WELCOME TO THE POLISH-AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY IN CHICAGO
The Polish-American Medical Society (PAMS) was established in 1946 in order to facilitate social and professional relations, as well as improve and promote the status of the Polish physician émigré community in the United States. The Society organizes numerous fundraisers for charitable causes, including the annual Physicians’ Ball at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago to raise scholarship funds for medical students of Polish descent. We invite you to visit us frequently for updates on our activities and upcoming events.
Kornelia Krol, M.D.
President, Polish-American Medical Society in Chicago
Eva Buch Memorial Donations
Impressive!!! – the only word that comes to mind to describe the PAMS quarterly meeting organized and sponsored by the Polish-American Transplant Center at the University of Chicago on September 27th, 2015.
The recently built Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago deliverers exactly what the name implies. World class surgeons and scientists develop and treat patients for whom there are not many options left in conventional medicine. A great example is the Pancreatic Islets transplant, developed by one of our own, Dr. Piotr Witkowski. The transplant prevents patients from developing diabetes after complete removal of the pancreas.
After a brief introduction, Dr. David Song, vice chair of the department of surgery, introduced us to the concept of “surgery as a contact sport”. The concept entails physicians from different specialties brainstorming together, sometimes just while in the locker room, on how to solve a difficult surgical puzzle. Dr. Song talked about using makorobots for orthopedic surgery, also about minimally invasive spinal surgery via small tubular ports that avoid debilitating incisions, and filming surgeries with a go-pro and then reviewing the “game tape”. He also talked about a major advancement in the ENT field: a cochlear implant for deaf infants to prevent developmental delay or atrophy of the brain. The 40 PAMS members who attended the meeting were given a tour of the new patient rooms. The rooms resemble a five star hotel! Some even include a beautiful view of down town Chicago.
Next, Dr. Piotr Witkowski presented the Polish-American transplant team consisting of: Dr. Piotr Witkowski, Dr. Andrzej Jakubowiak, pre-transplant coordinator Patrycja Ulijaszyk-Noga RN, post-transplant coordinator Józefa Sutor, RN and physician liaison Agata Turowski.
Dr. Krol later informed us of the Board Election date change to March 6th, 2016. The decision was influenced by the closeness of the Physician Ball and the magnitude of work the new board would be faced with if elected in November.
Dr. Rudnicki then talked about the recent visit of 7 of our members to Wilno for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their medical society. The event was excellently organized, pleasant and very educational. Dr. Rudnicki also invited us to attend the Kongres Polonii Medycznej Świata which is being organized in Warsaw on June 2-5, 2016. He is in the process of negotiating an inaugural speech from president Duda! The main theme of the congress is: profession. Of being the physician
We were privileged to be in the presence of Dr. Lukasz Nyk and his wife ANNA , our own fellow in University of Chicago urology department, who in two years will become the only urologist-oncologist in Poland trained in robotic surgery. The hard work of Dr. Radwańska and Dr Krol finally paid off. Congratulations ladies! The more-than-grateful Dr. Nyk called them “his angels” which Dr. Radwańska quickly translated into “Mama Kwoka” or Mother Duck.
Dr. Orawiec then shared the results of the 24th tennis PAMS competition and reported on the Doctors vs. Journalists match. For the first time in history the match ended with the tie of 5:5. Dr. Radwańska was asked to attend next years’ match to bring out the competitive spirit in our physicians.
Written By: Evelina Worwag, MD
25th Anniversary of Polish Medical Society in Lithuania
Vilnius, Lithuania, September 18-20, 2015
On the 11th of May of this year, the Polish Medical Association of Lithuania (PMSL) celebrated its 25th anniversary. In honor of this occasion, PMSL and the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad organized an International Medical Conference, “History of Medicine in Vilnius,” on the days of September 18-20th. The organizational committee was headed by PMSL President, Dr. Daniel Lipski, Vice-president, Dr. Barbara Komarovska, President of the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad, Dr. Marek Rudnicki, and Vice-president of the Federation, Dr.Bronislawa Siwicka.
