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******09 M.D.: Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism: SUNY Buffalo, New York, US 2003 – 2006 F.C.P.S (Internal Medicine): College of Physicians & Surgeons of Bombay, India 1997 – 2002 M.B.B.S: University of Mumbai, India


01/2018 – Present Endocrinologist at IEDHH, Panama City, Florida, US 01/2014 – 12/2017 Endocrinologist & Head of Dept, Seven Hills hospital, Mumbai, India 09/2012 – 10/2013 Endocrinologist, Vera Endocrine Associates, Daytona Beach, Florida, US 07/2009 – 08/2012 Endocrinologist, Premier Medical Associates, Lady Lake, Florida, US LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

2009 – Present Florida Board of Medicine, US: Physician License # 105081. Active DEA / Controlled Substance / Dispensing Practitioner

2013 FACE (Fellow, American College of Endocrinology): US 2009 ACE-Endocrine University, Mayo Clinic, US:

Endocrine Neck Ultrasound & Thyroid FNA biopsy

CCD (Certified Clinical Densitometrist) by ISCD

Intensive Insulin Management & Technology

Laboratory Director Training Program (COLA/ACE): moderate-complexity lab 2007 Certified in Internal Medicine: Medical Council of India Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Health &

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Panama City, Florida US 32405


3502 Jenks Ave, Panama City

Florida US 32405



2006 USMLE Step III (score 86) & ECFMG Certification, Valid Indefinitely 2004 / 2015 / 2017 ACLS, BLS (Advanced Cardiac & Basic – Life Support) 2002 – 2003 USMLE I (score 99), II (score 99) & II CS 2003 Medical practitioner: Registered with Medical Council of India PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Endocrine Society; American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: Pituitary, Gonad, Adrenal, Neuro-Endocrine, Thyroid, Lipids & CV Disease State Networks; American Diabetes Association; National Osteoporosis Foundation Ambassador HONORS & AWARDS

A. Academic/ Professional

2009 ESAP – ITE (Endocrine Self-Assessment Program In-Training Examination) National Rank Top Percentile; Dept Rank 1, US

2008 Cheryl Kisbaugh Resident Professionalism Award, University of Buffalo, NY, US 2007 Lilly Endocrine Scholars Award (USD 47,000) Endocrine Society, ENDO Toronto, Canada 2007 International Endocrine Physician Travel Grant (poster; USD 2000), AACE, US 2006 AACE Roll of Honor: Power of Prevention, US: School project to combat childhood obesity 2006 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Education Foundation – Mary Jane Mayes 2005 Fund (USD 4000): Short Training Fellowship in Diabetes, US. India’s First & Only IDF Scholar 2006 Top Ranker in Clinical Exam of Diabetology. 3rd overall. University of Mumbai, India 1997 – 2002 Medical College: Distinctions in Pharmacology, Microbiology & Immunology & Biochemistry. 1st class, 1st attempt. Mumbai, India

B. Extra – curricular

2000 – 2003 Citation for All Rounder & Sportsperson of Medical School 1990 – 2013 Best Boy (The Society of St. Peter’s Medal), Best Actor, Best Debater; accolades in penmanship, essay writing, elocution, athletics



2012 – Present Chairman / Moderator / Member: Advisory Boards of International & Indian Pharmaceutical companies for diabetes /endocrine therapeutics: DPP4/SGLT2 inhibitors, Statins, Thyroid drugs, Insulins, GLP1 analogs: US & India

2006 – Present Endocrine lectures for health professionals, community health organizations & laity: US & India PUBLICATIONS (select only)

