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Welcome To AAEMI

A group of Emergency Medicine physicians of Indian descent met in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 2001 to launch the American Academy for Emergency Medicine in India. This organization is dedicated to promoting Emergency Medicine in India. These physicians, who were from as far a-field as California, Florida and New York, came together because of a common interest: to help the people of India, especially those in dire need of emergency care. Many physicians in the USA were working individually to help medical care in India, sometimes prompted by a death in the family or among close friends due to inadequate emergency services in India. It became obvious that if they combined resources, knowledge, expertise and interests, they would accomplish so much more than they could have, working alone. AAEMI was born. The motto of AAEMI is Care, Compassion and Education. The Mission of AAEMI is to:
  • Promote Emergency Medicine as a specialty in India
  • Enhance the quality of emergency medical care
  • Raise public awareness of the scope of emergency medical services
  • Enhance and optimize Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response in India

Board Members


Dr. Pankaj Arora - President

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MBBS FACEM
Specialist Emergency Physician
Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney Australia
Advisor Director Norwest private Hospital Sydney.
Emergency Medicine experience: 19 years
India : Government medical college Chandigarh and
Apollo hospitals Delhi 7 yrs
UK : Coventry & Warwickshire NHS trust 2 yrs
Australia : Northern Sydney local health Network 10 yrs.
Active member of SEMI - 10 yrs
Working with AAEMI for last 10 Yrs
My experience in India UK and Australia and relationship with AAEMI /SEMI for last 10 yrs puts me in a great position to understand and execute AAEMI's new vision of becoming an academic body in India to facilitate the growth of Academic Emergency Medicine in this great country with the help of various Global Emergency organizations

Contact Dr. Arora on +61404112961

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Dr. Anita Bhavnani

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MD, FACEP

Dr. Anita Bhavnani is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia in 1987. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a board-certified Emergency Physician who has been practicing EM since 1991. She has a keen interest in advancing Emergency Medicine in India and has been involved with AAEMI since 2005. She is currently the past president of AAEMI and the Deputy Editor of the International Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians newsletter. She has been collaborating with the Society of Emergency Medicine India to put on the EMCON and INTEM conferences for the past 6 years. She is on staff at St. Peters University Hospital, Overlook Hospital Hospital, and is a managing partner of Somerset Valley Urgent Care in New Jersey. Read More

Dr. Neil Gandhi

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Neil A. Gandhi, MD is a graduate from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 2005. He stayed at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and completed his Emergency Medicine residency in 2008. In 2008, Dr Gandhi was a Yale/J&J Scholar and worked in Eritrea. He has also spent time working in Kutch, (Gujarat), India as a volunteer physician in 2007. His interests include providing health care in rural settings internationally and working closely with NGO's to expand health care delivery to the under-served. Dr. Gandhi currently works as an attending at Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston and is on the Board of Directors for AAEMI.

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Dr. Parul Patel Soni

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Dr. Patel is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine attending at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine/ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She also has a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. She has a great interest in contributing to Pediatric International EM especially in India and is a lifetime member of AAEMI.

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Dr. Swaminatha Mahadevan

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BS, MD
Associate Professor - Med Center Line, Surgery - Emergency Medicine
Stanford School of Medicine, California, USA

Dr. Mahadevan is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine/Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and has taught there since 1999. Dr. Mahadevan was associate chief and medical director of the Stanford Emergency Department from 2000-2012. Dr. Mahadevan is founder and director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI) and co-directs the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Mahadevan has spent time teaching, practicing or developing emergency medicine in Gambia, Egypt, China, Thailand, Jamaica, Nepal, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and India. He was instrumental in setting up India's first paramedic training institute (2007) and prehospital research center (2009), and Nepal's first EMT training program (2010) and EMS system (2011). He is currently directing a USAID-funded emergency medicine development project in Cambodia.
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Dr. Kumar Alagappan

