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SJMCAA NA Chapter Reunion

August 8 to 10, 2008
Radisson Resort World Gate, Kissimmee, FL. US

 (Amal Isaiah, MD, Rhodes Scholar, Oxford will be delivering the The First Ephrem Thoppil Oration in Orlando)


August 8th:  Early Afternoon: Golf (contact Dr Marian Kamath for Tee time), Evening: SING-A-ALONG to Honor the 1st 10 Batches

August 9th:  CME + General Body Meeting + Dinner Dance


8-9 AM: Session 1: Chairs: Kevin Pereira, MD, Gerard T Roy, FRCS from Australia
1. Lasers in Plastic Surgery: Trevor Viegas, MD, Plastic Surgeon, Wexham Park Hosp
2. Advances in Corneal Surgery: Thomas John, MD, Assoc Prof of Opthalmology, Loyola University, Chicago

9-10 AM Session 2: Chairs: Roy Maliakkal, MD, Borys Mascarenhas, MD, Peter D’Sa, MD
1. Advances in Radiation Oncology-How can every physician take advantage of these Advances for their Patients?: Shankar Giri, MD, National Director Radiation Oncology VA Administration/Professor, Baylor School of Medicine, Houston
2. Non-Alcoholic Hepatic Steatosis (NASH)-Benedict ‘Joy” Malikkal, MD, Assoc Prof of Gastroenterology, University of Rochester
3. Chronic Pancreatitis: Rayburn Rego, MD, Asst Prof of Gastroenterology, University of Arkansas

10 AM -10:15 AM Break

10:15 AM-11 AM Session 3: Chair: Sr Lillian, MD

1. Establishing a Clinic in an Underserved Area Abroad: O’Neill D’Cruz, MD
2. Can we regenerate neurons? Role of Neuronatin: Rajiv Joseph, MD

11-12 noon: Session 4: Chairs: Jimmy Khandavala, MD, N Baliga, MD, Annita John, MD                      
1. Physician Assisted Suicide: Whose life is it anyway? Gerard Kamath, MD, Asst Prof of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2. “Update on Ambulatory Anesthesia and Sedation”: Kumar Belani, MD, Prof of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota
3. " Returning to safe natural birth with the Gentle Birth Method ": Gowri Motha, MD

12-12.30 PM: Lunch

12.30-1.30 PM: Session 5:  Chairs: Ivan Chou, MD,  Stanley Williams, MD

1. Obesity: Birgit Khandalavala, MD, Lecturer, Creighton University
2. Preventing Heart Disease: SBP, LDL, HDL and Beyond: R Baliga, MD
3. Recent developments in cardiology for the generalist – pre-op evaluation, endocarditis  prophylaxis, anticoagulation: Simon Chakko, MD, Professor of Cardiology, University of Miami & Chief of Cardiology, Miami, VA

1.30-2.30 PM: PM Sessions 6: Chairs: Deepak D’Souza, MD, Yale University Jovita Crasta, MD,

1. Stress & Anxiety Disorders Part I: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience  Anantha Shekar, MD, Vice President of Research, Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry 
2. Stress & Anxiety Disorders Part II: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Brian Martis, MD, Chief of PTSD Clinic, University of Michigan
3. Mindfulness based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and clinical applications [including Buddhist based Mindfulness]: Mary Naidu, MD

End of CME Program

2.30-3PM: Session 7: The 1st Ephrem Thoppil Oration: Chairs George Varghese, MD, Peter Noronha, MD, Brian Martis MD
Advances in Hearing Restoration: Amal Isaiah, MD, Rhodes Scholar, Oxford 

3-3.30 PM: Session 8: The 1st Marian D Kamath Oration: Chairs Wenzel Vas, MD, Deepak Edward, MD, George D'Souza, MD, Assoc Dean, St. John's Medical College

  The Research Institute at St John's-still evolving: Anura Kurpad, MD, Dean,St John's Instt. of Population Health & Clinical Research 

