65th Annual Physicians’ Ball

We would like to send out a resounding “thank you” to all of those who attended and contributed to orchestrating our wonderful event. It was a remarkable success!

Please see the Menu side bar on the left for the photo gallery, our ball program booklet, articles, videos and more. 

65th Physicians’ Ball of the Polish-American Medical Society in Chicago January 31, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton

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For more photos of the event please see the Gallery on the Physicians Ball 2015 page.

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.

Honored Guests of the Polish-American Medical Society’s 65th Physicians’ Ball in Chicago greeted at the Polish Consulate

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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

The Polish-American Medical Society (PAMS) Welcomed Honorary Guests at the Polish Museum of America 

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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.

2015 Physician’s Ball Invitation