A look at our Iota Nu Delta members around the world and their outstanding accomplishments
We would like to recognize one of our alumni, brother Kunj Gohil, on being featured as an ELITE Leader of the future by PM360. Kunj graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Sciences in 2013 and then began a Post Doctoral fellowship at Medimedia Managed Markets, an ICON plc company. In less than 4 years he was able to climb the corporate ladder to lead his team as an Associate Medical Director and Head of Strategic Content. Kunj says that Iota Nu Delta encouraged his "willingness to try new things and fostered an interest to leaving his comfort zone". This was instrumental in exceeding his professional expectations and this mindset was largely responsible for the success he attained in such a short lived time. We wish nothing but more success to Brother Kunj Gohil and his future endeavors.
Pictured here are some of our Brothers who went to the same medical school, graduated, and matched together. We are so proud of all of our brothers who are moving forward in their medical career. From left to right:
Internal Medicine at York Hospital
Internal Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Internal Medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center
Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
The third Friday of March is "Match Day", where the results of the National Resident Matching Program are revealed to medical school students. A special congratulations to all our brothers who matched as they begin the next steps of their medical career!
Iota Nu Delta would like to honor the accomplishments of our alumnus, Nipun Patel. Nipun is the first INΔ Brother to be elected to partner at an AmLaw 100 Firm.
Nipun crossed into Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc. in 2002, completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University in 2005, and graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2008.
Nipun is currently a partner in the Complex Litigation Group of Reed Smith LLP, and is a resident in the Philadelphia Office. At the time of his election to partner, he became the youngest partner at Reed Smith – a firm with over 1,700 lawyers worldwide – and only one of two diverse partners in the Philadelphia office. Nipun maintains a broad-based commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on financial services matters, class actions, employment litigation, and commercial disputes. Nipun has practiced extensively before federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other jurisdictions, doing both trial and appellate work. His experience encompasses first chair trial responsibility, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
Outside of the office, Nipun is extremely active in the community. Nipun serves on the executive committee and as pro-bono general counsel to Legacy Youth Tennis and Education; on the board and as Vice President of the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia; on the board of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group; and on the Young Professionals Leadership Board of the The Barnes Foundation.
Nipun credits much of his success to the strong network and relationships facilitated by INΔ. Nipun’s clients include INΔ brothers who have gone on to successful in-house careers and supported him both personally and professionally. His story is a testament to the brotherhood and life-long bond of INΔ. Nipun also remains an active alumni mentor, ready to assist and speak with any brother who is considering a career in law, particularly with ambitions to work at a large law firm.
Iota Nu Delta would like to highlight the accomplishments of our alumnus, Misal Panchal.
Misal graduated from Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business with a B.B.A. in 2010. While in school, he was heavily involved with the business school's Tax & Accounting Society and volunteered extensively within the South Asian Community, primarily through SAMAR. Following his time at Hofstra, Misal worked in public accounting, providing tax management and accounting services to a variety of individuals and small businesses. In 2015, Misal joined the Connecticut Insurance Department, a state government agency, where he works as an Insurance Examiner in the Financial Regulation unit, which helps ensure companies are financially solvent, competitive, and engage in fair market practices. Earlier this year, Misal became a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut.
In addition to work, Misal is highly active with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), through which he helps provide tax planning and financial advice to low-income families and senior citizens. Misal is also a member of AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants).
"To my younger brothers in INΔ, whatever you do, do it with passion, integrity, and a big heart." -Misal Panchal
Pictured below is Misal and his coworkers with Governor Dan Malloy at an event to raise funds through his department for CT State Employee Giving, an initiative by the state employees to give back to the community.
Iota Nu Delta would like to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of our brother, Jay Patel. Jay is an alumnus of Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc. - Philadelphia and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy with his Pharm.D. in 2013. Jay, in addition to being the President of Greenhill Pharmacy, is deeply involved in Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purshottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and has dedicated over 10,000 hours, personally and professionally, to serving his community here in the United States. Jay is pictured here with the Governor of Delaware, John Carney.
