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
Our annual benefit Ball has become a tradition through the years, as it brings together and bonds Polish-American physicians and supports our goals to serve Chicago-area Polonia, assist medical newcomers, raise funds for scholarships for Polish-American students of medical sciences and help numerous charitable causes.
This year’s Physicians’ Ball on January 31 at the Chicago’s Ritz-Carlton was attended by more than 500 guests, inacluding (thanks to their half-price tickets) many students and young physicians. The program was emceed by the well-known Chicago celebrities Alan Krashesky, ABC7Chicago anchor and reporter; and Candace Jordan, a Chicago Tribune journalist.
This year the Society saluted and welcomed a special Guest of Honor – Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, internationally recognized polymer chemist, author of over 800 publications, recipient of over 20 prestigious awards and seven honorary doctorates from five countries.
Four extraordinarily accomplished Polish physicians from Europe and the US were elected as Honorary Members of the Polish-American Medical Society:
Dr. Kazimierz Nowak from London, GB – a surgeon, the founder and first President of the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad;
Dr. Ewa Elenberg from Houston, TX – a pediatric nephrologist, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine;
Dr. Miroslaw Wielgos from Warsaw, PL – a fetal-maternal specialist, Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Dean at the Warsaw Medical University;
Dr. Michael Hibner from Phoenix, AZ – a gynecologic surgeon, Professor and Director
of Surgery and Arizona Pelvic Pain Center at the St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix.
This year we were also honored to welcome several Special Guests:
Hon. Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois
Hon. Elzbieta Radziszewska, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland
Hon. Paulina Kapuscinska, Consul-General of the Republic of Poland
Dr. Kenneth Busch, President of the Chicago Medical Society
Prof. Andrzej Matyja, President of the Malopolska Region Chamber of Physicians
Dr. Alicja Brzozowska and Mr. Tucson Dunn, Medicover, Poland
Hon. Paulina Kapuscinska, on behalf of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, chose this occasion to present Governor Rauner with the medal Amicus Poloniae for his cooperation with Chicago’s Polish community.
She also bestowed, on behalf of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Poland, the medal Bene Merito on Dr. Izabela Roman for her many years of supporting charitable and cultural causes in Poland and in Chicago.
Dr. Halina Aniol and Dr. Bronislaw Orawiec were recognized as best sport-persons of the year.
The special annual monetary award of the Polish-American Medical Society was given to the Polish Scouting Organization – ZHP, in recognition of their many years of inspiring work with Polish youth in Illinois and was accepted on their behalf by Ms. Barbara Chalko.
This year, entertainment included a special concert performance by the famous
Golec uOrkiestra, to the great applause of the Ball guests. Music by Second Opinion was appreciated during reception. Wici ensemble and their rendition of the traditional polonaise were also greeted with enthusiasm.
Dancing to the music by Rendezvous continued until 2:00 am.
The raffle was also a success – with many fabulous prizes, it contributed a needed support to our endeavors.
This year’s beautiful Ball was the result of the work of many individuals who volunteered their valuable time. It is the dedication of the Society’s Board, the Ball Organizing Committee and many other friends that made this spectacular evening happen. We are also grateful to several businesses and foundations for their support. Their contributions and sponsorship are greatly appreciated.
The proceeds from Physicians’ Balls have supported many worthy causes. The tradition of philanthropy continues. This year’s proceeds, in addition to the award for the Polish Scouting Organization, are again allocated towards our Educational Funds, providing grants and scholarships to medical, dental and veterinary students of Polish origin in the Chicago region,
I would like to thank you all for supporting our mission and for attending the Ball.
I hope to see you again next year – our next Physicians’ Ball will be on February 6, 2016.
Let’s work together to make it another success.
Kornelia Krol, M.D.
On Friday, January 30 at 2:00 pm, on the eve of the 65th Physicians’ Ball, Consul-General of the Republic of Poland, Hon. Paulina Kapuscinska greeted representatives of the Polish-American Medical Society (PAMS) and the Ball Organizing Committee as well as their Honored Guests at the congenial reception at the Polish Consulate mansion in Chicago.
The Guest of Honor:
Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a polymer chemist internationally recognized for his vision and innovations.
New Honorary Members of the Polish-American Medical Society:
Dr. Kazimierz Nowak from London, GB, surgeon, founder and first president of the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad;
Dr. Ewa Elenberg from Houston, TX, pediatric nephrologist, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, nationally known for her educational and leadership roles;
Dr. Miroslaw Wielgos from Warsaw, PL, specialist in fetal-maternal medicine, Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Dean at the Warsaw Medical University, and President of the Polish Gynecological Society;
Dr. Michael Hibner from Phoenix, AZ, Director of Gynecologic Surgery and of the Arizona Center for Pelvic Pain, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Arizona College of Medicine.
