Dr Akerkar

Patient Leader

I am a rheumatologist & have seen the daily struggles of an Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) warrior. Over the years, I realized that there are three hurdles to be overcome in AS. Diagnostic delays, lack of correct medical information for the warrior & a 'no effective treatment' mindset about AS among the medical fraternity. This is how StandForAS was born. To raise awareness & cut down the diagnostic delays; to help warriors with correct medical information so that they can take informed medical decisions. StandForAs has come a long way since its inception in Jan 2016. A Guinness book record with warriors to raise awareness, stalls in college fests , regular social media posts. We have also launched videos about AS for the medical fraternity to change their mindset about AS. StandForAS FB page has been helping AS warriors with medical information. A new video about AS every week since last 1 1/2 years. The videos touch upon practical issues, medical issues, diet & exercises. It has been home to regular discussions & sharing of tips among the warriors.


Mumbai, 16

Best advice for does and don't for ankylosing spondylitis

Dr S M Akerker is always doing for the patient they educate to the patient, how to manage the osteoarthritis and osteoporosis by excersice and medicine  — Ranjeet Kumar

Best Rheumatologist in mumbai  — Amit

Doctor Shashaank is very good doctor and his treatment is excellent.  — Sanjay

Dr, Intiated lot of Awareness about AS in Facebook to understand the disease easy.  — KAMALA

Patient leader  — Mohammad

Past Awards Participation

2018 WEGO Health Awards


Best in Show: Facebook


Advocating for Another

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


Best Kept Secret
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