Quarterly PAMS Meeting – September 7, 2014

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.