Minutes

AASAN MEETING MINUTES:   September 26, 2016.  San Diego, CA. 

6 PM- 7:30 PM

Attendees:  Ketan Bulsara, Harman Singh, Karthik Madhavan, Ashok Asthagiri, Michael Virk, Ajit Jada, Neena Marupudi, Manmohan Singh, Vivek Tandon, Omar Choudhri, Gurpreet Gandhoke, Sameer Sheth, Aditya Pandey, Arivazhagan A, Nitin Tandon, Praveen Mummaneni, RC Mishra, Avinash haridas, Aniruddha TJ, Krishna C Joshi, K Narasingh Rao, Sameer Paltewar, Shyam Babhulkar, Vasant Dakwale, Pratik Dakwale

 

The meeting was called to order at Royal India restaurant.

– Ketan Bulsara welcomed everyone.  He congratulated Ashwini Sharan on becoming President of the CNS.  Ketan also announced that he will be stepping down as President of AASAN as his 2 year term has ended.  Praveen Mummaneni was welcomed as the next president of the organization.  His candidacy was unanimously accepted.  Ketan also announced that in order to maintain institutional memory, there will be a staggered change in AASAN leadership. Harman Singh and Beejal Amin will continue on as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

– Praveen Mummaneni thanked Ketan for his service to AASAN as President for the past two years.  Praveen laid out his vision for the organization.  We will be reevaluating the Mission Statement for AASAN over the next several months.  A few different versions were proposed. This will be send to the membership for discussion.

– Vikram Prabhu has done a great job heading the Ambassadorship and Scholarship committees over the last several years. He has also been instrumental in finding industry funding to sponsor these educational endeavors. He will be limiting his involvement for family reasons.  A new candidate will be identified to fill his position. Vikram will bring the new appointee up-to-speed regarding his/her role.

– Ashok Asthagiri proposed inviting a CNS executive board member to the AASAN meetings, who can then serve as an unofficial “liaison” between the two organizations.

– Manmohan Singh from AIIMS informed the membership that if any of our residents (US, Canada) want to spend some time at AIIMS observing in the Neurosurgery/Neurology department, he is willing to facilitate the exchange.

– RC Mishra, the President of NSI, welcomed everyone to attend the NSI annual meeting in Chennai, December 15-18

–  The Ambassadorship and Scholarship recipients for this year are as follows:

Krishna Chaitanya Joshi, Ms Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India – With Robert Spetzler, Barrow Neurological Institute, and Ketan Bulsara, Yale University.

Michael Virk, MD. Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF. AASAN award presentation at NSI Meeting in Chennai.

 

AASAN MEETING MINUTES: MAY 2, 2016. Chicago, IL.

5:30 PM- 7PM

Attendees:  Ashwini Sharan, Shekar Kurpad, Vikram Prabhu, Ketan Bulsara, V Srinivasan, Bharat Guthikonda, Yogesh Gandhi, Rajiv Midha, Shyam Duvuru, R Saranyam, Arvina Ahuja, Tanmoy Maiti, Shyamal Bir, Nitin Tandon, Nrupen, Baxi, Omar Choudhri, Laligam Shekar, Harley Brito da Silva, Raj Narayan, Basant Mishra

The meeting was called to order at India House.
-Ketan Bulsara welcomed everyone.  As first order of business, we congratulated Ash Sharan for becoming President-Elect of the CNS.  This is quite an accomplishment for both him and our organization.
-Jogi Patissapu was unable to attend this year’s meeting, however, wanted to pass along that the Head Injury work that AASAN has supported is progressing well.  Dr. Narayan discussed this further.  There was some discussion regarding providing financial support for neurosurgeons in India who are helping with the implementation of these guidelines.  Dr. Narayan suggested financial support of up to $5000.  Dr. Sekhar discussed that we have supported these initiative, however, for them to be sustainable long-term, it is imperative that they have financial independence.  We can help facilitate with fund raising that they would initiate as opposed to providing the financial support through AASAN.  Dr. Basant Misra proposed that if we provide financial support, it should be in the form of reimbursement as opposed to giving a monetary sum upfront.
This will be discussed further within the executive board and if necessary will be voted on by the board.
-Ketan Bulsara term of chair AASAN is ending.  He proposed that to maintain institutional memory, the officer positions not all rotate at once.  We will rotate the chair this year and then plan for rotation of the treasurer and secretary in a staggered fashion.   A preliminary slate will be discussed by the executive board and sent to the membership for confirmation.
-Vik Prabhu updated us on the Ambassador program.  The timeframe and guidelines for application will be added to the website.  He will coordinate this with Harman Singh.

