Physician members of BIMDA pictured above from left to right: Dr. Biju Mathews, cardiologist;  Dr. Gobi Balaji, internist; Dr. Ashok Shah, internist; Dr. Jashbhai Patel, general surgeon; Dr. N. Rao Kopuri, orthodontist and president of BIMDA; Dr. Ravi Shankar, radiation oncologist; Dr. Subhash Rege, general dentist; Dr. Murali Krishna, gastroenterologist.

A Collaboration of Physicians, Hospital Systems & Universities


On April 27, 2013, the Brevard Indo-American Medical & Dental Association (BIMDA) will host its 11th annual medical expo and continuing medical education (CME) conference for physicians and health care providers at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. Over the years, this event has gathered partners from the large organizational players – hospitals and physician groups, to small and mid-size providers.

The uniqueness of this event lies in its ability to bring together physicians from all over Brevard and neighboring counties to learn and share in the latest developments in medicine. A strong focus is maintained in selecting world-class speakers from institutions that promote research in the various fields of medicine. Accreditation for physician CME is provided courtesy of HRMC CME Committee under FMA guidelines.

“As we enter an uncertain environment in health care with the advent of health care reform, physicians need to work alongside with area hospitals to bring cost-effective care to the citizens of Brevard County. BIMDA is providing a platform for the same,” says Dr. Ashok Shah, internist, BIMDA Board of Regents member and Parrish Medical Center board member.

BIMDA’s first dentist president, Dr. N. Rao Kopuri, an orthodontist, adds: “BIMDA seeks ways to bring together the various branches of medicine and dentistry to present the patient with an overall health evaluation. It is exciting for us to get together and learn the latest about each other’s specialties.”

Keynote speakers at the gala banquet are Dr. Anthony Silvagni, dean of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine who will speak on “The Future of Medicine and Graduate Medical Education,” and Honorable Congressman Bill Posey who will address “Legislative Updates and the Future of Medicine.”

The daytime conference is open to all physicians and physician assistant staff. The dinner program is for members, sponsors and invited guests.


“We are most grateful to the health care systems, hospital leadership, research universities, legislative leadership and event underwriters that jointly support this educational event.”

— Glad Kurian, executive director of BIMDA and founder of the expo 







“National health reform requires even greater and more diverse collaboration among the medical community and community at large.BIMDA is a leader in forging collaborative relationships and networks within culturally diverse forums, where physicians, hospitals, allied health professionals and social services are brought together in the pursuit of healing families and healing communities.”

— George Mikitarian, DHA, FACHE, president/CEO of Parrish Medical Center





“Wuesthoff Health System considers it a privilege to support BIMDA and their efforts to foster medical education and charity care.”

— Steve Patonai, market CEO of Wuesthoff Health System






“We are thankful for BIMDA’s philanthropic endeavors and numerous volunteers who provide many generous benefits to the Space Coast Community and throughout Brevard County.”

— Tim Cerullo, CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge






“By mentoring the next generation of medical professionals and through their contributions both locally and abroad, BIMDA has established itself is an integral part of our community.”

— Jeannette Skinner, CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne






“BIMDA plays an instrumental role in the cohesiveness of the medical community in Brevard. Health First is a proud supporter of BIMDA and all of the remarkable work they do to foster the growth of education, cultural diversity, community support and charitable giving in our health care community.”

— Steve Johnson, president and CEO of Health First






“Kindred Hospital of Melbourne continues to be a proud sponsor of the BIMDA organization. Kindred is just finishing its third year open, and with BIMDA physician support our ramp-up time has been steady. Through this association we have been able to recruit needed specialties, educate a large physician audience in a single place all at one time, and answer their questions about our transitional care hospital.”

— Angelica Cotshott, CEO of Kindred Hospital of Melbourne





“We at HealthSouth Sea Pines have enjoyedour longstanding relationship with the fine doctors of BIMDA. We greatly appreciate their past and continued support of our hospital and its mission.”

—  Denise McGrath, CEO of HealthSouth Sea Pines