Experts
    • Psychiatry
    Board of Trustees, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
    Board of Trustees, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
    • The Von Tauber Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Nassau University Medical Center
    Nyapati Rao, MD, MS, is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Nassau University Medical Center. He is the Past Chair of the American Medical Association International Medical Graduates Section Governing Council. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). After graduating from Kurnool Medical College in India, Dr. Rao completed his residency training in psychiatry at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and obtained a Masters of Science from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry. He is the author of several papers concerning psychiatry education, and his work in improving the education of international medical graduates is recognized nationally. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and a Fellow of American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Rao was the recipient of the George Tarjan Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the Educator of the Year award by the Association for Academic Psychiatry. His interests lie in cultural psychiatry, psychiatric workforce issues, and quality of clinical care.
    • Family Medicine
    Executive Member, Mass Medical Society IMG Section
    Executive Member, Mass Medical Society IMG Section
    • Family Medicine Physician at Saint Vincent Medical Group
    Dr. Kastoori Iyengar is a Family Medicine Physician at Saint Vincent Medical Group. She completed her residency and internship in Family Medicine at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Board-certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Iyengar earned her medical degree from the MGM Medical College in Indore, India. Dr. Iyengar is an Executive Member of the Massachusetts Medical Society International Medical Graduate Section.
    • Psychiatry
    AMA- IMG Governing Council Chair-Elect
    AMA- IMG Governing Council Chair-Elect
    • Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Forensic Psychiatrist, Brooklyn Supreme Court at Kings County Hospital

    Subhash Chandra, MD, is Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, currently working as a Forensic Psychiatrist at Brooklyn Supreme Court, New York, for Kings County Hospital Center. He completed his Psychiatry residency at SUNY Downstate and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  Before coming to the US, Dr. Chandra was a senior resident in Forensic Medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He was awarded the 2014 Rappaport Fellowship, a very prestigious award from the American Association of Psychiatry and Law (AAPL) for his leadership, research, and involvement in medical education.  He was also nominated for an outstanding resident award from Indo-American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Chandra taught Forensic Medicine and Psychiatry to medical students across major states in India and abroad. He was recognized by the Associate Dean of Clinical Medical at SUNY Downstate for his teaching skills.

    His involvement in research has been outstanding and ongoing. Currently, He is working on suicide-specific forensic linguistic text analysis software at the Institute for Linguistic Evidence, and was involved in the primate model research, and investigation on alterations in the brain glutamate and GABA level in patients with bipolar depression, using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1HMRS). In coming years, he plans to use 1H MRS further in forensic population to study the topographical variation of neurometabolites with criminal thinking and behavior.

    Dr. Chandra is not only an excellent scholar, researcher, clinician and a teacher but also a clinical leader.  He served as Resident Fellow Section (RFS) Representative to the American Medical Association – International Medical Graduate Section (AMA–IMGS) Governing Council from 2014 to 2016. AMA-IMG governing council members are elected each year via a nationwide election for a three-year term. He was not only elected but also voted by the GC members to be their delegate to AMA House of Delegate. He served as the Chair of the fellow resident section of his State Specialty Society and also had the privilege to serves as a delegate to the state medical society.  He was elected as an RFS Alternate Delegate to American Medical Association, House of Delegate. He served on the AMA committee of scientific research and graduate medical education. He was chair of Social Media Committee, AMA-IMG Section. He presided over the AMA-IMG Scientific Committee for both 12th and 13TH AMA Annual Research Symposium. He served as the panelist and principal speaker at AMA Symposium and Webinars held for International Medical Graduates. He was invited as a featured expert by New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Forum, on the discussion of future of medicine and U.S. international medical graduates.

     

    Dr. Chandra has been an ardent participant in community activities like ‘Brooklyn Free Clinic’, ‘American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’ and ‘National Alliance for Mental Illness’ walk.  He was invited to AMA-IMG Congress to comment on this important aspect of “Healthy Mind & Meditation,” which most of the physicians are not trained into. As a certified instructor of North America Institute of Vihangam Yoga, he organizes free sessions called, “Control Your Wavering Mind,” benefitting many students, professionals, and workers in dealing with despair and anxiety in their daily lives. 

