Management

OUR MANAGEMENT
Daivamani Sivasailam PRESIDENT

Daivamani Sivasailam has a B.E in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy and a M.S. in Transportation Engineering from Virginia Tech. Since 1984 he has worked in various aspects of Transportation and currently is a Manager at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

He has devoted most of his free time for the Tamil Community in the US at the national level and local level. For the past 15 years he and a few friends have run a Tamil School in Maryland and over 250 students are currently enrolled in the school.

He is also involved with Tamil Nadu Foundation, a charitable organization founded in 1974 for the past 34 years and was the immediate past President. He successfully implemented a number of rehabilitation projects during helping the people affected by the 2015 floods. He believes in the effectiveness of Siddha Medicine which has its roots in Tamilagam of Sangam era and feels the knowledge should be spread to all.

Mrs. Senthamarai Prabhakar
Secretary

Mrs. Senthamarai Prabhakar (goes by Thamarai) , former president of FeTNA ( Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America).
www.fetna.org

Served as a Director in the Board, Joint Secretary, Secretary, Vice President and President in FeTNA from 2011 to 2018.
Also served as President in local Tamil organization, Greater Charlotte Tamil Association, a registered non-profit organization in North Carolina between 2011 and 2014.
www.cltts.org

Key volunteer in the formation of Tamil schools ( Arasinagara Tamil Palli ) and an active volunteer teacher till now
https://arasinagaratamilpalli.org/

Active volunteer in various Charitable organizations working on Social, Cultural, Environmental and Empowerment of Women.

Jayabalan Sundaravelu Treasurer

I have a MS in Economics from AVVM Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Thanjavur. Have been living here in USA about 20 years. Currently working at Duke University Children’s hospital in Finance department of Patient Revenue management.

Although far from home, I have always had passion for serving Tamil community here in US and back home in Tamilnadu. Most of my time is spent on serving the Tamil community. I served as a Board member, Secretary and President in Carolina Tamil Sangam, NC.

My passion for Tamil community and the Tamil language has driven me to help Pollachi Thai Tamil Palli (School) for the past several years. This has been instrumental in the lives of several kids in the school. I have always been a strong supporter and practice natural therapy. I have great interest in Siddha medicine and its outcomes in the growing interests of integrative medicine. It is an honor and great opportunity to serve GCSMR.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Sornam Sankar Biology Program Director

Sornam Sankar (also known as Sornam Sankarapandi)

Currently working as Vice President of Enterprise Architecture in a Multinational Bank in the US. Living in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Education

Ph. D. (Biophysical Chemistry): Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
Research Fellowship, Cardiology: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
M. S. (Computer Science): Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering, Baltimore, USA
Professional Experience:

1990-1993 Visiting Assistant Professor (Chemistry): The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 1994-1995 Science Journalist, Down To Earth & Freelancing in New Delhi
1995-1999 Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA 2000-2018 Deutsche Bank, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Research Publications:

Published a number of research articles in Peer Reviewed Journals in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Medical Sciences. They can be found in the below link:
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fjyRD-QAAAAJ

Popular Science Publications (few samples):

Had some experience in writing popular science stories and news articles for magazines & newspapers in India. Following are few examples:
https://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/elementary-order-27367

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/cracking-the-cancer-code-32385

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/can-the-grim-reaper-wait-please-27696

More articles (subscription required)
https://www.downtoearth.org.in/author/s-sankarapandi-1204

Community Activities:

Ever since I migrated to the US, I have been volunteering my free time for various Tamil & Indian organizational activities. Following are few highlights:
In 1991 when the computer networking started just before internet, few friends joined together to start the first internet Tamil discussion group called “Soc. Culture. Tamil” which was then managed by Indiana University (now Google).
Since 2000, I have been actively contributing to Washington Tamil Sangam and Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America as a Life Member in organizing many Annual conferences on Tamil Language & Literature (Thirukkural, Purananooru, Kurunthokai).
One of the Founders and Teachers at Tamil Language Education & Training (TALENT), a weekend Tamil School in Maryland (near Washibgton DC) which has about 260 students. 2002-Current.
Co-Founder of American Tamil Academy (ATA), An organization for the harmonization of Tamil Schools in USA
Co-Founder of “Tamil Manam”, the Portal that aggregates all the Tamil Blogs.
Served (2014-2016) as Treasurer, International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil (INFITT)
Currently serving as Secretary for Tamil Chair Inc. which successfully raised the funds for Harvard University Tamil Chair (2015-Current)
Served as Founder President in International Educational Foundation. Editor in International Medical Health Organization (2004-2009).
Founding Member, United States Tamil Political Action Council
Secretary, World Thamil Organization (2008-2011)

Dr Saravanan Kuppuswamy MD, MRCP. ABIHM

I was born in southern India, and after completing medical school, went to the United Kingdom for further medical training. After living there for four years, I moved to the United States and have been here for the last 10 years. Living in three different continents has been a great experience both professionally and personally.