Raad Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of LawTrades—the fastest growing platform for hiring lawyers online. He crossed in 2006 at our Iota Chapter, at St. John's University, where he served as Chapter President. An entrepreneur from an early age, Raad began the LawTrades service in his apartment in law school with the aim of helping to democratize legal services. Today, the site facilitates millions in transactions every year, creating a new economy for the legal industry and better opportunities for businesses. He is involved in crafting the company culture, shaping the product design, and innovating future growth opportunities. LawTrades has raised over $1.8 million in seed funding from Draper Associates (a notable investor in companies such as Tesla, Skype, and SpaceX), 500 Startups, Angel List, Graph Ventures, and other prominent investors in Silicon Valley.
Raad’s content has been viewed over two million times on Quora and he has been published in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, and Apple News. Prior to LawTrades, Raad founded a web-app for Facebook that scaled to thirty million hits per month. He earned his JD at the University of Buffalo Law School.
Iota Nu Delta would like to highlight the accomplishments of our alumnus, Vinit Jobanputra. Vinit is the President and founder of Sanghavi Solitaire Inc, a wholesale diamond manufacturing company that caters to the needs of retailers and wholesalers in North and South America.
Since graduating from our Alpha Chapter, SUNY Binghamton, in 2008, Vinit has sold well over $100 million in diamonds and fine jewelry. Vinit was honored at the White House and the United Nations by Empact Showcase, a platform highlighting the power and social impact of America’s top entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Sanghavi Solitaire Inc. was also recognized as part of the 2014 Empact 100, which recognizes the top 100 companies within the Empact Showcase. Sanghavi Solitaire takes an active role in promoting awareness and providing guidance for customers to purchase diamonds ethically and with full transparency. Through their innovative “Challenge Us” program, Sanghavi Solitaire helps even the playing field for both jewelers and individual customers by allowing clients to compare prices of competitors for each part of a jewelry product simply through providing a GIA certificate number.
"Iota Nu Delta motivated me both in college and beyond to work hard and value the principles of honesty and teamwork. The consistent advice and support that this brotherhood has provided me with through the years is priceless, and I would not be the man I am today if it weren’t for Iota Nu Delta. I look forward to our brotherhood continuing to grow, not only in numbers, but in ways that help our brothers grow as individuals, as we continue to contribute to our communities."
Iota Nu Delta would like to highlight the accomplishments of our alumnus, Dr. Chetan Pasrija. Dr. Pasrija matched into the Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency Program, one of the most competitive types of residencies in all of medicine, at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is currently in his third year, out of eight, in his training to become a heart surgeon.
Dr. Pasrija graduated with a degree in Bioengineering from our Eta Chapter at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he served as Chapter President from 2008 to 2009. He would go on to obtain his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Pasrija also has extensive experience in research, being awarded by the University of Maryland with an Outstanding Research Award during his time in undergrad, as well as an Excellence in Research Award during his time in medical school. Dr. Pasrija also has conducted first author presentations at over ten major national conferences and has fourteen scientific papers that have been published or are in-press.
“In my opinion, Iota Nu Delta provides a perfect platform to teach young motivated men important attributes of success. Through my experiences with Iota Nu Delta, I learned important skills on how to push past mental stumbling blocks in order to reach my goals. The bond that I was able to create with my community of brothers both at my school and nationwide have been a critical support group for me through the years. Both the lessons and relationships I gained through Iota Nu Delta have helped me achieve the success that I have thus far.”
Iota Nu Delta would like to recognize the accomplishments of our alumnus, Dr. Raja Singh. Dr. Singh currently works as a physician in South Florida where he specializes in critical care medicine.
Dr. Singh graduated from our Alpha Chapter at SUNY Binghamton, where he served as Chapter President from 1997 to 1998. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Singh completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, through Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Singh would go on to serve as the medical director for two Hospital Medicine programs at Broward Health. Dr. Singh has also been heavily involved in medical education through his work as a clinical preceptor at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and as a faculty teaching attendant for Internal Medicine residents at JFK Medical Center, through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
After five years of practice, Dr. Singh would go on to complete a Surgical Critical Care fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital, through the Icahn School of Medicine in Manhattan. Dr. Singh currently works as a critical care physician where he specializes in the diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions which require sophisticated organ support and invasive monitoring. Dr. Singh has been involved in numerous research projects and clinical trials in the field of critical care medicine and is a member of the American Thoracic Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Singh also previously served as the National Chair of the Patient Safety Organization of Emergency Consultants, Inc., a peer review organization dedicated to promoting better clinical outcomes and improving processes both in inpatient and emergency medical care settings.
