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  • 15 May 2019 10:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ritwik Bhatia was able to sit down with Dr. Ram Ayyar for a special interview after the announcement of the AINA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Congratulations to Dr. Ayyar! Read more about Dr. Ayyar and his lifetime experiences in the excerpt below.

    Dr. Ram Ayyar Interview

    What attracted you to neurology?

    I wanted to be a surgeon just like my father. I had the choice of being a surgeon

    or an internist with subsequent subspecialist training. I decided to pursue neurology after completing two years of internal medicine, in large part due to the influence of excellent faculty mentors. My other interests were cardiology and endocrinology.

    Who were your mentors as you started in academic neurology?

    My mentors when I started in academic neurology were in Newcastle upon Tyne,

    England. Newcastle University was one of the top neurological centers in the world at that time. Lord Walton attracted neurologists from around the world as did  Dr. Henry Miller who subsequently became Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University. The center had an outstanding reputation for work done in general neurology, neuromuscular diseases and multiple sclerosis, just to name a few areas. The mentors went out of their way to be helpful to all the physicians they had attracted from around the world. Even today long after I finished my training I have a close relationship with the surviving mentors.

    How were your mentors helpful to you?

    They were helpful by example. I observed and learned the art of taking a complicated history and how to examine a complicated case. My mentors conducted themselves in a pleasant and non-intimidating fashion. I still remember every joke they told me. All had a great sense of humor.

    From an academic standpoint we were encouraged to disagree with them. I remember when Dr. Henry Miller was flying to London to discuss a CPC, he approached me to discuss a case. I gave him my top three choices and he did not agree with me. Upon his return from the CPC he told me that I was right and he was wrong. He, like so many other mentors, gave credit when credit was due.

    What lessons from your training have you brought to your career as an attending ?

    I trained in India, United Kingdom and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I firmly believe that learning is a lifelong process and we can learn different ways of problem solving and practicing medicine from different people in different countries.

    What would you say to an aspiring neurologist, Indian- American or otherwise, who would like to give back to India?

    In India we did not have fancy equipment. We relied on a complete history and a thorough physical examination. So to trainees who want to go back to India to give back, I would say: do not go there with the idea that “ I am going to teach them”. You should go there to learn. Indian neurologists are very smart and the pathology you see there is incredibly challenging.

    What are the most seminal discoveries in neurology during your career?

    The field of neurology has exploded in the last few years. Genetics, immunology, neuromuscular diseases, stroke and multiple sclerosis and movement disorders are some of the areas advances have been noted.

    What interests do you have outside the hospital?

    I love sports. We have season tickets for college and professional football (Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes).

    I played tennis and cricket in my younger days. I was the state high school singles and doubles tennis champion in Kerala. I played cricket for my state in the Ranji Trophy, which is similar to the NFL and MLB in the United States. I could have gone further but decided to pursue the medical profession like my father, uncle and grand father.

    Our sons are excellent golfers and one of them is a professional in Miami.

    I enjoy travel with my wife and two sons and have met many friends and fellow neurologists from around the world.

    Last but not least I like to follow politics!


  • 15 May 2019 6:08 AM | Anonymous

    Dear AINA community:

    It has been an honor to lead the Association of Indian Neurologists in America (AINA) for the past two years. Looking back, I am pleased with the following accomplishments:

    1.    Starting a resident and fellow section to engage our future members

    2.    Significant expansion of the number of Life members.

    3.    Establishment of a geographically diverse Membership committee

    4.    Two successful Annual meetings with robust attendance

    5.    Increased AINA presence at subspecialty conferences

    6.    Continued partnership with the Indian Academy of Neurology

    7.    Continued strong relationship with the American Academy of Neurology and American Brain Foundation

    Thank you to my colleagues on the Executive Committee and Membership Committee, and our management company Badger Bay Co for their support of AINA. I am glad to be involved with the AINA Board for two more years as our organization grows further under the leadership of Dr. Sanjay Singh.

    -Seemant Chaturvedi, MD, FAAN


  • 02 May 2019 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2019 AINA Tarang Newsletter is now available! Please click here to view. This Newsletter maintains a summary of the prior year's events, awards, recognitions, and activities to report about neurologists of Indian origin.

    The Tarang complements our website and monthly update emails in order to provide information about our organization, medical and professional topics, and upcoming professional meetings of interest to our readers.


