World’s First Conference In US On Role Of Yoga And Meditation In Health And Medicine
Yoga has become a mass movement for wellness and spirituality by reviving our connect with nature
Shri. Subodh Tiwari
Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute
Gregory L. Frichhione
Harvard Medical School
Prof. (Dr.) Indranill Basu Ray
St. Francis Hospital, Memphis USA
Prof. (Dr.) Bhanu Duggal
All India Institutes of Medical Sciences
Dr. Rajesh Kotecha
Gujarat Ayurveda University
Dr. Darshan Mehta
Harvard Medical School
Prof. Subhash Manchanda
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Prof. C N Manjunath
Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Bangalore
Prof. Yashwant Pathak
University of South Florida, USA
Prof. (Dr.) Gautam Sharma
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Prof. Shantanu Tripathi
School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, India
Dr. KP Kochhar
Professor, Department of physiology
Prof. (Dr.) T.N Sathyaprabha
National Institute of Mental Health
Dr. M.L.B Bhatt
King George’s Medical University UP, Lucknow
Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi
Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga
Dr. B.N. Gangadhar
National Academy of Medical Sciences
World's First Conference in US on
"The Role of Yoga & Meditation in Health And Medicine"
with special emphasis on
"Yoga for Heart Disease"
"Integrated approach to Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases."
- American Academy of Yoga and Meditation, Memphis, TN, United States
October 30th through November 1st, 2020
At Memphis, TN, United States
H R Nagendra
Dr. H R Nagendra is the president of Vivekanada Yoga Anusandana Samsthana and Chancellor of S-VYASA University, a Category “A” University. He is the advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Yoga. He is also the President of the Indian Yoga Association. He has been extensively awarded by the Government of India, the United Kingdom and many other nations. He is considered the father of Yoga research not only in India, but the world over.
To be announced...
Dr. Indranil Basu Ray
Dr. Basu Ray is an Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiologist working out of Memphis, TN, USA. A Visiting Professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Science at Rishikesh, India. He is a former faculty member in Medicine (Cardiology) at the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Basu Ray has been meditating since the age of six. He is a disciple of Hariharnanda Giri, a kriya Yoga Master who was trained by Paramhansa Yogananda and Sri Yukteshwar Giri, – the great Kriya Yoga experts. His research centers on the use of meditation and yoga in modern medicine, particularly heart diseases.
He is also one of the ten cardiologists to write the world’s first scientific statement on the use of meditation in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases on behalf of the American Heart Association. Dr. Basu Ray has been invited to deliver lectures on his research at many premier institutes in the United States, including Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, Cleveland and the Mayo Clinic, as well as many other institutions in India and abroad.
Dr. Basu Ray is the author of numerous research articles and book chapters in cardiology. He is the editor of Clinical Cardiology, a book for medical curriculum for subspecialty training in cardiology with over 40 authors from all over the world. He is also the Editor in Chief for Cardiac Electrophysiology for Stat Pearl, an initiative to provide continuing medical education to physicians with the US National Library of Medicine under the National Institutes of Health.
Co Program Director
Dr. Akshay Anand
Akshay Anand graduated from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). After obtaining his post doctoral training at Department of Immunopathology in the same Institute he joined the University of Kentucky as Scientist II. After serving there for two years, he returned to join faculty of Department of Neurology PGIMER. Dr Anand is a research improvement specialist who is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration utilizing invitro, invivo, alternative and biotherapeutic approaches. His other researchinterests range from analyzing the role of genetic and other risk factors that modify ALSand AMD to screening of novel drugs for memory enhancement. He has also been involved in the discovery of animal model of AMD published in Nature Medicine. Dr Anand wasselected of ICMR Amrut Mody Unichem Prize- 2012, Annual PGI faculty award-2013, 2014, Sardar Vallabhabhi Patel Foundation9th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award, 2014, Scopus Young Scientist Award Runner up, National Academy of Sciences India, New Delhi, 2012, ICMR Shankuntla Amir Chand Award (2010), Young Scientist Award from DAE (2005), Retina Research Foundation / Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Award (2003), served as Judge at ISEF, USA (2002-3), obtained over 2 dozen International travel awards besides mentoring PhD students to lead the Swacch Bharat campaign for which the team was awarded the Bharat Nirman Award in the Behavioral change category by Ministry of Science and Technology(2017).
