Our Board

Who We Are

AFPH's board has volunteered since its beginnings in 2005 and has spent countless hours developing and refining its outreach model. The board's members have diverse medical interests but share a passion for community service, and the improvement of medical education and medical care delivery.

Amer Assal, M.D. (CFO)

Amer's career in medicine and health began at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he was a Health Research Training Program intern. He coordinated a clinical research project studying cancer patient's quality of life post-treatment. He later worked for Access Community Health Network in Chicago, helping in development and program management. Amer studied biological sciences and philosophy at the City University of New York, Lehman College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He went on to study medicine at New York University School of Medicine. There he coordinated screening and health risk assessment outreach events with the South Asian Cardiovascular Health group (SACH), which later became the Alliance for Preventive Health (AFPH). He has been a member of the board of directors of AFPH since its inception, and he is enthusiastic about its potential to ameliorate the diaparities in access to healthcare services among the various socioeconomic groups of New York City. He is currently a resident physician at New York University Langone Medical Center and is active in clinical research. He hopes to pursue a career in Hematology/Oncology as a academic physician.

Ramanath Bhandari, M.D. (Chapter Relations Officer)

Ramanath Bhandari obtained a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Miami graduating Summa Cum Laude before pursuing his Medical Doctorate at New York University. He graduated from New York University School of Medicine with Honors after spending a year at the National Institute of Health where he worked at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). He then completed his intern training in medicine at University of Chicago and is currently in his third year of post-graduate medical training as an ophthalmologist at the State University of New York in Brooklyn. He is currently researching diabetic disease manifestations within the eye and hopes to apply this knowledge in career taking care of retinal disorders of the diabetic eye. He sees the Alliance for Preventive Health as a means of decreasing disparities in at risk populations without proper access to healthcare.

Ravneet Kaur (Chairperson)

David Rubinstein, M.D. (Senior Advising Board Member)

Satya Rao, M.D. (Advisory Director)

Satya Rao is a physician based in New York City. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine in 2009 at New York University Langone Medical Center, during which he especially enjoyed working with the underserved patient population of Bellevue Hospital Center. Satya has a special interest in community service, and has been very active in the community since high school when he began working with Habitat for Humanity in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. His medical interests include cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly in South Asian populations, and electrophysiological pathophysiology. He is delighted to have found the combination of these social and academic passions in the Alliance for Preventive Health.

Sayone Thihalolipavan, M.D. (Secretary)

"Service is the rent you pay for life." This is a philosophy that Sayone Thihalolipavan tries to live by. Sayone was personally exposed to social issues, such as poverty and domestic violence, which shaped his views of the world personally and professionally. During his medical school training at NYU School of Medicine, he became more exposed to the plight of the underserved and how health care is often one's last priority when more pressing issues need to be addressed. He was a Primary Care Public Health Scholar for which he spearheaded a Community Public Health Institute and was chosen to present for the Dr.Saul J. Farber Public Health Student Lecture. He also had the honor of interning at the Center for Immigrant Health, Center for Studies of Asian American Health, and the Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access. He quickly realized that although he loves treating the individual patient, there are many systems issues and preventive strategies that, if addressed, can decrease hospitalizations and morbidity while increasing one's quality of life. Since his interests lie more in population medicine and public health, Sayone is currently a Preventive Medicine Resident at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygeine while attaining a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. He is humbled by his colleagues at AFPH and hopes that the Alliance for Preventive Health will empower the underserved and help connect those most in need into a health network.

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