NCIAP Executive Committee

Dr. Vinod Jindal, MD


NCIAP-11Dr. Vinod Jindal, Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship trained Retina specialist, Medical Director of New Century Ophthalmology Group, is committed to serve the community by providing the best care possible to his patients.

Dr. Jindal completed his medical degree at Punjabi University India . Master of Ophthalmic Surgery, Mangalore University, India. Postdoctoral research fellow at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Postdoctoral clinical fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Surgery at Southern Eye Associates in Raleigh, NC. Internship in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital Medical Center, Cornell University, NY and Ophthalmology Residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Jindal is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Member of the NC Medical Society, and NC Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Jindal, a skilled and compassionate surgeon, who has performed more than 15000 procedures, continues to pursue the latest technology. In addition to advanced- management of diseases of Retina-Vitreous- Macula with intra vitreal anti-Veg F, photodynamic treatments with visudyne, sutureless vitrectomies. He introduced multiple advanced eye procedures in Granville, Vance, Warren County areas. He served as Chief of Surgery at Granville Medical Center, Oxford, NC.

Dr. Jindal enjoys community service with his continued support to HSNC, TAHT Health Fair Committee Member, Pratham as BOD and while supporting Triangle Indian Physicians Society, took the lead to start a non profit medical clinic, NCIAP “Peoples” Medical Care, Inc, for the uninsured in Triangle area. Origin of this clinic was to help uninsured visitors especially parents, family members of the immigrants, but this is a service for all the community without any restriction- nationalities, income levels. This clinic started in April 2011 and has served more than 5000 patients so far.

His future goals are to establish same kind of clinics in all the counties, and provide a good network with multispecialty clinics.

Sangeeta Sawhney, MD


sangeeta-sawhney Sangeeta Sawhney, MD is Executive Medical Director at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and previously was Head of Medical Affairs at Pharmaceutical Product Development, a Clinical Research organization in RTP, NC. Dr. Sawhney is board certified in Internal Medicine and holds an active North Carolina license. Before transitioning to pharmaceutical medicine, she practiced clinical practice in NC including outpatient, nursing home and Hospitalist services at Cary WakeMed Hospital. Dr. Sawhney has provided volunteer physician services at NCIAP since it’s inception in 2011. She continues to volunteer as a Mentor for Medical students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and other Health Fairs organized in the Triangle area. Dr. Sawhney graduated from the University of Miami Medical School with Honors and completed her residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and University of Miami.

Dr. Sawhney’s areas of expertise include endocrine-metabolic diseases including diabetes management, cardiac disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and management of dementia.Dr. Sawhney is married to Gurjit Sawhney, an IT professional and they live in Chapel Hill, NC with their two children, Sumit and Rabina. Dr. Sawhney enjoys traveling, music, and reading .

Sunny Surana, MBA


NCIAP-15Sunny Surana is the President & Owner of CRS Marble & granite, where they sell the finest marble & granite available. He has his showroom in Raleigh, Charleston & Virginia Beach. Mr. Surana has obtained his MBA in marketing and finance. He is an active member in the community and also the vice-president of the ‘Hum Sab’ – a cultural non-profit organization. He lives in Cary with his wife Vandana and two lovely children Khushi and Aditya.

Sudha Rathi, MLS(ASCP)

General Secretary/Practice Administrator

NCIAP-7Licensed as MLS (ASCP), MT (AMT), CLS (NCA), CLT (HHS) Sudha Rathie works as a laboratory Director for Piedmont Health services, a multiple community health center for the last 28 years. Connecting with like-minded colleagues, exploring new opportunities, and sharing best practices in her professional field are some of the guiding principles for Sudha Rathie. She has created workbooks, lectured on growth strategies, offered management and marketing sessions designed to meet the small business owners needs and for enhancement of the laboratory services. Knowing that a great Impact can be made on others lives through simple actions makes the work of volunteering worthwhile. Along with many professional organizations, she continues to serve and volunteer for triangle organizations, Hindu Society of North Carolina, Pratham, Hindu Vikas Mandal & HIANC. She is a regular donor for helping the needy. She believes that giving back to the community provides a rewarding sense of pride. As she puts it, “Community service is important to me because I think that it is an honor to help others and make them smile. I believe it is our responsibility to provide services for the enhancement of this country as well as of India, be it education or growth of the community. The world would be a better place if more people helped people in need.” She further adds:”My vision and mission can be described in two words: Education and Healthcare. As I work for health industry and believe in assisting in providing basic education world-wide, in India to start with!”

Vandana Devlapalli, MD


Vandana P. Devalapalli M.D was born and raised in India. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College at Osmania University in 1982 and completed her Internship at Gandhi Hospital in 1983. She migrated to the US and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in 1992. Later she moved to Raleigh, NC to join her husband. She began her Medical career in Dunn, NC where she practiced for one year. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 1994 and remained there until they closed the North Carolina facility. Dr. Davalapalli went into private practice before joining WakeMed Faculty Physicians, then Duke Primary Care, Harps Mill, where she served as the Medical Director. Later she served as Medical Director of Rex Primary Care in Cary, NC.

Currently, Dr. Davalapalli is working as Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield, NC. She earned her Fellowship from American College of Physicians in 2006 and her Masters in Clinical Leadership from Duke University in 2005. She was a recipient of the Circle of Quality Award at WakeMed in 2006. She has been recognized for Excellence in Diabetes care and Heart/Stroke by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She has a passion for working with people and enjoys volunteering her services to the community. For the past several years she has organized the Health Fair, initially at Sri Venkateshwara Temple, and later with all the temples and Triangle Indian-American Physicians. She has played a vital role in many other events and programs throughout her community, currently doing her leadership program with North Carolina Medical Society.

NCIAP Board Members

Yashpal Kataria, MD

Dr. Yash Kataria is one of the most accomplished physicians in the United States of America. He has been included in “The Best Doctors of America” several times.
Born and brought up in India, he was trained in medicine in India, UK and USA. He has been serving as Department Chair of Pulmonary Medicine in The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for the last 18 years. He has published numerous scientific publications in his field and to recognize his contribution to science the “Department of Internal Medicine Research Day” was renamed as “Annual Yash P. Kataria Internal Medicine Research Day” in his honor.
Dr. Kataria not only sits on the board for NCIAP, he also provides voluntary care for patients. He is a generous donor and has created a fund to support the underserved patients in the loving memory of his wife.
He lives in Raleigh and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren in Washington DC.

Gurjit Sawhney, MBA

NCIAP-10Gurjit Sawhney has been working as a management consultant for more than 20 years to improve efficiency and productivity across different business industries. He has an M.Sc. and an MBA degree in business. Besides being a management consultant, he is also an advisor for wealth management. He has a great involvement in local community work. He moved to North Carolina from Florida and has been living in Chapel Hill since 2002. He has two lovely children – 25 years old son Sumit and 19 years old girl Rabina. During his free time he enjoys reading, traveling and watching sports.

Samudra Vijay, PhD

NCIAP-6Samudra Vijay, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Sam IT Solutions, a company providing managed IT and Cloud computing services, based in Research Triangle, serving small business and medical practices in the area.
Samudra obtained his doctorate in Engineering Systems from MIT, with focus on modeling of environmental impacts of energy production and consumption.
Samudra lives in Morrisville with his wife (Dr Lalita Sidana, a volunteer physician at NCIAP Peoples Medical Care) and two children, Pari and Soumya.
He enjoys using technology to improve work-flow and processes, reading fiction, photography, table tennis, and listening to light classical music.