American Academy For Yoga in Medicine

Our Teams

Our Team

Dr. Indranill Basu Ray


Dr. Basu Ray has two primary sets of research interests. He is involved in clinical research in cardiac electrophysiology which includes atrial fibrillation, VT ablation, and cryptogenic stroke. Dr. Basu Ray has been meditating since the age of six. His research centers on the use of meditation and yoga in modern medicine, particularly heart diseases. He is also one of the top ten cardiologists chosen by the American Heart Association to write the world’s first scientific statement on the use of meditation in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. He has also been invited to present at grand rounds at many medical schools in the United States and abroad. Dr. Basu Ray is the author of numerous research articles and book chapters in cardiology. He is also the Editor in Chief for Cardiac Electrophysiology for Stat Pearl.

Mr. Nirmalya Bhattacharyya

Co Chairman

Co Chairman of American Academy of Yoga and Meditation

Prof Nirmal Gupta

Vice Chairman

Professor & Head of CVTS, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Academic Block, “C” SGPGIMS Main Hospital Building, Raibareli Road, Lucknow, India MBBS 1982, MS (General Surgery) 1986, MCh (CTVS) 1989 Delhi University Marian Ionescu Fellow in Paediatric Surgery, Leeds. UK 1991-1993 Higher Cardiothoracic Surgical Trainee in West Midlands UK 1993-1996 Senior Registrar Coventry UK 1996-97 Assistant Professor, AIIMS, New Delhi, India. 1997 Cardiac Surgeon, St Anthony’s Hospital, London. 1998-2000 Associate Professor, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, SGPGIMS, 2000-2002 Additional Professor & Head, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery SGPGIMS, April 2002-2008 Professor and Head, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery SGPGIMS, April 2008-present

Amitava Roy


Amitava is an astute professional, with good academics and experience in working with some of the best-known names in the Industry. Have been a part of a brand/ growth story, which can be benchmarked among the best. 20+ yrs Experienced in multi-channel Operations & Marketing background, in a high-growth story context with disciplined management in the field of Hospitality, Retail, Facility Management, E-Comm, and Wellness with the roles of Business Head, National Account Director & other pivotal roles. He has a lot to offer in terms of his background and experiences.

Dr Mahadevan Seetharaman

Advisor Ayurveda

Dr. Mahadevan is a Duke Integrative Healthcare Leader, Ayurvedic Health and Nutrition consultant, and a Yoga Teacher. He serves as the School Director for ĀYU Academy that offers the most organized advanced Āyurvedic curriculum outside India and is involved in promoting AYUSH globally.
Dr. Mahadevan spent 4 years in India on sabbatical as the CEO and MD of the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM) and Professor & Dean, School of Health Sciences, Transdisciplinary University (TDU). He has also recently helped Isha Foundation set up an Integrative Healthcare Centre in India as the COO of Isha Arogya Research Foundation.

Mr. Ritesh Verma


Ritesh Verma is a Data Warehouse architect by profession. He is also an Artificial Intelligence specialist, and Full-Stack AI Consultant. He has done some proof of concept related to AI in Medical Diagnosis (to identify diseases with supervised (clinical data, EMR) and unsupervised data (image chest x-rays), Medical Prognosis and Medical Treatment using Tensorflow, python and R programming language.
Ritesh Verma obtained a Master Degree in Physics and ranked 2nd in University from NIT Jamshedpur.
As Yoga and meditation enthusiast, he has been associated with AAOYAM.

Mr. Manish Shrivastava


Manish Shrivastava is a co-founder and the General Secretary of AAYM. Manish settled in the USA for last 20 years and considers himself to be a global citizen. Manish is a seeker of the ultimate truth and reality. He is an active practitioner of Advaita Vedanta and uses self-inquiry method consistent with the teachings of Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi and J. Krishnamurthy. He is also a proponent of bringing ancient knowledge, yoga, and mediation together with modern science for the benefit of people and the planet; he knows that the only way to end all conflict and suffering is to raise individual consciousness to a point that it becomes one and the only one with the universal consciousness. By profession, Manish is an IT Leader at Johnson and Johnson and holds an Executive MBA Degree from The University of Memphis as well as an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from India.

Shri KV Kumar

VC– Strategies

Mr. KV Kumar is the Chairman of KMF Investment Group, LLC.
KV Kumar is the epitome of volunteerism. He has served as a volunteer for over 147,000 hours or more than 16 years of volunteer work. He has served tirelessly and continue to serve the small businesses, entrepreneurs, mentorship, people with brain injury, women and youth advancement and service to the community organizations and individuals with need for help.

Sree N. Sreenath

VC– Global Education

Sree N. Sreenath, Ph.D., MNO, is a tenured full professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Director of Case GEMNI (Graduate Engineering & Management National and International) Program. His research and educational interests are in complexity, with applications in Systems Biology (leukemia, prostate cancer and hydrocephalus), Global Issues, and, Sustainable Development. He served the Co-Director of UNESCO GENIe Program – an international network of educational institutions (1996-2006), and as the Director of the Complex Systems Biology Center (2007-2016) at Case. He consults with many developing countries on issues of water, energy, and policy development. He has received many scholarships and awards including the Best Undergraduate Teaching Award, Who’s Who Among Teachers in America, and the NIH Research Career Award. He published a technical treatise on Global Warming in 1990 and was a member of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the 1990’s. He served as a scenario panel member of the World Water Commission (1998-2000); a member on the UN World Water Assessment Program; and many National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) committees. He has lectured in 25 countries, and has organized more than 40 workshops, symposia, and conferences. He is the inductee to the 2019 class of Cleveland International Hall of Fame. Since 2009, he is the President of Sewa International (, a Hindu faith-based charitable nonprofit working in the areas of disaster recovery, education, and, development. Sewa has 43 Chapters across the USA and serves regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. He is also the Executive Committee member of NAVIKA – a national cultural organization. Professor Sreenath is a practitioner of Vedic Math – ancient Indian Math for over 30 years and has developed a curriculum to educate children. He lives with his wife Shobha in Solon, Ohio, and has two adult children Apurwa and Abhijit.

