USA (Commonwealth Union)_ During the Biennial Convention of the American Tamil Medical Association, held at the Trump International Resort Hotel in Florida, Dr. Indran B. Indrakrishnan of Atlanta was honored with the prestigious 2023 Public Service Award. This recognition signifies his outstanding contributions to the community’s long-term well-being, transcending routine healthcare services. Professor Appu Rathinavel of the Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research in Florida delivered an introductory note on Dr. Indrakrishnan, who became the first physician from Georgia to receive this esteemed award from the Tamil American Medical Association, an organization that thoughtfully selects distinguished physicians in North America who have made significant community contributions.
Notably, in the past year, Dr. Indrakrishnan received awards from three Tamil Organizations in North America, including the Tamil American Pioneer (TAP) award from the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA) in July 2023 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tamil Information Center and Thamizhar Thahaval Magazine of Canada in July 2022. Dr. Indrakrishnan, who serves as an adjunct professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine while managing his private Gastroenterology practice in Georgia, has also actively engaged in various charitable and community-oriented initiatives. He is a board member of Rainbow Village, an organization dedicated to supporting homeless mothers with children, and lends his support to Meals by Grace/Fill Ministries, a non-profit that provides meals to underprivileged children in Georgia.
In recognition of his unwavering community service, the Georgia State Assembly declared February 14th as Dr. Indrakrishnan Day in Georgia in 2018, making him the first Tamil American, the first physician, and the first American of Asian descent to receive such an honor. Furthermore, Dr. Indrakrishnan’s contributions have been acknowledged by Georgia Asian Times Magazine, which named him one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia in both 2016 and 2018. His professional accomplishments include fellowships with esteemed medical organizations, including the American College of Gastroenterology, the American College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians of London, England, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is an active member of editorial boards for numerous national and international medical journals and has published research papers in the fields of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr. Indrakrishnan’s expertise has led to invitations as a visiting professor and speaker on medical topics nationally and internationally. His leadership roles extend to serving on examination boards for prestigious institutions, including the Royal College of Physicians of London, England, and participating as a Question Author and Relevance Reviewer for the Examination Board for the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He has actively contributed to committees such as the National Affairs and International Relations Committees of the American College of Gastroenterology and the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Indrakrishnan also holds the distinction of being the past and first Indian-descent president of the Georgia Gastroenterological and Endoscopy Society and a past president of the Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage (GAPI).