1. Topiwala S, Agrawal R. Unusual thyroid cancer patient with unique diagnostic & therapeutic challenges. Endocrine Practice Vol 24 Supp 1, Pg 253-254. AACE 27th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress Abstracts, April 2018, USA 2. Topiwala S, Dhindsa S. Hypogonadism and Obesity. Journal of General Medicine Vol 21, No. 1,48 – 52. Jan 2009 3. Topiwala S et al.Testosterone concentrations in young patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care, 31(10): 2013-7, Oct 2008 4. Dandona P, Topiwala S. Hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism in type 2 diabetes. Aging Male, 11(3): 107-17, Sept 2008 MISCELLANEOUS: Judge of others’ work / Literary – Media activities 2016 – 2019 Editorial Board of Endocrine News (USA Endocrine Society’s feature magazine circulated globally). Abstract Reviewer for ENDO 2018 & 2019 (Endocrine Society Annual Meetings), USA 2018 Textbook: ‘Practice Pearls in Type 2 Diabetes: Indian perspective’: chapter contribution. ISBN: 978-9-38-837600-6. 1st

edition. Published by Intas pharmaceuticals & MVD healthcare 2018 ‘Why Not Endocrinology’, Endocrine News article (April) 2015, 2016 India Today Magazine articles on Diabetes; RadioCity FM messages on World Heart / Diabetes Day 2014 – Present India Associate for and 2009 – 2018 Endocrine Expert for & 2011 ‘First year of private practice: Premeditate to Preempt Predicaments’, Endocrine News article (April) 2009 – 2014 Reviewer of Academic/Research Award applications for a leading endocrine society 2009 – Present Reviewer for indexed journals 1) ENDOCRINE 2) 2016 - Present: Journal of Endocrine Society 2006 VIDEO: Diabetes Education in English, Hindi & Gujarati 2004 Acknowledged in the 6thedition of the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and its mini version

(2006) for rectifying 70 factual & typographical errors 1999 – 2003 Articles in Annual Medical School Magazine 1997 Editor of PATHFINDER, a quarterly newsletter of Scouts group 4


2004 – Present Educating Medical Assistants (MAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Phlebotomy & Radiology technicians, Nurses’ Aids, Laboratory personnel, Registered Nurses (RNs), Physician Assistants (PAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Registered Dietitians (RDs), Certified Diabetes educators (CDEs), Pharmacists, Pharmacy technicians, Occupational / Physio-therapists, Interns, Family Medicine / Internal Medicine / Urgent Care / Emergency Medicine / OBGYN Residents & Physicians (MDs) in private practice: Training in bedside/ward clinics, tutorials, exams, OPD/Rounds, emergencies, procedures) on Endocrine-Diabetes clinical care – US & INDIA

2014 – 2017 INDIA: Faculty: ADE (Association of Diabetes Educators), Indian Dietetics Association & ISBMR

(Indian Society of Bone Mineral Research); International Faculty for electronic Diabetes Educators Course (eDEC) India; Attending physician for D.N.B Internal / General medicine post graduate residents at Seven Hills hospital academic program (accredited by NBE); MMC (Maharashtra Medical Council) Accredited Speaker 2006 – 2009 Endocrine modules for UB School of Medicine & D’Youville College Physician Assistant & Pharmacology Programs, Buffalo, NY, US

2007 – 2009 Faculty: Clinical Assistant Instructor of Medicine, University of Buffalo, NY, US 2005 – 2006 Faculty: WHO (World Health Organization) – International Diabetes Center Staged Diabetes Management “Train the Trainer” Programme, India


English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Marathi


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Vishal Bhatia, MD, FACE

Director of Endocrinology, St Mary’s Joslin Diabetes Center 3801 Bellemeade avenue, Suite 110, Bellemeade Medical Office Bldg, Evansville, Indiana 47714 US Tel: 812-***-**** Fax: 812-***-**** Email: 5

Cover Letter of Shehzad Topiwala, MD, FACE

‘Interventional’ Endocrinologist

After completing an ACGME/ABIM accredited Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology at SUNY Buffalo in 2009, I joined a group practice in Lake County, Florida as Chief of Endocrine services. I relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2012 to partner with Vera Endocrine Associates. During my fifth year of practice in America I began to explore larger metropolitan cities where I planned to settle & start my own office. But in 2014, I accepted an enticing offer from India as Head of Endocrinology department at the nationally acclaimed Seven Hills Healthcare City in Mumbai. It is one of the largest tertiary-care hospitals in Asia. I eventually relocated to US from 2018 by joining a comprehensive Endocrine-Diabetes Institute in northwest Florida.

