Sachidanandan (Suben) Naidu, M.D., a family practice physician at Mercy Edmond Memorial, has been chosen to lead the state’s largest medical specialty organization. The Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) has named Dr. Naidu president-elect for fiscal year 2011-2012.
“I consider it an honor to be in a position of leadership for such a tremendous organization,” Dr. Naidu said. “To have the support of so many people that I admire and respect makes this appointment even more humbling.”
With more than 1,200 members, the OAFP is the local chapter of the National Association of Family Physicians (NAFP) – representing approximately 93,000 family medicine physicians, residents and medical students in the United States. Dr. Naidu serves as a fellow for the NAFP and as a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice.
In addition to his leadership roles and private practice, Dr. Naidu has an interest in providing medical care to those without the means of accessing adequate health options. He spent six years as the medical director of Oklahoma Community Health Services – a non-profit health care organization serving the underinsured or non-insured. Dr. Naidu is also a founding sponsor of Pros for Africa, an effort by Oklahoma professionals from all fields – including pro athletes – to take hope and healing to the people of Uganda.
“I believe in good medical care for everyone,” said Dr. Naidu. “We provide for those with the resources and those without the resources.”
In an effort to provide the best possible care for the patients he serves, Dr. Naidu continues to acquire and hone new medical skills.
“As physicians, we must keep updated with the rapid advances in medicine,” Dr. Naidu said. “That’s why I mentor students and trainees and participate in practice-based research.”
In his new position as OAFP president, Dr. Naidu will have an opportunity to help direct policy and share ideas with physicians from around the state.
“The Sisters of Mercy Health System has achieved a reputation of recruiting people of substance,” said James Dixson, M.D., president, Mercy Clinic Primary Care. “Dr. Naidu is a terrific role model and the epitome of our mission standards. The OAFP is in good hands under his leadership.”