Dr. Satheesh Kathula preparing to run for VP of AAPI for 2022-23


An eminent Indian American oncologist from Ohio, who is known for his community leadership and philanthropist efforts has decided to take up a bigger role of becoming the Vince President of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic association of its kind in America, for the year 2022-23.

Dr. Satheesh K. Kathula, MD, FACP, is an oncologist in Kettering, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Good Samaritan Hospital-Cincinnati and Kettering Health Dayton. He received his medical degree from Siddhartha Medical College NTR and has been in practice for more than 25 years.

Kathula, who is currently the Secretary of AAPI, has a stellar record of serving in leadership roles in AAPI and has a vision to better serve not only the Indian doctors here currently but also the future generations.

Over the years, he has held his responsibilities with integrity and competence, and is a favorable person among several AAPI members and has already won three elections.

Kathula he has been integral part of AAPI’s governing body for the past 13 years and has intensive experience of working for it at senior levels – he was Co Chair – Global Health Summit 2019 and 2022, AAPI’s Board of Trustees (2014-17) and as Regional Director (2012-14).

Kathula’s vision and goal for the future of AAPI is laid out clearly and succinctly on his campaign website.

  • Promote AAPI’s mission of education, excellence in patient care, research, and professionalism.
  • Increase membership of AAPI and enhance membership benefits.
  • Collaborate with major physician organizations in the US.
  • Encourage and engage the younger generation of physicians in AAPI activities.
  • Work on issues related to physicians in the US including credentialing, and physician shortage by working on fast-tracking of green cards for Indian doctors on H1 visa.
  • Leverage the strength of 100,000 Indian American doctors at the legislative level.
  • He also plans to have a sharp focus on regulatory issues and improving reimbursement by Medicare and other payers.

Last year, when AAPI had adopted 75 villages in India for free health screening of non-communicable diseases, Kathula played a key role in raising and distributing over $5.5 million for Covid relief in India.

His suave and affable personality has many members endorsing him and giving their voted for him.

Dr Deepak Kumar, Past President Ohio State Medical Association, and Immediate Past chair IMG section of American Medical Association (IMA) writes: “I am voting for him in the upcoming election and urge all of you to join me in voting for him.”

Dr Dattatteyudu Nori, a renowned radiation oncologist and Padma Shri awardee, writes, “I have worked with him on several oncology-related projects including at Global Health Summit in India, community outreach programs in the US, etc. He is very efficient, knowledgeable, and is an excellent leader. He would make a great Vice President of AAPI.”

Past AAPI President Dr Sanku Rao has endorsed him for President. “Please remember, this is not only an election for Vice President but for President of AAPI! Satheesh has an excellent reputation in the organization and all the qualities to become one of the best presidents of AAPI!”

Kathula’s love for his motherland has manifested in him setting up humanitarian and medical projects in India. The most important of them is establishing in 2007 a state-of-the-art pharmacy college in Warangal in Telangana, where he grew up.

He also collected funds for one lakh masks and distributed them in India during the Covid pandemic and has organized several medical camps there. He personally donated a clean drinking water plant and defibrillator (that restores normal heartbeat through an electric pulse) to his native village in Telangana.

He has been involved in teaching/ mentoring medical students, residents and fellows for two decades. He has presented CME (Continuing medical education) lectures at national and international conferences and published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr Kathula came to the US in 1994 after earning his MBBS degree in 1992 from Siddhartha Medical College in Vijayawada, India. Here he did his residency from Wright State University, Dayton, 1996-2002. He is a practicing Hematologist/Oncologist (Board Certified) for 19 years and Partner physician, Dayton Physicians, LLC. He is an FACP (Fellow of the American College of Physicians).