Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio
Our mission is “To use the resources and knowledge of AIPNO for the health and welfare of the community we serve.”
AIPNO is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to bring together the physicians of Indian origin practicing in Northern Ohio. The Association has more than 300 physician members.Since 1992, AIPNO has organized an Annual Endowment Fundraiser “Chiraag” and has targeted this fundraising event to local charities that are in need of funding and who will benefit greatly from the contributions. This event is made possible through the support of the AIPNO members, and continuous generous contributions of the leaders and members of the business community.
AIPNO hosts two Category I CME programs each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, for its members and other area physicians. Local presenters and experts from across the nation present lectures on topics of current interest to our community of physicians.
AIPNO, in collaboration with BAPS Medical Services, Inc., organizes a one-day Health-Fair each year at the BAPS Temple in Brunswick, Ohio. About 100 physician and non-physician volunteers provide services free of charge to over 600 individuals. A second Health-Fair, held each year at the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Parma, provides medical advice, education and selected health testing to over 750 participants with the help of 50 physicians.
At the Annual Dinner we recognize a physician by awarding a ‘Distinguished Physician Award ’ for his/her contributions to the medical profession, service to humanity, and achievements in research. A medical student who embodies these same qualities is also selected and awarded a scholarship. At the Annual Dinner we invite Congressmen, Senators, Indian community leaders, hospital executives and local representatives from corporate Cleveland.
AIPNO joined the Asian Indian community of Northeast Ohio for a fundraising event for the victims of the September 11, 2001 ‘Attack on America’. The funds collected provided help to the families affected by the attack. AIPNO has also raised funds for victims of the Orissa cyclone in 1999, the Gujarat earthquake in January 2001, the December 2004 Asian tsunami and hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
AIPNO supports and sponsors various medical camps in India each year, for example the Medical & Surgical Camp of Bidada Sarvodaya Trust in Kachchh, India. They give medical and surgical treatments to patients from over 1200 villages.
AIPNO also conducts educational programs for the member physicians, residents and medical students. AIPNO also provides articles on health education in AIPNO Pulse, and to a community publication, Lotus.