3.30-4 PM: Session 9: The 1st Salim Yusuf Oration: Chairs: Jyothy Puthumana, MD, faculty cardiologist, Northwestern Univ, Chicago, Bobby Joseph, MD, Prof of Preventive Med, St. John's Medical College & Anoop Sebastian, Cornell University

Cardiovascular Disease in Indians: St. John's Contribution: Prem Pais, MD, Dean & Professor of Medicine, St. John's Medical College

4-4.30 PM: Session 10: Special Lecture: Chair: Joseph Anthony, MD, Emeritus Prof St. John's Medical College/Thomas Chandy, MD, Hosmat Hospital, Bangalore

Indo-Canadian Global Resarch Initiative: Salim Yusuf, DPhil, FRCP, Vice President Research and Chief Scientific Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences and Director, Population Health Research Institute, Heart and Stroke Foundation - Chair in Cardiology, McMaster University

4.30-5 PM: Session 11: The 1st G.M. Mascarenhas Memorial Oration: Chairs: Sylvia Kamath, MD, Emeritus Prof, St. John's Medical College/ Jai Raman, MD, Prof of Cardiothoracic Surg, Univ of Chicago/Trevor Viegas, MD Plastic Surgeon, Wexam Park Hosp, Slough

Burden of Orthostatic Intolerance: An Ecumenical Approach: Christopher Mathias, DPhil, FRCP, Professor of Neurovascular Medicine,  Imperial College of Science, Engineering & Medicine, Consultant Physician, St. Mary's Hospital Medical School & National Hospital for Neurological Diseases, Queen Square, London

Session 5.00-5.30 PM: Special Lecture: Chair:  Denis Xavier, MD, Prof & Head of Pharmacology, St. John's and Anthony Kalliath, MD, Patron St. John's Medical College Alumni Association

'Experiences of transitioning from an America academic medical institute to an academic medical institute in India" Arun Shet, MD

5.30-6.30 PM: General  Body meeting
7 PM - Midnight: Award Ceremony & Dinner Dance

August 10th:  Checkout/Golf/Cruise

St. John's North American Alumni Chapter
Please be sure to always refer to the group contract for any individual questions regarding this reservation.  Please mention your reference ID GPHGLX when calling in to register.  An important date to keep in mind is 07/09/2008. This is the cut-off date to register for rooms.  Each guest will need to register and provide credit card information to hold a room.  All rooms must be registered through Groople and not the hotel directly.  Any guest who would like to extend the dates will need to call in and register for their rooms. 
Please feel free to register for your room via the link below. Just click on the **(Assign Room)** button in the Status Row or contact the Customer Support desk to reserve your Room at 1-888-447-6675 & prompt #2.
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Here is the link for room registration: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
August 9
      CME Meeting
            Fee: $100 per person (residents free)
            _____ Number attending
      Dinner Dance
            Adult Fee: $80 per person
            Children ages 4 to 12: $50 per child
            Children age 3 and under: Free
            _____ Number of adults attending
            _____ Number children ages 4—12
            _____ Number children ages 3 and under
Total amount enclosed: ______
Make checks payable to: SJMCAANA Chapter
and send them to Ragaven


I would like to thank Annita John (now a veteran of organizing several meetings) for helping us out in getting a great deal for the hotel. She inked the deal, last week, with them. THANK YOU Annita.

Also Deepak for suggesting Groople and other suggestions. Willie Gomes and Marian Kamath for their support

Kevin Pereira, Boris Mascarenhas, Roy Maliakkal, Birgit Khandalavala, Irwin Lasrado-all weighing in with the organization

The Radisson is close to golf courses and Disney. Will come back to you in the New Year with more details.

We expect a large contingent from the UK, Australia and possibly India.

The aim is to have the CME and the dinner on Saturday; allowing many who want to board the cruise ships on Sunday. I recommend the Disney cruise from personal experience. They have great shows for adults too.

Radisson WorldGate Resort
3011 Maingate Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34747
Phone (407) 396-1400 * Fax (407) 396-1171

Director, Section of Cardiology
Ohio State University Hospitals East Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine 1492 E. Broad St., Suite 1100 Columbus, OH 43205 Office: 614/257-3044 Fax: 614/257-3055

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