Our illustrious guests had an opportunity to introduce themselves, and their remarkable stories met with warm applause.
We are grateful to Hon. Paulina Kapuscinska for hosting such a wonderful meeting at the Consulate.
Written by: Ewa Radwańska, MD, PhD, FACOG, FR.COG
On January 30, 2015 PAMS members, students and guests were invited to the Polish Museum of America for an evening event to meet Honored Guests of the 65th Physicians’ Ball.
The event attendees were greeted by the President of PAMS, Dr. Kornelia Krol and by the Director of the Museum Ms. Malgorzata Kot, who also organized tours of the unique Paderewski Room.
The official program started with the presentation of the Guest of Honor of this year’s Ball,
Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a polymer chemist, internationally recognized for his vision and innovations. Prof. Matyjaszewski is an author of over 800 publications and books, holds 197 patents and is the recipient of more than 20 scientific awards and seven honorary doctorates in five countries.
It has become our tradition to nominate each year new Honorary Members of the Polish-American Medical Society. This year we were happy to elect:
Dr. Kazimierz Nowak from London, GB, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, founder and first president of the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad;
Dr. Ewa Elenberg from Houston, TX, pediatric nephrologist, internationally recognized expert on cystinosis, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, nationally known for her educational and leadership roles;
Dr. Miroslaw Wielgos from Warsaw, PL, internationally recognized specialist in fetal-maternal medicine, Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Dean at the Warsaw Medical University, and President of the Polish Gynecological Society;
Dr. Michael Hibner from Phoenix, AZ, internationally recognized specialist in pelvic neuralgias, Director of Gynecologic Surgery and the Arizona Center for Pelvic Pain, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Creighton University School of Medicine and Arizona College of Medicine; and a board member of the Americam Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists.
After each of the Honorary Members had an opportunity to address the audience,
Dr. Marek Rudnicki, President of the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations, moderated a panel on Global Healthcare Challenges and greeted Special Guests from Poland:
Dr. Elzbieta Radziszewska, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament;
Dr. Andrzej Matyja, Regional Malopolska Chamber of Physicians and Dentists;
Dr. Alicja Brzozowska and Mr. Tucson Dunn, Medicover.
Dr. Ewa Radwanska presented PAMS award to medical student Maria Kotarska for her involvment in global health initiatives.
Music program was presented by Marek Balata, a jazz vocalist from Piwnica pod Baranami in Krakow.
Kornelia Krol, M.D.
11 stycznia, 2015 w Jezuickim Ośrodku Milenijnym przy 5835 W. Irving Park Rd. w Chicago odbyło się doroczne spotkanie opłatkowe członków Związku Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago. Rozpoczeło się ono tradycyjnie, mszą świetą celebrowaną przez ojca jezuite superiora Tomasza Oleniacza. Podczas nabozeństw, swoje talenty zaprezentowały dzieci naszych członków: Aleksandra Betkowska, sopran klasyczny oraz Julia Wodzień, skrzypce.
On January 11, 2015 PAMS met at the Jesuit Millennium Center in Chicago for an annual Christmas meeting. The event started out with a traditional mass lead by superior Jesuit, father Tomasz Oleniacz. During mass, the children of our members shared their talents. Aleksandra Betkowska graced us with her angelic classical soprano voice, and Julia Wodzień, performed a beautiful piece on her violin.
Na zakończenie mszy świętej kolędę zaśpiewał wspaniały wokalista jazzowy p. Marek Bałata, który kontynuował swój występ po przejsciu do przylegającej do kościoła sali. Tam, przy pięknie udekorowanym żłobku, odbyło się łamanie opłatkiem i składanie sobie życzeń, a następnie poczęstunek oraz wspólne śpiewanie kolęd.
The delightful vocalist, Marek Bałata concluded the mass with a Christmas carol and then continued his performance in the adjacent church meeting room. There, next to the beautifully decorated nativity scene, members shared pieces of Christmas wafer with each other as they wished each other well in the New Year.
Spotkanie przygotowała p. mgr. Wanda Roztoczyńska-Roycewicz, przy aktywnej pomocy Dr. Marii Lysinskiej, Dr. Miry Dulczewskiej-Miller, Marka Nardelli oraz Dr. Janusz Danko, który wraz z Dr. Blanką Machnicą sponsorowali upominki dla dzieci.
The meeting was organized by Mrs. Wanda Roztoczyńska-Roycewicz, Dr. Mira Dulczewska-Miller, Mark Nardell and Dr. Janusz Danko, who along with Dr. Blanka Machnica sponsored the presents for the children.
