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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. Swaminatha Mahadevan - President

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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. Anita Bhavnani - Vice Persident

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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. Lingappa Amernath - Secretary Treasurer

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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. Pankaj Arora - Immediate Past 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. Kumar Alagappan - Treasurer

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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. John Acerra

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MD, MPH, FACEP

Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Dr. Acerra is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he received his MD degree. He then completed a residency in emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. After this, he furthered his training by completing a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, Dr. Acerra is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine in New York, and the Program Director for the International Emergency Medicine Program for the North Shore - LIJ Health System. He has been involved in a number of international projects in India, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico, and Africa. Currently, he is a Course Director for the Masters in Emergency Medicine (International) Program at The Mission Hospital in Durgapur, West Bengal, India.

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Dr. Vijaya Arun Kumar

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MD, FAAFP


Dr. Vijaya Arun Kumar-After completing his medical school from Kolkata, India, Dr. Kumar worked as a senior house surgeon in general surgery and anesthesiology following which he completed a post graduation in preventive medicine from Madras Medical College. During his family residency at Western Pennsylvania hospital he won numerous awards including nurses choice for best resident, resident teachers award along with being the assistant chief resident. Following his residency he has been the assistant medical director of the Emergency Department and has been awarded the golden stethoscope award for best physician at Olean General Hospital. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University. His focus has been on cardiovascular diseases in the emergency department specifically heart failure and pulmonary hypertension . He is presently an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at Wayne State University and actively involved with clinical research and resident education. He is an oral examiner for both the Mock EM board conducted by Michigan College of Emergency Physicians (MCEP) and the Board of Certificate in Emergency Medicine conducted by ABPS. •Along with working clinically in the ED both for Michigan Center Emergency Services ( DMC/Wayne State University) and Team Health at Promedica Memorial Hospital he is also completing his Masters in Public Health from University of Michigan.

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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. Latha Ganthi

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MD, FACEP


Dr. Lata Ganti is the Toral Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Traumatic Brain Injury, and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurological Surgery, and Chief of Clinical Research (EM) at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Stead’s endeavors focus on outcomes research with a special interest in prediction models, biochemical markers, diagnostic yield of imaging modalities, acute pharmacological interventions and patterns of ED use by specific populations. She currently is the co-principal investigator for the Banyan Biomarkers clinical trials in mild, moderate, and severe TBI at the University of Florida (UF), and the principal investigator for the Emergency Department TBI registry. Dr. Stead has a track record of leadership. She was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, a charter member of the Mayo Clinic CTSA, and the Inaugural Chair for the Division of Emergency Medicine Research, which she founded. Dr. Stead is a gifted teacher, as evidenced by her many teaching awards. She is the author of the First Aid Clerkship books, which are the number one best sellers amongst medical students. Dr. Stead is a published scholar with over 270 scientific abstracts and manuscripts, and 22 books.

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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 Parin Shah


Dr. Khusrav Bhajan