Advancing South Asian Cardiovascular Health

An In-Person & Virtual International CE accredited Conference Focusing on South Asian Heart Health


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.


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.

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.