    • Ophthalmology
    Trustee & Secretary of the Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates Board
    Trustee & Secretary of the Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates Board
    • Trustee at HUDA Clinic Board
    Busharat Ahmad, MD was on the first and second AMA ad hoc committees to study FMG (IMG) issues and was the chair of the first and second IMG Advisory Committees. He also served as the first chair of the AMA IMG Section Governing Council in 1997. He is a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates from Michigan and has served on the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD). Dr. Ahmad is a trustee and secretary of the Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates Board. He continues to be active in the AMA IMG section, regularly attending IMG Governing Council, Congress, and Caucus meetings. Dr. Ahmad received his M.B.B.S. (M.D.) from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Karachi, West Pakistan and a Diploma in Ophthalmology (D.O.) from the University of London Institute of Ophthalmology in London, England. He was a resident in neurosurgery and plastic surgery at Vancouver, General Hospital, a resident in ophthalmology in St. Louis, Missouri, a fellow in ophthalmology cornea service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a research fellow, at the Cornea Retina Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. He has practiced ophthalmology in Michigan for almost thirty years in Monroe, Detroit, and Marquette. He has also held academic positions with Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre, Karachi, Pakistan, and Dow Medical College, in Karachi, Pakistan.
    • Nephrology
    Assistant in Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Mass General Hospital
    Assistant in Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Mass General Hospital
    As a physician scientist, my investigative work focuses on the T1 and T2 translational blocks proposed by the Institute of Medicine. I find the exercise of going from bench to bedside and from bedside back to bench fascinating and challenging and aim to apply these principles to research in the areas of hypertension and kidney diseases. I have been involved in teaching medical students and residents for over 10 years. In addition to my role as an instructor at the Harvard Medical School, I serve as a faculty for Becker Professional Education's USMLE Step 2 course. I have also worked extensively in the areas of patient education and empowerment and aim to contribute more to this field through my book Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor. Specialties:Physician, researcher, educator
    • Psychiatry
    • Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee School of Medicine
    Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Appareddy continuum of service to the medical profession has spanned over two decades. Her multifaceted career includes being on the faculty at Brown University Medical School, Delegate / Delegate (A) to the AMA till 2012, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the largest ethnic medical organization (AAPI), member of the Board of hospitals, President of local chapter of AMWA, member of council on Children & Family of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Delegate to the Tennessee Medical Association. She is currently the Immediate Past Chairperson of the AMA-IMG Governing Council. She has the honor of being sworn in as Vice-Chairperson of the U.S. President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities at a White House ceremony in 2002 by Secretary of HHS Tommy Thompson. She currently serves on the AMWA nation advocacy committee and the local medical society. She recently finished her term as the legislative chair of the AAPI. She served as a member of AMA Reference committee B that refined the AMA stance on Health care reform. She is a member of AMPAC and a graduate of AMPAC candidate workshop. She is also on the AMA Foundation President’s Circle. She is seasoned in organizational matters and a proven leader. She has tirelessly worked on issues affecting the Medical Profession. She lobbied with physician groups for the passage of the IMG bill (1980’s), which discouraged the discrimination of IMG with USMG. She is the recipient of several award including the AMA Foundation leadership award, the state of Tennessee senate Joint resolution; as an “estimable person who evinces the greatest integrity and probity in all her chosen endeavors” and HCA Humanitarian award.
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Anesthesiology
    Chair, Mass Medical Society International Medical Graduates Section
    Chair, Mass Medical Society International Medical Graduates Section
    • Anesthesiologist at South Shore Anesthesia Associates, Inc.
    Samir Patel, MD, is an anesthesiology and critical care physician at South Shore Anesthesia Associates. He went to medical school at Glasgow University Medical School. He finished his internship at the Hospital of St. Raphael affiliated with Yale in New Haven, CT. He finished his residency at UT Southwestern, and then his fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.