B C Roy Awardee Dr. Pukhraj Bafna from Chhattisgarh.

Sanofi-GAPIO Service Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Sajal Sen and Dr. P K Panda.

Sanofi-GAPIO Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Ashish Aneja, Dr. Prasad Rao Nimmagadda and Dr. Surendra Gupta. 

Sanofi-GAPIO Special Appreciation award was presented to Ms. Namita Thapar, Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals

GAPIO-SIEMENS Innovation Award was presented to Dr. Sagar Jawale, Dr. Raju Vaishya, Dr. Sai Satish, Dr. Sanjiv Jasuja, Prof. Dhavendra Kumar, Dr. P N Renjen and Dr. Subramania Iyer in seven different innovation categories.


8th Mid Year Conference

Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) collaborated with Canada India Network Society (CINS) to hold its VIII Mid-Year meet at Central City Campus, King George Boulevard, Surrey (Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada on 08th-10th June, 2018.  

Theme of the conference was "Building Healthy Civil Society – Engagement, Innovation and Technology”. 

Hon’ble Member of the Canadian Parliament from Surrey, Sukh Dhaliwal, Abhilash Joshi, Consulate General of India and Linda Hepner, Mayor of City of Surrey, were present at the opening ceremony and Hon’ble Adrian Dix, Minister of Health and Hon’ble Bruce Ralston, Minister of Technology, Government of BC were present during the conference. 

More than 200 leaders from Canada including British Columbia, Physicians, Academicians, Researcher and delegates from USA, UK, Australia, India joined the leading experts at this historic conference. These physicians represented a diversified group of specialists and major focus was on addressing recent advances and breakthroughs in the field of Non-Communicable Diseases, war on Diabetes, Integrated Medicine, Innovation, Technology and Leadership. 

SFU - Simon Fraser University, CAPIH – Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage, PISA - Canadian Physicians with Interest in South Asia, Fraser Health, Innovation Boulevard, BCIT and Canadian Medical Association participated as collaborators and supporting associations. 

More than 50 International and Canadian speakers’ from 8 countries addressed the delegates during four sessions with two round table meetings to discuss the outcomes and follow up projects. Hon’ble Deputy Minister Fazil Mihlar and leadership from supporting associations participated the first Round Table held on 8th June 2018.  

"The conference provided New Vista for building global collaboration and I am delighted that GAPIO and CINS with common vision, have collaborated for war on Diabetes, NCDs and physician leadership; says Arun Garg, Chair of CINI 2018” 

Entire Leadership of collaborators and partners was very keen to take forward the aims set at the time of planning of the conference. GAPIO and CINS are sure that there will definitely be outcomes from this conference - said Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President of GAPIO. 

Executive Committee of GAPIO met on the side-lines of the CINI 2018 at 02:30 pm to 04:30 pm on 9th June 2018 at Boardroom, Innovation Boulevard, Surrey (BC), Canada. Members of the executive committee expressed their unconditional support to collaborate with projects of CINS which involves India like war on Diabetes, innovation, palliative care, mental health and leadership development.


Who is who of British Columbia were present on the Banquet function on Saturday 9th June including the Hon’ble ministers and other dignitaries. 


 Dr. Arun Garg presenting his talk during the conference.                                                                             


 Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President GAPIO addressing the delegates during banquet.


 GAPIO members Prof. Arun Jamkar (Extreme left), Dr. Shailja Chaturvedi, (2nd from left), Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President, Dr. A K Tandon, Honorary Advisor

 Delegates at Banquet









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