In the late 1970’s, the first meeting of physicians of Indian Origin in Southern California was attended by about thirty physicians including Drs. Rajendra Desai (Founder President), Surinder Dang, Satinder Swaroop and Gubbi Mruthynjaya. The meetings were held at the only Indian restaurant in the area, India Curry House, Anaheim. Their desire was to be helpful to each other and network socially. They also met with their families at social occasions including Holi and Diwali. Finally, in 1979, The Indian Doctors’ Association was transformed in to the Indian Medical Association of Southern California.
IMASC has now evolved in to a well established non-profit, tax-exempt professional organization with members drawn from Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The Organization which began as an informal gathering of a handful of physicians of Indian origin in late 1970’s to nurture and foster common professional, cultural and ethnic needs has now membership to several hundreds and this shows tremendous support from the community physicians.
IMASC has become one of today's premier ethnic medical associations in California. This is a tribute to our leaders, a network of hardworking committees, and our continuously growing membership. Medical Association has clearly changed the way we are perceived in California. IMASC has been the voice of physicians of Indian origin in the Southern California for almost three decades and continues to stand up for the causes we as physicians believe in.
We are a member of “Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations”, a project of California Medical Association Foundation. IMASC constitutes the local chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the largest national organization of ethnic physicians representing more than 41,000 physicians.
The IMASC organizes monthly and annual education seminars and continuing medical education activities. We honor physicians with Distinguished Physician awards and award medical students with scholarship awards.
Our Annual Convention is attended by over 500 physician members and guests including professional and political dignitaries. Some of the highlights of the Convention include a CME program “Updates in Clinical Medicine”, gala banquet, exhibits, family forum and a cultural program.
The charitable affairs of the IMASC include health fair, health clinics, and patient education forums. We plan to expand several outreach programs to show our strong commitment to the community and to our members.
Culturally, the Association organizes various activities including picnic, musical programs and sporting events.