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The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPIO), San Francisco Bay Area, celebrated their 40th anniversary at their semi-annual gala at India Community Center on Feb. 5 in Milpitas, Calif.

The theme celebrated Valentine’s Day and a month of self care.

The event showcased the community engagement and advocacy work the Indian medical community is initiating not only in the US but also in India. AAPIO President Dr. Padmashri Srinivasa highlighted that physicians have a 50% burnout rate and emphasized the need for a physician’s wellness initiative. Dr. Srinivasa also encouraged young doctors to join and set a goal of gaining 10 new members monthly.

Dr. Pramila Ramachandra spoke of the need for better cervical cancer screenings for women in India, saying that cervical cancer “Is preventable. It is a public health matter.” Cervical cancer led to over 340,000 deaths in 2020, according to PINCC, a non-profit focused on preventing cervical cancer globally.

A presentation of new Board of Trustees members Dr. Aravind Raj. Dr. Nidhi Gupta was shown to attendees after which Association of Indian Physician’s (AAPI) President Dr. Ravi Kolli and other guests were honored.

The evening ended with a karaoke, a version of the game antakshari, and dancing.

AAPIO Secretary Dr. Amara Balakrishnan welcomes guests at their semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Father of AAPIO President Dr. Padmashri Srinivasa looks on as his wife lights the lamps to start off the the gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Dr. Balakrishna Joshi chants Ganesh Vandana at AAPIO’s semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
AAPIO President Dr. Padmashri Srinivasa at their semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
AAPIO Celebrates 40 years at its semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Dr. Pramila Ramachandra speaks about cervical cancer at AAPIO’s semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
AAPI President Dr. Ravi Kolli (left) and other are honored at AAPIO’s semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Guests get ready for the game antakshari at AAPIO’s semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Dr. Annu Nivani and daughter perform karaoke at AAPIO’s semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Dr. Jagat Satia enjoys dancing at AAPIO’s semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.
Doctors dance to “Chaiyya Chaiyya” at AAPIO’s semi-annual gala on Feb. 5, 2023 at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local.

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Sree Sripathy

Sree Sripathy

Sree Sripathy joined India Currents as a photojournalist and CatchLight Local Fellow as part of CatchLight's California Local Visual Desk program in June 2022. Reach out with story ideas or comments at...