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Mr. Shripad Naik, AYUSH Minister, India

The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH, is a governmental body in India purposed with developing education and research in Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine), Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy, and other alternative medicine systems.


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Mr. Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India, New York

A member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) since 1996, has served in India’s Missions in several countries. Prior to becoming Consul General of India in New York in August, 2017, he was the ambassador of India to Peru and Bolivia. Earlier he was India’s deputy chief of mission in Bangladesh. He has also served in Indian embassies in Madrid and Bogota. In India’s Ministry of External Affairs he has held several positions including press relations officer, staff officer to minister and worked on desks dealing with Central Asia, East Asia and China.


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Dr. H.R. Nagendra, President, S-VYASA

Chairman, International Day of Yoga Experts Committee, Chairman of Task force of AYUSH Chairman of SAC of CCRYN, Govt of India, Ministry of AYUSH. Dr. Nagendra is now the Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore (S-VYASA) Deemed University. He has published 30 Research Papers in Engineering; authored and collected 110 papers on Yoga and co-authored 35 books on Yoga. He has guided nearly 20 PhD students.


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Dr. Vinay Shahsrabuddhe

Dr. Vinay Shahsrabuddhe is the President at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). is a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra since July 2016. He is the Vice President at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini and looks after the Good Governance, Central and State Government Program Coordination and Policy Research Department.


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Dr. Hari Sharma, Ohio State University Integrative Medicine

Dr. Hari Sharma, a professor emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, a professor of pathology and former director of Cancer Prevention and Natural Products Research, who has done over ten years of research on herbal medicines. Dr. Sharma has published more than 100 scientific articles and has authored three books. He has presented his work worldwide, including to the World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.


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Dr. Vikas Sukhatme, Dean, Emory University Medical School

A distinguished physician-scientist, current dean of Emory University School of Medicine. He serves as Chief Academic Officer of Emory Healthcare and as Woodruff Professor. Dr. Sukhatme was Chief Academic Officer and Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His longstanding interest in cancer currently centers around tumor metabolism and tumor immunology and on "outside-of-the-box" approaches for treating advanced cancer. He has conducted studies on genes important in kidney cancer and polycystic kidney disease.


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Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D. Chairman & CEO, Systems Health

Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the inventor of email and polymath, holds four degrees from MIT, is a world-renowned systems scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. He is a Fulbright Scholar, Lemelson-MIT Awards Finalist, India’s First Outstanding Scientist and Technologist of Indian Origin, Westinghouse Science Talent Honors Award recipient, and a nominee for the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


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Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, PhD, Savitribai Phule Pune University

Professor Bhushan Patwardhan brings over 30 year experience in research and development in the area of evidence based Ayurveda, ethnopharmacology, drug discovery & development and integrative medicine. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) and visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. He is present Chairman of Academic Planning and Development Committee of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research. He was invited as temporary consultant to Commission on Intellectual Property Innovation and Public Health of the World Health Organization Geneva.


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Dr. Dinesh Patel, Mass General Hospital

Former Chairman of Board of Registration in Medicine, State of Massachusetts, Former Board of Director Federation of state Medical Board, Associate Clinical Professor Harvard Medical School and Ortho surgeon at MGH, Chief, Arthroscopic Surgery Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon. Dr. Dinesh Patel is the Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.


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Dr. SatBir Singh Khalsa, Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School. Associate Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Field of research - Mind-Body Medicine. Special area of interest in the evaluation of the clinical effectiveness and basic psychophysiological mechanisms underlying the practice of yoga and meditation techniques


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Dr. Timothy McCall, Author and Researcher

Timothy McCall, MD is a board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine, and the author of two books, Examining Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care (Citadel Press) and Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam). He is co-editor of the first medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care. He practiced medicine for more than 10 years in the Boston area before devoting himself full-time to investigating and teaching yoga therapy. Certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, he is the Founder/Director of Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings and, until 2016, co-directed a yoga therapy center just outside of New York City.


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Dr. Mihir Kamdar Co-Director, MGH Cancer Pain Clinic & Palliative Care

Dr. Kamdar is the Associate Director of the Division of Palliative Care, and the Director of the Mass General Cancer Pain Clinic. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. After residency, he completed the Harvard Palliative Medicine fellowship, followed by a second fellowship in Interventional Pain at the Mass General Department of Anesthesia's Center for Pain Medicine. Dr. Kamdar holds dual clinical appointments in both Palliative Care and Anesthesia Pain Medicine, and is on faculty at Harvard Medical School.