Iota Nu Delta would like to recognize the accomplishments of our alumnus, Sachin Jhangiani, one of the founding members of our Beta Chapter at New York University. Sachin recently led the West Coast-based Structured Products Sales Team at Bank of America Securities following a stint as Head of Origination and Servicing Sales for Bank of America in New York. Before joining Bank of America, Sachin served as Managing Director at Nomura Securities, worked at Lehman Brothers in both trading agency MBS and sales, and worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.
Sachin is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys hiking, climbing, and has recently completed the NYC Century Bike Tour. Sachin is also actively involved in philanthropy through Student Sponsor Partners. Through this organization, Sachin funded half of the private high school tuition of a deserving underprivileged child, while Student Sponsor Partners matched the donation. Sachin also got to work directly with the student he was sponsoring, serving as a mentor in both his professional and personal life. Sachin’s mentee graduated high school with honors and is currently attending College of the Holy Cross on a full scholarship. Today, Sachin works with the same charity to sponsor two other children.
“It meant a lot to give someone a chance, because I wasn’t supposed to make it, but people believed in me and gave me a chance.”
Iota Nu Delta would like to congratulate our former National Vice President of Marketing, Monte Desai, on his acceptance to Harvard Business School.
Monte grew up working in his family business in South Carolina and earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business from Hofstra University in New York. Prior to starting his MBA at HBS, Monte served at a new federal agency created in responseto the financial crisis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As Product Manager, he focused on using technology and innovation to change the way government works. His team earned an award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, establishing it as a model for other agencies. In 2015, he was personally recognized with the NextGen Public Service Award.
“Many years after college, Iota Nu Delta continues to be more and more valuable in my personal and professional growth. I’ve relied on this tight-knit network to guide me through obstacles and opportunities. Today, I hope to pay it forward as an Alumni Mentor.”
Iota Nu Delta would like to highlight the accomplishments of our alumnus, Dr. Chandy Samuel, DDS.
Dr. Samuel graduated from the University of Buffalo Dental School and has gone on to become a leading orthodontist in the Miami Area. In addition to running six dental practices in the area, Dr. Samuel has also served as President of the North Dade - Miami Beach Dental Society. Dr. Samuel has also been active on the speaking circuit and gave the commencement address at the graduation of the Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics Class of 2016. In addition, Dr. Samuel is an active real estate broker and investor, owning multiple shopping centers in Florida.
Pictured with Dr. Samuel (clockwise) are:
-NBA Legend, Artis Gilmore, who was a fellow speaker at the Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics Graduation
-Jared Cook, Tight End for the Green Bay Packers, who is a celebrity client of Dr. Samuel
-Kelsey Grammer, award-winning actor, who is also a celebrity client of Dr. Samuel
Iota Nu Delta is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of our Brother, Aakash Butala. Aakash graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in 2011 with a BBA in Finance and International Business. At our Theta Chapter at the George Washington University, he served as Vice President and helped develop the chapter’s presence on campus and in the community.
Aakash has worked in investment banking at Stifel and Barclays, where he advised clients on M&A and capital markets transactions in a variety of industries including energy, technology, media, and telecommunications. He is currently an Associate at Neuberger Berman’s Private Equity Group.
“I am fortunate to have the close-knit network of INΔ. Brothers from across the nation have helped build my career and meeting successful alumni is always inspiring. As an Alumni Mentor, I am committed to helping Brothers pursue their personal and professional goals.”
Iota Nu Delta would like to congratulate Jay Subramanian, a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, on his recent appointment as the Chairman of our National Board of Directors.
Iota Nu Delta would like to highlight the accomplishments of our former National President, Ryan Kuriakose. Ryan graduated with a Pharm.D. from our Iota Chapter at St. John’s University in 2010, where he would later go on to get an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Marketing.
