Raj Bhayani, MD
It is with great humility that I express my gratitude for being elected AAPI-QLI President. AAPI-QLI was started in June 1995 to represent the interests of all physicians of Indian origin in Queens and Long Island area and now has grown to become the largest ethnic physician organization of approximately 850 members, one of the largest chapters in National AAPI.
I come to this position, standing on the shoulders of all the “Great Giants”, many of them still active as advisors and Board of Trustees. The combined efforts of all these past Presidents have made our Organization an excellent force for the benefit of not only the members but also to over 2000 Indian Physicians in this area.
AAPI-QLI has been providing a forum for monthly meetings for Continuing Medical Educations on Sunday, monthly sessions with discussions on current trends and changes on a range of topics in healthcare, wealth management, and practice management issues on Wednesday. AAPI-QLI is also engaged in charitable activities for the benefit of our community at large in the form of donations to several charitable organizations every year. AAPI-QLI has sponsored Hofstra Medical School Summer Scholarships for two Medical Students of Indian Origin only, each year for the next five years. The organization also conducts many Health Camps at our religious institutions, providing free flu vaccine, eye care, dental care and preventive medical care including anti-obesity campaigns in the elementary schools and for Veterans of our nation. We also participate with other organizations, like IALI and AIA in sponsoring Health Fairs during India Fest and Deepavali Celebrations at South Street Seaport.
The Nomination Committee has pulled together a great executive team. Working together, we would continue all the programs outlined above as well as work on new initiatives. With guidance from great past Presidents and with their encouragement. We had a successful CME tour to Galapagos Islands in April 2019. With our Committed Executive Committee, we will also focus on leading AAPI-QLI to be a vibrant, united, transparent, and politically-engaged organization. We want to focus on safe prescriptions of opioids, the involvement of the younger generation and physician burnout.
My sincere thanks to each of you for the ongoing support, collaboration, warmth and fellowship you have extended during all these years.
God bless us all, and God bless America.
Raj Bhayani, MD