The South Asian Times

17 August 2019 06:59 AM

Ravi Bhooplapur honored by SUNY Old Westbury Foundation

Woodbury, NY:  The SUNY Old Westbury College Foundation held their annual Leadership Awards Dinner on May 7 at the Crest Hollow Country Club here. The elegant event was attended by over 600 prominent people.

The goal of the Leadership Awards was to recognize a select few individuals who have committed themselves to leadership work and helping others. The awards, as per the college foundation, “honor distinguished area citizens and College alumni who enrich our community in distinctive ways — economically, scientifically, culturally, intellectually and socially — and whose efforts, taken together, are helping to transform the Long Island Region.”

Ravishankar Bhooplapur, President of Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM), was awarded the Leadership Award by SUNY Old Westbury in recognition of his lifelong dedication to leadership and his tireless commitment to humanitarian efforts globally. He was presented the award by Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, President of SUNY Old Westbury, and Dr. Bhupi Patel, SUNY Old Westbury Trustee. Bhooplapur, a prominent Rotarian, graciously accepted the award and addressed the audience on what being honored with this award meant to him.

The other two honorees were Dr. Laura Anker, a distinguished service professor at SUNY Old Westbury, and Lionel Chitty, President of the Alumni Association at SUNY Old Westbury.

The SUNY Old Westbury College Foundation also offered a special Salute to College President Dr. Calvin O. Butts III for his work to continuously create an excellent atmosphere at SUNY Old Westbury and to make his college an excellent place for students to receive a high quality education.

All of the proceeds from the event went to the SUNY Old Westbury College Foundation in order to help it continue to provide scholarships to students and to support academic enrichment programs.

Ravi Bhooplapur: Humanitarian par excellence

As President of Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM) for 10 years, Ravishankar Bhooplapur has transformed it to become one of 10 top Caribbean Medical Schools in 2019, as listed by! But he has many feathers in his cap.  

A very active Rotarian for four decades, he served as Governor of Rotary Dist  7250 in 2009-10. For his commitment to humanitarian work worldwide, the Rotary Foundation has given him its highest “Service above Self” award. He is a Hall of Fame Member at the Rotary Foundation. Currently he serves on the Rotary Investment Committee to manage and advice for $1 billion in foundation donations.

Bhooplapur is a board member of numerous charities, hospitals, and businesses. He travel at his own cost to many countries for humanitarian projects. He is the founder of the “Gift of Life, India” and has been instrumental in saving over 1500 children’s lives by providing heart surgery to children under the age of 15.

He has actively lobbied in United States Senate and House for the advancement of
India for the past two decades. He was recognized by the US Congress and presented an award by Congressman Gary Ackerman for his outstanding contributions to local & international humanitarian causes.

In 2012, Ravi was awarded the prestigious “Ellis Island Medal of Honor,” which honors recipients for professional contributions to America and their immigrant heritage. 

Update: 16 May, 2019