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Dr Sudhir Parikh, Immunologist, Humanist, Philanthropist, Ardent Social Worker
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Dr Parikh’s love for Motherland India is legendary. His contribution during Covid Pandemic is unmatched, acknowledged by American and Indian leaders. He is one of the most honored Indian Americans. Topping the honors is the 2010 Padma Shri which made him the only Indian American to receive all three of the most prestigious awards –Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and Padma Shri.In March 2012, he was nominated as Knight of the Ecumenical Hospitaller Order of St. John Knights of Malta for philanthropy, Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman at Britain’s House of Lords (2013), Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award, Global Gujarati Award, Share & Care Foundation (SCF) Lifelong Service award in (2018), American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Major Media and Service to AAPI award (2021).
A well-known immunologist, philanthropist and businessman from New Jersey, Dr. Parikh fully deserves the Padma Bhushan, India’s award “for distinguished service of a high order” for his lifelong mission of ‘Service Above Self’

Contributions to ongoing COVID crisis:

Dr. Parikh is deeply involved in fighting deadly Covid pandemic in US and India, helping organizations raise and channel crores of rupees worth of aid.
Dr. Parikh put his life at risk not only as a frontline health worker, but as an early participant in clinical trials for vaccines to fight Covid virus.

As Senior Advisor to Federation of Indian Associations Dr. Parikh was part of the organization’s massive drive to ship medical supplies to India valued at approximately $40 million. This June FIA shipped 9 containers of Oximeters and Resuscitation Bags, and 2 shipments of 350 ventilators donated by New York City. The cargo comprised 300 Hamilton T1 Ventilators; 3000 each of Ventilator circuits, Filters, Flow Sensors, Expiratory Valves; 60 Ventilator Battery Calibrators with cords; 50 – Philips Trilogy100 Portable Ventilators; 310,176 – Pulse Oximeters; and 1000 Sunmed Resuscitation Bags.
As Chairman and CEO of Parikh Worldwide Media/ ITV Gold, Dr. Parikh has reached thousands in the community, given free space and time generously on his airwaves and newspapers to help fundraise and spread awareness about the health crisis in Motherland.
This April, SCF, of which he is Senior Advisor, initiated $1 million pandemic relief fund for Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, for Vaccination assistance to 480,000+ people; Healthcare kits for 12,000+ families; Food assistance to 30,000+ families. SCF working with 16 NGOs is conducting Vaccination Awareness drives.

US-India

A Cultural and Goodwill “Ambassador of India” Dr. Parikh, champions India’s cause in US Congress. His strong association with American politicians influences policies favorable to Motherland like US-India nuclear deal, fighter jet deal with Pakistan; more recently, attack in Pulwama, the China-India clash, and now the Covid crisis.

As a physician, his 40+ years’ service to community in US and India, including supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and Swachch Bharat campaigns. As founder-member and current Secretary General of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), Dr. Parikh helps 1.4 million physicians network to help Motherland before and during Covid.

Philanthrophy Dharma

Dr. Parikh is Chairman of Life Global USA, working with partner Project ‘Life’ India in health, environment, education, women’s empowerment, and helping to establish programs in Canada, UK, UAE, Australia and elsewhere. They also built 91 schools benefiting 35,000 rural students.
During second wave of Covid, under Dr. Parikh’s guidance, Life Blood Centre (LBC) has served more than 350,000 people, and continues to work 24/7 delivering more than 20,000 blood units, and 350 units of Convalescent Plasma to patients.
As Senior Advisor, he has helped SCF fundraising efforts amounting over decades to millions of dollars to uplift rural children.
He is advocate of SCF work with Gravis Grameen Vidayan Samiti, Rajasthan, and to build a 30-bed hospital in tribal areas with Sewa Rural in Gujarat.

Dr. Parikh and other alumni of B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad sent $150,000 worth of life-saving medical materials to India. They plan to build an oxygen plant costing $43,000 for Ahmedabad Civil Hospital and other hospitals.
He helps many organizations working to enrich the lives of lakhs of underprivileged adults and children in India in disasters like Gujarat earthquake, Tamil Nadu tsunami and now the COVID crisis, supports cancer research through Nargis Dutt Foundation and Gujarat Cancer Society, supports development organizations like Pratham, Ekal Vidyalaya and American India Foundation.

In short, his Covid Relief work, and decades of Philanthropy to help Millions, and Proactive work for strong India -US relations make him an ideal candidate for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award.

Contribution to the Field

Sudhir M. Parikh, M.D., is one of the most honored Indian Americans. Topping the honors is the 2010 Padma Shri conferred by the President of India, Prathibha Patil. With this award, Dr. Parikh has become the only Indian American to receive all three of the most prestigious awards – The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and the Padma Shri. In March 2012, recognizing his philanthropic contributions, Dr. Parikh has been nominated as Knight of the Ecumenical Hospitaller Order of St. John Knights of Malta. He is the recipent of the 2006 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, bestowed on non-resident Indians by the Indian government. The U.S. Congress recognized this honor with a mention in the Congressional Record. He’s also a recipient of the 2005 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor for U.S. immigrants, for a lifetime of community service. In 2002, he received the National Excellence Award from former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao at the annual meeting of the Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Parikh was appointed member of the National Leadership Advisory Committee of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans in 1999 by the Chairman of the India Caucus, U.S Congressman Gary Ackerman (D) of New York. He was a Member of American Media Delegation that accompaniedPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their visit to India in November 2010.