Following pharmacy school, he secured a position in a post-doctoral fellowship program within the pharmaceutical industry, through which he began getting involved with the business and product management aspects of the pharmaceutical and healthcare technology industries. Ryan’s first entrepreneurial experience came in 2011 when he founded PillTalk with another Brother from our Iota Chapter, Ashlyn Jose, PharmD. Ryan served as CEO of PillTalk, which created a mobile app to simplify patient medication counseling through a database with over 1,500 drugs. With over 20,000 users, PillTalk was acquired earlier this year by another company looking to leverage the app’s technology for a global patient engagement platform. Ryan currently serves as VP of Strategy and Business Development at Orphidia, a Silicon Valley health care startup, which aims to revolutionize lab blood testing by running over 40 lab tests on a portable device with a drop of blood and providing results in 20 minutes.
“I would never have expected the impact INΔ would have on my life. My goal was always to work towards our collaborative mission, but what i unknowingly gained was unique experiences and friendships to last a lifetime. I am grateful to INΔ for providing me the opportunity to not only lead change but work with groups of diverse stakeholders. My time as National President, National VP of Expansion, and Chapter President taught me to build resilient leadership focused on growth. These experiences allowed me to build emotional intelligence early on, proving to be valuable in various stages of my professional career to date.”
Iota Nu Delta would like to highlight the accomplishments of our National Vice President, Dr. Beje Thomas.
Dr. Thomas is a brother from our Zeta Chapter, the first South Asian Greek International Chapter. He received his medical degree from the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center. He completed his internal medicine residency including a chief medical resident year, and nephrology fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He would further subspecialize and complete a transplant nephrology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He would stay at MUSC as a faculty member in the division of nephrology serving as the interim medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation as well as the transplant nephrology fellowship director. He moved to the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2014. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Medical School and clinically his role is primarily as a transplant nephrologist. At the School he is academically active including publishing, participating in various clinical trials, and involvement in medical student and resident education. He was recognized for his teaching by being awarded the Nephrology Division Teacher of the Year Award.
In addition to serving as our National Vice President, Dr. Thomas also serves as an Alumni Advisor for our Eta Chapter at the University of Maryland.
Iota Nu Delta would like to recognize the accomplishments of Brother Sameer S. Somal, Chief Financial Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth and Blue Ocean Global Technology. In 2015, Sameer was named to InvestmentNews' "40 Under 40" for his work with Blue Ocean Global Wealth in succession planning for financial advisers.
Prior to co-founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, Sameer graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University as a member of our Theta Chapter and served as a Senior Investment Analyst at The Bank of Nova Scotia and a Financial Advisor and Intermediary at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch & Co. Sameer also holds designations as a CFA and CFP, in addition to serving as a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Diversity Committee, the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia/Tri-State FPA, and the CFP Board’s Council on Education. Sameer is also a Board Advisor at the iPlan Education Institute in New Delhi, India and a Women’s Initiative (WIN) Advocate for the CFP Board.
Sameer is strongly committed to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and has been a valuable Alumni Mentor for Brothers in Iota Nu Delta. A member of the Speakers’ Series at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, Sameer is a frequent speaker on succession planning, technology, diversity, retirement, financial planning, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Iota Nu Delta would like to honor the public service of Brother Danie S. Samuel. For the last eight years, Danie has served our nation as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of the New York Field Office. Thank you for your service and your example, Danie!
Iota Nu Delta would like to recognize the accomplishments of our Former Vice President, Justin Jacob.
After graduating from John Hopkins University with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Justin completed a fellowship as an Analytical Chemist and Primary Responder at the CDC, before returning to JHU to pursue his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bloomberg School of PublicHealth.
While pursuing his PhD, Justin has continued to lead, by serving as the President of the JHU Biomedical Scholars Association and recently being elected as the President of the John Hopkins School of Public Health Student Assembly.
"I truly am indebted to Iota Nu Delta, as it was the first student organization that empowered me to be a leader, regardless of where I am and who I am with!"
