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CMCF Mourns Passing of Longtime Board Member

Longtime Children’s Medical Care Foundation Board Member Professor Michael P. Sherman passed away on September 22nd 2017.

Though extremely humble in demeanor, Professor Sherman was a towering figure in the field of Neonatology, whose contributions to its evolution spanned half of a century.

The expansiveness of his expertise was eclipsed only by his eagerness to share it. Generations of physicians became much better caregivers because of his teaching and mentorship-and countless children live healthier, fuller lives as a result.

Neither Children’s Medical Care Foundation, nor the field of Neonatology itself would be what it is today without the super-sized heart of this exceptional humanitarian.

Michael, you will live in our hearts and memories forever.

CMCF Board Member Honored for Excellence

Dr. Katrina Tesmer

2016 Physician of Excellence


Dr. Katrina Tesmer


Long-time CMCF Board member Dr. Katrina Tesmer was honored as an Orange County Physician of Excellence for the second straight year by the Orange County Medical Association.

Recipients of this prestigious award are nominated annually by their peers and patients for exemplifying the highest standards in health care provision, for the outstanding leadership qualities they exhibit, including the teaching and mentoring of younger physicians, and for their humanitarian service.

Dr. Tesmer is a neonatologist at Children’s Hospital of Orange County where she has practiced medicine for seventeen years and is Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Orange County Global Medical Center.

We congratulate Dr. Tesmer for this well deserved honor!

CMCF Board Member Receives Doctor Honoris Causa

Professor Michael P. Sherman

 Children’s Medical Care Foundation


Professor Michael P. Sherman

Doctor Honoris Causa


On November 18th, 2015, at the University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, world-renowned neonatologist and 29-year Children’s Medical Care Foundation (CMCF) Board Member, Professor Michael P. Sherman, was awarded the distinction of Doctor Honoris Causa by University Rector Hyacinth Wysocki.  More than 170 distinguished guests attended the ceremony, including the heads of most major Polish medical universities, colleagues and former fellows, many of whom now head Polish medical societies, and major medical departments.

Professor Sherman received the Doctor Honoris Causa award for his nearly three decades of dedication to the cause of improving infant and child care in Poland. He first joined CMCF’s Board of Directors in 1986 at a time when the infant mortality rate in Poland stood at a staggering 26 deaths per 1,000 live births, and neonatology was not yet a recognized medical specialty.

Later that year, Professor Sherman began the task of changing that when, in partnership with two Polish physicians, Professors Irena Twarowska and Janusz Gadzinowski, he organized the first ever Polish-American Neonatology Symposium at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences.

It’s easy to forget, but a big part of why Poland’s health care lagged so far behind United States was that it was just beginning to emerge from decades behind the Iron Curtain, where international information sharing, such an essential part of modern medicine, was virtually non-existent.

Professor Sherman was the first to open his medical department to CMCF-sponsored Polish Neonatology Fellows that same year, as an attending physician at UCLA’s world-leading Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, paving the way for many to follow.

With well over 100 published research studies to his credit, Professor Sherman is also one of the world’s foremost neonatology researchers, and an in-demand speaker at medical conferences and symposia worldwide.

Professor Sherman has shared his passion for research generously with an entire generation of Polish physicians, mentoring them through every step of the process, helping them not only to design their studies, but to write up the research results in a way that would pass muster with review boards-several of which he has served on over the years. Today, it is not uncommon to find pioneering research conducted by his former fellows in the most prestigious international medical journals.

CMCF’s long term objective has been to build international medical bridges, and one could hardly ask for a better ambassador than Professor Sherman. The partnerships he has made over the decades with Polish physicians have turned into lifelong friendships.

As recently as his acceptance speech, in which he described the honorary doctorate as “the distinction of a lifetime”, and which he accepted on all of our behalf, he rededicated himself to our CMCF shared mission.

Thanks to Professor Sherman’s many collaborators including doctors, researchers, donors and families a low birth weight child in Poland has just as good of a chance of living a normal life as an American one does.

