On May 17, 2012, the Hellenic Medical Society of New York in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College, the Federation of Hellenic Medical Societies of North America, the Panevoikos Society, and the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York hosted the 2012 Annual Dr. George Papanicolaou Medical Symposium at the Weill Education Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Thomas Caputo, Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, was honored by the Hellenic Medical Society of New York with the Grand Dr. Papanicolaou Award. His keynote address focused on the Pap Smear and What it has Meant to Women in the World.
Dr. Rana Hoda of the Dr. Papanicolaou Cytopathology Laboratory, Department of Anatomy at Weill Cornell Medical Center lectured on Advances in Pap testing. Dr. Petros Tsipouras, Chairman and CEO of Ikonisys Company discussed Expanding the Horizons of Pap testing.
Dr. George Papanicolaou discovered the Pap Test that has saved the lives of millions of women with cervical cancer. He emigrated from Greece to the United States in 1913 and was Professor of Anatomy at Weill Cornell Medical Center for almost 50 years. The Hellenic Medical Society of New York founded in 1936 was inspired by Dr. George Papanicolaou, maintains an extensive network of Greek-American physicians, and promotes scholarship and education.
This year is Dr. Papanicolaou’s 50th anniversary from his death and cytology societies around the world are celebrating his memory with scientific conferences.
Apart from famous scientist and Hero in Medicine, Dr. George Papanicolaou has blazened the path for doctors and bioscientists of Hellenic heritage to organize in Hellenic biomedical networks.
Spyros G.E. Mezitis, MD, PhD
President, Federation of Hellenic Medical Societies of North America