Written by: John Danko, MD
Translated by: Marta Worwag, MD
On December 20th, 2014 Dr. Beata Danek organized a Christmas Party for “Dom Samotnej Matki” (shelter for mothers in need). The mothers and their children were warmly welcomed to enjoy an evening of face painting, games, dancing, and dinner. Santa also visited the party, bringing presents for all kids and their moms. This experience enriched us all with the real Christmas Spirit of sharing, love and joy.
Grota Banquets hosted and helped sponsor the event. Deli 4 You supplied sweets, Literki Learning Center staff led children’s activities, and PAMS as well as many Polish doctors*, helped provide gifts.
*Dr Beata Danek, Dr Katarzyna Kusz, Dr Ewelina Worwag, Dr Jagoda Samulak, Dr Sylwia Szewczyk, Dr Michal Adamczyk, Dr Eleonora Kul-Lipski, Dr Bozena Witek, Dr Kornelia Krol, Dr Teresa Migielska
11 stycznia 2015 o godz. 14:30 w Jezuickim Ośrodku Milenijnym przy 5835 W. Irving Park Rd. w Chicago odbędzie się doroczne spotkanie opłatkowe członków Związku Lekarzy Polskich w Chicago.
Come and join us on January 11th, 2015 at 2:30 PM in the Jesuit Millennium Center at 5835 W. Irving Park rd. Chicago to celebrate Christmas with the Polish American Medical Society of Chicago.
Rozpoczniemy tradycyjnie mszą świętą. W programie również skromny poczęstunek, upominki dla dzieci oraz wspólne śpiewanie kolęd.
We will start with a traditional holy mass. The program also includes a small meal, gifts for children, as well as group christmas carol singing.
Nasze spotkanie w tym roku uświetni wspaniały wokalista jazzowy Marek Bałata.
Our meeting this year will feature the great polish jazz vocalist Marek Bałata.
Będzie możliwość nabycia płyt CD z dedykacją artysty.
You will be able to purchase a CD and have it dedicated by the artist himself.
Serdecznie zapraszamy wszystkich lekarzy wraz z rodzinami.
We would like to cordially invite all physicians and their families.
Aby pokryć koszty występu artysty, prosimy składać dobrowolne donacje na ręce organizatorów.
To cover the cost of the artist’s performance, please submit a voluntary donation to the organizers.
The Organizing Committee.
On December 5-7, 2014 the Regional Medical Center of Warsaw celebrated the 25th anniversary of the polish medical self-government. The celebration was organized by the Naczelna Izba Lekarska (NIL), also known as the Polish Chamber of Physicians.
Present amongst the delegation representing the global and national medical and dental associations, were the president of PAMS Dr. Kornelia Król, the president of the Federation of Polish-American Medical Organizations Dr. Marek Rudnicki, the vice president of the federation, Dr. Janusz Kasina from Sweden, and honorary president Dr. Bronisaw Orawiec.
The series of meetings began on Friday in the Polish Parliament. Foreign guests, members of the Polish Chamber of Physicians and nine past health ministers from 1989 to the present were in attendance. The health ministers shared their thoughts on health care and how much it has changed since they were in office.
Later in the afternoon, the deputy speaker of the Senate of Poland, surgeon Stanisław Karczewski held a meeting. Foreign guests, representing 30 different medical organizations worldwide attended. Dr. Karczewski underlined that the Chamber of Physicians would also be celebrating 25 years of practicing in a free Poland, just as the senate. Amongst the 100 senators in Poland, eight of them are physicians who are actively engaged in running the self-government. During the meeting, foreign physicians had the opportunity to present their organizations, as well as familiarize themselves with the legislative processes of Poland.
On Saturday, December 6, at the Sofitel Victoria hotel, the Polish Chamber of Physicians held a meeting and historical session. Later that afternoon, Cardinal Nycz dedicated a mass to the physicians at Holy Cross Church (Kościół Św. Krzyża).
The main event was the anniversary gala at the Grand Theater (Teatr Wielki). Actors Piotr Fronczewski and Ewa Wiśniewska beautifully prepared it. There were performances by the Płock Symphonic Orchestra as well as by the actor/singer Janusz Radek. This interesting concept of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the polish self-government was eloquently covered by the polish physician’s newspaper “Gazeta Lekarska”.
We, as the delegation, stressed our desire to maintain contact and to continue to actively cooperate with the Polish Chamber of Physicians.
