Founded on October 23, 1974, the Korean American Medical Association(KAMA) was established by representatives of three U.S. regions – New York City, Washington D.C. And Chicago – with most number of Korean physicians first as the Korean Medical Association of America (KMAA), of which name later became KAMA in 1993.
Thanks to the support and dedication of countless members and family who have shared their aspiration to help build the organization, KAMA has evolved to become what it is today over the past quarter century. Officially recognized as a scientifically and politically active organization in the U.S. as part of the American Medical Association (AMA)-Specialty, Service and Society (SSS), KAMA is also able to vote on candidates for elected offices of AMA and introduce resolutions which can become policies as a privileged member of the AMA House of Delegates.
To positively influence and impact the Korean American medical community nationally
and internationally through academics, mentoring, networking and global health...
2023 is a history-making year for KAMA! It is my honor and privilege to be the third consecutive woman and first Hospitalist to serve KAMA as president. And together with our remarkable Executive Committee, we are bringing this year’s Annual Scientific Convention to Chicago for the first time. Please spread the word and mark your calendars to join us from September 22nd through the 24th as we celebrate this year’s theme of Transforming Medicine through Quality and Innovation. Registration and additional information will be posted here shortly along with our program featuring the American Medical Association’s president-elect Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld among other national leaders in medical practice, education, industry and research.
2023 will also be a year of engagement and growth as we continue to bridge the generations of our members in KAMA, KAMRAF and KAMSA to advance and sustain KAMA’s legacy of honoring clinical and academic excellence throughout the Korean American physician community. Members of KAMA will have new and exciting opportunities to become involved in shaping our association’s future. Your engagement and support are critical to our mission to promote new ideas and incorporate membership diversity in all of the events we sponsor throughout the year.
On behalf of the 2023 Executive Committee, I look forward to working with all of you in carrying forth the vision of KAMA’s founders in creating a professional home for Korean American physicians across the country. Join or renew your membership today!
See you in Chicago!
Jennifer I. Lee, MD
To positively influence and impact the Korean American medical community nationally and internationally through academics, mentoring, networking and global health.
To unite physicians of Korean heritage nationally and internationally through scientific collaboration and social networking and institutional partnerships (KMA, KAMS, KHA, and Korean Health and Ministry Department)
To increase KAMA membership via KAMA’s regional chapters
To foster the development of future Korean American (KA) physicians by supporting KAMSA and KAMRAF
To provide the national Korean American physician voice on pertinent healthcare issues via KAMA’s AMA delegate seat
To impact the global community via participation in global healthcare activities