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San Bernardino County Physician Elected President-Elect of the CMA

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Dev GnanaDev, M.D., 57
A physician who started a program to help reformed gang members get tattoos removed for free was elected president-elect of the California Medical Association earlier this week at the CMA's Annual House of Delegates in Anaheim. He will serve as president-elect for a year before taking office as president the following year, in 2008-2009.

"I look forward to serving fellow physicians and patients in my new role."

Dev GnanaDev, M.D., 57,  who has been active in the CMA for 26 years and is past president of the San Bernardino County Medical Society, founded the New Beginnings Gang Tatoo Removal program for reformed gang members and was also founder of a cardiac rehabilitation program for indigent patients. He is a founding board member of the Inland Empire Burn Institute, and he has served on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's Inland Empire Section.

He has a special interest in rehabilitation of children with burns, and has worked with local firefighters to raise money to send children to Burn Camp and to educate children about the dangers of burns in educational programs at schools.

Dr. GnanaDev was forced to be a patient himself, suffering a heart attack and enrolling in a heart-health post operative program. Following that experience, in 2002, he donated $30,000 to start the Cardiac Health Management Program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. The program provides free cardiac care to qualified post-operative patients. His great interest in lower-income patients led to his receiving the Medical Board of California Physician Recognition Award in 2005 for contributions to care of indigent patients.

Dr. GnanaDev has received numerous additional awards, including the American Medical Association's Pride in the Profession Award this year. In 2005, he received the American Heart Association (Inland Empire) "Star of the Hearts" Award.  He was given the Golden Scalpel (best teacher) award from surgical residents at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1991, where he serves as an associate professor.  He also holds a faculty appointment at Western University for Health Science in Pomona.

Board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical critical care, Dr. GnanaDev earned his Medical Degree in Kurnool, India, at Kurnool Medical College. After interning in his native India, he served his residency in Newark, New Jersey, and was a fellow in cardio-vascular surgery at Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.  He earned a master's degree in business administration from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2001.

He is chief of surgery and has served as medical director at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton since 2000. Before that, he was associate medical director at San Bernardino County Medical Center for eight years.

The CMA president-elect is part of the 7-doctor executive committee of the CMA Board of Trustees. Dr. GnanaDev has served on the Board since 2000.

Dr. GnanaDev, his wife, Rosaria, and their children Monica, Yamuna and Raja live in Upland.

The California Medical Association represents more than 30,000 physicians in all modes of practice and specialties. CMA is dedicated to the health of all patients in California

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