Governor Nathan Deal officially appointed Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan, as the first Asian American in Georgia, to the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce on Jan 12, 2017. Dr. Inrakrishnan was also honored as one of GAT 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia in July last year.
A swearing in ceremony took place at the Georgia State Capitol witnessed by Dr. Indran’s wife Gayathri Indrakrishnan, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, President Prom Temp Ore of the Senate David Shafer, Senator Michael Dugan, Indian Consul General Nagesh Singh, CEO of Medical Association of Georgia Don Palmisano, and Founders of Meals by Grace Stephen & Suellen Daniels.
The Georgia Board for Physician Workforce (GBPW) are made up of distinguished physicians, hospital and health system executives, and public members.
The Board is a watch dog for physician’s distribution in the state and its responsibilities include overseeing, monitoring and forecasting the supply and distribution of physicians in Georgia through closely working with Medical schools, residency training programs, teaching hospitals, University System of Georgia and many other state agencies.
In addition, GBPW provides scholarships and loan repayment assistance programs to healthcare providers. The Governor also has an initiative to fund 400 new residency slots in Georgia. There are 126 new slots coming on line for July 2017 and the task will be one of the priorities of the board in the New Year.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to be appointed by Gov. Deal to the Board. Infact, the first time the Governor asked me to serve on the Board – I turned him down,” said Dr. Indran with a smile in an interview with Georgia Asian Times.
“I could not say ‘no’ to Governor Deal when he asked me to serve the second time around,” added Dr. Indrakrishnan.
Dr. Indrakrishnan is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University of Medicine along with his busy Gastroentererology private practice in Lawrenceville.
Despite his busy schedule and official duties, he still finds time to serve the community by volunteering his service to several national and state non-profit organizations such as Meals by Grace, Third Eye Dancers, American India Foundation, and Georgia Colorectal Cancer Round Table.
Dr. Indrakrishnan’s appointment to the Physicians Workforce Board received much praise and accolades from both Democrats and Republicans.
“It’s been a privilege working with Dr. Indrakrishnan over the years. His wealth of knowledge and experience will greatly serve the Board and I’m confident in his ability to develop the next generation of medical professionals, ensuring our citizens have access to outstanding healthcare.” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.
“Words cannot adequately express how grateful I am for the extraordinary healthcare services and resources that Dr. Indrakrishnan provided to the patients,” said U.S. Congressman David Scott. He also added that without question, Dr. Indrakrishnan is most deserving of the Governor’s appointment to the Georgia Board of Physicians Workforce and he is proud to recognize Dr. Indrakrishnan for this momentous achievement.
“Dr. Indrakrishnan is well known as an embodiment of what it means to achieve the American Dream,” said U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson. “In addition to distinguishing himself as a medical educator and practitioner, Dr. Indrakrishnan has built a standout reputation in the community for his volunteer and philanthropic efforts to help the less fortunate.”
Dr. Indrakrishnan hopes to inspire more young Asian American to actively give their time and to serve in the community.
“It is important to give back and help those in need.”