Nahid BhadeliaBURLINGTON, MA— Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, the frontline physician fighting ebola virus in Sierra Leone, will be the keynote speaker at the 37th Annual Meeting and Gala of the Indian American Association of New England, known as IMANE. Kay Khan, a state representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, will also address the 2015 Annual Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

IMANE is also introducing a new Enhancement Award this year. The inaugural Enhancement Award, with a cash prize of $5,000, will be presented to Dr. Suresh Reddy for extraordinary accomplishments in enhancing and advancing the name of IMANE in the community. This award is presented by Goyal Foundation.

Other IMANE physicians who will honored at the gala for their distinguished work are: Community Service Award: Dr. Manju Sheth; Distinguished Physician Award: Dr Manorama Mathur; IMANE Ambassador Award: Dr. Tapasya Shrivastava; and President’s Award: Dr. Sameer Kapasi; Dr. Paul Mathew, and Dr. Geeta Trivedi.

“This has been a very productive year for IMANE and a year of enormous learning, tremendous personal growth and great achievements for me,” IMANE President Dr. Seema Arora said. “Working together with my team, I was able to achieve all the goals that I had set forth in the beginning of the year like medical education, community service and charitable projects and especially tremendous increase in membership and funds for our organization.”

Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of IMANE organize this event annually to celebrate their organization’s achievements. This year’s program will start at 4.30 PM on Nov. 21 with IMANE’s general body meeting and elections for the year 2016. It will be followed by cocktails, entertainment, dinnSeema Aroraer and award ceremonies.

Dr. Bhadelia, who was crowned 2015 Woman of the Year by INDIA New England News, will be the distinguished guest and keynote speaker. Dr. Bhadelia is an infectious diseases physician, assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Infection Control and Medical Response at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Boston University. Rep. Khan will also address the gala.

Official program will conclude with remarks and announcement of the slate for 2016 by IMANE’s President-Elect Dr. Sapna Aggarwal.

Gourmet Indian dinner will be served Bollywood Grill. Entertainment program includes a fashion show in which IMANE members, their families and friends will walk as super models on the ramp. A live Bollywood singing will be provided by Din Chek band. The event is open to both members and non-members. Tickets can be purchased at IMANE website. Dress code is Indian or Western formal.