Dr. Ajay Lhoda was the president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) for two years—between 2016 and 2017—and currently co-owns two long-term care facilities for the elderly.
AAPI—which was founded in 1982—is the largest ethnic organization in the United States that representing a conglomeration of more than 80,000 Indian physicians operating throughout the nation. It also serves as a platform for more than 40,000 medical students, residents and fellows of Indian origin, and has a charitable foundation that spearheads free clinics and health fairs in India.
Lhoda is a native of Udaipur and graduated from Rajasthan’s RNT Medical College. He is currently the president of Queens Medical Services, PLLC, which is one of the largest providers of internal medicine in Queens. The two long-term care facilities for the elderly that he co-owns consist of 325 beds and provide medical and nursing care for patients.
For years, Lhoda was the director of research at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, and he served as the vice president of medical affairs and strategic development and chief medical officer for the Caritas Health Systems, including St. John’s Hospital and Mary Immaculate Hospital.
In 2016, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is the highest honor for immigrants to the United States, and was the youngest physician to receive the Lawrence J. Scherr Award of Excellence for Outstanding Physicians at North Shore University Hospital Forest Hills.
Lhoda—who is active in philanthropic and charitable activities—is also the former president of several national organizations, such as the Rajasthan Medical Alumni Association, which represents more than 1,000 physicians from the state of Rajasthan practicing in North America; RANA, a social organization that brings together the upwardly mobile Rajasthani Indian community for social networking and charitable purposes; and AAPIQLI, which represents more than 2,000 Indian physicians of Long Island and Queens.
Lhoda was instrumental in creating an 11-bed surgical intensive care unit in Udaipur at RNT Medical College, and he has organized numerous community programs and health fairs, blood pressure screenings, medical awareness programs and delivery of educational materials at churches, temples and senior care centers. He has also taken part in such charitable activities as drought relief funds, floods and natural disasters.
Lhoda attributes his success in the medical field and leadership roles to his Rajasthani roots and upbringing.
– Nathan Duke