My focus is primarily on cardiovascular diseases, a major illness responsible for the sufferings of many patients. I chose this specialty as I felt that it gives me the opportunity to improve the quality and quantity of life of our members. I practice general cardiology, which includes managing coronary artery disease, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms and performing diagnostic cardiac cauterization procedure.

My special interest is in cardiac imaging, such as echo cardiograms and nuclear cardiac scans. I strongly believe in prevention of disease. I also have a special interest in the role of complementary medicine in managing heart disease. I am acquiring more knowledge on the role of supplements, complementary therapies and looking forward to practicing an integrated medicine that provides the opportunity to get the best of both worlds. My other area of interest is the use of technology to improve healthcare quality. In addition, I am interested in tele medicine and use of this technology to provide excellent care to remote areas of the country and the rest of the world.

Dr Ravi Palaniyappan

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY TEAM
Dr Saravanan Kuppuswamy MD, MRCP. ABIHM

I was born in southern India, and after completing medical school, went to the United Kingdom for further medical training. After living there for four years, I moved to the United States and have been here for the last 10 years. Living in three different continents has been a great experience both professionally and personally.

My focus is primarily on cardiovascular diseases, a major illness responsible for the sufferings of many patients. I chose this specialty as I felt that it gives me the opportunity to improve the quality and quantity of life of our members. I practice general cardiology, which includes managing coronary artery disease, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms and performing diagnostic cardiac cauterization procedure.

My special interest is in cardiac imaging, such as echo cardiograms and nuclear cardiac scans. I strongly believe in prevention of disease. I also have a special interest in the role of complementary medicine in managing heart disease. I am acquiring more knowledge on the role of supplements, complementary therapies and looking forward to practicing an integrated medicine that provides the opportunity to get the best of both worlds. My other area of interest is the use of technology to improve healthcare quality. In addition, I am interested in tele medicine and use of this technology to provide excellent care to remote areas of the country and the rest of the world.

Sankari Sivasailam, M.D.,
Medical director of Oncology Women’s Services,

Sankari Sivasailam, M.D., medical director of Oncology Women’s Services, is board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Madras, Kilpauk Medical College in India. She completed her residency in internal medicine at St. Agnes Hospital and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr.
Sivasailam has been in clinical practice for the past 18 years in the field of medical oncology and has a special interest in breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies.
Dr. Sivasailam’s passion is to use a holistic approach to cancer care. She is a strong advocate of a body, mind and spirit approach to healing in an effort to help cancer patients improve their well-being and quality of life. She is actively involved in the development of the Oncology Integrative Medicine Program at the Kaufman Cancer Center (KCC) in collaboration with Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She is board certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is the medical director of Oncology Women’s Services at the KCC.

Dhandapani Kuppuswamy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine/Cardiology

Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, South Carolina. As a faculty member for the past 25 years at MUSC, he has been studying cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in cardiac hypertrophy that often leads to congestive heart failure. He got his Master’s and PhD degrees at the University of Madras, India and moved to US as a postdoctoral fellow in 1984. As a Research Associate at Washington University, St. Louis, he obtained extensive training in cellular signaling involving growth factor receptor tyrosine kinases and demonstrated that growth factor receptors undergo desensitization. After joining as a faculty at MUSC, he employed much of his expertise into cardiology on how integrin-mediated tyrosine kinase signaling promotes growth, survival and differentiation of cardiac muscle cells and fibroblasts. Studies from his lab show that β3 integrin- mediated signaling mechanisms activate nonreceptor tyrosine kinases that contribute to cardiomyocyte growth and survival on one hand and promote cardiac fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix accumulation on the other hand. His recent collaborative studies show very compelling data that ventricular pressure overload in mice can cause increased levels of CD45+ cells (monocyte-derived cells) in the heart that express profibrogenic markers and that treating these mice with the caveolin-1 scaffolding domain (CSD) peptide can suppresses recruitment of CD45+ cells, decrease cardiac fibrosis, decrease vascular leakage and myocyte hypertrophy, and improve ventricular function. He has served as the advisor for several PhD students and trained many postdoctoral fellows. In addition to his research work, he is involved in graduate school teaching and serves in many student admission committees.

