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Indian American doctor dies

Venkat Mani, an Indian American physician who was four times named as one of the "top doctors" in the Washingtonian magazine polls, is dead.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 14:34 IST

Venkat Mani, an Indian American physician who was four times named as one of the "top doctors" in the Washingtonian magazine polls, is dead.

The physician, who specialised in infectious diseases and was president of the medical staff at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, died of complications from diabetes at the Clinton Hospital. He was 60.

Born in Tamil Nadu, Dr Mani graduated from Madras University and received a medical degree from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in Pondicherry.

He immigrated to the United States in 1970 and trained in internal medicine at George Washington University (GWU), followed by a fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. He earned a diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1973.

Dr Mani taught at Howard University and GWU until 1975, when he launched his practice in Clinton. He established the Mid-Atlantic Symposium's Infectious Disease Update in 2003 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

He devoted most of his career to the hospital and served as president of the medical staff from 2003 to 2005. He was chairman of the infectious disease committee since 2000.

He enjoyed travelling and visited more than 30 countries. He also was a political aficionado and a self-described pundit. He was a member of Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham since its founding in 1976.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Gita Mani; three children, Nithya Mani, Nishant Mani and Nandita Mani, and one sister.