Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh
Sudhir M. Parikh is an American medical doctor of Indian origin, known for his expertise in the treatment of Asthma and allergies and for his social activities. The Government of India honored him, in 2010, with the award of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the field of social service
Sudhir M. Parikh, a Gujarat born medical graduate from B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, migrated to the US in the Seventies, is a known allergist and immunologist, practicing in Highland Park, New Jersey. He set up his private practice in 1980 at Hoboken, New Jersey and is now associated with several hospitals such as Asthma and Allergy of New Jersey, Asthma and Allergy Medical Care of New York, Allergy Asthma Associates of Murray Hill, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center. He also works for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the capacity of an Assistant Professor.
Parikh is known to be involved in social activities in a number of areas, partly on behalf of the foundation he founded in the nineties, the Parikh Foundation. Under the aegis of the foundation, Dr. Parikh assisted in raising monies for humanitarian relief activities for the tsunami victims of Tamil Nadu and the earthquake victims of Gujarat. He was one of the delegates who accompanied President Bill Clinton on his visit of the affected areas of the Gujarat earthquake. He has also contributed towards raising of funds to spread AIDS awareness and other healthcare issues in India. He is reported to have contributed more than US$ 2 million from his personal funds to Share and Care Foundation, Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation, and the American India Foundation. He provided the corpus for a scholarship program for the Indo American community through Share and Care Foundation from 1995 through 2005 and is a supporter of the Ekal Vidyalaya, a tribal education program in India.
Awards and recognitions
Parikh has been honored with The Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2005) and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, (2006)which succeeded the National Excellence Award by the then Prime Minister of India, P. V. Narasimha Rao, in 2002. In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Shri, when he was included in the Indian Republic Day honors.