The makeadent.org non-profit foundation is rooted in Gandhian principles of altruism, brilliance, and creativity. On September 16, 1932 in defiance to the British Raj’s plan that would discriminate and divide India’s social classes indefinitely, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi formally announced “Fasting unto death.” It only took six days for the British Government to give in to his demands and rescind the constitutional segregation of people based on the caste system. This selfless act marked a landmark occurrence in India’s history and “made a dent” in her effort to seek independence from the British Raj.
Gandhian principles of compassion and empathy are the driving force behind our approach to creating positive social impact through education and innovation. Our initiative is dedicated to revolutionizing healthcare delivery worldwide and ensuring every community receives the best possible care, and is empowered with the tools and resources needed to make lasting change. The motivation behind this initiative is to celebrate and create a legacy for Ishq (Arabic: ‘išq; love or passion) - epic, ethereal, platonic, selfless, and spiritual love.
"At the forefront of cardiovascular innovation and care, makeadent.org has illuminated a path towards healthier communities through five years of pioneering research and a commitment to nurturing professional growth of emerging cardiology talents. Under the visionary leadership of Ankur Kalra, their unwavering commitment to advancing cardiovascular care and management is not just a testament to their dedication, but a radiant emblem of transformative power."
Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine
Past President, American College of Cardiology
Board Member, World Heart Federation
"Medicine is a unique profession. Not only does it provide its practitioners with the opportunity to study and learn a discipline with a 2,000-year-old history, dating back to ancient Indian and Egyptian civilizations, but it is a calling. Providing hope and healing based on the science and art of medicine is a privilege. As the central tenet of Bhagavad Gita, selfless service is also the guiding principle of makeadent.org.
Serving patients and families, and by extension, humanity, requires establishing a therapeutic relationship based on trust, which is facilitated by empathy and selfless service. Those who understand this will find medicine, and all healthcare professions, professionally and personally satisfying and fulfilling. I congratulate Dr. Kalra in continuing the ancient Indian legacy of seva (selfless service) and the Ram and Sanjita Kalra Aavishqaar Fund."
Board of Trustees | Chair, People and Culture Committee
Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic
"As the field of cardiovascular medicine continues to grow at an exponential pace, it is crucial, now more than ever, for reinforcing our efforts dedicated to professional development of early career physicians. makeadent.org, led by Dr. Ankur Kalra is celebrating 5 years of being a shining example of the force of change."
Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, UT Health Houston
President Elect, World Heart Federation
“Our lives represent a gift of immeasurable value to which the greatest act of gratitude is service. The greatest act of service is that which is delivered with humility and equanimity. The greatest act of humility is one that touches the soul of others.
makeadent.org was conceived in the spirit of gratitude touching the soul of our profession inspiring transformational change across the globe. As we celebrate 5 years - the dent is clear, the movement is strong and the future is ours to share.”
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Featuring Prof. Valentin Fuster, Physician-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Hospital and incumbent Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Parallax podcast series integrated into Global Cardiology University curriculum as Conversations in Cardiology.
A study funded by Ram and Sanjita Kalra Aavishqaar Fund was presented at 72nd American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session and Expo at New Orleans, LA and simultaneously published in European Heart Journal Acute Cardiovascular Care.
Parallax ranked #2 on Feedspot in 15 Best Cardiology Podcasts. Also ranked with Medscape’s This Week in Cardiology at #3 and American College of Cardiology’s Eagle’s Eye View at #4.
Parallax broadcasted its 75th episode with Dr. Dipti Itchhaporia, the 70th President of American College of Cardiology and the first of South Asian descent on India’s 75th Independence Day.
On its 3rd-year anniversary, Parallax was invited to share its success story at Engage Stage at 71st American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session and Expo in Washington, D.C.
A study funded by the Ram and Sanjita Kalra Aavishqaar Fund was presented at American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions and published simultaneously in Journal of Cardiac Failure.
A study funded by Ram and Sanjita Kalra Aavishqaar Fund published in European Heart Journal Digital Health was selected as Editors’ Choice Best of European Heart Journal Digital Health at European Society of Cardiology Digital Summit.
Cardiovascular Health in Asian Indians Collaborative is featured on ACC.org: “South Asian Cardiovascular Health: Lessons Learned from the National Lipid Association Scientific Statement.”
Celebrating our 50th episode with an interview with Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, the now Director of Mount Sinai Heart and inaugural Dr. Valentin Fuster Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine.
Our podcast was selected for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 2020 Scholarship in Teaching Award by an external group of scholars and educators who noted the merits in meeting Glassick’s criteria.
The first episode of our cardiology podcast show co-produced by Radcliffe Group in Wooburn Green, United Kingdom airs.
Organized the Cardiovascular Science India Tour with the editors of Circulation in New Delhi, India
Based on Gandhian philosophy of Be The Change — Our North Star
Our ongoing commitment to improving cardiovascular health outcomes is made possible by the love and support of the community and our sponsors. As a purely 501(c)3 non-profit organization, every patron helps us take one step forward.
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Dr. Kalra is an interventional cardiologist, and founder of the non-profit startup, makeadent.org. He is primary investigator at Krannert Cardiovascular Research Center, and an adjunct clinical associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is director of the Barry J. Maron Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center in New Delhi, India. He is also the host of the cardiology podcast show, Parallax.
Dr. Kalra has presented late-breaking science at national and international scientific cardiovascular meetings, and has published over 280 scientific manuscripts in various peer-reviewed journals. His past appointments include interventional cardiologist, associate professor, and medical director of clinical research for regional cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
We are proud to have the support of an all-star advisory board comprised of world-renowned cardiologists from top academic medical centers in America. The board members identify ideas in the healthcare innovation space, and propel educational programs that have measurable successes.