Committee Members

Rajendraprasad Makam M.D. President
Ashwin A. Patkar M.D. Treasurer
Abhay Agarwal M.D. Secretary
Vandana P. Devalapalli M.D. Council Member
Jaylan Parikh M.D. Council Member
Pratik Desai M.D. Council Member
Prashant Patel M.D. Past President
Rajendraprasad Makam M.D
is a graduate from Mysore University. He completed residency and diploma in Pediatrics. As a Senior House Officer, worked at Christian Medical College hospital at Vellore, India. Later, Dr. Makam obtained his Diploma and a fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Gastroenterology from the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Makam moved to England and pursued MRCP (Member of Royal college of Physicians) in Internal medicine and practiced for almost 8 years. Dr. Makam completed his residency in Internal medicine from The Memorial Hospital in Worcester, MA.

After completing fellowship in gastroenterology from The University of Louisville, KY is now practicing Gastroenterology in Cary, since 2003.


Ashwin A. Patkar M.D
is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Duke Addictions Programs at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. He is the Associate Director for Neuroscience Medicine at Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the largest academic Clinical Research Organization (CRO) in the world.Dr Patkar earned his medical degree from G S Medical College in Mumbai, India, his MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, England and Neuropharmacology degree from University of Nottingham, England.

He completed his psychiatry residency at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and was the Director of Biological Psychiatry and Clinical Trials as well as the Associate Director of Addiction Programs at Thomas Jefferson University. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry with subspecialty Certification in Addiction Psychiatry and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Certification in Addiction Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine


Dr Patkar has over 20 years of experience with particular expertise in psychopharmacology, dual diagnoses, integration of medical care for addiction, and pain and addiction issues. He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator with several research projects designed to improve addiction treatments that are supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr Patkar has been a Principal Investigator on over 50 Industry supported Phase II-Phase IV and post marketing Clinical Trials in the area of alcohol and drug addiction, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, pain disorders, sleep disorders, and schizophrenia. He is a Consultant and/or serves on Advisory Boards for major pharmaceutical companies and has received numerous awards and honors including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award, the Lilly Biological Psychiatry Fellowship Award, and the Indian-American Psychiatric Association Academician of the Year award. He was selected for inclusion in the Best Doctors in North Carolina in 2009 and received the Patient Choice Award in 2008 and 2009.


Dr Patkar has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and has given over 400 presentations and invited lectures at national and international meetings. He serves on the Editorial Board of 5 journals and is a reviewer for over 20 national and international journals. Dr Patkar has served on NIH review committees and various committees at local and State Government levels dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. He is a member of the American Psychiatry Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Medical Association, Indian Psychiatric Society, Royal College of Psychiatrists and World Psychiatric Association. Dr Patkar is married with 2 children and enjoys fishing, powerlifting, yoga, traveling, and cricket.


Abhay Agarwal M.D
is a graduate from Grant Medical College, J.J. Hospital, Mumbai, India, where he completed his medical school and internship, in 1992. He worked as intern at T.N. Medical College, Mumbai, India and completed 1 year as MS in General Surgery.
He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training in 1997 at Episcopal Hospital, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He then went on to complete a 1 year Fellowship in Cardiology at the same University.
He is currently the Deputy Medical Director for the State NCDOC and is a Practicing Internal Medicine physician with Cary Medical Clinic, Cary, North Carolina.

Dr Agarwal is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been awarded the Physician Recognition Award by the American Medical Association in 2003. He is extensively skilled in all aspects of medicine, with a special interest in Cardiology.


Vandana P. Devalapalli M.D
was born and raised in India. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College at Osmania University in 1982 and completed her Internship at Gandhi Hospital in 1983. She migrated to the US and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in 1992. Later she moved to Raleigh, NC to join her husband. She began her Medical career in Dunn, NC where she practiced for one year. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 1994 and remained there until they closed the North Carolina Facility. Vandana went into private practice before joining WakeMed Faculty Physicians, where she is currently practicing medicine.

She is a part of the UNC Faculty, and is responsible for training UNC residents and students. She is currently Medical director of Rex Primary Care in Cary, NC. She earned her Fellowship from American College of Physicians in 2006 and her Masters in Clinical Leadership from Duke University in 2005. She was a recipient of the Circle of Quality Award at WakeMed in 2006. She has been recognized for Excellence in Diabetes care and Heart/Stroke by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She has a passion for working with people and enjoys volunteering her services to the community. For the past two years, she organized the Health Fair at Sri Venkateshwara Temple. She has played a vital role in many other events and programs throughout her community.

Dr. Jaylan Parikh M.D

is a graduate of Baroda Medical College in Gujarat, India. He completed his residency training in
Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1993. During this time, he was awarded the Best Resident of the Year Award. He finished his fellowship in Sports Medicine at Mcmaster University and a second fellowship in Joint Replacement at Southwest Medical School in Texas. He is Canadian as well as American board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery.He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), American College of Surgeons (FACS), and the American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons (FAAOS). Dr. Parikh started a solo practice in 1995, and has been practicing in Dunn and Fuquay-Varina for 15 years. He lives in Apex, NC with his family.
Pratik Desai M.D
Prashant K. Patel M.D
received his Bachelors of Science degree at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. He was in an accelerated seven year BS/MD program and completed his Doctorate in Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. His residency was completed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Before beginning his practice here in Cary, he was an attending physician at Dove Internal Medicine/Union Regional Medical Center in Monroe, North Carolina. Dr. Patel is a board certified internist with the American Board of Internal Medicine and is also a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the North Carolina Medical Society.


  • National Committee for Quality Assurance – Recognized for Excellence in Diabetes Care 
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance – Recognized for Excellence in Heart/Stroke Care 
  • American Medical Association – Physicians Recognition Award 
  • Leadership Council for Improving Cardiovascular Care, Washington , DC 
  • Leadership Council – American Diabetes Association, North Carolina 
  • North Carolina Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Continuing Medical Education Committee, Executive Committee, Member at Large 
  • Physician’s Advisory Board for Major Health Insurance Company, North Carolina 
  • News & Observer – Article 12-30-05 “Quality Counts as Insurers Rate Doctors” 
  • NCB 17 – Flu Shot Story 12-5-05 
  • The Holly Springs Sun – Article “Diabetes” 9-15-05 
  • The Cary News – Article “Cary Does Look to Head Off Diabetes” 9-10-05