Dr. Darshan Mehta
Dr. Darshan Mehta is Medical Director and Director of Medical Education for the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Director of Education at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Raghavendra Rao
Raghavendravendra Rao is presently the Senior Scientist of the Clinical Research and Head CAM Program at Health Care Global Enterprises Ltd. Dr Raghavendra Rao holds a PhD in Yoga and Life sciences from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Bengaluru, India. He has completed several research projects in rheumatoid arthritis, prediabetes, diabetes, CVD risk prevention, the use of both yoga and naturopathy interventions. He has written many international research publications and book chapters on yoga and its application. He is a member of the Ministry of AYUSH, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy research portal, Government of India. He has also won awards in the fields of Ayurveda and Yoga research.
Dr. Sudesh Agrawal
He is an accomplished scientist and an entrepreneur. He received the International Young Scientist Award in 2008 for his work on cardiovascular medicine by the International Vascular Biology Society. He has worked as a senior scientist at the Cleveland Clinic for 17 years, has published multiple scientific research papers, book chapters, and reviews. Dr. Agrawal has organized various international scientific conferences including a joint conference on “Ayurveda in frontiers of public health” with Ministry of AYUSH in Delhi. Dr. Agrawal has a unique combination of research in traditional medicine and cardiovascular research.
Steering & Organising Committee
Sree N. Sreenath
Sree N. Sreenath, Ph.D., MNO, is a tenured full professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Director of Case GEMNI (Graduate Engineering & Management National and International) Program. His research and educational interests are in complexity, with applications in Systems Biology (leukemia, prostate cancer and hydrocephalus), Global Issues, and, Sustainable Development. He served the Co-Director of UNESCO GENIe Program – an international network of educational institutions (1996-2006), and as the Director of the Complex Systems Biology Center (2007-2016) at Case. He consults with many developing countries on issues of water, energy, and policy development.
He has received many scholarships and awards including the Best Undergraduate Teaching Award, Who’s Who Among Teachers in America, and the NIH Research Career Award. He published a technical treatise on Global Warming in 1990 and was a member of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the 1990’s. He served as a scenario panel member of the World Water Commission (1998-2000); a member on the UN World Water Assessment Program; and many National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) committees. He has lectured in 25 countries, and has organized more than 40 workshops, symposia, and conferences. He is the inductee to the 2019 class of Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
Since 2009, he is the President of Sewa International (www.sewausa.org), a Hindu faith-based charitable nonprofit working in the areas of disaster recovery, education, and, development. Sewa has 43 Chapters across the USA and serves regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. He is also the Executive Committee member of NAVIKA – a national cultural organization.
Professor Sreenath is a practitioner of Vedic Math – ancient Indian Math for over 30 years and has developed a curriculum to educate children. He lives with his wife Shobha in Solon, Ohio, and has two adult children Apurwa and Abhijit.
Mr. Kanchan Banerjee
Mr. Kanchan Banerjee is a Healthcare IT professional. He is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Boston Center of Excellence for Health and Human Development (BoCE).
He is a certified yoga teacher and have been giving yoga workshops especially on college campuses in the US for over 25 years. Apart from starting numerous cultural and social organizations in the US, he has been the Editor-In-Chief of an international magazine called New Global Indian. He is a prolific writer and speaker especially on Yoga and History. Mr. Kanchan Banerjee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Masters degree in Computer Science.
Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi
Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi is the Director of MorarjiDesai National Institute of Yoga, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, since June 2005. Earlier, he worked as Instructor, Lecturer and Head of the Deptt. of Yoga Studies, Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka for 16 years. He has more than 28 years of professional experience in Yoga education, therapy and research. He has imparted Yoga training and therapy to more than Eightythousand people of all sections of the society.
