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NRI heads Michigan Medical Society

He will serve as president-elect of the society till April 2007, when he will take over as President.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 12:30 IST

An Indian-American, who was born in Andhra Pradesh, is now president-elect of the Michigan State Medical Society.

According to a news release Dr Appa Rao Mukkamala, a radiologist based in Flint, was elected as the President of the 15,000-member body at its 141st annual meeting of the society's House of Delegates held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US.

He will serve as president-elect of the society till April 2007, when he will take over as President. Over the next two years, until April 2008, Dr Mukkamala will help improve the health care system in the state by implementing the society's report titled "The Future of Medicine: Leading the Way to a Better Health Care System."

The state, especially the Detroit area, is home to large automakers which employ thousands of workers. But the auto industry is currently in doldrums mainly because of competition from foreign car makers.

Dr Mukkamala, who also serves as the state's delegation to the American Medical Association, was quoted as saying in the news release, "Similar to the automotive industry, health care is at a crossroads in Michigan. We can, we must, and we will work to improve health care for all Michigan residents."

He studied at Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada. Mukkamala earned his degree from the Guntur Medical College, and completed his internship at St Margaret's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr Mukkamala did his surgery residency at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit and his radiology residency at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. He is a former president of the Genesee County Medical Society and the immediate past treasurer of the Michigan State Medical Society.

He is head of the Radiology Department at Hurley Medical Center, where he serves on the hospital's board of directors.

He is a clinical professor of radiology at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Among other posts held by him was the President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the largest of its kind.

Dr Mukkamala has been closely involved in development and charitable activities in India, especially his native state.

In 2003, he played a key role in opening the 700-bed NRI General Hospital, which includes a college from where the first batch of medical students will graduate next year. Dr Mukkamala and four other doctors contributed $100,000 each for the hospital. More than 20 other friends and colleagues contributed, and Dr Mukkamala estimated that the final bill of the hospital might go up to $20 million.

Nominal fees would be charged for admitted students and patients. The hospital-college is located at Chinna Kakani, between Vijayawada and Guntur.

CT scan and ultrasound examination-which were earlier non-existent in the region are now available in the medical facility.

First Published: May 21, 2006 09:48 IST