Latha Ganti Stead, MD was named the 2012 Most Distinguished Young Physician by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) at 30th Annual AAPI convention in Long Beach, California. Dr. Stead, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery and the Toral Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Traumatic Brain Injury, was chosen for her demonstrated track record of outstanding performance in patient care, research and community service, exemplifying the award criteria.
The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States and represents the interests of more than 50,000 physicians and about 15,000 medical students/residents of Indian heritage in the country. AAPI is an umbrella organization which has nearly 130 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations. For over 25 years, Indian physicians have made significant contributions to health care in this country, not only practicing in inner cities, rural areas and peripheral communities but also at the top medical schools and other academic centers. Almost 10%-12% of medical students entering US schools are of Indian origin.