The photographs below represent the formal ceremony and the published book detailing all of Professor Sherman’s publications and accomplishments.

The Board of Directors with gratitude thanks Dr. Michael P. Sherman for all he has done and congratulates him for receiving the Doctor Honoris Causa.

Sherman Honoris Causa Article in Polish MagazineSherman Honoris Causa Article in Polish Magazine1

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Honoris Causa Ceremony Program BookHonoris Causa Program Book Title Page


Bjoern Martinoff, President of Children’s Medical Care Foundation, Receives Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

Bjoern Martinoff, long-time president of the Children’s Medical Care Foundation, (CMCF) a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that works to improve neonatal health care around the world, was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in a ceremony held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on October 23th, 2014.

Bestowed by the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, and presented by the Ambassador of Poland to France, Tomasz Orlowski, the the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is the highest of all civilian honors, and recognizes contribution to international cooperation or cooperation between Poland and other countries.  The honor recognized Mr. Martinoff’s three decades of dedication to the cause of improving Polish pediatric care-nearly two decades of which at the helm of the organization.

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CMCF Partners to Help Take Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital to the Next Level

Children’s Medical Care Foundation has partnered with the California Association to Aid Ukraine to raise funds to support the realization of the first “Pediatric Emergency and Trauma Center in all of Ukraine, located at the Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital.  

Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital has steadily distinguished itself as a regional leader in pediatric care, and this Capital Campaign, with its preliminary budget estimate of $1.5 million, will fund renovation of four floors including associated furnishing and medical accessories.  Donated medical equipment has been secured. The first joint fundraising event is in the planning stages for early spring.

Donations are being accepted.

Shipment of Urgently Needed Medical Supplies and Equipment to Ukraine a Success


Laminar Case

LCCCH’s New Laminar Case for Sterile Infusions

The Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital is now better equipped to safely administer sterile infusions to its tiniest patients thanks to the delivery of a laminar case and a fresh supply of single-use medical supplies.

The delivery of these items was made possible by the hard work of Children’s Medical Care Foundation’s Board of Directors and the generosity of many donors and partner entities who have joined forces in an ongoing campaign aimed at bringing our 25-year partner’s medical inventories into parity with the skills and expertise of its staff, who are now regarded as the best trained in all of Ukraine.

The laminar case will help ensure that LCCCH’s littlest receive safe and sterile delivery of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), antibiotics and other needed infusions, and stands to greatly reduce complications that often occur after peripheral vein access.

CMCF wishes to thank our goodwill partners, the California Association to Aid Ukraine (CAAU) and the Lions Club Gdansk Neptune, for their generous assistance in bringing this important upgrade into being. It was a true team effort that is already positively impacting patient care at LCCCH.

2015 CMCF/CAAU Day at the Races to Benefit Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital

Fund Raiser

On Sunday, June 14th, 2015, the Children’s Medical Care Foundation and the California Association to Aid Ukraine co-sponsored the 2015 Day at the Races to benefit the Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital.

2015 CAAU-CMCF Day at the Races

And They’re Off…

This event, held at the historic Santa Anita Park, brought together supporters, friends and family of these two partner organizations for an afternoon of great food, fancy headwear, friendly wagering and the thrill of watching nine separate races from a private section of the racetrack.

Photo of 2015 Day at the Races

Event Organizers Shannon Micevych of CAAU and Phil Brewster, Vice President of CMCF (in hats) and Friends

Proceeds will help realize the renovation of Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital into Ukraine’s first state-of-the-art pediatric emergency and trauma center with the ability to treat the nation’s most critical cases.

Special appreciation goes Shannon Micevych and Phil Brewster, long time Board Members of CAAU and CMCF for their co-organization of the event. And heartfelt thanks to all who came out for this fun afternoon in support of a very worthy cause.



