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This is the internet version of the Kerala Center News letter. Vol.5 , 2003
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===    KERALA CENTER CONGRATULATES ALL AWARDEES = 2003 ===


The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center ( The Kerala Center ) will honor seven Indian Americans for their outstanding achievements in their field of specialization or for their service to the society. The awardees will be honored at Kerala Center's annual banquet on Saturday, November 8th at 6.00 p.m. at the Kerala Center, 1824 Fairfax St., Elmont, NY 11003.
The following are the awardees:

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Dr. Pascal Bailon

Mr. Radha Krishnan

Dr. Marina Kurian

Dr. Asha George


Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan

Dr. M. V. Pillai

Dr. Simon George




Dr. Pascal Bailon – Applied Sciences
(Florham Park, NJ)


Pascal Bailon was educated at the University of Madras India, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. During his long and illustrious career at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., he was instrumental in developing several biotechnology-based drugs for the treatment of life threatening diseases like hepatitis C, renal anemia, cancer and kidney transplantation. One of his most noteworthy accomplishments is the discovery of Pegasys® for the treatment of hepatitis C, which afflicts over 3% of world's population ( ~173 million )and thousands of new cases are added every year. His other major accomplishments are CERA for the treatment of Renal anemia and cancer, PEGG for the treatment of chemotherapy induced neutropenia, and PEG-OB for the treatment of obesity. A holder of several patents, his other research interests include downstream bioprocessing and has published or co-authored several original research papers in prestigious journals like Nature, Biotechnology, PNAS, Blood , among others. He is presently a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Advisor to the CSO of Enzon Pharmaceuticals.




Mr. Radha Krishnan – Community Service
(West Bloomfield, MI)


Mr. Radha Krishnan has been an Engineer, Manager, Businessman and Social & Community leader. He received his degrees in Science and Engineering in India, and later (post) Graduate degrees in Engineering and Management in USA. Radha Krishnan started his career as Engineer and Manager in Hindustan Motors, Calcutta and later on in the Ford Motor Company, Detroit; he is currently President and CEO of R.K. International, Inc. Radha Krishnan has been involved, supported and actively participated in many Indian-American organizations and started and lead a few of them; he was one of the founding Directors and Presidents of the India League of America-Michigan, a Board member of Interfaith Roundtable and is currently Executive Vice President of the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) and President of GOPIO-Michigan. Having extensively contributed to strengthen U.S.-India Relations, he has closely worked with most of India’s Ambassadors to USA and Midwest Consul Generals, and has been known to three recent Governors of Michigan and many U.S. Senators and Congressmen. Radha Krishnan is married to Dr. Amba Krishnan, a practicing Hematologist and Oncologist, and who participates and supports extensively the activities of AKMG, Michigan Association of Physicians from India and Michigan Family Services.




Dr. Simon George – Basic Sciences
(Long Beach, CA)


Dr. Simon George, Professor of Physics, has more than 40 years of teaching and research experience in India, Canada, and the U.S. He is a member of many professional societies including Indian Association of Physics Teachers (Life Member). He has received numerous awards including the National Award for 'Innovation in Science Teaching' (NSTA), CSULB's Outstanding Professor Award, Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award and the Nicholas Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award. He was the first Indian to receive the prestigious Robert A. Millikan Award in 2002, from the American Association of Physics Teachers. Dr. George has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers in scientific journals. He has presented invited talks at more than 80 universities and centers around the world. He was the recipient of National Science Foundation Travel Grants to India, Oxford (England), Mexico and Venezuela. Dr. George and his wife Barbara who is also a professor have one son Rajan, who received his MBA from Columbia University in 2001.




Dr. Asha George – Homeland Security and Public Policy
(Arlington, VA)


Dr. Asha Geroge is Managing Director of the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, a not-for-profit public-service research organization examining national and transnational homeland security challenges. Dr. George directs planning and policy development, oversees technical and research activities, and implements global and domestic projects in support of the institute’s mission to strengthen homeland security in the global community. She has participated in a number of counter- and anti-terrorism groups, including the Critical Incident Analysis Group (University of Virginia) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Bioterrorism Task Force, and has served the National Academies of Sciences as an editorial board member. Dr. George came to the institute from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), where she developed, monitored, and evaluated biological program activities in support of the NTI mission to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Previous to NTI, she was the Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Association of Public Health Laboratories and director of the National Coalition for Adult Immunization as well as serving in other public health and policy organizations. Dr. George also had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer and as a paratrooper. Her service in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Storm earned her eight military decorations and official commendations from General Colin Powell, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes, and the National Asian and Pacific American Organization.




Dr. Marina Kurian, M.D. – Medicine
(New York, NY)


Dr. Kurian is Associate Director of Surgical Education, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY. Dr. Marina Kurian has dedicated a significant part of her professional life to the treatment of obesity and making surgery less painful with minimally invasive techniques. After graduating from Albany Medical College and completing her residency, Dr. Kurian became a member of a team of physicians at The Mount Sinai Medical Center that pioneered techniques that helped make minimally invasive obesity surgery safe and effective. In addition, to performing laparoscopic gastric bypasses, Dr. Kurian has taught courses for other surgeons and has published numerous articles on minimally invasive obesity surgery. As a result, despite her young age, Dr. Kurian is one of the most experienced surgeons in the world in this new area. In her practice, she offers numerous alternatives for morbidly obese individuals. These include minimally invasive gastric bypass, adjustable banding, biliopancreatic diversion, vagus nerve stimulation and revisional obesity procedures. All with an emphasis on lowering post operative discomfort and accelerating recovery. Dr. Kurian continues to be an innovator in the field of obesity and minimally invasive surgery. She is the principal investigator for the use of the adjustable laparoscopic band for the treatment of morbid obesity and co-investigator on the use of vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of obesity. Additionally, she is currently developing surgical tools to facilitate these procedures and has several patents pending.


Ajit Balakrishnan - Entrepreneurship
New York, NY)
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Ajit Balakrishnan is a founder of Rediff.com India, Limited and has been a director since its inception in December, 1995. He was appointed Managing Director in August 1998. Mr. Balakrishnan is also a director of Rediffusion-Dentsu, Young & Rubicam, Limited, where he has served since March 1993 and Director of Rediffusion Advertising Private, Limited and PSI Data Systems, Limited. Mr. Balakrishnan holds a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Kerala University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.


Dr. Madhavan V. Pillai, MD – Health Services and Arts & Letters
(Richlands, VA)


Dr. Pillai is a Hematologist/Oncologist and Director of Virginia Oncology Care, Richlands, VA. Before joining the current position, Dr. Pillai worked as staff/chief oncologist at Washington Cancer Institute, Group Health Association, National Naval Medical Center and Malcom Grow United States Air Force Medical Center. Currently Dr. Pillai is also a clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University. Military experience includes serving as Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force Medical Corps till 1990. In 2002, Dr. Pillai initiated and organized National Comprehensive Cancer network (NCCN) guidelines for India with the support of Indo-American Cancer Congress (IACC) and Govt. of India. Also served in 1995 as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Course Director, Hemetology/Oncology, Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program in Kerala sponsored by Mayo clinic and American College of Physicians. Dr. Pillai has authored and co-authored several papers has edited Treatment of Radiation Injury (Plenum, 1990). Dr. Pillai is also a gifted writer in Malayalam literature and has been actively promoting Malayalam literary activities in North America.
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