Bharat Lall, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1979. After immigrating to the United States, he found an interest outside of medicine. In 1997, he became co-owner of Pinnacle Hotels, located in San Diego, California. Bharat Lall, MD, stays active in his community and belongs to several organizations, one of which is the San Diego Indian American Society.
Founded in 1984, the San Diego Indian American Society undertakes projects that help individuals who live in the United States and India and recognizes service done by people in any field in India and the United States.
In July 2014, the organization held the 31st annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial lecture and awards ceremony. It honored 23 high school graduates that represented 19 local high schools. The San Diego Indian American Society gave $45,000 in scholarships to these individuals. Each high school nominated these students, and the students in turn wrote essays on Gandhi. Since the organization began the awards ceremony, more than 570 students have received recognition.