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Dr. Neha Vapiwala, University of Pennsylvania

Neha Vapiwala, MD is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Pennsylvania. She has also held leadership positions in multiple national oncology committees, and presently serves on the NCI Prostate Cancer Task Force and is co-chair of the ECOG-ACRIN GU Early Modality committee. In addition to being a leader in the field of GU oncology. In July 2017, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Dean of Students at Perelman School of Medicine and is the Immediate-Past President of the National Association of Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs and current Vice Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee.


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Dr. Suzanne Danhauer, Wake Forest, PA

Dr. Danhauer is the Associate Director of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS) and has been a member of the faculty of Wake Forest School of Medicine since 2003. A psychologist by training, her research focus is on reducing symptoms and enhancing psychological wellness in cancer survivors. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and awarded tenure in 2013. She holds joint appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Hematology and Oncology and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the School of Medicine. Dr. Danhauer has led or been a co-investigator on numerous NIH grants, published 60 articles


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Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is an accomplished Ayurvedic doctor with a varied background and experience. He was a research associate in an Indian Ayurvedic pharmaceutical company, Ayurveda Rasashala. He was Chairman of Dept. of Medicine at Maharshi College of Vedic Medicine in Albuquerque, NM from1999-2001. He was a medical director and an assistant professor at the Maharshi University of Management, Fairfield, IA from 2001-2002. He has published research articles and given lectures on radio and television worldwide. He has extensive clinical experience in Ayurvedic therapies and Panchakarma. Dr. Kshirsagar is an advisor of the Kerala Ayurveda Academy in the US.


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Dr. Balram Singh, Director, Institute of Advanced Sciences

Dr. Balram Singh is a leading expert on protein structure, protein folding and functions, botulinum toxins and biodefense agents. He is the founder of Prime Bio. Inc., a leading product and service provider, and Institute of Advanced Sciences. A Professor with an interest in teaching innovative biotechnology, Ayurvedic biotechnology physical biochemistry, biochemistry, biological spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy for biochemists, chemistry of the mind, biochemistry laboratory, and science of yoga.


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Darshan Shankar, Vice-Chancellor, Transdisciplinary University (TDU), India

Padmashri Darshan Shankar is the managing trustee of FRLHT and founder of TDU. His core contributions lie in the field of educational innovation. He started his career in 1973 at the age of 23, at the University of Bombay, where he designed and implemented a post graduate “experiential” learning program that won a Commonwealth Award in 1976, for being the best program in the Commonwealth for linking University education to community needs


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Vivek Sharma, CEO, Pharma Solutions, Piramal Enterprises Ltd

Mr. Vivek Sharma currently serves as the CEO of Piramal Pharma Solutions (PPS), a global leader in providing Contract Research, Development and Manufacturing services towards the life sciences industry. PPS offers integrated solutions from discovery through development and commercialization, with research and manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia.


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Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda

His Holiness Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda Puri of Panchayati Maha Nirvani Akhara, affectionately known as Swamiji, is the disciple and successor of Hindu Dharmsamrat Paramhans Sri Swami Madhavananda. He founded The International Sri Deep Madhavananda Ashram Fellowship, a not-for-profit humanitarian organization, with member associations in roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) in Vienna, Austria.


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Yogi Amrit Desai, Founder of the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, FL and Co-Founder the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda

Founder of the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, FL and Co-Founder the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda Yogi Amrit Desai is one of the earliest pioneers of yoga in the West and is one of the few remaining living yoga masters who originally brought over the authentic teachings of yoga in the early 1960s. He is the creator of two brands of yoga, Kripalu Yoga and I AM Yoga, and is the founder of five yoga and health centers in the US. His yoga training programs have reached more than 40 countries worldwide and over 8,000 teachers have been certified.


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Yogi Coudoux

The audience and viewers of the Guinness world Record Prime Show watched breathlessly as a man warped himself into a small plexiglass box on the stage. This extraordinary being is none other than Yogi Coudox from France. His Holiness Yogi Codoux was born in 1946 in Tibet and later moved to Paris, France. For many years he has traveled the world spreading the message of Yoga in order to reveal its extraordinary capacities on the human body, mind, and soul.


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Dr. Shuvendu Sen

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Medical Student Education, Raritan Bay Medical Center. His book on Alzheimer's and Meditation entitled ‘Why Buddha never had Alzheimer’s: A Holistic Treatment Approach through Meditation, Yoga, and the Arts’ has received the prestigious United States Natilus Award.


