India Chapter Governor-elect Candidates' Bios and Statements

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S. B. Gupta, MBBS, MD, FACP

Education: MBBS MD (Internal Medicine)

Post-Doctoral Training:Interventional Cardiology

Present Position: Consultant Physician Cardiologist

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: FACP 2005, Interim Governor ACP India Chap. since 2015, Attended BOG Mtg. Oct. 2015 and May 2016.

ACP National Activities: Organized successful First ACP India Chapter Congress - Medicine 2016 at Mumbai from 1st to 3rd April 2016. Membership has grown from less than 200 members to more than 560 members in last 18 months, obtained one Master Fellow for India in last year.

Other Appointments/Activities: President, Indian College of Cardiology (2013-2014); President, Indian Soc. of Electro cardiology (2013-2014); Dean, Indian Coll. of Phys. (2013); International Gov. of Amer. Coll. of Chest Physicians West India until 2012; Chairman, Railway Chapter of Association of Physicians of India until 2013

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Clinical Cardiology, ECG and Stress ECG


Candidate's Statement:
The ACP India Chapter started on 1st January 2015 and I took over as First Interim Governor of India Chapter. I have served as: President, Association of Physicians of India, edited 4 books and Guest Editor JAPI for “Special Issue on Arrhythmias”. I have published many chapters in various books and articles in leading journals. I am on the Editorial Board of leading journals, delivered orations and keynote speakers for International Conferences, one of the 15 investigators for ICMR across the country for MACE registry, and DNB teacher for more than 15 years. As Governor, ACP India Chapter, I wish to strengthen and stabilize ACP India Chapter by: Membership Growth, Academic, Financial Stability.


B. Arumugam Muruganathan, MD, FACP

Education: MBBS, 1973 from Stanley Medical College. MD, 1978 from Madras Medical College, Madras University

Post-Doctoral Training: 6 Months as a Special Trainee in Intensive Medical Care at Government General Hospital at Chennai (Apr 1978 to Sep 1978)

Certification: FICP-Indian College of Physicians (2008). FRCP (Glasgow) 2010, FACP-2012, FPCP (Philippines) 2013 & FRCP (London) 2014

Present Position: Consultant Phys. & Chairman of AG Hosp., Tirupur. Emeritus Prof & Planning Board Member TN. Dr. MGR. Medical University

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: Governing Council of ACP India chapter till date, Finance Comm. member, helped in organizing and fund raising for “ACP India Chap. First Congress – Med. 2016” at Mumbai, Delivered a talk on “Dengue, Malaria and H1N1: When to get concerned and Challenges in Management” in the above Conference, Motivated many delegates and API members to join ACP.

ACP National Activities: Fellow 2012, Participated as a dignitary on the dais in the convocation ceremony in April 2013 as an invited guest of the ACP President; I met the President Prof. Bronson, Vice President Mr. Ott, and Regents Drs. Kutty and Mir; After the conference, visited ACP Headquarters in Philadelphia to discuss ACP India chapter formation and initiated the discussion on starting ACP India chapter; Proposed around 25 senior physicians for ACP Fellowship

Other Appointments/Activities: President – Hypertension Society of India (H.S.I) 2015-2016 (Associate Member in WHL); Dean – Indian College of Physicians (2016-2017). President – Association of Physicians of India (2013-2014); Honorary Prof. IMA CGP; JNU Institute for Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Jaipur. Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (Indian Issue) from 2015 till date; Chief Editor of the Books namely, Manual of Hypertension 2015, Adult Immunization Book 2014; API Medicine Update 2013; and Assist. Editor – Journal of Association Physicians of India (JAPI) 2015 till date; In recognition of the exemplary leadership -- received the following awards:-Dr. B.C. Roy Award from President of India, Best Performing Doctor Award from Tamilnadu Government, “Medical Teacher of the Year Award 2015” by National IMA, Lifetime Achievement Award from 1. Tamilnadu IMA, 2. KG Foundation Coimbatore, 3. Dr. Mohan’s Diabetic Foundation, 4. Tamilnadu DR. M.G.R. Medical University, 5. Saveetha Med. Univ., Service above self, meritorious service and distinguished service awards from Rotary International

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity and Adult Immunization.

Candidate’s Statement:
If elected, as ACP Governor, my major focus would be Intense Membership drive to enroll new members and fellows. Establish sub chapters in the four zones of India for greater ACP presence. Evidence based medicine (EBM) for ACP Physicians through workshops, Online CMEs through Web based, Satellite, Mobile Apps and WhatsApp, International Fellowship Exchange Program and ACP Journal club, ensure more ACP members take part in annual conference - ACP India and at USA, Make ACP (India) website more dynamic and interactive, ACP’s participation prominently in national conferences of allied specialties, Coordinate with ACP USA and implement relevant ACP programs in India, Popularize ACP scientific packages like MKSAP and DynaMed Plus, Be in constant touch with ACP members through email and mobile Apps. Promote junior doctors & student participation in research activities. Excellence award for membership drive and ACP activities. Join hands with other organizations to impact ACP presence.