The conference was attended by academic faculty members from several Medical Universities in Poland and Lithuania, medical doctors, and dentists, members of the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations, as well as medical historians from numerous countries, amounting to a total of 140 participants. Of these participants, 80 were from Poland, 8 from Germany, 1 from England, 5 from Belarus, 2 from Sweden, 1 from Denmark, 5 from Moldova, and 8 from the USA. Our Polish American Medical Society in Chicago was represented by President Dr. Kornelia Krol, Dr. Joanna Rudnicka, Dr. Marek Rudnicki, Dr.Jozef Mazurek, Dr. Adam Cios, Dr Alicja Lisak and Dr. Grazyna Orawiec.
The inauguration ceremony was honored by a beautiful musical performance by Ewelina Saszenko and Zbigniew Lewicki.
The topics for the two days of lectures revolved around the history of medicine in Vilnius and the presentation of distinguished researchers from various time periods associated with the University of Stefan Batory in Vilnius. Of great interest, was the lecture presented by Dr. Dariusz Zybort, “Doctors at the Vilnius Rossa – in memoriam.” To this day, the gravesites of many accomplished professors and doctors from the University can still be found at the historic Rossa cemetery, founded in 1769 in Vilnius. The Polish Medical Association in Lithuania is undertaking the restoration and preservation of historically valuable gravestones of doctors at the Rossa cemetery in order to preserve their legacy, as well as to prevent the destruction of a landmark so important to Polish history.
The organizers of the event put forth great effort into guaranteeing the participants other attractions outside of the many interesting lectures. For example, many participants attended a wonderful banquet and, most importantly, a tour of the beautiful capitol of Lithuania. Numerous city tours with guides speaking both Polish and English enabled the participants to admire the city and see its historical treasures.
Vilnius has been a city on the crossroads of cultures. Over the years, it has been claimed by Lithuanians, Poles, Russians and Jews alike. In 1994, the Old Town of Vilnius-with its unique architectural mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism- was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three and a half square kilometers in size, it is the largest old town in all of Eastern Europe. The old town’s treasures include over 20 Eastern Baroque-style churches. The narrow, cobblestone streets may seem quiet at first, yet you only have to step inside any of the tiny cafes or shops of the old town to experience the unique spirit of the city. One of the defining characteristics of the city is Uzupis, a district often referred to as the Montmarte of Vilnius, where many artists, actors, intellectuals and students reside. On All Fools Day 1997, the independent Republic of Uzupis was declared, the republic even wrote a constitution, comprised of 41 articles pronouncing, among other things, a dog’s right to be a dog, and man’s right – but not obligation – to die.”
The conference “History of Medicine in Vilnius” provided its participants with an understanding of the foundation and operation of the Polish Medical Society in Lithuania. We learned that the organization was called into existence in response to a real need for bringing organized medical care to Polish inhabitants of Vilnius and the surrounding areas during that time. Today, the 115 members of the organization take part in charitable work aimed at increasing and maintaining the general health of the Polish population, including promoting health education through Polish language newspapers and radio shows. After regaining independence in 1991, and joining the European Union in 2004, as well as the opening of various forms of cooperation with Poland, the situation in Lithuania has allowed for a favorable environment for youth of Polish descent seeking medical education. The PMSL activities include the organizing of medical school preparatory courses. Of the 105 students who have taken the courses, thus far, over 90% have been admitted to universities. Thanks to friendly Polish-Lithuanian relations at the national level, Polish medical doctors in Lithuania have opportunities to raise their professional qualifications, as well as take part in work placements and conferences.
Friends from the PMSL, congratulations on 25 years of fine work and thank you for organizing such a wonderful conference!
Written by: Alicja Lisak, MD
Kornelia Krol, M.D
On September 14, 2015, Medicover Hospital in Warsaw, Poland celebrated the opening of its American Clinic. Medicover is the leading private healthcare provider in Central and Eastern Europe. The hospital in Warsaw offers the highest quality of care, and has earned the Distinguished International Hospital Award. This honor recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated incredible experience of care and treatment of international patients.
