President’s Message

Tejal Patel, MDDear CAPI Members,

Today, I have the honor to write to you all of our esteemed CAPI Physicians, Spouses, Children and Supporters a small message of hope as we ring in the New Year. Honestly this will be the year of HOPE and REJUVENATION.

This past year has been anything but unpredictable, one week we were at family gathering and the next we were told that we were going into a lockdown due to a virus. In 2020, where we have such advanced technology and medicine, in an era when a robot can assist a surgeon during surgery, a crown shaped virus brought the world and all of us to a halt.

In just ten months, we’ve gone from a pandemic to a vaccine in record time. This truly is a blessing, and something we should all be thankful for as some of us have already received the first dose and some of us patiently wait our turn to receive the vaccine.

The holidays are a great time to pause and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. Like all of you, I am thankful for family, friends and my health. And, I am especially grateful for you – our Caregivers. As I reflect on this historic year, one constant was the dedication and commitment to care shown by our caregivers; despite many challenges, you continued to make a difference for our patients and each other. I know most don’t see ourselves as a hero but you all are SUPERHEROES!!

We have so much to be thankful for as our vaccinations for COVID-19 are underway – this is truly the first step in ending this pandemic. With two vaccine options now available and pending approval for a third option, HOPE is setting the path for our future as an organization.

With respect to the upcoming year, well I can safely say at least for the first half of 2021 we will still be a virtual association. We are still trying to figure out how to navigate the waters for the upcoming year with CAPI events. The vaccine has provided us HOPE and will hopefully let us REJUVENATE events.

Respectfully yours,

Tejal Patel, MD
President, CAPI 2021