John Johnson, MD, MBA   National Convention Chair

John Johnson, MD, MBA

National Convention Chair

Chair Person Message

It is my honor to welcome all the delegates and guests to the 36th annual American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin National Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

For decades, AAPI has served as a forum to facilitate and enable Indian American physicians to excel in patient care, teaching, and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs.

The convention team has worked incredibly hard to provide a delightful 4 days of events packed with educational CME credits, world-class entertainment, leadership seminars, networking opportunities, exhibits, and more.

This meeting offers a rich educational program featuring the latest scientific research and advances in clinical practice. In addition, physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country will convene to develop health policy agendas and encourage legislative priorities for the upcoming year.

Guests will be treated to true Midwestern hospitality in one of the country’s fastest growing cities—bustling with restaurants, night life, shopping and more.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family and thank you for your support in making this convention a great success.

John Johnson, MD, MBA
National Convention Chair

Convention Chair

Dr. John A. Johnson is a physician, business executive, private equity/venture capital investor, and philanthropist. A board-certified psychiatrist with over 30 years of industry experience, Dr. Johnson has started, acquired, and grown a variety of healthcare organizations that he continues to own and operate.

These include Access Ohio, one of Ohio’s largest independent behavioral health centers, and Access Hospital, a 110-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital, along with primary care centers, substance abuse & residential treatment facilities, and telemedicine & healthcare technology enterprises. His organizations employ over 600 people, primarily in the Midwest. Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Wright State University and previously has had other academic roles including as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University. He has completed medical training across Asia, Europe, and the US. He and his wife have resided for the past 25 years in Central Ohio, where they raised their two children.

Ashok B. Jain, MD
Chairman AAPI Board of Trustees

As our organization enters its 35th year, I am honored and excited to serve as the chairman of Board of Trustees. AAPI has faced many challenges and opportunities in the four decades since its inception. I look forward to the future and what we could accomplish. Presently, AAPI represents more than 80,000 physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students of Indian origin.

With these attributes in mind, I would like to propose the creation of AAPI Leadership Academy under the YPS/MSRF section. We can work with American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) for the development of the curriculum for the program. This academy will prepare our young physicians, who are entering into practice setup, academic careers and research track for future leadership roles.
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I seek to engage and involve all millennial physicians for membership in AAPI and for future leadership roles. My observations have shown me that even at local level at MAPI, there is lack of interest and involvement of recent graduates from medical schools and physicians entering the practice and research arena.

Ultimately, I am looking forward to working with all the members of the Board of Trustees, AAPI, President Dr. Gautam Samadder, members of the executive committee and governing body, taking this organization to the next level.

I am available for your suggestions and comments at or 248-421-0144.