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Top Honors for Indian Origin OTs

Posted on May 1, 2011 at 1:55 AM

Two occupational therapists of Indian origin received top honors for their contributions to the profession and healthcare in general.

  •  Dr. Surya Shah, PhD, OTD, OTR, Med, FAOTA, was awarded the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s (AOTF) highest award at AOTA’s National Conference in April of 2011. He became the first Indian to be inducted in AOTF’s Academy of Research. He also has the distinction of being the first Indian to be admitted to AOTA’s Roster of Fellows. His laurels include Excellence in Research Leadership from Tennessee, “Outstanding Teaching and Genuine Concern for Students Award, a title of the Kentucky Colonel from the Governor of Kentucky, a special invitation by the Ministry of Health and Neurological Society of Malaysia to present on stroke updates, and membership on the Wisdom Council of the Mindful Occupations.

 Dr. Shah has been an occupational therapist, educator, leader, and a researcher for over 50 years. He is currently an associate professor of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is also a member of the Association of Asian/ Pacific OTs in America, and serves its board as the membership recruitment coordinator for New Jersey and is chair of the research committee.

  • Dr. Asha Asher, MA, Med, OTR/L, FAOTA, just returned to Ohio, USA, her current home after spending months in India as a Visiting Lecturer for 2010-2011 on a Fulbright Scholarship- an honor bestowed only on a select few scholars around the world that have demonstrated leadership in their area of practice at the international level.

Asher has provided pediatric therapy services in four countries (the United States, Canada, Belgium, and India) and currently works with the Sycamore Community Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also an adjunct faculty member with occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs in Cincinnati, addressing topics of autism, sensory integration, and cultural diversity. In 2010, she was also admitted to American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Roster of Fellows. She currently serves AOTA as the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section, and is a member of the Association of Asian/ Pacific OTs in America. Asher received her occupational therapy degree from Seth GS Medical College in Mumbai, India, and has a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in special education from the SNDT University, in Mumbai, India.

To learn more about her visit to India, please visit her blog:

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Reply kruti shah
8:28 AM on May 3, 2011 
congratulations to the both of you.....u r our inspiration ....
Reply Amit Gupta
2:42 PM on June 4, 2011 
Congrats....would like to see more development and visibility of occupationa therapists in India
Reply titiksh varma
1:06 PM on July 31, 2011 
congrats......... keep it up
Congratulations to both of U.