Greek students need your help!

Help the Hellenic American Medical & Dental Society to continue its mission of helping students of Greek descent follow their dreams!

The Hellenic-American Medical Society of Southern California (HAMDS ) was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles, California.   Since 1988 the Society has awarded 143 scholarships to 75 men and 68 women, totaling $190,250 !!

On December 3, 2016, we will award scholarships to the following worthy students of Hellenic descent:


Alexander Sherman
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2018
Desired Specialty - General Surgery
Hellenic roots from Samos, Constantinople, Roumeli and Peloponnese


Evangelia Lazarus
University of Utah School of Medicine
Class of 2019
Desired Specialty - Orthopedic Surgery
Holds dual citizenship to the United States and Greece


Timothy Morley
Tufts University School of Medicine
Class of 2017
Desired Specialty - General Surgery
Member of the New England Hellenic Medical & Dental Society


Catherine “Katelyn” Winter
Loma Linda University
Class of 2019
Desired Specialty - Family Medicine
Undergraduate Degree in Biology


Theodora Triphon
UC San Francisco School of Dentistry
Class of 2018
Desired Specialty - Considering Endodontics


Nicholas Taylor
UCI School of Medicine
Class of 2018
Desired Specialty - Emergency Medicine, General Surgery & Internal Medicine
Hellenic roots from Peloponnese


Please help HAMDS to continue its mission of helping students of Greek descent. Please contribute to this worthy cause and make sure no talented student of Hellenic descent turns away from graduate school because of the cost. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 by December 2, 2016 - the day before we award scholarships to these worthy Greek American students. Thank you for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - please let everyone know about our cause and how we are changing young people’s lives. THANK YOU !!

More history on HAMDS:

The Hellenic-American Medical Society of Southern California (HAMDS) was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles, California. Its founding was initiated by James G. Kallins, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist, practicing in the community for 40 years. The first president of the Society was George C. Emmanouilides, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine. Other founding members were Demetrios N. Halikis, M.D, chief pathologist, California Hospital; the late Michael Halikis, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist; Rodanthi Kitridou, M.D., Professor of Medicine, USC School of Medicine; Vasilios Lambros, M.D., neurosurgeon; Theodore Markellos, M.D., psychiatrist; and Michael Patzakis, M.D., Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, USC School of Medicine. In 1985 the Society accepted to its membership dentists and changed its name to its current one, HAMDS.

In 1983 the Society, in conjunction with the Department of Pathology at UCLA and the Los Angeles Cancer Society, sponsored a one day scientific symposium commemorating the 100th birthday of Dr. George Papanicolaou. A number of local and national leaders in cancer research participated in the program. Following the meeting, the Society and the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce of Southern California honored the late Telly Savalas for his achievements as an actor and prominent Hellene. Proceeds from the event were used to establish of an endowed George Papanicolaou Chair at UCLA School of Medicine.

In 1986, in commemoration of the 80th birthday of S. James (Sparky) Vamvas, D.D.S., Professor Emeritus of the USC School of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, the first tribute dinner-dance was held at the Saint Sophia Cathedral Center. Chaired by Sam Harkiss, D.D.S. and Helen Lambros, the event recognized Dr. Vamvas as a leader in his profession, and the Greek-American community. This successful event attracted a large number of supporters, enabling the Society to establish the “S. James Vamvas Scholarship Fund”. This fund has allowed the society to provide financial assistance to medical and dental students of Hellenic descent who are from California or attend medical or dental school in California. The fund is the only one of its kind on the west coast, providing financial assistance to gifted young men and women as they pursue the training necessary to embark on challenging and demanding careers in the health sciences. Since 1988 the Society has awarded 143 scholarships to 75 men and 68 women, totaling $190,250.

The main source of funding for the scholarship fund is the biannual testimonial dinner, which honors a Hellenic physician, dentist and community activist. In addition to the biannual testimonial dinner, the Society holds regular meetings and organizes a spring and a fall dinner lecture series and a summer retreat. Furthermore, since 2000 the Society has joined the Federation of Hellenic Medical Societies of the United States, maintaining contact with other organizations of its kind, such as the Hellenic Medical Society of New York. Attendance at meetings of the Biomedical Hellenic Diaspora of Greece and Cyprus is also encouraged and supported. Additionally, The Society has been an active supporter of the Federation of Hellenic Diaspora (S.A.E.). A successful fundraising event was held with the presence of Charles Karnakis, M.D., the Medical Director of S.A.E. for Russia and Georgia.


THE HELLENIC-AMERICAN MEDICAL & DENTAL SOCIETY’S MISSION IS TO:

- Promote the art and science of medicine among physicians, dentists and other health professionals of Hellenic descent.
- Encourage research and education, and promote good relations among its members.
- Establish relations and collaboration with similar Hellenic medical societies in other areas of the United States, Canada, Greece and the Hellenic Diaspora.
- Sponsor, support, and guide students of the health science fields, physicians, dentists and other health professionals of Hellenic descent, whenever possible, to secure satisfactory graduate and postgraduate education.
- Facilitate the delivery of health care services and medical education both in the United States and Greece.

MISSION STATEMENT:
To promote the art and science of medicine among physicians, dentists and other health professionals of Hellenic descent, through medical education and social activities. To establish relations with other medical societies in the United States and Canada, Greece, and the Hellenic Diaspora and assist physicians of Hellenic origin to secure satisfactory graduate and postgraduate education.

Please visit our site - www.hamds.org
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Dean Tripodes 
Organizer
Sierra Madre, CA
George Kallins, M.D. 
Beneficiary

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