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Sept 28th - 30th, 2018

Dallas, TX

Continuing Medical Education: Jointly provided by the Minnesota Medical Association and Nagarathar Physicians of North America (NPNA).

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Topic: CHF
Dr. Jawahar Palaniappan, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Medical Director of Cardiology, Knox Community Hospital

Attending Cardiologist, Ross Heart Hospital

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ohio State University.

Disclosure : Nothing to disclose

Course Objectives: Discuss the latest in diagnosis and management of CHF.

Topic: Cholesterol in South Asians
Dr. Anitha Radhakrishnan, MD, FACC, FAHA

Advanced Cardiac Imaging Specialist

Assistant Professor of Medicine,

Temple University School of Medicine

Program Director of Cardiology Fellowship

Allegheny Health Network

Pittsburgh, PA


Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Course Objectives: Discussion on the unique lipid profile seen in this population and management goals to reduce the incidence of heart and vascular disease.



Topic: Low Back Pain
Dr. Rama Letchuman, MD

Interventional Pain Management

Partner and Owner of Musculoskeletal Institute of Louisiana, LLC

Partner and Owner of Specialists Hospital- Shreveport, LLC

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Course Objectives:

At the end of the lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. List 5 Anatomical causes of chronic musculoskeletal  LBP

  2. List the common signs and symptoms associated with lesions of structures listed in objective #1

  3. List 4 broad categories of treatment of LBP that are covered by insurance



Topic: What’s New in plastic surgery
Dr. Raja Mohan, MD
Plastic Surgeon in private practice, Dallas, TX


Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Course Objectives:

Describe advanced techniques utilizing Botulinum Toxin Type A, autologous fat grafting and soft tissue fillers for facial enhancement
Discuss when primary care physicians can refer patients or consult a plastic surgeon
Identify new technology and patient safety in lasers, noninvasive fat removal, skin tightening, cellulite, dermal fillers and advances in skin care.
Distinguish appropriate practice management techniques for a successful medical practice and improved patient-clinician communication
Discuss treatment options within a realistic framework of potential outcomes, and patient expectation



Topic: Integrative Medicine
Dr. Anna Thennappan, MD, FAAP, AIHM


Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

Course Objectives:

  1. General introduction to the world of Integrative medicine.

  2. Different modalities available and how to channelise them in regular practice.

  3. Discuss differences and similarities  between traditional and conventional medical systems around the world.

Topic: GERD
Dr. Shanthi Srinivasan, MD

Professor, Division of Digestive Diseases

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose
Course Objectives:

  1. To highlight the basic pathophysiology of GERD

  2. To review the treatment strategies for the management of GERD

  3. To identify future novel therapies and indications for surgery.


Target Audience: Physicians and surgeons both from primary care and sub specialties.

Accreditation and Credit statements:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and NPNA. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Minnesota Medical Association designated this NPNA conference for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Agenda and amount of CME credits available are subject to change.


CME Planners:

1: Dr. Ram Lakshmanan, MD

Psychiatrist in private practice, Beaumont, TX


2: Dr. Ala Lakshmanan, MD

Internist, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA


3: Dr. Palani Chidambaram, MD

Internist and Addiction Specialist

Regional Medical Director, Addiction Medicine Department

Providence Health System Portland Medical Centers

Portland, OR

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