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History of PAMS

 

On September 8, 1973, in Atlanta, Georgia, a group of Peruvian physicians met and founded the Peruvian American Medical Society. Chapters were formed in different areas of the country as Members gathered to meet each other, plan medical missions and host fundraisers for their various efforts in service of Peru.

During the Annual Meeting, the leadership of the organization meets to conduct business with the general membership. All leadership positions are voluntary and uncompensated.

Since the late 1970’s PAMS Members have conducted more than 100 medical and educational missions to areas throughout Peru. Physicians, nurses, dentists and paramedical volunteers travel to Peru, motivated by a passion to help those in desperate need of medical care. In order to assist with these various efforts PAMS founded PAMS Para El Peru (PPP), a nonprofit organization, in Lima, Peru on November 16, 2007.

By working collaboratively with local providers and medical schools, free care has been given to thousands of patients. Missions have included internists and primary care physicians, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, hematology/oncologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, general and laparoscopic surgeons, ophthalmologists, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, gynecologists, gynecology oncologists, and dentists.

Equipment, supplies and medications have been donated to support the missions and to modernize pediatric, neonatal, gastrointestinal, cardiac and surgical units of local healthcare facilities. Members have developed dialysis units in Cuzco and Lima, burn units in Arequipa and Iquitos.  Dr. Efrain Montesinos established the Hospital Dos de Mayo for the care of the poor and surgical training.  Read abut the success of Dos de Mayo Cardiovascular Program - 1998

Local orphanages have received free health and dental care, donated clothes, shoes, computers and necessary facility upgrades as part of the PAMS Auxiliary projects.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck southern Peru in 2007, PAMS committed to developing a Community MedicalCenter in Chincha. With the cooperation of local, private and public entities the center in Chincha officially opened in March of 2011.

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, PAMS started a virtual webinar series that has reached over 5,000 physicians and medical students in 18 countries, including Peru.