Suhail Raoof to head American
College of Chest Physicians
Dr Suhail Raoof
Dr Suhail Raoof, professor of clinical medicine at the Weill Medical College at Columbia University, was inducted as president of the American College of Chest
Physicians at CHEST 2011, the 77th annual meeting of the
college, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He also serves as chief of pulmonary/critical care and sleep
medicine, medical director of respiratory therapy, and vice
chairman of the department of medicine at the New York
Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
As ACCP president, he will focus on promoting leadership
and diversity while strengthening the college’s collaboration
with its sister organizations and strategic international partners.
‘Together we are working to fight against lung cancer,
COPD, asthma, and other chest disorders,’ he told the
gathering. ‘Through The CHEST Foundation, the college’s
philanthropic arm, we also are working to educate the public
on the importance of lung health by providing valuable pre-
vention resources and encouraging community-based activi-
ties that people who care about their heart and lungs can fol-
Raoof has received numerous honors, including being
declared Master of the American College of Physicians and
member of the Fleischner Society, an international, multi-dis-
ciplinary medical society for thoracic radiology dedicated to
the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest.
Florida honors cardiologist
Dr George Thomas, chair, Florida Board of Medicine, was honored with the Edgar H Price, Jr Lifetime Achievement Award, named after the former state
The Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation
Board selected Thomas, a cardiologist who co-founded the
Bradenton Cardiology Center, for his contributions to the
health of the area’s underserved patients. Thomas, a former
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin president, has been practicing cardiology in Manatee for over 20
He has been chairman of the We Care committee, an initiative by the Manatee County Medical Society, which
serves patients without health insurance.
‘I’m honored and humbled to receive this award,’ Thomas
said. ‘But this is not really for me, it’s actually for many
physicians. We Care is just a small part of it. The need is so
great and there are a lot of physicians outside of We Care
helping (uninsured patients) at hospitals, in emergency
rooms and their offices.’
Thomas said lack of health insurance is a major issue in
Manatee County, where 17 percent of residents are unin-
He told India Abroad he is headed for Kerala, where his
second son Joseph, a Catholic priest, is to hold his first
mass. His other three sons are doctors.
As chair, Florida Board of Medicine, Thomas oversees
licensing and disciplinary actions against more than
65,000 doctors in the state. Recently the state was accused
of being home to ‘pill mills’ and encouraging narco-tourism by
having lax control on the sale of prescription drugs. The board now
monitors doctors’ prescriptions for controlled drugs.
Thomas served on the Board of Directors of the Florida
Community College Foundation, and the Knight Foundation
Bradenton Advisory Board. Then governor Jeb Bush appointed
him to the State Board of Community Colleges. President George
W Bush appointed him to the National Heart, Lung and Blood
‘Domestic violence will not stop just because women have the earning capacity’
George Thomas, center,
with his son Joseph, right
Institute Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health.
Thomas served as the chair of the International Medical
Graduates section at the American Medical Association and as a
member of the board of directors of Manatee Memorial Hospital.
He received his medical training at the Medical College in
Kottayam, Kerala; did his residency at the South Baltimore
General Hospital; and his cardiology training at the New Jersey
College of Medicine.
what we saw in Sindhutai Sapkal is an
ongoing thing. We have issues on child
marriage, domestic violence, and also
women rights to health.”
Narika, another non-profit that addresses
domestic violence in South Asia, said it had
a long-term partnership with 3rd I.
Shrimalie Perera of Narika said, “Domestic
violence will not stop just because women
have the earning capacity. Women who
have highly paid jobs can be abused, too.
Lack of ability to work is only a contribut-
Sarah Khan, program director at Maitri,
used Sindhutai Sapkal as an example.
“Maitri believes in self-reliance,” she said.
“As seen in the movie, when a woman is
uplifted she has the power to change every-
thing around her for the betterment of the
Anuj Vaidya, festival director at 3rd I,
said, “This movie really moved us.”
Among other films screened at the festi-
val were Bill Bowles and Kevin Meehan’s
Big In Bollywood, which charts the instant
stardom of Omi Vaidya after the success of
Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots, Joshua
Dylan Mellars’s Play Like A Lion, a docu-
mentary on the late sarod legend Ustad Ali
Akbar Khan and New York-based Prashant