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Dr. Manoj Bhasin

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Co-Director, Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Bhasin is experienced Bioinformatician/biostatistician with strong track record in computational vaccine design, functional proteomics, systems biology and transcriptional data analysis


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Dr. NK Manjunath

Director, Research and International Affairs, S-VYASA University. Professor and Head of Anvesana Research Laboratories. He has conducted extensive research on yoga and its use for various disorders and has published many papers from his research. He is Editor of the International Journal of Yoga.


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Dr. Gregory Lewis Fricchione

Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as Associate Chief of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine at MGH and is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Sivarama P. Vinjamury

He is currently working as a professor of research at Southern California University College of Eastern Medicine. A supervising clinician in ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture and eastern medicine at SCU’s Health Center and provides acupuncture and eastern medicine services at the Student Health and Counseling Center at California State University, Fullerton


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Dr. Geetha Krishnan Gopalakrishna Pillai

Technical Officer, Traditional Complementary and Integrative Medicine Unit, World Health Organization (WHO). He has been the head of the Department and Senior Consultant in Integrative Medicine and Ayurveda at Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, India


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Dr. Darshan Mehta

Medical Director and Director of Medical Education at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH. He is also Associate Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and serves as a consulting physician to the Home Base Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Mehta in an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


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Dr. Manoj Sharma

Professor Department of Radiotherapy, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. Prof. Sharma is involved in the field of Oncological Sciences for last 35 years. Treating cancers by comprehensive approaches with special preference to gynecological cancers is his main passion. His dedication to Preventive Oncology showed miracle in harvesting early and late stage disease


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Dr. Guillermo Lázaro Prado Gonzalez

A medical doctor and a professor of natural integrated medicine at Matanzas Medical Sciences University in Cuba. Professor of Natural Integrated Signaling. Cathedra of Mind Body Integration and Biomedical Sciences Research. Member of National Group for Cancer Control, Atherosclerosis Society, and Natural – Bioenergetics. Society. Collaborator of CENESEX, of Oncology cancer program, and Neurodevelopment Center. Member of Society for Integrative Oncology. USA


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Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C.,C.A.S.,P.K.S.

Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C.,C.A.S.,P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya) is one of the pioneers of Ayurveda in the West and is considered to be a pre-eminent practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda in the United States. He is one of the few Westerners ever recognized in both the United States and in India as an authority on the subject of Ayurveda Medicine and was awarded the All India Award for Best Ayurvedic Physician.


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Gautami Tadimalla

Gautami Tadimalla is a Famous Indian film actress who survived cancer at a very young age and has formed her organization to create awareness about health in general and Cancer in particular: http://www.lifeagainfoundation.org/ She is also a television actress, television host and costume designer. Her filmography includes classics like Apoorva Sagodharargal, Raja Chinna Roja, Thevar Magan, Panakkaran, Guru Sishyan, Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu, Dharma Durai, Rickshaw Mama as well as Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997), which co-starred Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Nassar and Revathi.


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Mr. Vishal Dixit, Founder & CEO of ADYA Higher Medicine.

Vishal Dixit is the Founder & CEO of ADYA Higher Medicine - a start up at the intersection of evidence based integrative medicine and immersive technology; and is also an early stage investor in health tech and integrative medicine. He has been a venture capitalist in India, US and the UK - focusing on technology and healthcare - and has evaluated over 4000 investments and led over 25 companies as a board member/mentor. Vishal has been deeply involved with Ayurveda and Yoga, and its challenges of successful product development, scale and commercialization.


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Dr. Gururaj Mutalik, Chairman-Department of Medicine and Dean at B.J. Medical College, Pune.

Dr. Gururaj Mutalik is an internationally known physician. He has worked as a professor, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Dean at B.J. Medical College, Pune. He worked as director of medical education and research, and health services of the State of Maharashtra, India. He was a director in the World Health Organization (WHO) at New Delhi, Geneva, and New York (1975-1911). Dr. Mutalik is also a Sanskrit scholar and researches Eastern knowledge systems, including Holistic Medicine and Yoga. He is an author of two books, including “Integrative Approaches for Health: Biomedical research, Ayurveda and Yoga”.


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Dr. Manoj Nesari, Advisor, Ministry of AYUSH.

Dr. Manoj Nesari has 20 years standing experience in the profession as Ayurveda clinician during which, he has developed expertise in Ayurvedic management of Pain dominant conditions e.g. Spinal Degenerative Diseases. His contribution towards development of AYUSH Sector has been varied in areas such as policy and planning for matters pertaining to Ayurveda Education, Practices and Researchand capacity building of stakeholders.


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Dr. John Denninger, Director of Research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Denninger has received many awards for his research and teaching, including the NCDEU New Investigators Award and the Harvard Medical School Students Award for Teaching. Dr. Denninger’s work overseeing the Benson-Henry Institute’s research program explores the relationship between stress reduction, resiliency enhancement and health in both clinical and basic domains.