A 2001 Mumbai University MBBS graduate, I completed an Internal Medicine residency from CPS (College of Physicians

& Surgeons of) Bombay, & a Diploma in Diabetology from Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital (through University of Mumbai), which is one of India’s (& indeed, Asia’s) finest teaching hospitals & academic institutions. The university program entailed training in the department of Endocrinology. Following this, I was a Consultant Diabetologist/ Bariatric & Cardio-Metabolic physician in private practice for some time until I was conferred with the prestigious IDF

(International Diabetes Federation) Award for a visiting Fellowship in US. Thereafter, at the outset of my clinical fellowship I was bestowed with the coveted Lilly Endocrine Scholars award by the esteemed Endocrine Society (ES) at the 2007 annual ENDO meeting, granted annually to only 1 fellow nationwide across America. (Some years later, I was on the selection panel for reviewing applications for the same award for endocrine fellows in US). During my fellowship, I was further honored with the Resident Professionalism Award, from over 700 resident physicians at University of Buffalo

(UB), followed by a top departmental rank in the national endocrine training exam towards the end of my program. Whilst at UB, I served as Faculty in their School of Medicine as Clinical Assistant Instructor. In 2013, I was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (F.A.C.E.) at the annual convocation. I am formally certified in Bone densitometry, Neck Ultrasound & Thyroid Biopsies, Intensive Insulin therapy, & Laboratory Directorship. Since 2013, various pharmaceutical companies have contracted me for their loco-regional, national & international Speaker Bureau as Endocrine faculty to disseminate clinical knowledge of their endocrine- diabetes portfolio to other health care providers across the globe. As member of the Trainee & Career Development Core Committee of the ES, I contributed to the shaping of clinical & curricular training of endocrine fellows in US. I also enjoyed serving on the AACE Technology Development committee for several years. I am well published and serve as a peer reviewer for an indexed endocrine journal. For the next 2 years, I 6

am on the editorial board of Endocrine News, ES’ flagship global magazine. Recently I champion the cause of Bone health in Florida’s panhandle via NOF’s Ambassadorship program. I thrive in prolific activity (out/in-patient consults, satellite clinics, Interventional Procedures (with CPT codes): provocative endocrine testing protocols (eg. ACTH stimulation test), Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspirations of thyroid nodules with on-site diagnostic cyto-pathology & molecular genetic testing, high-resolution Ultrasound of Thyroid & Abdomen (for Fatty liver screening), Hormone pellet insertions, Infusion/administration of metabolic & biologic pharmaco-therapeutic agents (such as anti-osteoporosis medications), CSII i.e. automated hybrid closed-loop Insulin pumps (‘artificial pancreas’), CGMS (i.e. real-time glucose sensors & Implants), Body Composition Analyses

& Weight management machines, limb arterial Doppler, Autonomic neuropathy testing, digital Retina scans, ambulatory BP monitoring, MNT (Medical Nutrition Therapy), accredited DSMT (Diabetes Self Management Training), Home sleep testing (for Obstructive Sleep Apnea evaluation) & Thyroid cancer Radionuclide/Iodine thera-nostics. I am the co-director of a Center of Excellence in the region, catering to Bariatrics, Diabetes, Lipidology, Thyroidology

& General Endocrinology. We are a host site for Clinical Trials as well as medical school student/resident rotations for Alabama College of Medicine. Furthermore, we also run a full-fledged Aesthetics program (= Medical Spa offering body contouring, Trichology services, Laser hair reduction, Botox, Lymphatic drainage & more!). I have over a decade of post-graduate experience. I am a well-rounded individual with excellent academic & co- curricular credentials, including sports, journalism, public speaking (multi-lingual), community service & leadership. Always charged about my work, I am a dynamic endocrinologist committed to evidence-based medicine. I typify the new millennium physician, fully tapping technology to optimize health care delivery. I entertain patients as I have a penchant for fun. Flair for administrative work is another trait I cherish. Beside the most gratifying duty of managing a diverse array of clinical endocrine conditions, the ideal platform for me would be one with a blend of academics, teaching & clinical research. At the end of the day, I consider myself blessed with the opportunity to serve mankind, and I strive to do so in all humility.

