History of the HMAA

From 1968 to Present


In 1968, a small group of visionary Hungarian American physicians gathered together to establish a forum for the purpose of promoting science and medicine within the common culture but bridging the two countries. Their inspiration for standards of excellence was rooted in a heritage full of examples set forth by many great physicians including:

  • Ignác Semmelweis: first to understand clinical necessity for sterile technique.
  • Albert Szent-Györgyi: Nobel Prize Laureate and discoverer of Vitamin C related biochemical pathways
  • Hans Selye: Nobel Prize nominee for human body stress theory
  • William Ganz: pioneering work with Dr. Swan on cardiopulmonary monitoring (Swan-Ganz catheter)

The strength of the heritage was then and continues to be the motivating force of the Hungarian Medical Association of America. Its goals:

  • To promote the science of medicine and human sciences in an annual multi-disciplinary symposium where recent advances, theories, and discoveries in medicine are presented by renowned lecturers of the highest distinction. Participants receive Category I Continuing Medical Educational credits.
  • To provide grants, scholarships, and fellowships to qualified candidates of Hungarian heritage or candidates attending Hungarian medical institutions and health related (professions) schools. Providing maximum opportunities of growth and exposure to brilliant, inquisitive minds of our young medical generation of today.
  • To act as liaison in enhancement of scientific and medical exchange between American medical communities and various Hungarian medical societies, foundations, and universities.

The work of the Association continues to be carried forward by the many distinguished Hungarian-American physicians who have earned professional recognition in their own specialties throughout the US, Canada, Western Europe and South America.