UMANA New York Metro Chapter holds elections, plans activity

NEW YORK - The New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) held its annual general membership meeting and election of officers on May 9 at the Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA).

One of the most active of 18 UMANA chapters, New York Metro has been instrumental in stimulating participation by local health care professionals of Ukrainian origin in their area. The chapter recruited 30 new members during the 2001-2003 term of office - the most of any chapter - and continues to lead UMANA in enrolling fresh talent.

The newly elected slate of officers for 2003-2005 includes many who were re-elected from the previous term because of their leadership initiative and hard work in helping to re-establish the New York Metro Chapter as one of UMANA's historically most active.

The new officers are Alexandra Kushnir, M.D., president; Artur Hryhorowych, M.D., vice-president and president-elect; Marta Kushnir, M.D., secretary; Ihor Magun, M.D., Lectures and Special Events Chairman; and Olenka Saikewycz, M.D., Lesia Muraszczuk, D.D.S., and Ronald Liteplo, M.D., members at large. New additions to this group include Viktor Gribenko, M.D., treasurer, and Lev Wolansky, M.D., member-at-large.

Special thanks were extended to Dr. Bohdan Shebunchak for chairing the meeting and providing his expertise.

The New York Metro Chapter's activities are varied and profuse. Members have provided online subscriptions to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) for the medical universities in Ternopil and Poltava, Ukraine. Dr. Gribenko participated in two radio call-in programs on health care issues, and Dr. Magun contributed 45 articles to Our Life (Nashe Zhyttia), the magazine of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America, on various medical topics.

Dr. Adrian Baranetsky continues to publish the UMANA News, the association's successful newsletter. Dr. Marta Kushnir continues her tradition of being Ukrainian youth camp doctor at Plast's "Morskyi Tabir." Many other members contribute in various ways to the Ukrainian community.

The chapter co-sponsored the dinner yacht cruise for the Ukrainian Institute of America Building Fund on June 6, with the Ukrainian American Professionals and Businesspersons of New York and New Jersey and the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America. The Chapter actively participated in the successful fashion show banquet for the Breast Cancer Awareness Program in Ukraine on June 7, along with the Ukrainian Women's Fund and the UIA.

The new officers are constructing plans for another active and interesting two years. The current collaboration with the Ukrainian Institute of America and the Ukrainian Engineers Society of America will continue. Seminars and social events encompassing colleagues from Ukraine and in the United States are ongoing. The chapter is exploring further Internet subscriptions to JAMA for various medical institutions in Ukraine, as well as the possibility of selective scholarships. The chapter is looking forward to cooperating with the Shevchenko Scientific Society in co-sponsoring medical seminars. Also, it will support and participate in regional commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Famine in Ukraine scheduled for this fall.

The New York Metro Chapter encourages interested individuals to become active in the chapter's functions, meet new colleagues, and continue in the tradition of being the premier UMANA chapter on the East Coast. For further information, readers may call Dr. Marta Kushnir at (508) 890-5886 or e-mail her at

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, August 3, 2003, No. 31, Vol. LXXI

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