Board of Trustees

Mr. Edwin Casey

Chairman / Trustee

Biography

Chairman Casey was formerly President of the Rotary Club of New York and Managing Director of Operations of Trinity Church on Wall Street, New York. Currently, he is President of his own consulting firm which primarily specializes in serving the not-for-profit sector and is deeply committed to public service. Often a leader and speaker on corporate culture, motivation, and self-empowerment, he is an associate of the World Speakers Association.

Mr. Casey has received numerous awards including the NYC Apple Polisher Award, the Who’s/Who in the East and multiple Paul Harris Fellowships as well as the La Clave Award from the government of Spain.

Mr. Ravishankar Bhooplapur

President

Biography

President Bhooplapur has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years and is Founder & CEO of Vision Financial Services, New York. He has been awarded many industry awards and entered into “Hall of Fame” of insurance for his outstanding commitment & service to the industry. Ravi is a board member of numerous charities, hospitals, and businesses. He is the founder of the “Gift of Life, India” and has been instrumental in saving over 1500 children’s lives to date by providing heart surgery to children under the age of 15.

Ravi has worked with many hospitals and physicians nationwide (through his work with “Gift of Life, India”). He became the President of Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba almost 8 years ago. He is a very active member of Rotary International and was installed as District Governor of Rotary International July 2, 2009. The Rotary Foundation has awarded Mr. Bhooplapur:

  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Rotary Foundation’s highest award “Service above Self” for Ravi’s commitment to humanitarian work worldwide

He is a Hall of Fame Member at the Rotary Foundation and his portrait was installed at world headquarters in Evanston, Chicago in 2005. Mr. Bhooplapur was recognized by the United States Congress and presented an award by Congressman Gary Ackerman, for his outstanding contributions to local & international humanitarian causes.

Dr. J.G. Bhat

Chancellor / Trustee

Biography

Dr. Bhat received his M.B.B.S. and M.D. degrees from University of Mysore in India. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Government Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore, India, Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal, India and Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, U.S.A. He completed his fellowship training in nephrology at New York University Medical Center. He was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship for two years by New York State Kidney Disease Institute to continue research at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Bhat is a diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Internal Medicine in Nephrology. He has earned numerous honors and awards most notably, the Government of India’s Ministry of Health Merit Scholarship.

Dr. Bhat has been affiliated with most major medical and educational institutions in New York area for over three decades. He has been intimately involved with post-graduate medical education and has served on the panels of several residency and fellowship training programs in New York City area. His past faculty appointments included New York University School of Medicine and State University of New Health Sciences Center in Stonybrook, New York and Albert Einstein School of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He has held various administrative and leadership positions in various hospitals in New York including interim Chairman of Medicine and Medical Director at North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills, New York. He has an avid interest in research and has published numerous research papers in the fields of kidney diseases. He is considered an expert on health care economics in general and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program in particular and has been sought after speaker on this issue nationwide.

Dr. Bhat is co-founder of Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, a New York-based dialysis chain providing high quality dialysis services to patients with ESRD. He is currently serving as director on Kidney Care Council, a Washington D.C.-based industry group working with the government to improve quality of care for patients on dialysis. Dr. Bhat was appointed as Chancellor of Xavier University School of Medicine in Oranjestad, Aruba in 2008. He is also a trustee of the Xavier University Foundation in Aruba.

In recognition of his long and dedicated service to the people of New York State, Governor David Paterson appointed him to prestigious New York State Public Health Council in 2010. His appointment was confirmed by the State Senate and he served on the Establishment Committee and Health Personnel Committee of the Public Health Council. He was re-appointed by Governor Paterson to the newly formed New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council. He served as the Chairman of the Health Personnel Committee of Public Health and Health Planning Council from 2012- 2015.

Dr. Amin Mahmoud

Trustee

Biography

His Excellency Dr. Amin Mahmoud, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Jordan, and former Minister of Culture, has been named to the Board of Trustees of Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba. He has three times served as a member of the cabinet of Ministers of Jordan and twice been appointed Senator. Previously he served on the XXIV Senate Council and most recently he was appointed to the XXVI Senate Council of Jordan by Royal Decree on March 3, 2015.

He earned his Master’s degree in Modern History and International Relations at Georgetown University as a Fulbright Scholar. In 1972, he was conferred his doctorate in Modern History, after which he returned home to the University of Jordan as a teacher of history and political science. In 1984 in conjunction with Yarmouk University, he established the landmark Center for Hebrew Studies which focused on Isreali affairs. In 1986, he was awarded a professorship at the University of Kuwait in History and Political Science. He is also credited with the establishment of the Jordan University for Women. Throughout his career he has served as the president of four universities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

As Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, he championed and advanced international relations through educational projects and discussions with countries such as Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, China, Armenia and Saudi Arabia. He staunchly advocates international study opportunities in medicine for Jordanian students.

Dr. P.K. Prahalad, MBBS

Trustee

Biography

Dr. Prahalad is a graduate of St. John’s Medical College, one of India’s premier medical institutions located in Bangalore. Dr. Prahalad is licensed to practice in the State of Pennsylvania and is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and a Cardiac Anesthesiologist at the Community Medical Center Healthcare System. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Echo-Cardiography and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

Mr. Frank Croes

Trustee

Biography

Mr. Croes, currently residing in Aruba, is a trained barrister in Intellectual Property Rights and Constitutional, Public, and Administrative Rights. He currently functions as the Director of the Aruba Development Bank. Mr. Croes has served in the Aruban Parliament, wherein he drafted and revised laws and legal rules in the judicial and financial fields. He served as Technology Counselor with regards to judicial and financial aspects of foreign relations and was instrumental in the technical support of upgrading/automation Intellectual Property Rights in Netherlands Antilles. His expertise extends into re-organization where he spearheaded the genesis of the Office of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Human Resources on the Island of Aruba. He successfully drafted, planned, and budgeted both of the newly developed branches of government. He has also served as Commissioner in numerous Aruban Government agencies including Public Health; Judiciary Affairs and Treasury & Education.

Mr. Croes has served as Past District Governor of the Lions Club and was knighted and proclaimed an Officer in the Order of Nassau, for distinguishing merits to the benefit of mankind, by her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands on April 20th, 1994.

Dr. Obi Nwasokwa

Trustee

Biography

Dr. Nwasokwa graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1974. He continued on to John Hopkins University School of Medicine to obtain both his M.D. and Ph.D. in 1979. Dr. Nwasokwa completed both his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine Hospital in 1985. He has worked and managed his own practice as an invasive cardiologist. Dr. Nwasokwa has a number of scientific publications and contributions to the field of medical research.

Dr. Ravindra Kota

Trustee

Biography

Dr. Kota is a trained Surgeon who received his M.B.B.S. from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. Dr. Kota’s past experience as a General and Laparoscopic surgeon includes working at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, St. Catherine Hospital of Siena, and Caremax Surgical P.C. Dr. Kota is currently the Chairman and Executive Director at Premier Surgical PLLC.

Dr. Ravindra Kota devotes his time to helping those of need by providing surgical treatment for kids with congenital heart diseases through the “Gift of Life” program. Dr. Kota has also been recognized for his medical research and presentations including, “An Audit of Surgery for Seventy One Primary Parotid Tumors” (Dec, 1991).

Dr. Anthony Shallash

Trustee

Biography

Dr. Shallash received his M.D. from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. With a background and early career in emergency medical services, Dr. Shallash chose to focus on emergency medicine, having completed his Residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. He has held many respected and influential positions throughout the New York Area, including the Chairman of Emergency Medicine for St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in Brooklyn and Queens, and Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue, NY. Most recently, Dr. Shallash has worked within the Northwell Health – North Shore-LIJ Health system and was the Medical Director of LIJ Valley Stream Hospital.

His passion for emergency medical services and the field of emergency medicine continues in his free time as well, having served as an EMS On-Line Medical Control Physician for almost 20 years. Additionally, he has authored numerous articles in several medical journals and is associated with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee of New York City. He has continued to help the medical community by being a part of the Alumni Association for Downstate Medical Center.