Association of Kerala Medical Graduates/AKMG



An important and continuing goal of AKMG ever since it's inception in the 1980's is to improve health care in Kerala through bettering medical education at all levels. AKMG has provided financial support of half a million dollars to establish 4 Learning Resources Centers at medical colleges in Kerala

In October 2013, at the AKMG convention in Houston, a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AKMG and Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) to explore, collaborate and develop a partnership that leads to improved education, training and research in health sciences in Kerala was signed by the President (Dr. Freemu Varghese), AKMG and the Vice-Chancellor (Dr. K. Mohandas), KUHS. This partnership does not entail any financial commitment or encumbrance to either party.

Following up on the MoU, the current president of AKMG, Dr. Parameswaran Hari appointed a Kerala Educational Initiative Committee (KEIC) to formulate plans and to collaborate with KUHS. The members of AKMG- KEIC are: Dr. C.S. Pitchumoni (Chair), Dr. Basil Varkey (Vice-Chair), Dr. T.S. Dharmarajan (Vice-Chair, Programs and Projects), Dr. Easwaran Variyam (Vice-Chair, Research), Dr. Enas Enas (Vice-Chair, Co-ordination and Liaison), Dr. Paul Cherian and Dr. Jame Abraham. AKMG leaders Drs. P. Hari, F. Varghese, Alex Thomas, Sunil Kumar and Majeed Paduvana will serve as ex-officio members. The KEIC after several meetings and extensive discussions prepared a list of domains and teaching methods for a spectrum of learners- medical students, physicians in training and faculty- in all the medical colleges under KUHS.

In November 2013, a Joint Coordination Committee consisting of 6 members of KEIC and 6 members of KUHS discussed several domains that included undergraduate curriculum, residency training, visiting faculty program (VFP), web-based learning, clinical and research mentoring, research collaboration, emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, nutrition, palliative care, communication, medical ethics and professionalism and performance improvement and chose 4 priority areas- VFP, web-based learning, clinical and research mentoring and research collaboration- for implementation.

In January 2014, the inaugural VFP took place at the Trivandrum Medical College with the Vice-Chancellor and Dean in attendance. The Visiting Faculty Program Calendar Section lists the programs that have taken place and will be updated semi-annually.

2. Visiting Faculty Requirements:

3. Faculty Application Forms:

There are 2 parts to the application forms that complement each other. Below are helpful guidelines to complete them:

1. Introduction is a brief descriptive curriculum vitae. For uniformity please note the following:

2. Expertise is self-explanatory. In addition to broad areas be as specific as possible pertinent to foci of interests and topics for lectures and courses. (Example available on request)

Note: Please direct questions on VFP to Dr. Enas Enas (Vice-Chair, Co-ordination and Liaison).

4. Visiting Faculty Program Calendar:

Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) Calendar:  2014 –2015

Parameswaran Hari, MBBS, MD, MRCP, MS 
Armand Quick- William F Stapp Professor of Medicine
Section Head, Hematologic Malignancies and Transplantation
Division of Hematology & Oncology
Medical College of  Wisconsin
Millwaukee, Wisconsin
Date November 26, 2014
Topic Transplantation, high dose therapy for Non-Hematological Cancers.
Venue Regional Cancer Center, Trivandrum
Audience Faculty and students
Attendance ˜60
Format Comments Lecture and case based discussion followed by questions
Basil Varkey MD, FRCP (C), FCCP 
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
(Pulmonary & Critical Care)
Former Director of Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date January 27, 2014
Topic Ethics and Professionalism: Intertwined and essential elements for competent patient care
Venue Trivandrum Medical College
Audience Faculty, Practitioners, Post-graduates
Attendance ˜60
Format Lecture+ Q & A1 hour, 5 mts
Comments Formal Inaugural VFP
Opening remarks - Vice Chancellor Mohandas
Concluding remarks- Dean Praveenlal

5. Visiting Faculty List

Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) Faculty List

   Faculty Specialty/Expertise



 CS Pitchumoni MD, MPH, FRCP (C), MACP, MACP(C),
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine
New Brunswick, NJ
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Clinical Nutrition
Saint Peter's University Hospital
New Brunswick, New Jersey



 Basil Varkey MD, FRCP (C), FCCP
Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Pulmonary & Critical Care)
Former Director of Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Palliative Care
Medical Ethics


 Easwaran Variyam MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas




 T.S. Dharmarajan MD, MACP, AGSF
Professor of Medicine
New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Associate Dean (Montefiore Medical Center, Wakefield),
NY Medical College
Vice-Chairman, Department of Medicine
Clinical Director, Division of Geriatrics
Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program
Montefiore Medical Center (Wakefield Campus, Bronx, NY)

Geriatric Medicine


 Enas A. Enas MD, FACC,
Chief Executive, CADI
(Coronary Artery Disease among Asian Indians) Research Foundation,
Lisle, IL
Research website

Heart Disease among


 Parameswaran Hari, MBBS, MD, MRCP, MS
Armand Quick- William F Stapp Professor of Medicine
Section Head, Hematologic Malignancies and Transplantation
Division of Hematology Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Millwaukee, Wisconsin
AKMG President

Hematologic Malignancies & Transplanation


 Salim Yusuf, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, FRSC, O.C. 
Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
Executive Director, Population Health Research Institute
McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences
Vice President Research, Hamilton Health Sciences
Heart and Stroke Foundation/
Marion W. Burke Chair in Cardiovascular Disease 
President Elect, World Heart Federation

Global Health


 Jame Abraham, M.D. FACP,
Director, Breast Oncology Program,
Cleveland Clinic, Tausig Cancer Institute
9500 Euclid Ave | R-35 |
Cleveland | OH | 44195,

Breast cancer
Clinical Research


 K. Sreekumaran Nair, MD, PhD, FRCP (London), FACP
David Murdock Dole Endowed Professorship and
Distinguished Mayo Investigator
Consultant and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolism
Principal investigator (NIH) and
Director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Metabolomics Core
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

Lipid disorders


 M.V. Pillai MD,
Adjunct Professor of Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Chairman, India Task Force, Open Educational Resources in Cancer India (OERCINDIA.MERLOT.ORG)
Chairman Oncology, Astermedcity Oncology Center of Excellence.

GI cancers


 Paul J Thuluvath MD, FRCP
Professor of Medicine & Surgery,
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Medical Director, Institute of Digestive Health and Liver Disease,
Chief Gastroenterology, Mercy Medical center, Baltimore, MD

Liver Transplantation


 Pradeep Mammen MD, FACC, FAHA
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine,
Heart Failure, Ventricular Assist Devices, & Heart Transplant Program
Division of Cardiology UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Medical Director, Neuromuscular Cardiomyopathy Clinic
Director, Translational Research for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Program

Heart Transplant


Kottil W. Rammohan, MD
Professor, Clinical Neurology
University of Miami,
Miami, Florida
Emeritus Professor of Neurology
The Ohio State University,
Columbus, Ohio

Parkinson's Disease


 Rajasekharan (Raj) P. Warrier MD, DCH, AB (PED, PHO), FAAP, FIAP
Professor Emeritus and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at LSUHSC /Children's Hospital, New Orleans
Clinical Professor, Dept Of Pediatrics, Tulane University
Adjunct Professor , Manipal University, India
Professor Of Pediatrics, University Of Queensland, Australia
Section Head, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,
Ochsner Center For Children
New Orleans, LA.

Pediatric Hematology
Pediatric Oncology


Prathibha Varkey, MD, MPH, MHPE, MBA
Adjunct Professor of Medicine and of Preventive Medicine, Mayo Clinic
President/CEO Clinical Enterprise,
Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, TX

Quality Improvement
Curriculum Development
Healthcare Management
Clinical Preventive



 Paul Cherian MD
Former Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Executive Dean
American University of College of Medicine St. Lucia



 Biju Mathew BSc, MBBS, MRCP Psych (UK), FRCPC, DPM
Clinical Associate Professor,
University of British Columbia,
Chief of Psychiatry, Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge
Clinical Director Psychiatry Services, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows
Director, Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation
Executive Member British Columbia Psychiatric Association
Professional Standards of Practice Committee
Canadian Psychiatric Association




 Rajesh Ramachandran Nair, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor,
Department of neurology
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Neurologist, McMaster Children's Hospital




 Roy M. John, MD, PhD
Associate Professor,
Harvard Medical School
Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Department of Medicine,
Brigham and Women's Hospital,
Boston, MA



 Rojymon Jacob, MD
Associate Professor,
Clinical and Radiation Oncology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Clinical Oncology
Radiation oncology


Mathew Yaltho MDM.R.C(psych (UK) DPM (London),FRCP ©
DTM & H (Calcutta)
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA




Nigil Haroon MD, PhD, DM
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Rheumatology,
Faculty, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
Chair, Wait Time Alliance, Canadian Rheumatology Association
Clinician Scientist, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada.



Prem KG Chandran,MD, FRCP(E), FRCP©
Adjnct Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Medicine,
University of Iowa,
Iowa City, Iowa