SelvaShunmugam,P.,
BSMS, MD(Siddha), PhD

SelvaShunmugam,P., BSMS, MD(Siddha), PhD is the Secretary and Siddha Consultant of Health India Foundation Clinic for Integrated Siddha and Modern medicine. He is a President and founder member of World Siddha Trust. He is a Research Professor at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) at Baltimore, USA. He is also a Professor ( Research & Academic ) in Vetha Center for Transcisciplinary studies, Newark, USA. He has contributed for more than 15 years for developing Siddha System and has 10 years of research experience in Siddha – Modern integrative medicine. He served in National Institute of Siddha. During this period he successfully coordinated a WHO sponsored project entitled“DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLICATION OF SIDDHA TREATMENT GUIDELINES FOR SELECTED DISEASES”. As a
Principal Investigator, he analyzed medical and health related Yoga concepts of Thirumanthiram, a Tamil-based ancient Literature. Based on the analysis, he prepared a research report and submitted it to Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai. Apart from delivering health lectures to the students of schools, colleges and various Institutions Dr. Shunmugam is an experienced physician who encountered various clinical conditions. He has presented more than 35 research papers in National and International conferences. Received best paper award for the paper entitled “Neikkuri – One of the Siddha Investigative parameters, Characteristics and case study”presented in International Conference on the role of Indian Systems of Medicine & Homeopathy in the 21st Century held at Chennai.He has also received awards from FeTNA – USA, Tamil Sangams of Washington D.C., Atlanta, California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Dallas for exploring Siddha System through systematic and scientific approach. He has received Certificate of Appreciation by Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, Atlanta, Georgia, USA for the Inaugural Integrated Medicine Lecture, 23rd September 2016. He has received Award from American Tamil Medical Association (ATMA) in recognition of Outstanding Contribution as the Guest speaker at the 12th Annual ATMA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, September 2nd to 5th, 2016. He has received Award from Central Council for Research in Siddha, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India for continuous contribution to the Siddha system of medicine on 4th January 2018 – Siddha Day at The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai. He has received Second place Award from Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) Annual conference, 22nd to 26th September San Diego, California, USA.

Dr. Arul Amuthan

Dr. Arul Amuthan belongs to a Traditional Siddha Vaidya family of Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India. He has completed Bachelors and MD in Siddha Medicine from Government Siddha Medical College, Palayam kottai, Tamil Nadu. Additionally, he pursued MSc Medical Pharmacology at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal as well as MSc Yoga and Naturopathy from Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University. He is the first Siddha physician turned as medical pharmacologist and involving in many Siddha related preclinical and clinical researches. He is the active Siddha researcher for the past 12 years with grants from Ministry of AYUSH, has 30 research articles published in international journals, presented his Siddha research in 25 National/International Conferences, got best presentation awards for 5 times in international conferences and has one patent filled. He is the popular scientific speaker among Siddha community, was a guest speaker in 44 conferences/symposium and was awarded for his contribution by FeTNA, USA. He is the member of Syllabus committee in Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), New Delhi and a Siddha expert in Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) of CSIR that protects intellectual Property values of Indian Traditional medical systems. His focused area of research is evidence based integration of Siddha for cancer, autoimmune disorders, skin diseases, infertility and renal calculi. Currently he is the “Team Leader in Division of Siddha”, Center for Integrative Medicine and Research, Manipal, and also Senior Grade Lecturer in Department of Pharmacology, MMMC, Manipal.

Dr. Siva G Somasundaram
Biology Program Director

Siva joined Salem University in 2016 to maintain and rejuvenate the Biology program. He is coordinating US-India Bi-National Sports University initiatives for exchange of students and Faculty focusing on Nutrition and Athletic performance. He previously served as the Director and Professor of Biological Sciences at University of Houston-Victoria. Siva has 40 years of research experience, has published 45 peer-reviewed research articles, and is the editor of the book Natural Products Interactions on Genomes, CRC Press 2015 and Biological Transformation Controlled by the Mind, 2013.

Siva served as a Senior Research Fellow at University of Washington-Seattle, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Imperial College, London, and as an associate clinical biochemist at Kings College Hospitals, London, United Kingdom. He taught Clinical Biochemistry in PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore. Siva served as a senior research fellow, in Siddha Medicine department at Tamil University, Thanjavur. He received the Hari Ohm Ashram gold medals for his clinical research on diabetes and drug research on arthritis using siddha medicines. He graduated from Madurai Kamaraj University for his MSc and PhD.