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Mr. Kanchan Banerjee, Managing Director, Boston Center of Excellence for Health and Human Development.

Kanchan is a Healthcare IT professional. He has co-founded the Indo-US Health Initiatives and Boston Center of Excellence for Health and Human Development (BoCE). He is a certified yoga teacher and have been giving yoga workshops especially on college campuses in the US.


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Dr. Anusha Sehgal, President, Boston Ayurveda Inc.

Classically trained Ayurvedic physician with over 15 years of experience in education, clinics and research. She is currently the Chair of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board (NAMACB) and the academic director of the Boston Ayurveda School. Dr. Sehgal has been working to showcase authentic Ayurveda for which she is the author of Elementary Concepts of Ayurveda, to be released soon.


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Mr. Pramit Maakoday, Director, Indo US Health Initiatives

Pramit Maakoday is the co-Founder and Director of Indo-US Health Initiatives and Boston Center of Excellence for Health and Human Development. Pramit has been the Vice President International Region of Computer Society of India (CSI).He is also Director with a large healthcare company with focus on emerging markets. His current focus is on large scale e-healthcare and smart healthy city projects in India and Asia with an objective to bring significant improvement in affordability, accessibility and quality of the healthcare services in the emerging world. He is providing technological, social, political help to the Social entrepreneurs to develop new models for a new century who are working at the cusp of technology and development issues. Pramit was also awarded at NRI Gaurav Mahotsav by the IT minister of India, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and also received other Philanthropic awards.


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Dr. Pratibha Shah, Council on Ayurvedic Research

Dr. Pratibha Shah, is a leading Ayurevda Expert in the United States. Her pioneering initiatives in the field of Ayurveda have brought her to attention at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services. She is a senior faculty and Ayurveda Domain Expert for Kerala Ayurveda Academy and CEO of My Ayurved LLC. She is the Founder, President of Council for Ayurveda Research and Wholistic Health Alliance. Before moving to the US, Shah was a Chief Medical Officer with the AYUSH ministry.


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Mrs. Haimanti Banerjee, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Haimanti is a Healthcare technology expert and has worked at several hospitals including Boston Children’s and Mass General as a quality control expert. She is also a certified yoga teacher and teaching in Boston area for past 20 years.


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Dr. P.R. Ramesh, Head of Clinical Research, Cancer and Palliative care Arya Vaidya Sala Hospital and Research Center, Kerala, India.

He is currently the Chairman of the Technical committee for AYUSH clinics and Hospitals and a member in the Accreditation Committee of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals &Healthcare Providers (NABH), Quality Council of India (QCI), New Delhi. He is also a visiting faculty to Natural and integrative medicine, Duisburg -Essen University,Germany.


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Dr.Dayashankar Vidyalankar,Yogacharya and Assistant Vice Consul, Consulate General of India.

Yogacharya Dr.Dayashankar Vidyalankar is a teacher of Indian Culture at the Indian Consulate with more than 18 years of teaching experience as Yoga Guru. He is an eminent scholar in Vedic Science. An expert in the field of Ayurveda and Marma Therapy.


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Dr. Gregor Kos, Former Secretary-General, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia.

European Union. He is the Secretary, Yoga in Daily Life, Secretary-General, World Yoga Union and Executive Director, Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council. He is also the co-president of the political party "For Healthy Society", the only political party with program point on the need to implement Integrative and Comparative Medicine in the national healthcare system in the Republic of Slovenia, European Union.


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Dr. Indranil Basuray,Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiologist, St.Francis Hospital, Memphis, TN.

He is also an Additional Professorof Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh, Uttarakhand-India and aVisiting Prof of Cardiology: SVYASA (A Deemed University) in Bengaluru, Karnataka-India. He is also the Founder President of the American Academy for Yoga andMeditation in Medicine & the Founder Secretary of the North American Chapter of theCardiological Society of India. Dr. Basu Ray was a former faculty member in Medicine(Cardiology) at Harvard Medical School and Tulane University Medical Center.


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Dr. Shyam Mahapatra, Distinguished Professor and Director of Nanomedicine Research Center, USF,

Associate Dean at the College of Pharmacy, Vice Chair of Research for Internal Medicine, Director of the Translational Medicine-USF Nanomedicine Research Center at the University of South Florida, and a Research Career Scientist at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Mohapatra is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in the field of nanoscale biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics in cancers, asthma, viral infections, and traumatic brain injury.


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Dr. Neil Patel, Asst. Professor, University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

He is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine.