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46th Annual Convention & Scientific Program

Korean American Medical Association (KAMA)





12:00 - 5:00 PM     


1:00 - 1:10 PM        

Welcome Remarks 

Mary E. Choi, MD.  President of KAMA

1:10 - 2:15 PM        

Global Health – Session I  |  Moderator: Cecilia J. Yoon, MD


Curing World Blindness: A Collaboration between Korean and Korean-American Eye Surgeons   
Lisa Park, MD  Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, Columbia University Medical Center 

International Missions in Developing Countries (KIMA Lecture)
Dong Yeon Lee, MD PhD  Chief of Global Operations and Business Development, Seoul National University Hospital

Vaccines for Emerging Infectious Disease: the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Outbreak and Vaccine Development

Jerome H. Kim, MD Director General of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Seoul 


2:15 - 3:00 PM        

Global Health – Session II  |  Moderator: Cecilia J. Yoon, MD


Tackling Tuberculosis: A 2020 view
Kyu Rhee, MD PhD  Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medicine

IVI: Discovering, Developing and Delivering High-impact, Unincentivized Vaccines for Global Health 
Jerome H. Kim, MD  Director General of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Seoul 


3:00 - 3:15 PM        



3:15 - 4:15 PM         

Clinical Updates  |  Moderator: Soo Jung Cho, MD

Updates on IgA Nephropathy
Miriam Chung, MD  Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Mount Sinai


Acute Injury Across the Spectrum of Lung Diseases
Janet Lee, MD  Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Cardiovascular Disease 
Luke Kim, MD  Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine


4:15 - 5:00 PM        



5:00 – 6:00 PM        

Leaders Forum: Deans and Presidents  |  Moderators: Victor J. Dzau, MD and Augustine M.K. Choi, MD


Innovations in Medical Education and Healthcare 

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD.  Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
Chan Soo Shin, MD PhD.  Dean, Seoul National University
Yangsoo Jang, MD PhD.  Dean, Yonsei University School of Medicine

Hee-Dong Chae, MD PhD.  Dean, University of Ulsan College of Medicine


Hospital Presidents:
Yon Su Kim, MD PhD.   President Seoul National University Hospital, and President of KIMA
Do-Heum Yoon, MD PhD.  *President & CEO Yonsei/Severance (*to be confirmed)
Sang-Do Lee, MD PhD.  President & CEO of Asan Medical Center 


6:00 - 7:00 PM        



7:00 - 10:00 PM    

Opening Gala Dinner  

Welcome Address 
Michelle K. Kim, MD PhD. KAMA Convention Chair

Greetings from the President 
Mary E. Choi, MD. President KAMA

Introduction of Keynote Speaker Victor J. Dzau, MD

Shaping the Future of Health, Science and Medicine 
Victor J. Dzau, MD.  President, National Academy of Medicine (NAM)  


7:30-7:50 PM   

Congratulatory Remarks (order of speakers to be determined)
Susan R. Bailey, MD. President, American Medical Association (AMA)
Daezip Choi, MD. President, Korean Medical Association (KMA) 
Yon Su Kim, MD PhD. President, Korea International Medical Association (KIMA)

Other speakers to be confirmed: 
Neung-Hu Park. Minister of Health and Welfare, South Korea
President, Korean Hospital Association (KHA) 
President, Korean Medical Women’s Association (KMWA) 



8:50-9:15 PM   

100 Year History of Korean American Physicians
John H. Won, MD.  KAMA Chair of the Board

Howard K. Koh, MD MPH

14th United States Assistant Secretary for HealthHarvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


7:00 - 8:00 AM        

Conference Breakfast

8:00 - 4:00 PM         


8:00 - 8:40 AM        

Screening and Prevention  |  Moderator: Jiwon Kim, MD

Smoking Trends and Tobacco Control Policy in Korea
Sung-Il Cho, MD, MPH  Professor, Public Health Science, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Seoul National University


Gastric Cancer Disparities in Koreans and Korean Americans

Joo Ha Hwang, MD PhD.  Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford 


8:40 - 9:20 AM        

Women’s Health  |  Moderator: Jiwon Kim, MD

Women’s GI Health
Linda Lee, MD  Associate Professor, Medical Director of Endoscopy, Harvard Medical School


Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeries 
Ja Hyun Shin, MD.  Director, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine



9:20 -10:00 AM    

The Future of Cancer Management and Transplantation  |  Moderator: John H. Won, MD

Dr. Waun Ki Hong Memorial Lecture: 


Gastric and Esophageal Cancer: East and West Differences
Chin Hur, MD MPH  Irving Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Director, Healthcare Innovations Research and Evaluation Population Health, Columbia University Medicine Center

Over 500 Liver Transplantations a Year: A Single Center Experience

Ki-Hun Kim, MD PhD.   Professor and Chief, Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Director of Asan Liver Center, Asan Medical Center and Ulsan University



10:00 - 10:15 AM    

AMA Updates

American Medical Association (AMA) Updates
K. John Yun MD, AMA Liaison

10:15 - 10:30 AM    


10:30 - 11:00 AM    

Keynote Address 
Introduction by
Michelle K. Kim, MD PhD

Public Health and Diversity Particularly as it Pertains to Korean Americans
Howard K. Koh, MD MPH

14th United States Assistant Secretary for Health. Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard, T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School 

11:00 - 12:00 PM    

Keynote Address: Women Leaders in Medicine (Open to All)
Introduction by
Mary E. Choi, MD.

Susan R. Bailey, MD  

President, American Medical Association (AMA)

Kyung Ah Park, MD PhD.  

Past President of Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA)
Professor of Emeritus of Yonsei University

12:00 - 1:00 PM    

Women in Medicine Networking Luncheon – (RSVP required)    

12:00 - 1:00 PM    

General Conference Lunch    

1:00 - 2:00 PM        

Women in Medicine Symposium (Open to All)  |  Moderator: Michelle K. Kim, MD PhD and Yanghee Woo, MD

Senior and Junior Physicians from the United States: 

  • Yoon Kang, MD.  Senior Associate Dean of Education, Weill Cornell Medicine

  • Yoon Sun Chun, MD.  Director, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital

  • Soo Jung Cho. MD.  Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

Senior and Junior Physicians from Korea: 

  • Curie Ahn, MD PhD.  Professor Division of Nephrology, SNUH. President, Korean Xenotransplantation Association

  • Eun Young Lee, MD PhD.  Professor Division of Nephrology, Soonchunhyang University

  • Jin Won Huh, MD PhD.  Dept of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center

2:00 - 2:30 PM        

President’s “Fireside Chat” with Ajay Banga  |  Moderator: Mary E. Choi, MD

Importance of Diversity and Mentorship in Driving Innovation and Leadership
Ajay Banga  President and CEO, Mastercard  


2:30 - 3:30 PM        

Focus Session on Hospital Medicine (in collaboration with KMA)  |  Moderators: Jennifer I. Lee, MD and Dong Ho Shin, MD

Hospital Medicine in Korea
Young Sam Kim, MD PhD. Director of Hospital Medicine Yonsei/Severance, Chair Committee on Hospital Medicine, Korean Medical Association (KMA)

Weill Cornell Medicine/Yonsei Severance Hospital Collaboration in Hospital Medicine

Justin J.W. Choi, MD. Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
Aram Kim, MD. Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine


Panel Discussion:
Yonsei University:
Seungkyo Park, MD / Ki Heon Nam, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine: Justin J.W. Choi, MD / Aram Kim, MD

3:30 - 3:45 PM  


3:45 - 4:05 PM  

Entrepreneurship in Healthcare
The Potential of Organized Physician Practices
Richard Park, MD  CEO of Rendr Care, Co-Founder at Ascend Capital Partners

4:05 - 5:05 PM        

Innovation and Technology in Medicine  |  Moderator: Richard Park, MD

New Robotic Systems in 2020
Koon Ho Rha, MD PhD  Professor of Urology and Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Yonsei 


Innovations in Surgery for Lung Cancer
Bernard J. Park MD  Deputy Chief of Clinical Affairs, Thoracic Surgery Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Transforming Behavioral Health Treatment: Apps, Video Games, & Biomarkers
Francis S. Lee, MD PhD  Chair Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine
                                            Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Professor of Molecular Biology in Psychiatry
                                            Psychiatrist-in-Chief NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medicin





