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 Król, M.D.

President, Polish-American Medical Society in Chicago

Fashion Show – A Complete Success!

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On June 17, 2016, Dr. Beata Danek and Malgorzata Wajs, on behalf of the Polish American Medical Society (“PAMS”), organized  the Second Annual Charity Fashion Show at Stereo Nightclub in Chicago. The event, attended by almost 300 people, generated a profit of over $15,000.00, 100% of which was donated to “Dom Samotnej Matki.” “Dom Samotnej Matki” is a shelter for single mother’s hosted and operated by the holy sisters of St. Hacynth Catholic Church  in Chicago. Dr. Slawomir Urgacz and Dawid Danek co-hosted the “Hot Summer Night” themed fashion show, in which Polish doctors and students modeled beautiful collections of six designers — Nadia Davidi, Renata Mingelgrin, Mag/Han, Rich Casual, Obsession Boutique, and Laurel Bridal.

Kamila Dworski of Polvision and Radio 1030 AM, the fashion show’s media sponsor, hosted a Red Carpet on which she interviewed the event’s generous sponsors and fashion designers. Janusz Piłka, Krzystof Babiracki, and Wojtek Lysinski photographed the beautiful models  -photos available below.

Afterwards, there was dancing, food, a raffle, and a lot of fun. All those in attendance were happy to get together for such an exciting event while showing those in crisis that the community cares. PAMS looks forward to hosting the Third Annual Charity Fashion show next year.

 

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PAMS 2016 Scholarship Winners

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The Scholarship Committee of The Polish American Medical Society in Chicago is proud to announce the PAMS 2016 Scholarship Winners:

Dr. Rytel Fund

Gabriela Szewczyk, UIC College of Dentistry

Dr. Cebulski Fund

Evelyn Konsur, Jagiellonian University Medical College

Anna Malysz, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Rogulska Kyts Fund

Emil Bielecki, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Mateusz Graca, St. Louis University School of Medicine

David Kasjanski, Chicago Medical School

Emily Lenczowski, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Anna Pleta, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Ewa Kiljanska-Buch Fund

Magdalena Harasimowicz, Loyola University School of Medicine

Veronica Drozdowski, Loyola University School of Medicine

A. Krashesky Fund

Emil Klosowiak, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Alexandra Rojek, University of California in San Francisco

Joanna Tomaszewski, University of Utah School of Medicine

PAMS Fund

Dorothy Kociuba, Colorado State University, Veterinary Medical Program

Marcin Kuzma, Jagiellonian University Medical College

Gabriela Naronowicz, Medical University of Bialystok

Malgorzata Pajak, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Patryk Piekos, Jagiellonian University Medical College

Natalia Tretowicz, Medical University of Lublin

Marysia Watson, Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eva Wszolek, University of Illinois College of Dentistry

Matthew Dybas, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Jan Morawski, Poznan University of Medical Sciences

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Katarzyna Nowak, Medical University of Silesia

Hubert Szczech, University of Illinois

Diana Szczesna, Medical University of Lodz

PAMS Biannual Elections

The biannual election meeting of the Polish American Medical Society took place on April 10, 2016 at the residence of Dr. and Mrs Marlene Mazurek. Over 40 active PAMS members were present. PAMS President Dr. Kornelia Krol presented a summary of events and activities over the past two years. The PAMS has granted over 100 scholarships to medical students, organized several informational meetings for current and prospective students, and initiated a closer cooperation with medical schools in Poland. Dr Krol emphasized the increased role of PAMS in charitable activities of many members and supporters. Our organization contributes to and supports various social and professional causes, including the Shelter for Single Mothers, and seasonal holidays for homeless people. The annual grants were appropriated to the Polish Scout Organization and PASO.

After the initial presentation and greetings, the PAMS Treasurer, Dr Adam Cios, presented the financial activities and the current status of the organization. The organization has been growing both in membership and financially.

Dr Bronek Orawiec talked about sport events around KS Bronek.