 

AASAN MEETING MINUTES: May 4, 2015.  Washington, DC.

5:30 PM- 7 PM

Attendees:  Ketan Bulsara, Harman Singh, Atul Goel, Namath Hussain, Laligam Sekhar, Vedantum Rajshekhar, Jogi Pattisapu, Gaurav Gupta, Jay Vachhani, Murali Guthikonda, Shekar Kurpad, Raj Murali, Anil Nanda, Sujit Prabhu, Dwarakanath Srinivas, Tanmoy Kumar Maiti, Uzma Samadani, Anwar Feroz, Malla Bhaskar Rao, Ashwini Sharan, Raj Narayan, G Naresthura, Aminul Ahmed, Neena Marupudi, Sanjeev Bhatia, Ajith Thomas, Praveen Mummaneni

 

Dr. Ketan Bulsara welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

Head Injury Initiative in India discussed. Dr. Pattisapu and Dr. Raj Narayan reported that the final Head Injury Guidelines are soon to be released.  2 states in India have already taken the lead to implement them at the state level. Indian Government and Media on board and supportive.  Actor Amitabh Bachhan and Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar have offered their celebrity to advance the cause.  Dr. Narayan suggested to have the Cricket Council of India take up the cause to promote adoption of the guidelines by the states.  Dr. Rajshekhar commented on the challenges inherent in adoption of the guidelines In India.  AASAN has donated Head Injury Books to major educational institutions in India. Dr. Bulsara thanked AAPI for collaborating with AASAN on this important public health initiative.  Members pledged funds to support initiative.

Nepal Earthquake Relief discussed.  Dr. Rajiv Jha, a former AASAN ambassador, is in Kathmandu leading the neurosurgery relief efforts.  AASAN has been in communication with him.  Members pledged funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief efforts.  Dr. Praveen Mummaneni updated the membership that the AANS, thru the NREF, has also joined in to help in the collection of funds thru their website.  AASAN will be responsible for distribution of the funds collected thru the NREF website.

Dr. Laligam Sekhar said that AASAN should also focus on the long term goal of training neurosurgeons in Nepal.  To that end, we will explore applying to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for funds to further that effort.

The AASAN website will have a Paypal link so that members can donate directly thru the website. There will also be a link to NREF Nepal Relief page so that members can donate to the effort.

Meeting adjourned at 7 PM, followed by Dinner at The Bombay Club.

 

October 20, 2014

Minutes of the American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons (CNS Meeting in Boston, MA)

Meeting attendees: Praveen Mummanemi, Dinesh Ramanathan, Ajith Thomas, Ravi Gopal Varma, Akshay Hari, Ashwini Sharan, R.C. Mishra, Ashok Asthagiri, Sameer Sheth, Jogi Pattisapu, V. Rajshekhar, Mural Guthikonda, Vikram Prabhu, Beejal Amin, Neena Marupudi, Laligam Sekhar, Mayur Sharma, P.S. Holla, Promod Pillah, Abhishiek Sharma, Harman Singh, Ketan R. Bulsara, Shekar Kurpad

The meeting began at 6 pm with introductory remarks from AASAN president, Dr. Shekar Kurpad.

• We continue to strive to encourage new members

• International membership and resident membership to the executive board were discussed.

Drs. Rajshekhar and Mishra from NSI discussed AASAN’s collaboration. Due to the work of numerous members of AASAN, led by Dr. Shekar Kurpad at the CNS executive board, a memorandum of understanding was signed whereas the 2016 CNS annual meeting will be in collaboration with NSI. AASAN looks forward to actively contributing to the success of this meeting.