For more details see www.gazetalekarska.pl
Kornelia Król, M.D. President of PAMS in Chicago
Our First Annual Benefit Fashion Show “Fifty Shades of Fashion” took place on Sunday November 9th, 2014 at Stereo Club in Chicago. 205 people attended the fashion show, many of which were physicians as well as their friends and family. Thanks to all those who helped out, the event was huge success. Stereo Club provided the great music and beautiful venue. The Polish physicians who became runway models for the night created a breathtaking spectacle. Malgorzata Wajs, former model, directed the event. Our wonderful sponsors provided an unbelievable variety of clothes. Tasty food was served by Grota Banquets and appreciated by all those attending.
By spending some time outside of our busy professional lives making new friends, meeting colleagues, and cheering for one another, those who participated strengthened their professional relationships. It is much easier to refer a patient to someone when you know their face, not just their name.
“Fifty Shades of Fashion” helped us raise money for a scholarship fund to benefit medical, dental, and veterinary students of Polish heritage. Part of the profits will also be used to help organize a Christmas Party and gifts for a Chicago shelter for Polish single moms and their children.
We look forward to organizing more entertaining and relationship building fund raising events in the future!
Beata Danek MD, Main Organizer and Board Member
Clothes provided by:
Mira Couture, Dom itp, Laurel Bridal, Rich casual, Renata Mingelgrin, Stokrotka, Yolanda’s Lorente Boutique, Elan Furs, Henryk Pasko
Zig-zag and Inga Hair Studio
Zig-zag and Bogusia Szwab
Park Lane Jewelry
On November 16th, PAMS met at Shaw’s Crab House for a general meeting. The meeting was sponsored by Medtronic Neuromodulation with representative Mr. Steve Willuweit in attendance. The meeting began with Dr. Lukas Chebes giving an informative presentation titled “Spinal cord stimulation: Percutaneous trial to permanent implantation”.
Dr. Kornelia Król summarized the activities organized by members of the board over the past year-and-a-half. She also reiterated our constant concern over the future of American students choosing to study medicine in Poland. As usual, this topic initiated an active exchange of opinions between the members. We are determined to gather accurate and sound information for students planning to study in Poland and later return to the US for postgraduate education.
Next, Dr. Adam Cios (Treasurer) presented the status of our back accounts. Out of 800 physicians on our mailing list, only 80 pay yearly dues. This is not enough to sustain our organization. We hope that more Polish American physicians will join us so we can further pursue our mission of educating young physicians and supporting multiple charitable events. Our next event is the 65th Polish Physicians Bal, which will take place on January 31st, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. You can purchase a ticket on our website.
After a delicious dinner, Dr. Orawiec invited all of our members to a skiing competition in Wilmot Mountain Wisconsin, as well as a trip to the Swiss Alps. Dr. Rudnicki also proposed we consider participating in the Kongres Polonii Medycznej Świata, which will take place in Wilno, Poland in September, 2015.
The time was spent productively and in good company. We gratefully and sincerely thank Dr. Chebes for organizing this meeting. We are proud of the youngest member of our board.
Written by Evelina Worwag, M.D.
On September 7th, 2014, a third quarterly meeting of the Polish American Medical Society took place at Embeya restaurant in Chicago. 26 members participated. The event, sponsored by Synageva Biopharma Corp., was organized by the members of the Society and chaired by PAMS President, Dr. Kornelia Krol.
After welcoming notes, Dr. Krol introduced all invited guests and two new members:
* Dr. Piotr Witkowski, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director, Pancreatic and Islet Transplant Program, The University of Chicago.
* Dr. Agnes Hartuk
Also present were past presidents of PMA, Dr. A. Szpindor, Dr. J. Mazurek, Dr. M. Gawrysz, as well as a visiting from Poland, Dr. Jerzy Piwkowski.
Dr. Krol presented some of the more significant events which took place over the past 3 months:
* “Lives in Medicine” Conference, organized by Society for Polish-American Pre-Health Professionals. During the conference, members of PAMS talked about various aspects of practicing medicine in US. Especially popular was a discussion directed towards young people attending medical schools in Poland.
* XIX Family Picnic in Lake Villa, IL.
* Quarterly meeting November 16,2014. A new sponsor will be discussed.
* Urology Fellowship at the University of Chicago. A doctor from Poland will be able to study and research the most advanced techniques and procedures. Dr. Radwanska and Dr. Krol represents PAMS in discussions with UofC.
* 65th Physicians Ball – January 31, 2015 Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Dr. Krol introduced guest speaker, Dr. Ruba K. Azzam, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Hepatology, Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program, The University of Chicago. Dr. Azzam presented a lecture on “Fatty Liver in Children – Not All is NASH”. The 45-minute presentation and following discussion were well worth the trip downtown.
The official part of the meeting was followed by dinner, full of ensuing discussions about the role of the PAMS, incoming Ball, and meetings with young Polish students interested in studying medical sciences.
Kornelia Krol, M.D.