Iota Nu Delta must congratulate Brother R. Anand for making Real Estate Forum magazine's TOP 50 UNDER 40 list. Mr. Anand recently joined CIM Group as First Vice President. He has closed more than 5 BILLION in debt.
Congratulations again - we know he will continue to find success through his hard work!
Congratulations to National Founding Father S. Chopra who was honored as one of the International Recipients of the Walter E. Upjohn award. He was presented the award from Lee Lacocca President of Chrysler and Ford Motors.
The award is given to individuals who have based their work on Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Leadership, Performance and Community Service.
Dr. William E. Upjohn was the CEO of Upjohn Pharmaceuticals founded in Michigan, US in 1885 and served as company president for nearly 40 years – transforming it into a global player. The W. E. Upjohn Awards were first presented in 1938, five years after Upjohn's death, to honor his principles and his personal philosophy.
Mr. Chopra has worked for a variety of leading organizations including: the US Government, US Health Care Financing Administration: Medicaid Physician Reimbursement, Centers For Disease Control, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Deloitte & Touche, Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley as a leader in the famed Investment Bank and Hedge Fund division and for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court.
Congratulations to Mr. Chopra once more.
Check out our very own brother Mr. Pratik Saripalli pictured here with Mr. Charles Bolden, former astronaut and current Chief Administrator of NASA!
Pratik had the opportunity to meet Mr. Bolden at the Southern Regional Educational Board conference - Doctorals Scholars Program. The conference is designed to build minority leaders who are in PhD programs.
Pratik is currently conducting research funded by NASA as a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. His specific research revolves around developing a green monopropellant thruster using a nitrous oxide.
Congratulations to Pratik again - we wish him the best of luck as he continues down this path!
Iota Nu Delta brother from the University at Texas, Austin, went through an extensive process in order to help a woman with bone marrow cancer.
Kevin describes his experience like this:
"A few months back, I got a call telling me that I'm a potential match for a bone marrow patient, and a few weeks back, I got a call stating that I'm the best match for this patient. It took 10 shots and over 6 hours of donation today to extract the bone marrow cells needed for the transplant. It truly makes me happy that I was given an opportunity to save someone's life, here's to prayers and hopes of a Christmas miracle for my cells to not get rejected by the 44 yr old lady with bone marrow cancer."
Kevin reminds us all to think of others before ourselves and do what we can to help those in need - especially during this holiday season.
We are hoping for the best possible results for this woman and we hope everyone is as inspired by Kevin's story as we are!
Iota Nu Delta would like to recognize Brother KJ Dhaliwal - Founder & CEO of Dil Mil.
Dil Mil has become the fastest growing and most popular matchmaking app for South Asians, raising over $1-Million in seed round from some of the most prominent investors in the Silicon Valley. Dil Mil is already responsible for over 500,000 matches!
KJ, coming from our Chapter at Drexel University in Philadelphia, went on to pursue multiple opportunities in the finance world. He held positions as an Equity Options Trader at World Trade Financial Group, Private Wealth Management Team member at SEI Investments, and Co-Founder at Finantric Capital.
After graduating, KJ dropped everything and moved out to San Francisco to pursue his passion for technology. He continues to inspire all of us to pursue greatness in the fields we love.
Congratulations to KJ and we wish him continued success in his inspiring story.
Iota Nu Delta would like to congratulate brother Dhaval Amin who recently graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and matched his first choice residency at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Unlike the common residency, WAMC requires the resident to be a commissioned officer of the U.S. Army! In turn, you not only have your responsibilities to your respective medical field, but also must uphold and meet the standards as a U.S. Army Officer.
Dhaval direct commissioned as a Captain in April of this year, and graduated in May; he then began his Basic Officer Leadership Training in San Antonio, TX. Since then, he has relocated to Fort Bragg, NC where is officially training as a Podiatric Surgeon.
"For me, there is no greater honor than serving our troops and their families, who’ve selflessly defended our freedoms at home and abroad. To the brothers of Iota Nu Delta, I urge you all to continue taking the road less travelled, at the end is where you will find your greatest treasures." - Brother Dhaval Amin
Congratulations to him once again - we wish you nothing but continued success!!