There was a lot of discussion regarding the Ambassador Fellowships. Dr. Prabhu will lead the effort to ensure that this important educational endeavor remains funded. Dr. Laligam Sekhar pointed out that we are truly fortunate in that the membership of AASAN now includes expertise in all subspecialty areas of neurosurgery. With that in mind, it is reasonable that AASAN ambassador applicants select mentors from the AASAN membership. Should there be an area that is not represented, then a selected AASAN member could potentially reach out to non-members to facilitate the training. There was consensus regarding incorporating this into the Ambassador process.

Drs. Raj Narayan, Jogi Pattisapu, Shekar Kurpad, and Ashwini Sharan have been involved in the head injury initiative for India through AASAN. This is an important endeavor that has the potential to influence millions of lives. Dr. Sharan recently contributed to this cause via a generous donation of funds to buy books related to head injury for numerous institutions in India.

Dr. Prabhu presented detailed suggestions regarding the mission of AASAN. As our organization has evolved, it is clear that we will need to revisit the mission statement and goals. This will likely happen in stages and will be one of the focuses as we move forward. The suggestions presented by Dr. Prabhu were well received and generated good discussion. The executive committee will discuss this further and a finalized proposal will be sent to the membership.  Dr. Kurpad announced the new officer slate from 2014-2016. The slate was approved unanimously.

President: Ketan R. Bulsara

Secretary: Harman Singh

Treasurer: Beejal Amin

The meeting concluded at 9pm.

 

April 7, 2014

Minutes of the American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons (AANS Meeting in San Francisco)

 

Attendees: Jogi Pattisapu, Ketan R. Bulsara, Beejal Amin, Amit Singla, Ashima Singla, Ausaf Bari, Muhammad Omar Chohan, Laila Mohammad, Raj Murali, Laligam Sekhar, Saravanan Karuppiah, Bikash Bose, Ajay Niranjan, Nitin Tandon, Jagath Lal, Manish Ranjan, Sumit Sinha, Praveenkumar Salingondar, Paritosh Pandey, Neena Marupudi, Guthikonda Murali, Harman Singh, Dr. Deopujari, Deepu Banerjee, Sumit Sinha

The meeting began at 7:00pm with Dr. Ketan R. Bulsara, secretary of AASAN, welcoming everybody. This was followed by the Treasurer’s update by Dr. Beejal Amin. Ideas were exchanged about how to increase donations from the member base. At the recommendation of the members present at the meeting, a decision was made to mail out contribution letters to all members. Beejal Amin will obtain addresses for all AASAN members and mail out individual letters.

At this point, members of the Neurological Society of India including Dr. Deopujari, Dr. Deepu Banerjee, and Dr. Sumit Sinha arrived. Dr. Pattisapu introduced the members of NSI. A very constructive discussion on the goals of our exchange program and education mission ensued. Dr. Laligam Sekhar noted that in order to best meet the needs of the Neurological Society of India, we had to better understand what they needed from AASAN. What emanated from this discussion lead by Dr. Deopujari, Dr. Banerjee, and Dr. Sinha is that at the very fundamental level it would be an exchange of ideas and techniques. What was also clear is that we as members of AASAN do have greater access to technologies such as simulators which can contribute significantly to the educational effort as evident at the recent NSI meeting. Trying to facilitate these for joint meetings would be very valuable. There is no question that among AASAN’s membership are neurosurgeons who have achieved international fame in many aspects of neurosurgery. The NSI contingency expressed that having our membership actively participate in this meeting would facilitate exchange of ideas and contribute to attracting larger attendances at their meetings. The next NSI meeting is in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu December 12-15th, 2014. At the request of the NSI contingency, all members of AASAN interested in attending should send their potential topic of interest to present by early May 2014. There will be a separate mailing regarding this.

The final discussion of the evening focused on the success of the Ambassador program. This has been very successful and two distinct philosophies moving forward were presented. Dr. Laligam Sekhar emphasized that there are many regions of India that are underserved and have neurosurgeons there, who if trained in advanced methods, could contribute significantly to the welfare of that region. The NSI contingency discussed that trainees from well respected, established programs would benefit from the advanced training. These would not necessarily provide care to the underserved area. It was emphasized that the Ambassador program is based on a selection by a committee charged with selecting the applicant based on merit and that the executive committee approves those applicants selected by the committee. This is all outlined on the AASAN website under the direction of Dr. Harminder Singh. The two philosophies regarding the selection process generated discussion and will be further discussed in an executive committee meeting under the leadership of Dr. Shekar Kurpad.

