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May 27, 2008

Gnanagurudasan Prakasam

Dr. Prakasam holds an MBBS DCH (India) and MRCP-Pediatrics (UK) and is Board Certified in Pediatrics & Endocrinology in the United States. In addition, he has a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Prakasam holds several positions, including Medical Director for the Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Healthy Life Style program for children at the Sutter Medical Center, and Medical Director for the Telemedicine Program and ehealth for the Sacramento Sierra Region for Sutter Health. He is the Founder and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Subishta Medical Consultancy in India, and also involved in various positions in 2 start ups in the US and one in India. He is currently the Chair of the eHealth Committee at Sutter Health for the region, President of the Leadership Council of American Diabetes Association in Northern California, and a Board Member for the American Heart Association in Sacramento.

He successfully started a private endocrine practice in 2001, which now has 4 Pediatric Endocrinologists and five satellite offices, taking care of more than 4,500 patients, over 1,000 with Diabetes. The practice has the biggest pediatric insulin pump program in the western USA and is involved in several clinical trials in the field of diabetes and growth. He organized several comprehensive pediatric endocrine CME programs in Sacramento, and is an active participant of CME programs in several hospitals globally.

Dr. Prakasam has started and successfully run a low-cost telemedicine program in India for the past six years. He has cared for more than 400 patients through the system, and conducts low-cost medical education programs from the US and UK.

He conceived, designed, and initiated the first multidisciplinary and age appropriate, healthy lifestyle program for children in the Sutter Health system, enabling the first coordinated program between Sutter Health system and CSUS.

He started the first telemedicine program at Sutter Medical Center, and wrote the guidelines and advised the formation of the first newborn screening program in Vietnam. He has been the Web Medical Consultant for Magic Foundation, a non-profit organization for children with growth disorders.

He sits on the Board, and is a member of Business Improvement and IT Committees for the Children's Specialists of Sacramento Medical Group, and is an Advisory Committee Member for the Pediatric Endocrine Program at Sutter Medical Center. He also serves as an advisor, speaker and marketing consultant for several pharmaceutical companies, while running a unique patient support online program for children with diabetes, lifestyle issues, and growth hormone deficiencies.

His current projects involve creating a network for health care in India, his country of origin, by using his multinational experience and eHealth background, and works on consumer and provider web communications.

He is happily married for 18 years to a Pediatrician/Entrepreneur, and they have two beautiful children, 15 and 10.