Dr. Basavaraddi is basically a Physicist having done his M. Sc. in Physics. Later he turned to Yoga and Yoga Philosophy. He did M. A. in Philosophy and Ph. D in Yoga Philosophy. He has two Post Graduate Diplomas to his credit – one in Yoga Education and another in Computer Application. He has got Yoga training for Advanced Yoga Sadhana at eminent Yoga Institutes under reputed Indian Yoga Masters.
Dr. Basavaraddi has participated in more than 320 National and International Conferences and Seminars and presented research papers. He has delivered more than 1000 Lectures /Lecture cum Demonstrations and conducted Yoga Workshops in different academic Institutions in India and abroad. He travelled abroad many times and represented MDNIY and Govt. of India. He is a member of several National and International committees/bodies of Govt. e.g. UGC, NCTE, NCERT,CBSE, SAI, ICCR, Railway Board etc. and NGO. He is the founder Secretary General of Indian Yoga Association a self-regulatory body of Leading Yoga Institutions of India. He was one of the main contributor for the successful organization of International day of Yoga celebrations organized by Govt. of India. He is also the main contributor in developing Common Yoga Protocol booklet and its DVDs in 15 languages. He was the Master of Ceremony giving Yoga Instructions to more than 40 thousand people including Honorable Prime Minister of India, at Rajpat, New Delhi , which went onto create two Guinness world records. Several initiatives have been taken up under his stewardship to propagate and promote Yoga across the country and abroad.
Dr. Basavaraddi is fond of music, dramatics and science fiction
Prof. Ravi Kant
Dr. Ravi Kant is a Professor of Surgery and Padma Shri award winner. He is director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has been a winner of the Dr. Bidhan Ray award as a nationally famed teacher and academician.
Well-known journalist and political commentator Swapan Dasgupta has worked for many leading Indian publications, including The Times of India. He was awarded the Padma Bhusan in 2015 for his contributions to literature and education. He is presently a sitting member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.
Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale is a molecular biologist who was the head of research at a large Indian multinational company. He is a leader in drug development, with experience both in India and abroad. He is also leading the quality control initiative on behalf of the Government of India.
Amit Sood is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, and is serving as Chair of the Mayo Mind Body Initiative. He practices Integrative Medicine and Family Care. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed original articles, as well as editorials and book chapters
Dr. Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi
Dr. Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi is a nationally renowned Journalist. A Ph.D. in History from one of India’s premier university Jawaharlal Nehru University, he has been active in many fields mainly related to social developments and poverty upliftment. He is also a political analyst and graces national TV channels as an expert.
Dr. Soumitra Kumar
Dr. Soumitra Kumar is a Consultant Cardiologist and the General Secretary of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI). CSI is the largest organization of Indian Cardiologists from all over the world.
Dilip Sarkar, a retired vascular surgeon turned Certified Yoga Therapist and Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, teaches Yoga Therapy both nationally and internationally to health care providers, with a focus on integrating yogic wisdom and the science of Western Medicine. He is the President of the International Association of Yoga Therapists; Chairman of the Board at the Life in Yoga Institute; Life Member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA); Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS); and Fellow, American Associations of Integrative Medicine (AAIM). He retired as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia and is currently the Chairman of the Center for Integrative Medicine and Yoga, Taksha Institute, Hampton, Virginia.
Dr. Amit Goswami
He is a retired full professor from the University of Oregon’s Department of Physics where he served from 1968 to 1997. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness,” an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe.
Goswami has written several other popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness including Physics of the Soul, The Quantum Doctor, Quantum Creativity, and The Everything Answer Book.
In his private life Goswami is a practitioner of spirituality and transformation. He calls himself a quantum activist.