=== PLEASE KINDLY READ THE FOLLOWING FOR EXPLICATION OF MY BOARD & IMMIGRATION STATUS === SHORT ANSWER: Yes I am eligible for Endocrine boards but will need to either undergo 2 (additional) years of an Internal medicine residency in US or work at Assistant Professor level in academia for 3 years 7

but candidly I am not sure when & if I will pursue securing board certification, because I am fairly advanced, stable & content at this stage of my career.


Indeed, for ‘exceptional candidates’, ACGME permits Endocrinology fellowship training even if an Internal Medicine (IM) residency is completed outside USA (e.g. India, as in my case): Community/EligibilityRequirements/140_InternalMedicine/143_endocrinology_diab_metab_IM_elig.pdf However, such fellowship- trained physicians are not directly eligible for ABIM certification in Endocrinology. They must repeat IM residency in US and get Board Certified (BC) in IM first. Then they can straight away sit for Endo boards. Owing to this unique circumstance, the unconventional route to Endo boards would be: non-US IM residency à US Endo fellowship à US IM residency à IM boards à Endo boards.

So I graduated from an ACGME-accredited Endocrinology Fellowship program in US even though my IM residency was completed in India. URL links to my fellowship training are:

But if I really wanted to get BC in Endocrinology, ABIM still acknowledges my fellowship training & will allow me to sit for the Endocrine board exams long as I am BC in IM which in turn entails (re-)doing an IM residency in US. After attaining BC in IM, I can directly sit for Endocrine boards. I chose not to do so as it would be a redundant & retrogressive step, because I practice 100% Endocrinology only. (After fellowship completion in US, I had an exclusive Endocrine practice in the 4-plus years I lived in Florida, as is the case even now in my current practice, until I returned to India in 2014). An alternative is a faculty pathway for special consideration by ABIM.

After working for four years in India (again Adult Endocrinology only), I relocated to America from January 2018 by joining a premier Endocrine set-up in Northwest Florida. I possess a clear, active, full & unrestricted medical doctor license in Florida (without any malpractice issues ever & a clear NPDB record), which I renew regularly, the most recent validity being until 2021 marking 10- plus consecutive years of medical licensure in Florida. My first job in Florida was with a large multi-specialty group along with 2 major hospital privileges, while the second was with a single-specialty Endocrine out-patient office (just like the current one). I am fully credentialed with Medicare / Tricare / Medicaid as well as all major commercial insurance payors (BCBS, United, Humana, Aetna, Cigna) in Florida, because board status is immaterial to licensure & medico-legal ability to practise. I have an active & updated CAQH profile so it can be seamlessly transferred to reflect the next place of employment, & my services can be submitted under Group billing. Federal facilities like Veterans Affairs Medical Centers do not even mandate board status,

& accept any state license. Georgia medical licensure requires only 1 year of Post Graduate Training (PGT) & can be organized in 6 weeks, while Texas requires only 2 years PGT just like Florida & 20 other states. IMMIGRATION STATUS: I have been on a cap-exempt H1b visa since 2009. But since I have completed a US govt-approved National Interest Waiver in 2018 I will not need any further visa sponsorship to work, because I will be naturalized by 2019. I will gladly bear all my immigration-related expenses. The immigration firm I liaise with has expeditiously handled my visa-matters for a decade. Moreover, I am at a point in my career (in my 10th year of practice post- fellowship) where I am keen to settle in one place & have a practice / patient base of my own. I would consider investing financially into a prospective position. I have strongly considered buying an office-based endocrine practice from any retiring endocrinologist with an established clientele.

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