7:00 - 8:00 AM      

Conference Breakfast

8:00 - 9:25 AM        

Program for Korean American Medical Students (KAMSA) and Korean American Residents and Fellows (KAMRAF)


Translating Developmental Neuroscience to Understand Risk for Mental Disorders for Medical Students and Residents

Francis S. Lee, MD PhD. Chair Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine
How to Think about Choosing a Residency and Subspecialty
Yoon Kang, MD. Senior Associate Dean of Education, Weill Cornell Medicine

Leadership Skills in Medicine | Career in Academic Medicine 

Moderators: Augustine Choi, MD and Yoon Kang, MD

  • Susan R. Bailey, MD. AMA President 

  • Richard Park, MD.  Founder and CEO City MD

  • Dennis Choi, MD PhD. Professor, Department of Neurology, SUNY Stony Brook

  • William Hahn, MD PhD. Professor and Chief, Division of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard

  • Kyu Rhee, MD PhD. Associate Professor of Medicine, Director Medical Research Track (MRT) Program, Weill Cornell Medicine

9:25 - 9:55AM        

Poster Session I


9:55 - 11:10 AM    

Research Abstract Competition Presentations and Award Ceremony

11:10 - 12:00 PM    

Mentorship Forum 

Mentoring Town Hall: Augustine M.K. Choi, MD, Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine
Mentorship Workshop:

Rotating small group sessions (15 minutes each) by specialty/special interest: Medicine (Hospital Medicine, Primary Care/General Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Cardiology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology), Surgery, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Public Health, Research, Medical Innovation, Women in Medicine


12:00 - 1:00 PM    

General Conference Lunch


1:00 - 2:45 PM        

Ho-Am Prize in Medicine Laureates Forum (30th anniversary of Ho-Am Prize)
Introductions by
Mary E. Choi, MD 

Laureate Video Presentations and Lectures
Dennis W. Choi, MD PhD.  1997 Laureate (SUNY Stony Brook)

     Excitotoxicity: Then and Now (Stroke –Neuroscience)

William C. Hahn, MD PhD.  2010 Laureate (DFCI, Harvard Medical School)
     Personalized Medicine/Precision Medicine – Functional Genomics


Augustine M.K. Choi, MD.  2011 Laureate (Weill Cornell Medicine)
     Clinical trials of inhaled carbon monoxide in human lung diseases

Panel discussion with moderators: Mary E. Choi, MD and Howard K. Koh, MD MPH

2:45-3:00 PM        


3:00 - 4:00 PM        

Innovation, Education and Collaboration  |  Moderator: Joel Park, MD
Innovations in Global Health Professions Education

Javaid Sheikh, MD, MBA. Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q)

Train in Korea, Practice in the US
Soo Jung Cho, MD. Weill Cornell Medicine

Korea’s Work in the Middle East (KIMA Lecture)
Kyung Woo Park, MD PhD. Chief Innovation & Quality Officer, Seoul National University Hospital


4:00 – 4:30 PM        

Poster Session II

4:30 – 5:10 PM      

Advances in Imaging and AI  |  Moderator: Josephine Kang MD PhD.

Clinical Utility of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Based Algorithm on Breast Cancer Risk Prediction, Screening/Diagnosis and Treatment Response Assessment
Richard Ha, MD  Associate Professor of Radiology, Director, Education and Research, Division of Breast Imaging Columbia University Medical Center

Artificial Intelligence in Health Education and Technology

Javaid Sheikh, MD  Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q)


5:10 - 5:30 PM        

5:30 - 6:30 PM         

6:30 - 9:30 PM

Closing Gala Dinner      

Remarks by 

John H. Won, MD. KAMA Chair of the Board

Harry Harris Jr.   United States Ambassador to South Korea

Award Presentations 
Dr. Choi Chai Chang award
Dr. Oh Chang Yul award 

Farewell Messages
Mary E. Choi, MD. President KAMA

Introduction of Incoming President of KAMA
President-Elect, KAMA 2021 

Closing Remarks
Michelle K. Kim, MD PhD. KAMA Convention Chair


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