NRI: Dr Pallavi induced into Florida Women Hall of Fame

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Dr Pallavi inducted into Florida Women Hall of Fame 

         Eminent philanthropist and physician Dr Pallavi Patel has been inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame for advancing the role of women in the US and other parts of the world.        Based in Tampa, Florida, Dr Patel is the first Indian-American to be included in this prestigious hall of fame. The Florida Commission on the Status of Women so far has inducted 74 women in this exclusive list.       ”It is a great feeling,” Dr Patel told NDTV.Com in an interview after being inducted into the Hall of Fame by Florida Governor, Charlie Christie, at a ceremony in Tallahassee, Florida on March 11.

       ”I was a little surprised when I was informed about it as I never work for award or reward. It is a great honor to be recognized and inducted in the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame,” said Dr Patel, who along with her husband Dr Kiran Patel are well known for their philanthropist works in the US, India and Zambia having donated millions of dollars for charity work.

       The couple donated $5 million to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in 2004 to establish the Dr Pallavi Patel Performing Arts Conservatory, which enables thousands of young people in the State to pursue their dreams in music and the performing arts.

       Born and brought up in Gujarat, Dr Patel started her medical career with her husband Dr Kiran Patel in the African country of Zambia.

        Besides continuing her practice as a pediatrician she is passionate about issues related to teen pregnancy, single motherhood, adolescent self-esteem and women’s health and education. ”These are issues very dear to me and I keep on working,” she said.

        Dr Patel said she has plans to expand the 50-bed hospital that they have build in Motafofalia village near Daboi in Gujarat which serves around 1,00,000 people in and around the village.

        Termed as true role models for Florida and its citizens by the State Attorney General Bill McCollum during the induction ceremony, Dr Patel said she would continue to work for welfare and betterment of women. 

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