The Peruvian American Medical Society (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. Over 400 Society members are now involved in Regional and University Chapters.
During the Business Meeting, in the early spring, and the Annual Meeting, in the summer, 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 at their own expense, 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.
Several million dollars in 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, and a cardiovascular unit at Hospital Dos de Mayo for the care of the poor and surgical training.
Local orphanages have received free health and dental care, donated clothes, shoes, computers and necessary facility upgrades. CASA was begun to provide orphans an opportunity to access higher education and independent living.
In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck southern Peru in 2007, PAMS committed to developing a Community Center in Chincha. With the cooperation of local, private and public entities the center in Chincha officially opened in March of 2011.