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MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FIFEM
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine Adjunct Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Dr. Kumar Alagappan is one of the original founding members of AAEMI in 2001. He has served in a leadership position since then from past president to currently an active member on the Board
Dr. Alagappan received his doctoral degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1982. He went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago where he completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine in 1986. After practicing in Chicago for 1 year, he returned to New York and practiced at LIJMC for 25 years. Here Dr. Alagappan started the Combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Program, the International EM Fellowship, and ran over 100 CME conferences from LIJMC.
He has published over 80 abstracts, chapters and peer reviewed manuscripts. At one point he served as the Chair of the International Task Force for SAEM, then Chair for the AAEM International Committee and finally as Chair for the ACEP International Section from 2005 to 2007. He was selected as ACEPs ambassador to India.
He has lectured at over 100 national and international meetings and Dr. Alagappan has Co-chaired over 16 International conferences, including INTEM 2002, INTEM 2006 and EMCON 2003, 2004 and 2007.
Dr. Alagappan has received the “Fellow International Federation of Emergency Medicine (FIFEM)”, in 2008 he was selected for ACEP ‘Heroes in Emergency Medicine’ (ACEP 40th anniversary) and in 2011the 2nd Annual Lifeline and AAEMI Award (individual category) for Catalyzing the Development of EM in India. Dr. Alagappan is now active with promotion and training of physicians in Emergency Medicine in India.
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Dr. Thaigarajan Jaiganesh

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MS, DNB, DCH, FRCS (Surg), FRCS (A&E) Ed, FCEM
Care Group Lead & Consultant Adult & Paediatric Emergency Physician
St George’s Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London, SW17 0QT UK


Dr. Jaiganesh has over 14 years experience in Emergency Medicine. He currently holds dual certification in Adult & Pediatric Emergency Medicine along with Modular training in stroke medicine.
Dr. Jaiganesh has authored 25 articles on a variety of topics in Emergency Medicine so far, which have been published in various journals. He has also authored a couple of book chapters notably - Section Edited Oncology & wrote the introduction chapter on “Oncological Emergencies” for David’s Textbook of Emergency Medicine- Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins Published 2011.
His current areas of interest include Angioedema, Single Injection Digital Anaesthesia, Paediatric Trauma Simulation, Thoracic Trauma and Medicolegal- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

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Dr. Lingappa Amernath

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MD, FAAFP, MS

Emergency Medicine (BCEM), General Surgery (India) and Family Medicine


Dr Amernath is the Chairman & Medical Director of Emergency Department at Faxton St.Lukes Health Care in Upstate NY and Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in department of Emergency Medicine . He graduated from Stanley Medical College,Chennai with MBBS and MS in General Surgery prior to going to United Kingdom. There he trained in Accident & Emergency Departments in UK at Manchester, Maidstone and London before coming to USA.
Dr.Amernath has always been interested in promoting EM in India. He has been actively involved in lobbying with the Central and State governments of India for the past 10 years and collaborating with the National Board in creating an Emergency Medicine Curriculum and approving EM as a specialty and grant diploma. He is also active with EMS. Dr.Amernath has organized many national, international conferences in different cities in India along with SEMI, and has even obtained CME from AMA/ACEP for EMCONs in the past. Dr. Amernath is not only a life member of SEMI but also serves as an international adviser to Society of Emergency Medicine of India. He has started EM Residency programs in India with SUNY with an exchange program of faculty and residents from India and the US. Dr Amernath is a life member of AAEMI, and has also served as President and Vice President. He would like your support to serve on the Board to support AAEMI 's mission and Goal into the Future.

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Dr. Mitam Barooah

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FRCSEd, FCEM (UK)

Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
Hospitals: Birmingham Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope Hospitals,
Emergency Planning Lead, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Programme Director, International Fellowship in Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, Ayursundra Healthcare, Guwahati, India


Dr. Barooah is presently a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham. Mitam wants to come back to his home state and help develop a robust and structured emergency service which would revolutionize the concept of emergency medicine in North East India.Mitam is responsible for clinical governance, quality, patient safety and the medical processes within Ayursundra.

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Dr. Neeraj Patil

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MBBS,FRCS,MRCS,FCEM

Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Former Mayor of "The London borough of Lambeth
General Secretary of The Labour Party's Ethnic Minority Task Force,
Member of National Policy Forum of The Labour Party
Former Governor of Guy's and St Thomas Hospital
Former Governor of Kings college Hospital


Due to my passion for public services and the political experience gained so far, I strongly feel that its time to serve my country. I now hope to return to our state to work on reforming our state health service for the poor and weaker sections of our society.

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