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Bad Gastein, Alpy Austriackie – Narciarskie Mistrzostwa

 XX Światowe Mistrzostwa Lekarzy Polonijnych

w Narciarstwie Alpejskim KS “Bronek”

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16 marca 2016 roku na stoku Buchemen w Alpach Austriackich odbyły się jubileuszowe XX Światowe Mistrzostwa Lekarzy Polonijnych w Narciarstwie Alpejskim. Mistrzostwa zorganizował prezes KS „Bronek”, honorowy prezes Związku Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago dr Bronisław Orawiec. Bazę hotelową zimowiska przygotowali wiceprezes Kongresu Polonii Niemieckiej, były długoletni prezes Polskiego Towarzystwa Medycznego w Niemczech dr Zbigniew Kostecki oraz Wiesław Jabłoński z biura turystycznego Jawa-Reisen.

Zawodom sprzyjała piękna, słoneczna aura oraz niepowtarzalna zimowa sceneria alpejska. Podczas Mistrzostw na stoku Buchemen (1150 m) były wyśmienite warunki śniegowe. Stok narciarski i bramki do slalomu giganta przygotowała szkoła narciarska Schneesport Schule Gastein, a ustawił je dyrektor szkółki narciarskiej Juigi Kravanja. Do końcowej punktacji liczono sumę dwóch najlepszych z trzech przejazdów. W zimowisku uczestniczyły 220 osób z 13 państw: Australii, Danii, Francji, Kanady, Litwy, Luksemburga, Niemiec, Norwegii, Polski, Szwajcarii, Szwecji, Stanów Zjednoczonych oraz Włoch. W zawodach startowało 54 narciarzy.

Patronat nad zawodami sprawowały: Federacja Polonijnych Organizacji Medycznych (FPOM), Okręgowa Izba Lekarska (OIL) w Krakowie, Polskie Towarzystwo Medyczne (PTM) w Niemczech oraz Związek Lekarzy Polskich (ZLP) w Chicago.

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The 2016 Physicians’ Ball

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For more photos and coverage of the ball, visit the
 Physicians’ Ball 2016 Page

On the night of February 6th, 2016, close to 500 distinguished guests gathered for the 66th annual Polish American Physician’s Ball at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago. The annual charity ball coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Polish American Medical Society in Chicago.

Many prominent professionals were present at this year’s ball, and each was specially welcomed during the speech presented by the PAMS society’s president, Dr. Kornelia Krol. First, several politicians, who have been deeply involved with the Polish community came to the stage and presented highlights of their work. The society welcomed the governor of the state of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, US Senator Mark Kirk and US Representative Bob Dold. Additionally, the society welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Washington D.C., Ryszard Schnepf and the Consul of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Robert Rusiecki.

Among other distinguished guests, the ball was also attended by the president of the Regional Medical Council in Cracow, Poland, Dr. Andrzej Matyja, the president-elect of the Chicago Medical Society, Dr. Adrianne Fregia, the president of the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad, Dr. Marek Rudnicki, and Chief Executive Officer of Medicover’s Polish Division, John Stubbington.

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XXV Polonijne Mistrzostwa Lekarzy w Narciarstwie Alpejskim

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W niedzielę 14 lutego 2016 r. na stoku Wilmot Mt. w stanie Wisconsin zostały rozegrane XXV Polonijne Mistrzostwa Lekarzy w Narciarstwie Alpejskim. Zawody odbyły się przy padającym śniegu i wyśmienitych warunkach narciarskich. Honorowy patronat nad Mistrzostwami sprawował Konsulat Generalny Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej w Chicago z Panem Konsulem Robertem Rusieckim na czele. Imprezę zorganizował honorowy prezes Związku Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago dr Bronisław Orawiec.

Trasę przygotowała szkoła narciarska z Wilmot Mt., a bramki do slalomu giganta ustawili Eddy Lee i Jack Thune. Otwarcia zawodów dokonali doświadczeni zawodnicy z Klubu „Tatry” oraz z ligii narciarskiej Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council. Na świetnie przygotowanej trasie slalomu giganta pierwsze wystartowały dzieci, a następnie panie i panowie.