The meeting and dinner adjourned at 9:00pm.

 

 

October 21, 2013

Minutes of the American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons (CNS Meeting in San Francisco)

Attendees: Srinivasan Paramasivan, Sunil Furtado, Dinesh Ramanathan, Nauman Chaudhry, Pinakin Jethwa, Jenny Multani, Narayana Swamy, Awadhesh Jaiswal, Bernard Lyngdoh, Sisir Das, Milind Deogaankar, Sudheer Ambekar, Anil Nanda, Satish Krishnamurthy, Praveen Mummanenni, Ketan R. Bulsara, Sujit Prabhu, Bharat Guthikonda, Shankar Gopinath, Akash Patel, David Westman, Ashwini Sharan, Sunil Manjila, Aditya Vedantam, George Vilanilam, Arun Amar, Harman Singh, Sumita Yadav, Faiz Ahmad, Gurpreet Gandoke, S.S. Dhandapani, Raj Narayan, R.C. Mishra, V. Rajshekhar, Shekar Kurpad

The meeting began at 5:15pm with Shekar Kurpad, President of AASAN, welcoming everybody. This was followed by the Secretary’s update by Ketan R. Bulsara. At the AANS meeting, new committees were created to facilitate the needs of AASAN as we have continued to see growth and increased national and international recognition. These committees are in the early phase. No updates were presented by the previously assigned chairs of these committees. Given potential time constraints and need to move forward with these committees, a suggestion was made to reassign these responsibilities. The committees are the Newsletter Committee, Membership Committee, and Charter Mission Revision Committee. Pinakin Jethwa has been involved in the membership committee and will continue his involvement. Jenny Multani has reached out to APPI to see if there are mutual grounds for collaboration. She will update us about this at the AANS meeting.

Volunteers for the above committees were requested.
At this point, Shekar Kurpad introduced Dr. Rajsekhar, President elect of NSI. Dr. Rajsekhar pointed out that the relationship between AASAN and NSI spans over two decades. It began with the likes of Arnold Menezes, Setti Rengachary, Laligam Sekhar, and Raj Narayan. The perseverance of Joggi Pattisapu led to the first joint CNS/NSI meeting in 2009. Dr. Basant Misra was also intricately involved with that. We subsequently saw a successful NSI-CNS meeting in 2010. Now, we are poised to have the first joint meeting between NSI and AASAN in Mumbai, December 2013. The NSI-AASAN awardee this year is Dr. Maddineni. This collaboration has allowed exposure of American neurosurgeons to Indian neurosurgeons and vice versa. Many have won prestigious fellowships and awards facilitated by this collaboration. For the future, Dr. Rajsekhar proposes two AASAN delegates attend each NSI meeting, work on ways for faculty exchange programs, and create joint research initiatives. Ashwini Sharan suggested that all AASAN members become NSI members and in return the NSI members would join AASAN. This would be of mutual benefit to both societies. This suggestion was very well received.
Harman Singh requested that there be a method to identify programs in India that would be welcoming to AASAN members for clinical experience. Dr. Mishra suggested the development of such an International fellowship.

The treasurer’s report was provided by Shekar Kurpad. Beejal Amin could not attend the meeting due to an unforeseen circumstance. Zimmer renewed its support by donating $5000 for an AASAN member to attend the NSI meeting. The Stryker Spine Division donated $12,000 to renew the Ambassador Program. Anil Nanda suggested approaching Globus for donations. They are very active in NASS. Dr. Nanda could potentially help facilitate this.

George Vilanilam gave an outstanding presentation regarding his experience at UCLA through his Ambassador Program grant. Dr. Jha could not attend the meeting, but he too had an excellent experience during his observership with Dr. Mummaneni and hopes to give his report in person at our next AASAN meeting which will be at the 2014 AANS meeting in the spring. Written updates of both are posted on the website. There is no doubt that both individuals benefited from this experience and this will contribute to their future careers as academic neurosurgeons.
Raj Narayan emphasized the continued exchange of ideas and teachings that will continue to contribute to the growth of both societies.

The meeting adjourned at 6:15pm. Dinner followed at the Amber Restaurant at 7:30pm.October 21, 2013