Contribution to the Society

Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh is a patron of noteworthy philanthropic organizations, including Life Global, Gift of Life International, Share & Care Foundation. His significant donations have been channeled into the American Red Cross, The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Hurricane Sandy relief and Haiti earthquake relief, and the rehabilitation of the Gujarat earthquake and Tamil Nadu tsunami victims.

As Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, he endeavors always to contribute to welfare of community.

He accompanied President Clinton to Gujarat when he went to assess the impact of the earthquake in 2001. He also accompanied President Barack Obama on his visit to India in 2010.

Dr. Parikh has raised substantial amount of funds for the Gujarat Cancer Society and theNargis Dutt Foundation.

In 2017 he established the Parikh Foundation for Indias Global Development.

Dr. Parikhs work with GAPIO developing a portfolio of Indian physicians from around the world who can help strengthen Indias healthcare services and meet challenges, is of great importance in the medical field.

As a doctor, his contributions have been primarily in the field of medicine, including holding positions and advising state government in US. But his concerns have gone well beyond that: his intense lobbying to pass the US-India nuclear deal, against state-sponsored terrorism by Pakistan, pressing the Indian point of view with Senators, Congressmen and conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation, on China’s aggressive moves in Doklam and Galwan etc.

Honors

Sudhir M. Parikh, M.D., is one of the most honored Indian Americans. Topping the honors is the 2010 Padma Shri conferred by the President of India, Prathibha Patil. With this award, Dr. Parikh has become the only Indian American to receive all three of the most prestigious awards – The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and the Padma Shri. In March 2012, recognizing his philanthropic contributions, Dr. Parikh has been nominated as Knight of the Ecumenical Hospitaller Order of St. John Knights of Malta. He is the recipent of the 2006 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, bestowed on non-resident Indians by the Indian government. The U.S. Congress recognized this honor with a mention in the Congressional Record. He’s also a recipient of the 2005 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor for U.S. immigrants, for a lifetime of community service. In 2002, he received the National Excellence Award from former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao at the annual meeting of the Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Parikh was appointed member of the National Leadership Advisory Committee of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans in 1999 by the Chairman of the India Caucus, U.S Congressman Gary Ackerman (D) of New York. He was a Member of American Media Delegation that accompaniedPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their visit to India in November 2010.

Publishing

Dr. Parikh is the Chairman and Publisher of Parikh Worldwide Media Inc., the largest Indian-American publishing group in the United States. The group publishes five periodicals – “News India Times,” a national weekly newspaper; “Desi Talk in New York,” a weekly newspaper serving the New York-New Jersey- Connecticut region; and “Desi Talk in Chicago,” a weekly newspaper serving the Greater Chicago area and the Midwestern states; and “The Indian American,” a national bimonthly feature magazine, and theGujarat Times, a Gujrarati language weekly. The combined circulation and readership of these publications make the media group the most influential in the ethnic Indian market.

Advocacy

As a leading advocate for India with the U.S. Congress and government for the last two decades, Dr. Parikh has been responsible for bringing a number of American political leaders to serve the cause of U.S.-India relations. He was, for instance, personally responsible for Congressman Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) joining the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. In recognition of his efforts during the 1990s, he was invited to join the delegation that accompanied President William Jefferson Clinton during his historic visit to India in March 2000. As a (founding) member of the Indian American Republican Council (IARC) and a number of other organizations lobbying Congress, Dr. Parikh has worked tirelessly for the fruition of the U.S.-India nuclear deal. Dr. Parikh used his personal relationship with a number of American politicians – including New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and the state’s former governor Christine Todd Whitman, Senator Charles Schumerof New York, Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and CongressmenBenjamin Gilman, Frank Pallone and Gary Ackerman – to rally political support for the nuclear deal and foster a strategic partnership with India. Recognizing his efforts as part of the core group that lobbied for the nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh personally acknowledged Dr. Parikh’s contributions during his visit to the U.S. last year. Dr. Parikh also has been a cultural ambassador of India in the United States. To this end, he has often been a Grand Sponsor of India’s Independence Day celebrations that have been held in New York City for the past 25 years. He also advanced the cause of the Indian-American community through his leadership of organizations like the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA),Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE), where he was instrumental in starting a Congressional Internship Program for second-generation Indian Americans to work in the U.S. Congress.

Philanthropy

Dr. Parikh is a patron of several philanthropic organizations, including theAmerican India Foundation, and has contributed generously to select causes in India and the United States, including to the rehabilitation of the Gujarat earthquake and Tamil Nadu tsunami victims. Dr. Parikh accompanied President Clinton when he visited Gujarat to assess the impact of the earthquake in 2001. He’s closely involved with the Share and Care Foundation, a nonprofit helping the poorest of the poor in India. From 1995 through 2005, Dr. Parikh funded a scholarship program for undergraduate students in the Indian-American community through the Share and Care Foundation. As a physician, Dr. Parikh is particularly gratified by his effort to raise substantial amount of funds for the Gujarat Cancer Society and theNargis Dutt Foundation. Thanks to his commitment to advancing Indian culture and values in general and to the temple in particular, Dr. Parikh has been named the “Grand Benefactor” of the Vraj Shrinalhajee Temple in Pennsylvania.

Medicine

Dr. Parikh is a leading allergist in the United States and has received international acclaim in the field of allergy, asthma and immunology. He is aDiplomate of American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Clinical Associate Professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a Fellow of the American College of Allergy & Immunology and Trustee of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). He’s also a Fellow, Allergy/Immunology (Adult and Pediatrics) at the New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York.