Wśród dzieci grupy młodszej zwyciężyła Julia Wykrętowicz, II miejsce zdobyła Oliwia Wykrętowicz, a III – Ricky Gach. W grupie dzieci starszych I miejsce zajął Michael Gach. Wśród pań pierwsze miejsce zdobyła Halina Anioł a drugą lokatę zajęła debiutująca w Mistrzostwach Josephine Długopolska-Gach. W kategorii starszej panów triumfował Bronisław Orawiec, II miejsce zdobył Marek Rudnicki a III – Henryk Roztoczyński. W grupie młodszej panów I miejsce wywalczył Paweł Poncza. II miejsce zajął Andrzej Gacek. W konkurencji rodzin lekarskich (2 osoby, w tym 1 lekarz) zwyciężyła rodzina Długopolskich-Gachów – Josephine z synem Michaelem Gachem.

Należy wspomnieć, że najlepszą sportsmenką w roku 2015 wśród pań po raz dziesiąty została dr Halina Anioł, a wśród panów po raz dwudziesty trzeci dr Bronisław Orawiec. Puchary dla sportowców roku zgodnie z wieloletnią tradycją Klubu zostały wręczone na 66. Balu Lekarzy, który odbył się w Hotelu Ritz Carlton w Chicago 6 lutego 2016 r.

Bezpośrednio po zawodach miało miejsce uroczyste zakończenie Mistrzostw w Iron Kettle Banquet Facility. Prowadzący imprezę dr Orawiec powitał wszystkich zawodników, rodziny i sympatyków Klubu, przedstawicieli szkółki narciarskiej w Wilmot Mt. oraz Klubu „Tatry”. Dr B. Orawiec gorąco podziękował Konsulatowi RP za wieloletni patronat nad zawodami a także osobom, które pomagały w sprawnym przeprowadzeniu zawodów. Złożył gratulacje zwycięzcom i życzenia dalszych sukcesów sportowych wszystkim uczestnikom Mistrzostw.

Okazałe trofea w postaci pucharów i medali najlepszym zawodnikom w poszczególnych grupach oraz Puchary Przechodnie Klubu Sportowego “Bronek” ZLP wręczył organizator wspólnie z dr. Haliną Anioł. Wszystkie panie otrzymały symboliczne kwiaty z okazji walentynek. Na zakończenie Prezes KS „Bronek” zaprosił zebranych na imprezy sportowe, które będą organizowane w roku 2016.

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Christmas Festivities for “Dom Samotnej Matki”

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On December 29, 2015, Dr. Beata Danek, Board Member of the Polish American Medical Society in Chicago, took a group of single mothers along with their 36 children to Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier for a Christmas celebration. Everyone enjoyed the rides and attractions, including the giant slides, roller coaster, and ice-skating rink.  “Deli 4 You” acted as the “Secret Santa” and provided sweets for all the kids while PAMS and several polish physicians in Chicago donated money to purchase gift certificates for the moms. The loving atmosphere surrounded by beautiful holiday decorations and festivities lifted everyone’s Christmas spirits. The warmth of sharing made this Christmas truly magical.

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Beata Danek, MD

PAMS member

Ewa Buch Memorial Summary

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In Memory of Dr. Eva Maria Buch-Kiljanska
November 23, 1940 – July 31, 2015

On Friday, November 20th, 2015, family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Polish Museum of America for an unforgettable evening in celebration of the life of Dr. Eva Maria Buch. The evening featured several speeches in honor of Dr. Buch. Speakers included Dr. Buch’s children, Dr. Kornelia Król, the president of the Polish American Medical Society, Mrs. Dorothy Malachowski, president of the Gift from the Heart Foundation, Mrs. Małgorzata Kot, Director of the Polish Museum of America and Dr. Steven C. Marquardt, Dr. Buch’s former colleague. Together, the speakers shared memories of Dr. Buch’s exceptional dedication to medicine, philanthropy and the arts, as well as her unmatched passions for adventure and celebration. The evening also featured a private concert by Dr. Buch’s favorite local band, Pawel Pospieszalski and Alex Babiy.

Dr. Buch was deeply involved with the Polish American Medical Society for many years. She served as secretary for the executive board for 8 years.

She will be remembered as a prominent pediatric anesthesiologist, wife, mother, friend and colleague.

