St. Petersburg, FL - A local gastroenterologist, Iyunni Venkata Nath, MD, of Pinellas Park, FL was endowed with the Most Distinguished Physician of the Year award for 2017 by The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin on Saturday, June 24 at the AAPI annual convention in Atlantic City, NJ. Leading physicians, health professionals, academicians and scientists of Indian origin across the country convene and exchange about medical advances, help develop policy agendas and encourage legislative priorities in the coming year.

Dr. Nath graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Nagpur University Medical College, Nagpur, India. A residency followed at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh, India with additional specialized fellowship training in Nephrology at the same institution. A second specialized fellowship in Gastroenterology was completed at Memorial Hospital, Newfoundland, Canada. Dr. Nath has introduced new techniques to treat various medical conditions and to improve patient safety and been published in numerous scientific journals.

A Gastroenterologist is a physician with dedicated training and unique experience in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver but also includes the diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. For a more in-depth look at his career and patient care philosophy, view his profile video.

The mission of AAPI is to facilitate and enable Indian American Physicians the ability to excel in patient care, teaching and research and pursue professional and community affairs aspirations. The organization brings American medicine the distinctive contributions from India. For more information, go to