Professor Czeslaw Stoba———-A Former CMCF Fellow———-Provides Critically Needed Medical Supplies to Lviv City Children’s Clinical Hospital, Lviv, Ukraine

z pozdrowieniami Czeslaw Stoba

Droga i bliska naszym sercom Zoryano;

Pięknie dziękuję za życzenia Wielkanocne, które w pełni odwzajemniam; 

Jako koordynatorator pomocy medycznej dla  prowadzonego przez Panią Oddziału A. i Int. Terapii we Lwowie, organizowanej przez LIONS CUB INTERNAT. Gdańsk-Neptun( którego jestem Prezydentem Założycielem), pragnę poinformować, że przygotowania te są w toku ich realizacji i o ile nic szczególnego się nie wydarzy  to do Lwowa (Lviv) mam zamiar przybyć zgodnie z podanym wcześniej planem. Co do programu ja chętnie wygłoszę 20 min. ref. na temat medycyny i sztuki. lub Historii Chirurgii Dzieciecej w Polsce. We wtorek skontaktuję się jeszcze z Janem Kozłowskim co do programu z Jego strony, czy tez innych uczestników wyjazdu- czy zechcą coś powiedzieć. Myslę że tak. To jeszcze uzgodnię.  Byłoby dobrze gdyby w spotkaniu tym wzięli udział  przedstawiciele miejscowego klubu Lions np. Pan  Roman Monastyrsky – LC Lviv – e-mail:   te. +38 0503301389 (ale nie wiem, czy jest aktualny). Czy mogłaby Pani to potwierdzić. W załączeniu zestawiłem w tabeli to co udało mi się dotąd zrealizować. Jest tego już sporo. Poza Pani zamówieniem jest Pulsoksymetr. Uważam to za rzecz podstawową. Proszę potwierdzić, czy jest Pani potrzebny?  Co do pozostałych pozycji z przedstawionej przez Panią listy potrzeb(patrz załącznik 2.poz.3 )- to mam problem ze znalezieniem tej pozycji w hurtowniach polskich. Może Pani być tak dobra i poprosić prof. Lauterbacha aby skontaktował się ze mną w tej sprawie skoro twierdzi, że to takie tanie i dostępne, a może nawet
i zakupi ten namiot jako dar od neonatologów? Łatwo radzić, natomiast z realizacją i sensem zakupu to różnie bywa. Jako chirurg uważam, że jałowość przygotowania płynów infuzyjnych jest bardzo istotna, ale w Polsce, podobnie jak i krajach unijnych, zapewniają to apteki. Moim zdaniem najistotniejsze jest to aby było co mieszać. Niech Pani poprosi panią Jolę Walczyk aby poprosiła Pana Lauterbacha, aby to wyjaśnić i zlokalizować gdzie to można tanio kupić? Byłbym wdzięczny gdyby neonatolodzy się ze mną w tej sprawie skontaktowali. Było jakieś posiedzenie neonatologów w Warszawie, ale kontaktu nie podjęto. Pozostałe środki postaram z Pani wykazu postaram się zebrać i wraz z certyfikatami przesłać. Tutaj pytanie czy niektóre rzeczy np. Pulsoksymetr- będę mógł wziąć bezpośrednio ze sobą i czy nie będzie z tym problemów i nie będziemy musieli czekać na jakąś koszmarną odprawę przy przejściu dla dostawcó w???podobniejak chirurdzy w tym dowcipie przy przekraczaniu bram niebios, gdy św. Piotr w odpowiedzi na pytanie o zawód słyszy chirurg! to ostro zwraca uwagę- nie tą bramą, a wejściem dla dostawców.

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CMCF Board Member, Dr. Smeeta Sardesai, Featured in Good News Magazine

Dr. Smeeta SardesaiCMCF Vice President Dr. Smeeta Sardesai, one of the top neonatologists in Los Angeles, is featured in the Fall issue of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Good News magazine.

Along with treating critically ill infants for over 25 years, Dr. Sardesai has been a leading researcher into treatments for some of the illnesses most threatening to premature infants, as well as an inspiring teacher and mentor to aspiring neonatologists, including numerous CMCF Fellows in Eastern Europe.

Read Full Story – “Dr . Smeeta Sardesai – More than just a profession”