Dr. Ravi Kant
He is curently working as Head division of Diabetes and Metabolism ,Department of Medicine at All India Institute of Médical Sciences ,Rishikesh .He is heading the departmentment of endocrinology at the same Institute as well .He is MD , from Institute of Medical sciences ,BHU Varanasi and master of hypertension both from Americam heart association and European society of hypertension .He recieved post graduante diploma In préventive Cardiology from Annamalai university and diploma In Diabetes from Boston University and Also from WHO .He Did his fellowship programme In diabetes from Christian Medical College , Vellore .He has been course Director for Harvard university for certificate course in Diabetology In India.He is Pioneer In starting fellowship In Diabetes In India at AIIMS Rishikesh and also PDCC programmes In diabetes .He has been instrumental In developing the course module for the certificate course for the Diabetes éducator and succèsfully runing thé Diabetes nurse éducator programme .There are numérous other certificate courses for Medical officers and persons involved In Care of diabetes.He has been principal investigation and CO- principal investigator In numérous intra and extra-mural projects.He has authored book for public on diabetes . He curently is the Secretary of South East Asian Diabetes foundation and also President of Uttarakhand Cardiabcon and office Bearer In other régional and national bodies.He is éditor In South East Asian Medical clinics , Journal of préventive médicine and holistic Health , journal of Diabetes and endocrine society of Nepal.He is Supervisor to Many doctoral and post doctoral students.
Sutirtha Bhattacharya is a senior IAS officer and the former Chairman and MD of Coal India Limited. He is now a senior advisor to the West Bengal Government.
Prof. Gautam Sharma
He is a Professor in Department of Cardiology and Professor in Charge of Centre for Integrative Medicine and Research (CIMR) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is also a visiting Professor at S-VYASA University, Bangalore. Dr Sharma did his M.D in Internal Medicine from PGIMER Chandigarh and DM in Cardiology from AIIMS, New Delhi. His Post-Doctoral Fellowship was in Cardiac Electrophysiology from Royale Adelaide Hospital, Australia. He is a senior interventional cardiologist with expertise in complex coronary interventions and Radio-frequency Ablation for cardiac arrhythmias, his area of interest being Arterial Fibrillation (AF). He has authored several scientific publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and is a regular speaker at national and international cardiac electrophysiology conferences focusing on AF. He is passionate about integrating Yoga and other Indian Traditional healing systems with modern medicine.
Lalit K Jha
Lalit K Jha is currently working as the Chief U.S. Correspondent for the The Press Trust of India. He has twelve years of proven expertise in writing compelling news articles and investigative reports for major newspapers and wire services in India and the United States.
Dr Telles has been the director of the Patanjali Research Foundation, India since 2007. She has a degree in conventional medicine (MBBS) and a MPhil and PhD in Neurophysiology. Dr. Telles has written over 160 research papers on yoga and integrative medicine cited in major databases. She has also coauthored a book on Yoga as Medicine.
Dr. Santanu K Tripathi is Professor and Head of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata. He is Life Member of many professional societies and a member of the Drug Information Association (DIA) Advisory Council of India. He is considered a national authority on the autonomic nervous system and its pharmacological manipulation.
Partha Pratim Chakrabarti
Partha Pratim Chakrabarti (Chakraborty) is a reputed, much awarded Indian computer scientist. He is a distinguished professor and the present director of IIT Kharagpur. He is also an honorary awardee of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology.
Dr. Arunangshu Talukdar MD, PhD, (USA) is a Professor of Medicine at the Calcutta Medical College. His research has been on infectious disease. He is an educationist, academician and a researcher of national repute.
Dr. Subhas Chand Manchanda
Subhash Chand Manchanda is an Indian cardiologist and a former Professor of Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is presently a senior consultant at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 2004.
Prasenjit Baksi is a senior journalist based in Kolkata, India, but with a wide network of connections at the national level throughout India. Prasenjit is now a panel columnist of the India Today portal at the DailyO. He is also contributing his journalistic expertise to various television channels, newspapers and production houses.
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha
Rajesh Kotecha is an internationally famed Ayurvedic physician. He has held multiple prestigious positions, including that of the Vice Chancellor at Gujrat Ayurveda University. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India on Jan 26th, 2015. He is presently the Secretary of AYUSH, the Government of India’s department for oversight of teaching and research in the field of Ayurvedic education.
