CME Program 2009


14th Annual General Meeting And “Chitra Kottahachchi Memorial Symposium”
New York Hilton and Towers – Avenue of the Americas – New York, NY
Concourse A
Saturday November 14th, 2009 – 8.30 am-2.30 pm

Program Agenda

8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome Remarks by the President – Dr. Gnana Sunderam

Morning Session
Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases in South Asians: Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator – L. Samarasinghe M.D.
9.10 am Darshi Sunderam M.D. – Diabetes in South Asians: Time bomb feared!
9.35 am Rohan Perera M.D. – The “H” for hardware in Heart Disease, how much do we need?
10.00 am Sunil Wimalawansa M.D. – Medical Complications of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
10.25 am Ruwani Gunawardane M.D. – Stroke Risk in South Asians
10.50 am Tarique Perera M.D. – Neuropsychiatric Consequences of Cardiovascular Disease.
11.15 am Key Note Speaker – Bandula Karunaratne M.D. – Coronary Heart Disease in South Asians
11.45 am Panel Discussion
12.00 pm Break, Visit Poster Sessions, Booths

Afternoon Session

Moderator – W. Kottahachchi M.D.
12.30 pm Ylone S. Xavier – Measurement of Resource Use and Impact on Physician Practice
12.55 pm Ty Hyderally – Navigating the World of Patient Concerns Pertaining to their Employer
1.20 pm Question & Answers
1.25 pm Closing Remarks
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Annual General Meeting

Target Audience: General Physicians, Dentists, and Allied Health Professionals


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and discuss the etiology of Diabetes in South Asians
  • Assess the causes behind the Obesity Epidemic in the US.
  • Recognize and discuss the frequency of occurrence of CHD in South Asians and treatment modalities
  • Discuss Availability of Resources and Impact on Physicians Practice
  • Express the awareness of patient concerns pertaining to employment
  • Describe a general over view of devices used in cardiology
  • Summarize the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders associated with neuronal loss
  • Discuss Stroke risks in Asian Population


Accreditation Statement:

East Orange General Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 continuing medical education credits towards the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Each physician should claim only those credits that he / she actually spent in this educational activity. East Orange General Hospital is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Continuing Medical Education Committee

Selvarani Richards MD (Chair person)
Sunil Wimalawansa MD (Co chairperson)
Milinda Seneviratne MD
Shantha Waran MD
Ramona Rajapakse MD
Wije Kottahachchi MD
Nath Perinpanayagam MD
Tarique Perera MD
Nihal De Silva MD


Program Faculty

Ruwani Gunawardane M.D.
Consultant Neurologist
Maryland Neurological Center
Visiting Professor
University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Baltimore MD21201

Ty Hyderally Esq
Law Offices of Ty Hyderally PC
96 Park Street
Montclair NJ

Bandula Karunaratne MD
Vice President Florida Heart Institute
Director of Coronary Care Unit Florida Hospital
Orlando Florida

Rohan Perera MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
University Hospital Stony Brook
Stony Brook NY 11794

Tarique Perera MD
Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Director Preclinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
Department of Biological Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York N.Y.

Darshi Sunderam MD
Attending Physician, Chief of Endocrinology
East Orange General Hospital, East Orange NJ
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Greystone NJ

Sunil J. Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCP, DSc
Professor of Medicine
Chief of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Nutrition
Director, Regional Osteoporosis Center
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
New Brunswick, NJ

Ylone S.Xavier
Vice President Performance Management
St. Barnabas Health Care System
Livingston, New Jersey