Shri Ramanand Garge

Operations - Australia

Ramanand is a scholar of humanities and prior to this appointment has served in several capacities in academics and research field in India. He was fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation New Delhi. He is alumnus of University of Pune, Pune. He is alumnus of the prestigious Law Institute, University of Virginia School of Law, USA. Based on his expertise in the field of humanities he has also served in advisory capacity with state governments in India. He is a proven orator at the national and international level and significantly contributed in the form of research papers, monographs, chapters in the books, research article in the acclaimed international journals and publications etc. He was esteemed panelist of Loksabha and Rajyasabha TV, Government of India to deliberate issues of national and international significance. Apart from his academic interests Ramanand also explores travel photography (wildlife, architecture and cultural). Some of his artwork is showcased in national and international exhibitions.

Dr. Bhanu Duggal

VC– Clinical Initiatives

Dr. Bhanu Duggal is a professor and Head of Department at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India. She was in the past also a professor and Head of Department at the Grant Medical College and Sir JJ group of hospitals. She is a recipient of many awards, including the Diversity Travel Support Award in April 2013. Dr. Duggal is an internationally famed cardiologist with research in utilization of stents in clinical practice in India.

Dr Satish Krishnan

Operations - UAE

Head of department of Neurosurgery, Al Qassimi Hospital, Sharjah, UAE.
He Studied M.B.B.S at R G Kar Medical College, Calcutta, India, Studied MCh Neurosurgery at SCTIMST, Studied Neurosurgery at National Board Certification He is working as Senior Consultant and Head of department of Neurosurgery at Al Qassimi Hospital, Sharjah Former Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon at SUT hospital pattom Former Doctor at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital Former Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Trivandrum Former Senior Consultant and Head of Neuroscience at SUT Hospital , Pattom Former Assistant Professor at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology

Dr Shankar Natarajan


Dr. Natarajan graduated from the Nilratan Sircar Medical College in 1991. He works in Southaven, MS, and 6 other locations and specializes in Child Neurology, Neurology, and Psychiatry. Dr. Natarajan is affiliated with Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto and Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown.

Mr. Chaitanya Patil

Tech Head

Tech Head of American Academy of Yoga and Meditation

Dr Akshay Anand


Akshay Anand graduated from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). After obtaining his post doctoral training at Department of Immunopathology in the same Institute he joined the University of Kentucky as Scientist II. After serving there for two years, he returned to join faculty of Department of Neurology PGIMER. Dr Anand is a research improvement specialist who is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration utilizing invitro, invivo, alternative and biotherapeutic approaches. His other researchinterests range from analyzing the role of genetic and other risk factors that modify ALSand AMD to screening of novel drugs for memory enhancement. He has also been involved in the discovery of animal model of AMD published in Nature Medicine. Dr Anand wasselected of ICMR Amrut Mody Unichem Prize- 2012, Annual PGI faculty award-2013, 2014, Sardar Vallabhabhi Patel Foundation9th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award, 2014, Scopus Young Scientist Award Runner up, National Academy of Sciences India, New Delhi, 2012, ICMR Shankuntla Amir Chand Award (2010), Young Scientist Award from DAE (2005), Retina Research Foundation / Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Award (2003), served as Judge at ISEF, USA (2002-3), obtained over 2 dozen International travel awards besides mentoring PhD students to lead the Swacch Bharat campaign for which the team was awarded the Bharat Nirman Award in the Behavioral change category by Ministry of Science and Technology(2017).

Dr Susheel Sharma


Dr. Susheel K Sharma Board-certified consultant cardiologist practicing in Maryland, affiliated with the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
Dr. Susheel Sharma is a board-certified consultant cardiologist practicing in Maryland, affiliated with the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Dr. Sharma is a Fellow of American College of Cardiology (FACC), Member of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP UK), Member of Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and Member of American Society of Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). After finishing his undergraduate degree (M.B.B.S) and postgraduate degree (M.D) in internal medicine from Agra University, Dr. Sharma moved to England. His general cardiology training was at Leeds University and Manchester University in England. He completed his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship training at Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute, Detroit, Michigan. After practicing as an interventional cardiologist for 25 years, he has shifted his focus towards cardiac wellness and prevention. His integrated approach to wellness includes an emphasis on validated scientific methods incorporating a whole food plant based diet, active lifestyle including yoga and stress reduction techniques using meditation and Pranayama.

Dr Damodar Reddy Kumbala


Damodar Reddy Kumbala, MD.FASN.FASDIN, is an interventional nephrologist specializing in the routine and complex care of vascular accesses. This includes minimally invasive image-guided procedures. He earned his medical degree at BLDEA Medical College located in Bijapur, India, and completed his internship and residency at Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. He went on to complete a nephrology fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans. Dr. Kumbala has participated in numerous clinical studies for both the cardiology and nephrology fields and has published extensively in peer reviewed medical journals.

Dr Manjunath Sharma

VC– Research Initiatives

Director of Research at S-VYASA University

Dr Anupkumar Shetty

VC– Organizational and Institutional Contact Development

  • M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
  • Internal Medicine, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal, India
  • Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
  • Nephrology, K.E.M. Hospital (University of Bombay), Bombay, India
  • University of Toronto (The Toronto Hospital), Toronto, Canada
  • Nephrology