The new American clinic is open in partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine and PAMS. The goal of this clinic is to continue providing the highest quality of medical care in an English speaking setting. Dr. Kornelia Krol, President of PAMS, and Agata Turowski, Physician Liaison working for Medicover and University of Chicago, are pictured at the clinic’s opening with the hospital’s medical director, Tucson Dunn, and Professor Mirsolaw Dziuk, the clinic’s head physician. Agata’s role will be to work with Chicago area physicians in referring any interested patients for treatment in Warsaw.
For more information about Medicover Hospital please visit the hospital online: https://www.medicover.pl/hospital/
For any questions about this partnership, or about patient referrals, please contact:
Agata Turowski, MHSA
Consultant, International Programs
The University of Chicago Medicine
Mobile: (312) 217-8050
The largest business meeting in Central Europe was held in Krynica–Zdroj, Poland from September 8-10, 2015. Participants included more them 3,000 guests, who represented over 60 countries from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Among them, the forum welcomed presidents from several EU countries, commissioners, CEO’s of large international corporations, as well as leaders from different social, cultural and professional organizations.
President of PAMS, Dr. Kornelia Krol, was invited to attend the forum by “Stowarzyszenie Wspolnota Polska.” She was honored to participate in the discussion forum “How to achieve success abroad and to inspire others in Poland.” Fellow participants in this panel included: Halina Csucs, member of the Hungarian Parliament, Marek Patecki, owner of KIA Motors in Poland, Janusz Mroczka, Stowarzyszenie Wspolnota Polska, and representatives from Polbusiness in Ireland.
Dr. Krol discussed the many differences between graduate and postgraduate medical training in Poland in comparison to the United States. Additionally, she was asked about recent healthcare industry changes in America. Dr. Krol also described recent projects started by PAMS this year, including successfully establishing a medical subspecialty fellowship training program at The University of Chicago for a urologist from Poland. This project is sponsored by PAMS, Kosciuszko Foundation, and Stowarzyszenie Wspolnota Polska.
Finally, Dr. Krol discussed PAMS’ role and involvement with other areas of cooperation between Medical Institutions in Poland and the United States. Most recently, PAMS facilitated cooperation between Medicover Hospital in Warsaw and The University of Chicago Medicine. As a result, the Medicover American Clinic opened last month in Warsaw.
PAMS was invited to Krynica next year to participate in forum discussions pertaining to Health Care industry issues in Poland.
On Sunday, August 16th, 2015, PAMS members and their families gathered together for our annual Family Picnic, organized by doctors Beata Danek and Katarzyna Kusz. Festivities took place at the Jack & Lydia Resort, in Lake Villa, Illinois. There was a record attendance of over 100 people hanging around until dark, enjoying beautiful weather in beautiful surroundings, and taking so much needed time off from our busy professional lives.
Music was courtesy of the band, Second Opinion, staffed by our PAMS doctors, Dr Tucci and Dr Niekrasz, and it made our time even more special. There was dancing, there was wine, and there was yummy polish food, made by our hosts – Jack & Lydia. Their welcoming, warm attitude made this event very laid back and relaxing.
Some of us played beach volleyball, while others enjoyed pedal boats on Deep Lake, which is attached to the resort. Others were having fun mingling and goofing around with old and new friends.
We also had a moment of silence in memory of our beloved friend, Ewa Buch, who suddenly passed away recently. We all gathered together to take a group photo with smiling faces in honor of Ewa’s everlasting smile, positive attitude, and tremendous contribution to our society.
Later, there was a bonfire and singing along with guitar and accordion tunes. There was dancing, even on the table, by some of our brave members, including our president, Dr. Kornelia Krol.
Overall, it was another very successful gathering. We had several new members join us for the picnic, helping us to continue to grow stronger to make a difference and support each other.