  • 25 Apr 2019 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2019 Annual Meeting Speaker 
    Neurology Practice Update - 
    Dr. Raghav Govindarajan, University of Missouri Health Care

    A Treatment for Adult Patients With Anti-Acetylcholine Receptor (AChR) Antibody Positive Generalized Myasthenia Gravis (gMG)

    For the 2019 Annual Meeting, we look forward to sharing a neurology practice update from Dr. Raghav Govindarajan.

    Raghav Govindarajan, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, Associate Medical Director Neurology Clinic and Sleep Disorders Clinic, ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence Director, MDA Care Center Director, AANEM Certified Center of Excellence EMG Lab Director, and Clerkship Director at the University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia.

    Dr. Govindarajan is a fellow of American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, American College of Physicians, College of Physicians of Philadelphia and an inducted member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Gold Humanism Honor Society and Sigma Xi. He is a life member of Association of Indian Neurologists in America, member of American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Missouri State Medical Association. Dr. Govindarajan has received more than fifty teaching and mentorship awards, several peer recognition awards, scholarships, and leadership honors.  Dr.  Govindarajan is a published author in peer reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Neurology®, Journal of clinical neuroscience, and more. Dr. Govindarajan received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed his internship and residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Florida and his fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.


  • 21 Apr 2019 10:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2019 AINA Neurology Trainee Awards Announced 

    AINA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 AINA Neurology Trainee Awards. There were over 25 abstracts that were reviewed this year - an AINA record!  The process was very competitive to determine the final winners! These winners will be presented a Trainee Award during the AINA Annual Meeting on Monday evening, May 6th at the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. We look forward to seeing you all there and recognizing these excellent trainees! Register now here!

    1st Place:

    Neal Parikh - Liver Fibrosis and Outcomes after Primary Intracerebral Hemorrhage

    2nd Place:

    Aravind Ganesh Factors Associated with Discrepancy Between Post-treatment Infarct Volume and 90-day Functional Outcome in the ESCAPE Randomized Controlled Trial

    Runner Ups:

    Shamik Shah TBI and PTSD are associated with higher risk of Ischemic Stroke in veteran population: VA retrospective study

    Parneet Grewal - Improving field Identification of Large vessel occlusion: A retrospective review analysis

    Saurav Das Tumors in the cauda equina: a SEER analysis of tumor types and predictors of outcome

    Congratulations to these winners! What great work being showcased by these individuals, as well as all of the trainee abstracts. An exciting time in Neurology!


  • 08 Apr 2019 9:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next week, it is a matter of great honour and privilege to invite you all to Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India for attending BRAINSTORM 2019, a joint collaborative educational venture of Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN), Association of Indian Neurologists in America (AINA), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and PGIMER, Chandigarh to be held from April 12-13-14, 2019.

    A galaxy of speakers from all these organisations are jointly working hard to provide an academic feast, which can satiate the desire of everyone with everything, especially for budding neurologists. The scientific program will cover a large number of neurological disorders like
    Neuro-ophthalmology, Dementia, Stroke, Epilepsy, Ataxia and Neuro-Infections.

    http://www.brainstorm2019.in/download/e-Brochure.pdf


  • 02 Apr 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last summer, Dr. Zain Guduru, an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Kentucky, interviewed the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Dr. Vinay Chaudhry. Please listen in on the interview and hear more about Dr. Chaudhry and his experiences!

    Please click here for the interview

  • 02 Apr 2019 7:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AINA is now seeking Executive Committee members for upcoming terms. If you are interested in serving on the AINA Executive Committee for the period of 2019-2021, please send a 2-3 paragraph statement of interest with information on your current position and ideas that you have to move AINA forward in the coming years. Please share this to the AINA Office by April 25th, and will be reviewed by the AINA Executive Committee. Thanks in advance for your interest in leadership of our growing Association! 


  • 28 Mar 2019 6:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On behalf of the AINA Executive Committee, I would like to invite you to join us for the 36th AINA Annual Meeting. Come see old colleagues and make new friends in the City of Brotherly Love.

    We are pleased to welcome Dr. David Holtzman, President of the American Neurological Association, as our keynote speaker this year. We have received a record number of applications for the AINA resident and trainee awards and we are delighted to recognize this year’s AINA Lifetime Achievement award winner, Dr. Ram Ayyar.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon at this year’s AINA Annual Meeting.

    -Seemant Chaturvedi, MD, FAAN

    AINA President


  • 27 Mar 2019 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Khatri is Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati. She is well known as a leading authority on acute stroke trials dealing with thrombolysis and stroke intervention. She served as lead author for the PRISMS trial, investigating role of thrombolysis in patients with mild stroke. The ESO thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke guidelines are published in the European Stroke Journal. Congrats to Dr. Khatri!


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