Conferences and Events

CMCF Sponsors Conference on Multidisciplinary Perinatology, Neonatology and Pediatrics

The Children’s Medical Care Foundation is proud to sponsor Current Issues in Multidisciplinary Perinatology, Neonatology and Pediatrics, Clinical and Legal Aspects, a scientific and practical medical conference in Lviv, Ukraine on October 19-20, 2021.

Along with scientific lectures on the efficacy of a variety of medical treatment techniques, this conference will address non-clinical aspects of neonatal caregiving and feature speakers with expertise in a range of psychological, legal and ethical issues involved in neonatal caregiving-including those affecting givers of care.

The rights of children, evaluation and alleviation of maternal stress in the NICU environment, postpartum anxiety and depression and its effect on child development, identifying and preventing burnout among hospital staff are just some of the issues that will be discussed at this multidimensional conference. There will even be a discussion on the topic of neonatal training, itself.

This is the first conference to receive foundation support for which it is our Ukrainian partners who have played the lead organizing role, and we are particularly grateful to its Chairperson, Prof. Maria Kiselova, Director of the Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology of the Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University and President of the Lviv Association of Neonatologists. We hope that it marks the beginning of an annual tradition.

The conference will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing. For more information on how to participate, contact Zoryana Ivanyuk, CMCF Country Managing Director for Ukraine, at

CMCF Supports 21st Symposium of the Polish Neonatal Society-October 24th & 25th, 2014

On October 24th & 25th, 2014, the Polish Neonatal Society will host a two-day conference to afford the opportunity for specialists in newborn care from the United States and Europe to share research findings and compare clinical notes.

Chairing the event, to be held in Warsaw, will be Polish Neonatal Society President-and former CMCF Fellow, Professor. dr hab. med. Maria Katarzyna Borszewska-Kornacka.  Professor Borszewska-Kornacka heads the Department of Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care at the Medical University of Warsaw.

This event will include numerous presentations on current issues in Polish and world neonatology, with an emphasis on ophthalmologic diagnosis and screening examinations of children born prematurely.

Among the invited speakers are two American neonatologists with long ties to CMCF. Professor Smeeta Sardesai, head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center, currently serves as First Vice-president of CMCF, and co-chairperson of its Polish Pediatric Program Selection Committee.  Professor Michael P. Sherman is a world-renowned expert on infections in preterm infants, and has been an active CMCF Board Member since 1988.

Accompanying Professor Sherman is his wife, Janice, an Advanced Pediatric Nurse at the University of Missouri, who will lecture on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new Commission policy relating to the link between intestinal flora and brain development.

Poland-based former Fellows speaking at the event include Professor Ryszard Lauterbach, (Department of Neonatology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow) and Ewa Helwich (Department of Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care Institute of Mother and Child, Warsaw).

15th Annual Congress of the Polish Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS)-September 18-20, 2014

The Polish Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS) will hold its 15th Annual Polish Congress of Pediatric Surgeons in Gdansk, Poland bringing together pediatric surgeons from all over the world to share knowledge and latest learnings.  This convening was organized by current PAPS President and former CMCF Fellow Piotr Czauderna.  Among those in attendance will be Doctor Alan Langnas, professor of surgery and chief of the Transplant Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Professor Langnas is also immediate past President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

20th Anniversary of CMCF Support of Ukraine Pediatric Program in Lviv-March 15, 2013

CMCF President Bjoern Martinoff and Director Jolanta Walczyk attended the 20th Anniversary celebration in Lviv, Ukraine, along with many former CMCF Fellows from Ukraine and Poland.  During the conference, Mr. Martinoff received the Order of St. George for his 20 years of dedication to the work of improving CMCF’s pediatric medical program in Ukraine.  He also received a commendation from the Mayor of the City of Lviv.

The signing of the Declaration of Cooperation Agreement between CMCF President, Bjoern Martinoff, and the Mayor of the Lviv, Andriy Sadovy, represents the first such agreement to continue supporting and expanding the joint pediatric medical program.  Many of the former Fellows attended training in Poland at medical institutions led by former CMCF Fellows who have gone on to develop their country pediatric programs and are now in a position to create training opportunities for doctors from Ukraine as well as other Baltic countries.

CMCF Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Krakow, Poland-April 11-13, 2012

CMCF Board members attended the 30th anniversary celebration held on April 11-13, 2012 in Krakow with distinguished professors from all over Poland. Dr. Stefan Wilk, Wanda Wilk honorary founders of CMCF, Professor Joan Hodgman, a pioneering neonatologist who was instrumental in developing CMCF’s neonatal program in Poland and the CMCF Board of Directors were recognized for the sponsorship, support and development of Polish neonatology and neonatal intensive care which has resulted in a spectacular decrease in neonatal mortality from a level of 20 per 1,000 in 1990 to 5.2 in 2011.  The event was attended by an outstanding group of neonatologists and pediatricians from Poland, Ukraine, USA and Australia.

The “Academic Day in Krakow” international conference on Neonatology and Surgery organized by Professor Maria Katarzyna Borszewska-Kornacka celebrated 30 years of Children’s Medical Care Foundation activity benefiting scientific development of Polish neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and other doctors specializing in pediatric medicine.  CMCF Board members Dr. Smeeta Sardesai, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, USC and Professor Michael P. Sherman, Child Health Division of Neonatology University of Missouri, Columbia, presented at the conference.  CMCF Board members had an opportunity to interact with many former Fellows who have made great strides in the care of Polish children and ascended to positions of prominence within the medical establishment of Poland.

CMCF Celebrates 25th Anniversary Ball at Lakeside Golf Club-September 9, 2006

On Saturday, September 9, 2006, the Children’s Medical Care Foundation will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at the Lakeside Golf Club, in Toluca Lake, Caifornia, with a gala ball. The celebration will commemorate the successful program of providing “Packages of Medical Knowledge” to over 200 doctors from Poland, the Ukraine and now Latvia.  The CMCF Board of Directors will honor our three partners from Poland; Drs. Jerzy, Jerzy Kowalczyk and Jerzy Szczapa.  These three distinguished doctors, who initially came to study in the Los Angeles area as CMCF stipendists in the 1980’s and 1990’s, have now become national leaders in their respective medical fields.  They helped build a long term partnership with CMCF by managing the selection process of future stipendists.  The Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland  was awarded to three CMCF Board members: Professor Joan Hodgman, Philip Brewster and Barbara Martinoff for their 25 years of supporting CMCF activities for the improvement of pediatric medical care in Poland.