AAPI Summit-Convalescent Plasma Therapy for COVID-19 patients -The 360-degree view -Patient, Donor, Physician, Hospital, Blood Center


American Association of Physicians of Indian origin, AAPI had its first virtual convention recently. On day two of the summit, there was a vibrant discussion amongst the key players of COVID-19 management leadership. This session was moderated by Dr. Madhavi Gorusu, Chair AAPI COVID 19 Plasma therapy initiative, and supported by Dr. Rupak Parikh.

The stellar speakers included Dr. Ajay Kumar MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Hartford HealthCare, Megan L. Panico, MD Pulmonary/ Critical Care physician. Gaylord Hospital Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy, Bruce Sachais, MD, PhD, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, NYBC Enterprises, Fellowship Director, NYBC. The unique feature of this summit was the live discussion and sharing of the unique experiences of a recovered COVID-19 patient and the donor , himself a recovered patient, who has donated his convalescent plasma and helped in the path of the patient recovery.

Dr Madhavi, said, “This session was very well attended and received great accolades. The role of leadership in this kind on unprecedented times was evident with the manner how well the leaders in health care rallied their teams in providing best care possible. This was evident in this discussion. The supportive role of convalescent plasma was reviewed.”

“The results of the clinical trials in the near future will shed light on the role of plasma therapy in the recovery of patients. Logistics of establishing the donor registry, procurement of plasma and treating patients who meet the criterion for this modality of treatment was reviewed,” Dr Madhavi added.

The audience included several physicians from around the globe and their questions were answered. The AAPI virtual summit has included not only the amazing educational events but also several talent recognitions events, participation of leaders from different walks of healthcare, legislation and arts.


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