Dr. Uma Senthilkumar

I am Dr. Uma Senthilkumar, currently working as a Primary care Physician in the United States. I grew up in southern India, where I completed my medical degree in Siddha Medicine with parallel training in Yoga, Nutrition and Master level in Reiki Healing.

Moving out of India, I received my Master of Science in Neuropharmacology degree from the National University of Galway in Ireland. The joy of practicing Medicine made me pursue conventional Medical degree and received my Doctor of Medicine degree from St. Matthew’s University in Grand Cayman. I completed my Family Medicine residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Having a multicultural exposure with prior work, education and living experience in India, Ireland, Cayman Islands and USA has been rewarding at both professional and personal levels.

Holistic Health has been my focus all along my medical training journey, which motivated me to pursue my fellowship in Integrative Medicine. I believe that sustenance of healthcare and health of the population requires an integrative approach. It is true that each of us are different with a unique physiology and genetic makeup. We need to avoid the one-size-fits-all approach and take time and care to develop the plan that will be right for each individual. With Integrative approach we can get a complete picture of one’s overall health aimed at developing a personalized or curated treatment plan.

I enjoy all aspects of being a Primary Care Physician and my focus is chronic disease management, preventive medicine, “Pharmacy to Farmacy” with culinary medicine concepts. I greatly enjoy the challenge of balancing patient’s comorbidities while helping them achieve their personal and functional health goals with evidence-based integration of conventional and alternative modalities.

My goal is to learn ways to breakthrough barriers and create solutions to healthcare equity in Integrative approach and implementing global Integrative Telehealth.

I am an active member of the American Association of Family Physicians, the American Board of Family Medicine, and the American Medical Association.

In my free time I enjoy book reading, creative/healthy cooking, spending time with my family in nature walks, exploring new places, performing Indian classical dance, and organizing cultural activities and community events. I am fluent in English, Tamil, and Telugu language.

Ramaraja P. Ramasamy, Ph.D.
The University of Georgia

Professor Ramaraja Pandian Ramasamy is currently serving as the Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia, USA. He received his B.Tech in chemical and electrochemical engineering from CECRI in 2001 and received his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2004. After graduation, he held research scientist positions at the Pennsylvania State University and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory before joining UGA in August 2010. He served as the Department Chair of the School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering at UGA from 2015-2017. His research interest lies in non-traditional electrochemical science and technology. He has authored over 75 research publications in international journals and 6 patents. He has written 2 book chapters including in an Encyclopedia. He has presented in over 120 conferences including over 40 invited seminars and lectures across the world.

Dr.Santhi Raja
M.D., M.D., F.C.I.C.M., E.D.I.C

Born with 3 other siblings in a traditional family in Tamil Nadu, I was destined to get married by 17 years of age. Thanks to the force of my mother, I was allowed to continue my studies. As a tribute to my mother, I studied hard to not only securing my seat in MBBS but also in M.D on merit. I had done my post graduation in Internal Medicine at the Stanley Medical College, Chennai.
I fell in love with Critical Care (Intensive Care) shortly after I completed my M.D. After having worked for 7 years in India as Critical Care specialist, I moved to Australia to improve my skills. I completed Fellowship in Intensive Care in Australia & New Zealand.
Thereafter, I moved to US in 2006 and underwent 2 more fellowships: Anesthesia Critical Care and Critical Care Medicine fellowship in addition to Internal medicine residency. I got board certified in Internal Medicine(2010) and Critical Care (2012)in USA. I work as locum consultant in Critical Care to maintain work life balance and live in Bay area, CA.
I got the desire to get qualified in Europe too, so took EDIC exams- Part 1 and Part2 in Ireland.
I passed my EDIC exams successfully and got certified in Europe in 2017. This gave me a great pride as Critical Care Specialist as there is no other person on earth who is qualified in Critical Care in USA, Australia and New Zealand and Europe.
During my journey as Allopathic physician, I came to understand that Allopathy does not offer cure for many illnesses except for control or slowing of the disease process. Meanwhile, I also found the other branches of medicine like Siddha, Ayurveda have better options in preventing and curing the disease processes. I had an opportunity to attend a Siddha webinar at the start of the COVID 19 Pandemic. This made me curious to learn from the experts in Siddha medicine. Dr.Selvashanmugam and Dr.Arul Amuthan got me inspired to become a member of GCSMR. I wish GCSMR to grow and be of service to more people around the world.

GCSMR PR TEAM

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