Dr. Buch was a truly exceptional member of our community and will be dearly missed. A memorial fund has been set up in her honor. The proceeds will be directed to the Polish American Medical Society to fund a scholarship and help support activities at the Polish Museum of America.

PAMS Quarterly Meeting

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The final 2015 quarterly meeting took place on November 22, 2015 at the University of Chicago. There were 47 members and guests present. The Board members attending were current President Dr. K. Król, Dr. E. Radwańska, Dr. A. Cios, Dr. B. Danek, Dr. J. Danko, Dr. K. Kusz, Dr. B. Wojewnik, Dr. J. Mazurek, and Dr. J. Samulak.

After the initial greetings from Dr. K. Król, the invited guest Emilio Williams, the Executive Director of International Programs of The University of Chicago School of Medicine discussed his presentation on “Cooperation Between PAMS, The University of Chicago School of Medicine, and the Medicover Hospital in Warsaw”. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion concerning the implementation of the pilot program.

Dr. K. Król discussed two different scholarships offered by PAMS: student’s scholarships and research scholarships. The President presented an initiative by PAMS to renovate a Polish Doctor Monument at Rossa Cemetery at Vilnius, Lithuania. Dr. Król discussed the upcoming 66th Physicians Ball at Ritz Carlton on February 6th, 2016.

The meeting was followed by a dinner sponsored by Medicover.

This Quarterly Meeting Summary was written by: Jagoda Samulak, DDS

W trosce o zdrowie Polonii

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29 oraz 31 października 2015 r. przeprowadzono bezpłatne badania na wybrane czynniki ryzyka chorób serca, szczepienia przeciwko grypie oraz konsultacje kardiologiczne dla Polonii w Chicago. Organizatorem akcji był dr Bronisław Orawiec.

W celu podniesienia świadomości zdrowotnej oraz poprawy stanu zdrowia polonijnej społeczności została przeprowadzona kolejna akcja badań na wybrane czynniki ryzyka chorób serca, w tym badania poziomu cukru we krwi, pomiary ciśnienia tętniczego krwi, obliczanie wskaźnika masy ciała (BMI) oraz szczepienia przeciwko grypie. Darmowe badania zostały przeprowadzone 29 listopada w Domu Podhalan oraz 31 listopada 2015 r. w klinice dr. B. Orawca. W tegorocznej akcji skorzystało sto osób. Głównymi sponsorami byli: Orawiec Cardiac Fund PAMS, Handzel Open Inc., Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Związek Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago, Związek Podhalan w Północnej Ameryce oraz organizator.

Należy podkreślić, że ciśnienie tętnicze, poziom cholesterolu, lipidów, cukru we krwi i otyłość to czynniki, które po przekroczeniu określonych norm, mogą powodować zagrożenie zdrowia i życia. Są one głównymi czynnikami choroby wieńcowej oraz miażdżycy naczyń. Jeśli chodzi o szczepienia przeciwko grypie to warto przypomnieć, że każdego roku szczepionkę powinny otrzymać osoby starsze, które mają problemy zdrowotne m.in.: choroby serca, choroby płuc, anemię, astmę, choroby nerek, cukrzycę, a także osoby prowadzące prace o charakterze usługowym z dużą ilością kontaktów. Podczas badań były dostępne broszury informujące o sposobach zwalczania głównych czynników ryzyka miażdżycy oraz zalecenia dietetyczne w języku polskim i angielskim.

W tegorocznej akcji uczestniczyły społecznie następujące osoby: Mariana Wrzosek, RN (Event Manager), Lisa Byers, RN, Marcia Tenezaca, RN, Lena Won, LPN z Presence Resurrection Medical Center oraz Elżbieta Dąbrowa i Joanna Sewillo z kliniki dra Orawca. Wszystkim tym osobom składam gorące podziękowania za zaangażowanie i czas.

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PAMS Quarterly Meeting

 

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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.

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International Medical Conference “History of Medicine in Vilnius”

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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.

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PAMS at the Opening of Medicover American Clinic in Warsaw

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

PAMS at 25th Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland

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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.