SVCVH Conference 2022


The international conference will bring together the voices of world-renowned experts in the field as well as patients and community members who live with heart disease in an efort to understand how collaborative decision-making can help improve heart health outcomes in South Asians in the United States. South Asians are among the fastest growing ethnic groups in the US, and show high rates of heart disease, as compared to other populations. With not enough research to examine their unique risks and develop effective ways to manage and care for their disease.

South Asians (SA) are among the fastest growing racial/ethnic groups in the US and bear a highly disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD). SAs have the highest CVD rates among all racial/ethnic groups in the US, with a significantly higher prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD), type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and a higher percentage of body fat than other immigrant groups and whites. Also, SAs tend to develop CAD at a younger age, often before 40 in men, and are more likely to die from CAD than other ethnic groups.

SAs in the US have few established resources related to their high risk for CVD, with significant implications for their health and well-being. Poor CVD outcomes management in SAs may be due to a lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate education materials for patients, inadequate patient knowledge of the healthcare system, lack of health insurance, and other social determinants - an area of further research. This diverse population also often faces tremendous cultural, socioeconomic, linguistic, and structural obstacles to achieving good health. Compounding these challenges, there is a dearth of detailed data on the unique risks, etiologic mechanisms, and effective interventions for CVD in first- and second-generation SAs in the US. This can lead to sub-optimal management of CVD, its risk factor modification, and thus increased recurrent CAD events, exacerbating racial/ethnic disparities and increasing the economic burden of CVD in the US.

In order to begin reversing this knowledge deficit, providers, patients, and shareholders need to be able to 1) identify risk factors, including social determinants, 2) learn about CVD management from worldwide programs, 3) understand the value of research participation in establishing priorities for future work on managing CVD in SAs in the US.

This international conference on South Asian cardiovascular health is designed to provide a high-quality scientific forum in a collaborative environment, which will include patients and providers. Internationally renowned researchers and clinicians will lead sessions addressing CVD risk factors, barriers to management, the role of Big Data, community prevention strategies, and the state of South Asian cardiovascular health in the United States from the AHA, ADA, and NIH perspectives.

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Conference Goals
  • Identify unique risk factors, including social determinants, of cardiovascular disease in South Asians in order to establish a framework for strategies for prevention, early diagnosis, and targeted treatment
  • Exchange information from worldwide programs to better understand and enhance cardiovascular disease management and post-acute care in South Asians
  • Foster patient-provider dialogue in promoting best practice guidelines and research to improve South Asian cardiovascular health outcomes
  • Establish strategic priorities for future efforts in managing cardiovascular disease in South Asians .
Target Audience
This activity is designed for healthcare professionals, trainees, and students involved with or interested in the healthcare of South Asians. In addition, this activity will be beneficial for patients, families/caretakers, community leaders and members, and social institutions so they can learn how they can assist with promoting optimal health for this diverse population.
CE Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, SKN Foundation, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: This activity is awarded 12.25 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should claim only those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Method of Participation
In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are expected to formally register for the symposium, check in at the registration desk and attend the program each day (in-person)/watch the webcast, and complete an online evaluation at the conclusion of the program. A CE certificate will be emailed to participants upon completion of the online evaluation.

Registration Fees (in USD)

Healthcare Professional With CE credits $250 USD
Healthcare Trainee (student, resident, fellow) With CE credits $125 USD
Community Member $125 USD
With CE Credits $100 USD
No CE Credits $25 USD

Registration fee includes continuing education credits and course material; in-person registration also includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and lunches. Registration can only be accepted through our secure on-line website through September 15, 2022. Registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. If payment is not received in time for the activity, SKN Foundation reserves the right to cancel the registration. Reduced, one-day tuition rates are not available.

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Cancellation Fee/Refund
A full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee, will be granted if notice is received no later than September 1, 2022. Refunds will not be issued for any cancellations received after September 1, 2022 and cannot be given for no shows. To cancel, please contact Sabuha by email at


Hyatt Regency
2 Albany St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Reservations at Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, New Jersey can be made by calling (732) 873-1234 or visiting the Hyatt’s website online. Conference Room rates: $119 per night plus tax and fees can be found through our room block link

A discounted parking rate is available for conference attendees.

For additional program information, questions, or concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact Sabuha Qureshi-Din by phone at 908-671-1344 or by email at

The SKN Foundation reserves the right to modify the activity content, faculty and activities, and reserves the right to cancel this activity, if necessary. If the activity is canceled, liability is limited to the registration fee.


SKN Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to promote the total wellness of the person and community through education. Given the radical health disparities in access to care, service utilization and quality, and outcomes in the South Asian diaspora, SKN aims to limit risk factor development through education and increase health literacy and access for all South Asians.

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) is an academic health center dedicated to achieving excellence in medical and health professions education, research, and patient care. EVMS enjoys a unique relationship with the people of southeastern Virginia. The school’s clinical and research missions are tailored to address the health issues that confront the people of Hampton Roads. The vision of EVMS is to be recognized as the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the United States. Our School of Health Professions offers more than 30 graduate and post-graduate level programs in public health and related fields.

Education Partners
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) is the health care education, research, and clinical division at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The nine schools of RBHS collectively comprise New Jersey’s largest and most influential constellation of academic institutions devoted to medicine, dentistry, advanced health-related sciences, pharmacy, public health, nursing, and the full spectrum of allied health professions. As New Jersey’s premier,university-based provider of health care, RBHS offers excellence in care while advancing health sciences education and research across a range of disciplines. Through basic, translational, and clinical research – spanning the life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences – RBHS advances knowledge and technology that drive education, medical breakthroughs, and economic development while improving lives throughout New Jersey and in the global community. RBHS plans and provides a continuing education program with the goal of improving the skills, strategies, and performance of healthcare team members and its individual members.


