Application support letter amended

March 9, 2022

United States Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Texas Service Center

P.O. Box 852135

Mesquite, TX  75185

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter supports Dr. Maanit Kohli and his application for an immigrant visa under the Outstanding Researcher or Professor Category. I have been advised that this designation requires expert testimony that Dr. Maanit Kohli is a trusted and influential researcher whose work is widely recognized and is a vital member of the scientific community. My letter will provide an in-depth of my professional opinion that he is among the best in his peer group of physician-scientists and researchers.

I believe that I am qualified to comment on the importance of Dr. Maanit Kohli’s work. I am a pediatrician, a recognized national leader in disaster preparedness and response, and the Director of the Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative (PRRI). I provide resources for various media outlets including digital, print, and broadcast news sources providing insights about how institutions can best prepare for and respond to crises, evaluating our nation’s resiliency and readiness, and promoting best practices on managing recovery after a disaster. Am also a Public Health Analyst for MSNBC/NBC and a columnist for The Daily Beast discussing COVID-19, public health, science, and policy. My team and I have developed major programs to enhance public health and health systems in readiness with respect to disasters and have written and spoken widely on the response to Hurricane Katrina, U.S. readiness for pandemics, and the concerns of children as potential targets of terrorism.

Dr. Maanit Kohli completed his medical school training from SSR Medical College, Mauritius in 2011. He thereafter completed his Internship in India at the Prestigious RML Hospital, New Delhi in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he has participated as a volunteer with multiple organizations including the Caring foundation and with the Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences in India while gaining clinical experience working as a resident medical officer at Max Superspeciality Hospital and BLK Memorial hospital in Delhi India. He joined Saint Peter’s Uni Hospital in 2015 as an internal medicine resident and also served as a chief resident in his final year of residency 2017-2018. After completion of his Internal Medical training, he completed his Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai which is ranked as No.1 in U.S. News’ 2021-22 Best Hospitals for Geriatrics. 

On review of Dr. Mannit Kohli’s profile, it’s evident his research interests lie in Graduate Medical Education and Geriatric Medicine in particular Geriatric Nutrition and Substance use disorders. Dr. Maanit Kohli did a research paper titled “Health care utilization in geriatric patients admitted with alcohol withdrawal from 2005 to 2014” which was published in The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse in 2020 which is important as it can have an impact on public policy on a national level, and for resource utilization at an institutional level. The research paper has seen the prevalence of admissions with AW which has increased in the inpatient geriatric population, contributing to increased length of stay, higher hospitalization costs, and greater functional decline. Recognition of these findings and the development of programs supporting older adults with alcohol use disorder may improve patient outcomes. 

Dr. Kohli also published a book chapter titled “Enteral Nutrition” in the Geriatric Gastroenterology, 2nd edition which highlighted the function of Enteral Nutrition in the elderly population given the distinctive challenges of increased medical complexity, frailty, physiology, and social barrier, geriatric gastroenterology is a niche topic and discussing enteral nutrition in the elderly may be significantly different compared to the general adult and training programs in internal medicine and gastroenterology are required to deal with disorders of aging in the present-day hospitalized, long-term care and community older adults. Physiological changes and disease processes in older adults differ significantly from those of the young; these are aspects that trainees and practicing physicians need to have an understanding of.

Dr. Maanit Kohli’s work on Medical Marijuana Curriculum development recognizes the importance of education at the training provider level. The consumption of medical and nonmedical cannabis is growing and his study highlighted a need for assessment for MM education at our institutions, with the results recognizing the resident’s self-awareness about their lack of knowledge. Frontline providers like in-training residents should be familiarized with MM. Analogous studies, if done in other programs across the country, may yield similar results resulting in a more extensive discussion about the need for curriculum development. 

Dr. Maanit Kohli is a member of the following professional societies; Associate Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, American Geriatrics Society (AGS), American College of Physicians, Medical Council of India, Delhi Medical Council, India, and Society of Bedside Medicine and has managed to get in 2018, Osler Award upon graduation from residency for work done towards promoting bedside medicine, in 2019, Volunteer Award at the EHHOP clinic at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Fellow Recognition of Service award at EHHOP clinic at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

Dr. Maanit Kholi has also assisted in reviewing the following medical journals; The Journal of American Geriatric Society, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and BMC Geriatrics which have all been outstanding. It can only be expected that Dr. Maanit Kohli will continue to be influential in his field and the global community of health science researchers. For these reasons, he should be allowed to remain in the United States, where he has access to the best tools to further his research.

In closing, Dr. Maanit Kohli has a bright future ahead, given his prolific accomplishments thus far. If he is allowed to continue his research work in America, I can assure you that he will continue to advance our understanding of his field, thus propelling the medical field as a whole. 



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