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  • 07 Nov 2022 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Dear AINA Members,

    A central goal of the Executive Board has been to provide value to AINA membership by engaging the members within this organization. Given this goal, the Executive Board has developed several committees tasked with the development of “New Initiatives” for the organization that we hope will promote the goals of AINA both nationally and internationally. We are excited to share these “New Initiatives” with AINA and want to recruit motivated members to join these committees (5 members per committee). The committees and their brief descriptions are listed below:

    Education Committee (Committee Chair: Geetanjali Rathore, grathore@childrensomaha.org)—to promote educational opportunities for attending physicians and trainees both within the US and in India

    Volunteer Committee (Committee Chair: Shubhi Agrawal sagraw@ucdavis.edu)—to create clinical volunteering opportunities through collaboration between US and Indian medical centers

    Research Committee (Committee Chair: Rajeev Garg, rajeev_garg@rush.edu)—to develop research initiatives that advance neurologic care for Indians and Indians Americans.

    Advocacy Committee (Committee Chair: Atul Kalanuria, atul.kalanuria@pennmedicine.upenn.edu)—to foster greater communication and collaboration amongst members of AINA

    If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please submit the following by clicking this link: AINA New Initiatives 

    1) Name

    2) Committee of interest

    3) Personal Statement (maximum 300 words)

    4) Curriculum Vitae

    If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the chairs for the committee you may be interested. All material will be due by January 9, 2023. Selected committee participants will be notified by email within 1-2 months.

    We look forward to working with you to build a stronger AINA and hope you will consider joining.

    Sincerely,

    AINA Executive Board


  • 01 Nov 2022 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that AINA remembers the life of Dr. Shrikant Mishra.  Dr. Shrikant Mishra was the founding President of the Association of Indian Neurologists in America.  He has been a mentor to hundreds of residents, fellows, medical students and researchers. He was a leader in both AINA and the field of neurology.  Dr. Mishra will be greatly missed. 

  • 01 Nov 2022 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations Drs. Drs. Eva Mistry and Thanh Nguyen on the publication of an editorial "Blood pressure goals after mechanical thrombectomy: a moving target" in The Lancet.

    Read editorial here.

  • 01 Nov 2022 12:46 PM | Anonymous
    Congratulations Dr. Jha on the JAMA Neurology Editorial "Monogenic Stroke—Can We Overcome Nature With Nurture?"

    Read editorial here.

  • 28 Oct 2022 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Kevin Sheth publishes paper on Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read the full paper here. 

  • 24 Oct 2022 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Dr. Sonika Agarwal! 

    She developed the Fetal Neurology Consortium as part of the AAN leadership program (Transforming Leadership Program 2021) and collaboratively led the work to:

    • Develop a Child Neurology Society Fetal Neurology Special Interest group launch meeting at the CNS Annual meeting 2022 at Cincinnati

    • Hosted and organized a Breakfast Seminar on Fetal Neurology: advances and future landscape - as part of the initiative under the Fetal Neurology Consortium.
    • Dr. Agarwal's accomplishments were shared in a recent AAN news article. Read more here.


  • 19 Oct 2022 7:28 AM | Anonymous

    Register to join the ANA Meeting, October 22-25 in Chicago, IL!

    AINA Members are well represented in a variety of sessions. 
    Check out the full schedule and register here. 

    Featured AINA Speakers:

    Sanjay Singh, MD
    AUPN-ANA Meet the Chairs Interactive Workshop
    Monday, Oct. 24 | 12pm-1pm CT

    Avindra Nath, MD & Kiran Thakur, MD
    Neurological Complications of COVID-19; Part 1
    Sunday, Oct. 23 | 11:45am-1pm CT

    Sanjay Singh, MD
    Neuroscience Service Line: What's the Best Model? 
    Monday, Oct. 24 | 7am-8am CT

  • 06 Oct 2022 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Dr. Geetanjali Rathore, MD, FAAN for graduating from the AAN Transforming Leaders program, September 2022! Dr. Rathore were selected because of her impressive accomplishments, and more importantly, for your outstanding potential as a future leader. Dr. Rathore was the only pediatric neurologist to be selected internationally to participate in this leadership course this year. She was also elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology in recognition of her valuable contributions to the Academy and the global Neurology community in large.

    Dr. Rathore is a member of the AINA Executive Committee serving as a leader in the neurology community with numerous awards and recognitions to her name:

    • Associate Editor of Neuro-immunology- Journal of Child Neurology/Child Neurology Open- September 2022
    • Dr. Rathore developed the Comprehensive Pediatric Neuromuscular Program, UNMC and Children's Hospital, Omaha and serves as the Medical director of the program.(2016- present)
    • She Served as the Interim Clinical and Division Chief Pediatric Neurology at UNMC and Children's Hospital, Omaha for 3 years (2018-2021)
    • President, Child Neurology Chapter, Association of Indian Neurologist In America (AINA) 2021
    • Co- Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Antiracist Committee, UNMC
    • Co-President of the WE STRIVE he interdisciplinary association of women and allies at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine (2020- present)
    • Selected as America’s Most Honored Doctor-Top 10% (2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022)
    • Awarded America’s Top Doctor in Child Neurology by Castle Connolly Top Doctors (2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022)
    • Exceptional Women in Medicine, Castle Connolly Top Doctors (2020, 2021 and 2022)
    • Invited National Advisory Board Member, Treatment Algorithm and the Future Treatment Landscape for SMA. 2022
    • Epilepsy Foundation Advisory Board Member for the Nebraska Chapter (2020-present)
    • Newborn Screening Advisory Committee, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (2020- 2023)
    • Received the A.B. Baker Teaching Award from the American Academy of Neurology in recognition for Excellence in teaching and for the contributions to improving neurology now and in the future.
    • Nebraska State Expert for Neurological Disorders, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (2019)
    • Member of the National COVID-19 Advisory Board for SMA patients
    • Elected Member, International Affairs Committee, Child Neurology Society ( 2019- 2021)
    • Elected Member, US Medical Advisory Board, Cure SMA (2018)
    • Committee Member, Awareness, Diagnosis, Research and Advance Therapies for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) and Inherited Neuropathies, Child Neurology Society (2018)
  • 29 Sep 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    Kiran T. Thakur, MD

    Named after accomplished clinician-investigator Dr. Richard Mayeux, professor and chair of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Department of Neurology, the annual Richard Mayeux Award honors a current faculty member who has made truly notable contributions to the clinical, research, and educational mission of the department over the past academic year. This year, Dr. Kiran T. Thakur, Winifred Mercer Pitkin, MD Assistant Professor of Neurology, was selected by a committee of her peers for her innumerable contributions as a clinician, educator, and investigator.

    As a neurohospitalist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (NYP/CUIMC), Dr. Thakur specializes in neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology, and emergency neurology. She has worked in eight countries throughout her career, and serves as a consultant for the World Health Organization, where she works to improve global access to neurological care. Dr. Thakur’s unique expertise was particularly in-demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. “From the onset of the COVID pandemic, she has been the medical center expert on the neurology of COVID, turned to by all involved in the COVID response. In addition to providing patient care on the front line at the height of the spring of 2022 COVID maelstrom, she participated in the twice weekly department zoom meetings to update us all about the infection – epidemiology, extent of infections, burden on the hospital, treatment, and, ultimately, the vaccine. Her updates were crucially informative and also reassuring that a knowledgeable faculty member was directly involved in hospital response to the epidemic,” explains one of her nominators.

    Dr. Thakur has since established herself as a national and international expert in the neurological aspects of COVID-19, publishing over 30 articles on COVID-19 in the past years and participating in several research and public health collaborations, including the development of the World Health Organization Clinical Management of COVID-19 guidelines. However, explains a colleague, “Her impact goes far beyond COVID-19, as she has lead research teams focusing on the public health threat of emerging and re-emerging neuroinfectious diseases, such as arthropod borne encephalitis or the re-emergence of polio in the US.”

    In addition to her clinical work at NYP/CUIMC and internationally, Dr. Thakur has long played an outsized role in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows, particularly in the realm of inpatient neurology. “Dr. Thakur is the go-to and always available consultant for our residents and faculty, especially for hospitalized patients. Her broad clinical knowledge, mastery of the literature, and contact with neuroinfectious disease specialists nationally and internationally make her an especially discerning and thoughtful diagnostician of a myriad of neurological conditions,” explains a peer. In her first year as a faculty member, Dr. Thakur received the Lewis P. Rowland Teaching Award from the 2016 class of graduating residents, and is frequently invited to lecture or give educational conferences at national and international meetings.

    According to another nominator, “Dr. Thakur is also committed to ensuring equity and diversity in neurology, and specifically enhancing opportunities for women in academic medicine. She serves on the American Neurological Association (ANA) inclusion, diversity, equity, antiracism and social justice taskforce, leads the ANA International Outreach Committee, co-leads our community and global health residency certification program, and is the neurology lead for a health services delivery grant for improving HIV care for local Black and Hispanic/Latinx patients.”

    As an NIH-funded researcher, Dr. Thakur is primarily focused on clinical and translational studies that aim to improve the ability to detect and manage neuroinfectious diseases and neuroinflammatory conditions in the hospital setting. In addition to her substantial contributions on the neurological complications of COVID, she has led the innovative use of BioFire® FilmArray® to rapidly identify organisms causing meningitis and encephalitis and is studying tuberculous meningitis in Malawi and India. With support from the department, she founded NYP/CUIMC’s first Neuroinfectious Diseases Program, and frequently “works with physician-scientists in resource limited settings to improve neuroinfectious disease clinical care and enhance research activities. She is actively developing a Center of Excellence in Neuroinfectious Disease Outbreak Prevention, Diagnosis, and Surveillance to house all these initiatives,” explains a peer.

    As one of her nominators attests, “Dr. Thakur is a trusted colleague with great clinical acumen, an engaging teacher that has inspired many students to choose Neurology as a career path, and a national leader and international rising star. Her collegial and collaborative spirit, her dedication, and her strong commitment and passion to providing equitable care makes her an exceptional candidate for the Richard Mayeux Award.”

  • 29 Sep 2022 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    Check out AINA's NEW Series - Reflecting with AINA. In Episode 1 Host Dr. Geetanjali Rathore sits down with Dr. P.N Sylaja to talk about her journey as a women in neurology and medicine.

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