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Dr. Sujatha Reddy’s brain child ‘SAI Health Fair’

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Profile of Dr.Sujatha Reddy

 

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Dr.Sujatha Reddy initiated her laudable humanitarian ‘SAI Health Fair ‘initiative in 2002. And she hasn’t stopped since then. Till today, she has organized forty SAI Health Fairs, as a tribute to the life & legacy of Mahatma Gandhi & promoting the philosophies of Non- Violence, Community Selfless service & Social Justice.   When asked why she named them SAI Health Fairs, Sujatha says, “I believe in the Teachings of spiritual Guru Sai of Shirdi. SAI stands for selfless service, accountability, integrity and embodiment of truth…”

These fairs are not only vehicles of social service and welfare, but a shining example of outreach of medical services to the needy and the neglected. The Sai Health Fairs have been held at different venues in Atlanta for the convenience of people wishing to attend. Over 40 doctors from 12-13 specialties, 500 dedicated nurses including nurses from the Georgia Indian Nurses Association, and 500 courteous and cheerful volunteers have consistently offered their services in the Fairs, which has served over 10,000 people to date.

SAI Health Fairs have provided over 6,000 Blood Tests at a nominal cost of $30 per test, and free EKGs to over 5,000 patients. Over 1,000 people has availed of free Glaucoma screenings, free Bone mineral density screenings, free hearing screenings, and about 100 free vascular screenings.

The Sai Health Fairs also helps with Blood Donation and Bone marrow drives. Over 200 donors have donated blood and over 200 have taken part in Bone marrow drives.

The fifth Health Fair in the MLK Jr. Historic Preservation District on April 3, 2004, was graced by The Mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin, was a resounding success. In the past, messages of appreciation, good wishes and support have been  received from the Georgia Governor, Sonny Purdue and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and many other eminent community members.

The seeds of this compassion were sown in her childhood. Sujatha was born in Paparaju Palli in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India.

She joined Kurnool Medical College in August 1965 and graduated in 1972. She lived in a hostel and excelled in sports, indoor games and Tennis.  After completing her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad, she got married to Mohan Reddy, and then moved to the US in 1973. She completed her Residency at the University of Birmingham in 1980, and became a US Citizen.

Sujatha is also actively involved with the Hindu temple of Atlanta. The temple in fact is her second home. She was a trustee in 1986 and held several positions including President from 1996 to December 1998. Currently, she is in ‘” bylaws committee chair’ portfolio. She is a Member of many Community Organizations.

Sujatha has received many prestigious awards including the ‘Hindu Vibhushan” award for the year 2001 for her contribution to medicine, service to the community and perpetuating and integrating the Hindu way of life in the community. Sujatha was the third recipient and its first female winner. The previous two winners of this award were Prime Ministers of Trinidad and Surinam respectively.

The other feathers in her cap include the Employee of the Year Award from the River Edge Behavioral Health Center, Macon, GA in 2001; the Outstanding Achievement Award by Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) in 2002, the Gandhi Humanitarian Award in 2003 and the Health Fair Award by TAMA in 2003; the Exemplary Community Service Award from Kurnool Medical College in 2009. She has also received the  GAPI Physician of the Year Award in 2010. Georgia Asian Times recognized her as among “25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia’in May 2010. She received an award from TANA for Outstanding Service to the Community, the Vidya Ratna award for Distinguished Services by ATA and Vamsee International in 2012, a Lifetime Achievement Award from TAMA, and the Distinguished Service Award by Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj in 2012. She also received Outstanding Community Service Award by NATA in July,2014; Community Service Award by TATA in 2015. At its Deepavali event, on Saturday,October 29,2016,  Sujatha was bestowed with Lifetime Achievement Award by Telangana American Telugu Assocation.In January 2017, she was bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award by Indo-American Press Club.

In October 2018, USPAACC Southeast Region, at its 2nd Annual Diversity in Action Awards, bestowed Outstanding Americans Award to Dr.Reddy for her role in Psychiatry/General Medicine.

On March 8,2019,Narayan Seva Sansthan,on International Women’s Day, felicitated her with ‘Shakti’Award.

Sujatha is currently a  practicing Psychiatry & medical director at river edge health center in Macon, Georgia. Her husband, Mr. Mohan Reddy, is an electrical engineer, and now is retired. They have two grown up sons, Shyam Reddy, is CEO at BlueLinx Corporation in Atlanta, and his wife Renee Dye, who  is an Associate Professor at Emory Business School. Their second son, Sai Prasad Reddy is Marketing Director in real estate. They have a grandson Beckett Reddy,who is 8 years old.

To sum up, if anyone is searching for a role model, Sujatha is surely the one to look up to. “I believe that service to humanity is service to God and I see God in every living thing”, she says.

By Mahadev Desai

 

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