Dr. Raghavendra Bhat
Dr. Bhat is working as an assistant professor in the division of Yoga and Life Sciences at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA). He is also a Sub-Editor of the International Journal of Yoga (I-JOY), a peer reviewed PubMed indexed journal. He has published multiple research papers on yoga and co-authored a chapter on “Yoga: Physiology & Applications in Therapy and Rehabilitation” in a Best and Taylor’s Physiological Basis of Medical Practice for Students.
Dr. Subir Choudhury is an academician and educationist in the field of engineering. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering. He is responsible for initiating internationally acclaimed educational institutional programs in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He is the Founder-Trustee at B.P.Poddar Institute of Management and Technology, and St.Thomas College of Engineering and Technology, based in Kolkata, India.
Dr. Chanchal Roy
Yogacharya Dr. Chanchal Roy is a practitioner of classical homoeopathic medicine in the field of chronic diseases. His passion is Kriyayog, which is the ancient science of soul culture in which India has specialized since time immemorial. He is a disciple of Paramhansa Hariharananda Giri ji Maharaj in the unbroken linege of Mahaatar Babaji, Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri, Sriyuktswar ji and Paramhansa Yogananda ji. Presently he is teaching special techniques of meditation to cure different diseases, including cardiac diseases.
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, is an internationally famed yoga researcher and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. An author of multiple original articles on Yoga, he is also the senior author of one of the largest selling books on Yoga as Medicine. In his personal life, he is a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He coordinates the annual Symposium on Yoga Research, is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, author of the ebook, Your Brain on Yoga, and chief editor of the medical textbook, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.
Prafulla Ketkar, is a senior journalist and the editor of Organiser (weekly), one of the oldest national magazines of India. He has experience of over 20 years in the fields of research, media and academics. He is also Governing Council Member of the School of Journalism, Delhi University. He has been writing on issues related to International politics and foreign policy, with special reference to China and Southeast Asia, trade and economy, and non-military security issues. He has authored many original texts on national security issues and appeared on many national channels as an expert in his subject matter.
Dr Ashok Kumar Varshney is a social worker working at various levels to popularize different forms of medicine, including Ayurveda, Allopathy, Unani and Homeopathy. He has a PhD in Biochemistry with exceptional experience and national service in establishing a working medical system using all the different modes of therapy to create a robust health system for the one billion people of India. Since 2012, he has been working as a National Organizing Secretary of Arogya Bharti, a non profit organization in the health field that is headquartered at Bhopal, India.
Dr. Dinesh Patel
Dr. Dinesh G. Patel MD, is a internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon and the Emeritus Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University at Boston, MA. Dr. Patel has been a mentor to hundreds of trained surgeons all over the world in this field. He has been cited by U.S. News and World Reports as one of the world’s best doctors. Massachusetts General Hospital unveiled in his name The Dinesh G. Patel M.D. Arthroscopy Learning Laboratory in 2010.
Yogini Kali Ji
Kaliji is internationally renowned as a yogini and founder of TriYoga. Traveling throughout the world to offer TriYoga, Kaliji has presented over 50 keynote addresses and programs at yoga conferences and other venues. In the tradition of ancient yoga, the origin and development of TriYoga is guided by Kriyavati siddhi (kundalini manifesting as yogaflow), as expressed through Kaliji. In this way, she has brought forth TriYoga, including more than 1300 hasta (hand) mudras and the systematization of asana and pranayama. There are now over 2000 teachers teaching in 40+ countries and 65 centers. Kaliji is founder of Chant Club®, a music ensemble presenting Sanskrit chants. Vegan for over 40 years, Kaliji teaches the ahimsa trinity for animals, ecology and health.
Message from Chairman
Dr. H R Nagendra( Director, S-vyasa University )
Invitation from the Program Director
Dr. Indranil Basu Ray( Program Director )
Invitation from the Director-AIIMS Rishikesh
Prof. Ravi Kant( Director )
Yoga in Cardiovascular Medicine
Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa(Asst. Prof-Medicine, Harvard Medical School)