Sunita Dodani MBBS (MD), FCPS, MSc, PhD, FAHA

Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine & Professor, School of Health Professions (SHP)

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), & Founding Director, EVMS-Sentara Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute (HADSI)

Founder and Chair, Health Equity Collaborative of Virginia

Board Member, American Heart Association- National Research Committee

Board Director, American Heart Association- Hampton Roads Chapter

Naveen Mehrotra, MD, MPH

Director, My Whole Child Pediatrics

Founder and Executive Director, SKN Foundation

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Rutgers-RWJ Medical School

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rutgers-RWJ School of Public Health

Meena S. Murthy, MD, FACE

Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolism

Director, Thyroid and Diabetes Center

Director, South Asian Institute and SKN South Asian Diabetes Center

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ


Salim Yusuf, D.Phil, FRCPC, FRSC, O.C

Heart and Stroke Foundation/Marion W. Burke Chair in Cardiovascular Disease

Distinguished University Professor of Medicine, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Raj Bhopal, CBE, DSc (hon), MD, BSc, MBChB, MPH, FRCP(E), FFPH

Emeritus Professor of Public Health Edinburgh Migration, Ethnicity and Health Research Group, Usher Institute, Medical School, University of Edinburgh


Guillermo Umpierrez


President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association

Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine;

Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism,

Chief of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Grady Health Systems,

Emory University School of Medicine, GA

Donald Lloyd-Jones


President, American Heart Association

Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine.

Eileen M. Foell Professor. Professor of Preventive Medicine

(Epidemiology), Medicine (Cardiology) and Pediatrics,

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL


Arun Chockalingam


Professor of Medicine and Global Health, University of Toronto

Professor and Advisor to the Dean on Global Health, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, Canada

Founding Director, Office of Global Health, NHLBI, NIH

Yuling Hong


Chief, Epidemiology Branch

Division of Cardiovascular Sciences


Alka Kanaya


Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), CA

Co-Leader, Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study

Ashish Mathur

B.Tech, MS

Co- Founder & Executive Director, South Asian Heart Center, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA

V. Mohan

MD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Ireland), PhD, DSc, D.c (Hon. Causa), FNASc, FASc, FNA, FACE, FACP, FTWAS, MACP, FRS (Edinburgh)

Chairman, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care, Southern India President and Director, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, India

Latha Palaniappan


Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health), Stanford University School of Medicine, CA

Scientific Director, Precision Genomics and Pharmacogenomics in Primary Care, Stanford Division of Primary Care and Population Health

Faculty Co-Director, Stanford Biobank

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE), Stanford Medicine

Daniel J. Rader


Chief, Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics

Associate Director, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics

Director, Preventive Cardiovascular Program

Seymour Gray Professor of Molecular Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, PA

Salim Virani


Professor in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research

Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Co-Director, VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research & Development


Sunitha Banda

Mrs. Sunitha Banda is a management consultant and a South Asian community member, a CV patient caretaker with personal experience of losing several family members to CVD complications.

Puneet Bhargava

Mr. Puneet Bhargava is a Pharmaceutical Alliance Management Director and a South Asian community spokesperson who advocates for a healthier lifestyle as a means of reversing Diabetes as he has done!

Amanda Clarke


Amanda Clarke works with Dr. Dodani as the Research and Community Outreach Manager at HADSI(Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute). She is working with the entire team closely on conference organization and implementation.

Aparna Kalbag


Dr. Aparna Kalbag is Research Director at SKN Diabetes Center and has over 20 years of experience working with organizations focused on improving South Asian mental and physical health.

Annah Kuriakose


Dr. Annah Kuriakose is the Program Director of SKN Foundation and SKN South Asian Diabetes Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College and her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi.

Renee DiMarzio

Renee DiMarzio is Executive Director of Departments of Medicine and Family Practice at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, with over 30 years of health care experience in academic, clinical and community settings. She is highly regarded as an enthusiastic, creative, transformational leader dedicated to develop services that deliver the highest quality patient care in a compassionate environment.

Sunil Parikh


Dr. Sunil Parikh is an Outreach Director and Health Navigator at the SKN South Asian Diabetes Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. He also serves as the President of Sight Saving Academy of India (SSAI). He worked with the NJ State Commission for the Blind for over 30 years, through which he helped to develop Project BEST (“Better Eye-Health Services and Treatment”).

Patrick Dwyer

Patrick Dwyer is the Director of Continuing Medical Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center for Continuing and Outreach Education (CCOE). Patrick is responsible for the overall continuing education program for Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and external stakeholders and partners.

Nayan K. Kothari


Dr. Nayan Kothari, is Chair of Department of Medicine and is the Chief Academic Officer and is the Founder and Director of Institute for Bedside Medicine at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. He is Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency and hold the titles of Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Academic Affiliate at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is honored Visiting Adjunct Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University and is currently the Governor of American College of Physicians – NJ Southern Chapter.

Joan C. Lynn


Joanie Lynn, FNP-BC, MSN is a pioneer in developing the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse at Saint Peter’s University Hospital over 17 years. She has diverse experience in Performance Improvements with the Internal Medicine Residency. Mentored by and in collaboration with Dr. Nayan Kothari, she is most proud of their Clergy Health Practice, Clinical Bedside skills program and Bedside Integrated Observership Program.

Jagdish Talreja

Mr. Jagdish Talreja is a technology entrepreneur and a South Asian community spokesman as a diabetes patient with personal expertise in managing lipid abnormalities and metabolic syndrome.

Sabuha Qureshi-Din


Ms. Sabuha Qureshi-Din, SKN Director of Administrative Services, is a licensed pharmacist specializing in organization management. She coordinates all SKN Foundation activities, including the SA health events.