LITHUANIAN QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Volume 34, No. 2 - Summer 1988
Editor of this issue: Antanas Klimas
Copyright © 1988 LITUANUS Foundation, Inc.
LITHUANIAN PHYSICIANS AFFILIATED WITH U.S. AND CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES
MILDA BUDRYS, M.D.
In the United States, university faculties, including medical school faculties, do not enjoy the high level of prestige and remuneration as do faculties in European universities. At the same time, įt is difficult to secure an academic position. It requires considerable dedication on the part of those who elect this career involving many years of preparation and commitment in a highly competitive environment.
Medical school academic faculties are divided into two distinct categories: the full-time academic faculty and the part-time clinical faculty. Members of the academic faculty devote their time to teaching and research on a full-time basis. Clinical faculty members engage in these activities on a part-time basis and are not paid for their contribution. Much of their time is spent with residents who attend to the care of patients. The career of a full-time academic faculty member parallels that of faculty members in other parts of the university starting at the level of instructor and proceeding through the three professorial levels assistant professor, associate professor and full professor. Promotion is based on academic achievement in which the publication record carries the greatest weight.
The list of Lithuanian physicians to follow is not exhaustive. However, it is as comprehensive as available sources will allow. The source material used includes citations from the Lithuanian Medical Bulletin, various medical periodicals, organizational announcements, the roster of Lithuanian Medical Conventions and other scientific symposia. By the end of the nineteenth century, a Lithuanian physician was already working at the university level in the United States. He was Doctor Teodoras Kodis. Dr. Kodis graduated from the University of Strasburg, Germany class of 1889. He successfully defended his Doctorate Thesis "Epithel und Wandercelle in der Haut des Froschlarvensch-wanzes" (published in Leipzig, Germany) and was granted a medical degree. Dr. Kodis came to the United States in 1893, made Chicago his home and opened his medical practice. Sometime later, Dr. Kodis was invited to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri as a lecturer in pathology and as a curator of its Medical Department Museum. Dr. Kodis held these positions from 1896 to 1906. Documents show that Dr. Kodis resided in St. Louis, Missouri in 1902, but no information is available after that date.1
The twentieth century academic physicians can be divided into four different groups. The first group includes the pre-World War II graduates physicians who graduated from the United States medical schools at the beginning of the twentieth century (commonly referred to as old immigrants and their children). The second group consists of the physicians who graduated from U.S. medical schools after World War II (known as representatives of the new immigrants). The third group consists of the Lithuanian University of Vytautas the Great graduates and the fourth group includes graduates of various German universities.
The Pre-World War II graduates
Some members of this group were born in Lithuania and came to the United States as youngsters. After graduating from medical school, they generally started their own private practices. Others in this group were born in the United States as children of the old immigrants. This group spans a time period of about half a century. The oldest member of this group is Dr. P. Jakmauh, 1913 Medical School graduate. Dr. Jakmauh was an instructor at Boston University. The youngest members of this group are Dr. Aldona Baltch-Gravrogkiene, Dr. Eugene Kinder and Dr. Alphonse Palubinskas, 1952 graduates.
There are nine physicians in this category. Two worked as full-time academics, the others were part-time clinical instructors or professors and had their own private practice.
Dr. Andrius Akelaitis (1904-1955) was born in Baltimore, graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1929. His specialty was psychiatry and neurology (American Board of Psychiatry-Neurology, AB-P & N). Dr. Akelaitis was licensed to practice in New York state in 1929. From 1930 to 1936, he was an instructor, and from 1936 to 1946 he was an assistant professor at the University of Rochester, New York. From 1947 to 1955, he served as an assistant professor of neurology at Cornell University in New York.
Dr. Akelaitis published several articles in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. He died in New York City in 1955.2
Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Aldona Baltch-Gravrogkiene was born in Binghamton, New York in 1926. She went to Lithuania with her parents, but returned to the United States in 1952 to graduate from the State University of New York Upstate College of Medicine Syracuse, New York. Dr. Baltch was licensed to practice in New York and Illinois. In 1959, she successfully passed the Internal Medicine Specialty exam (A. B. of M.) and chose to specialize in infectious diseases. For a time, she worked at the University of Illinois. Currently, Dr. Baltch is a professor of pharmacology and experimental medical section at the Albany Medical College of Union University, Albany, New York. Dr. Baltch is an author of fifty medical articles and is a member of the American Lithuanian Medical Association.3,4
Dr. Walter Eisin was born in Chicago in 1911 and graduated from Loyola University's Medical School in 1935. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Eisin joined Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago. He specialized in obstetrics-gynecology and is FICS. He received his license to practice in the State of Illinois in 1936, and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He left the Armed Forces as a captain. His private practice was in Chicago. Until 1984, he was a clinical instructor at Loyola University's Gynecology Department. He also was a founding member of the Lithuanian medical fraternity, Lamda Mu Delta. Dr. Eisin was both president and staff member of Holy Cross Hospital. He published several scientific articles in various publications. Currently Dr. Eisin is retired in the Chicago suburb of Palos Park. (Autobiography).
Dr. Paul Jakmauh-Jakimavicius (1887-1964) was a Bostoni-an, well-known in American and Lithuanian circles. He was born in Vabalninkai, Lithuania, and came to the United States in 1891. After finishing his primary education in South Boston, he studied medicine at Tufts College of Medicine and graduated in 1913. He had a private practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Jakmauh was an active participant of various professional organizations. He was president of Boston Medical Society, lecturer at Boston Civil Defense, Massachusetts state health commissioner and instructor at Boston University from 1924-1934. He was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces from 1912 to 1916. After World War II, he served as president of the Boston Chapter of the United Lithuanian Relief Fund. He died of a heart attack in 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts. 5, 6
Dr. Eugene Kinder was born in 1926 and was raised in Chicago. He graduated from Loyola University in 1952 and had a private practice. He was a member of the United States Armed Forces from 1954 to 1956. After his return from the Armed Forces, he decided to specialize in psychiatry. After fulfilling his residency requirements at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he became a specialist in psychiatry (A.B.-& N) in 1963. He was a clinical director at Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park, Illinois and clinical associate professor at Rush Medical School in 1964. He also was a clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois in 1974 and clinical associate professor at University of Wisconsin from 1974 to 1979. Dr. Kinder authored several scientific articles. He has a license to practice in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. (Autobiography).
Dr. Enockas Ignas Klimas. (1884-1937) was born in Lithuania in Jieznas county and finished his primary education in Jieznas. Dr. Klimas came to the United States in 1903, and after learning the English language, started attending Valparaiso University in 1905. He received his B.S. degree from Valparaiso University in 1910, then attended Temple University Medical School, from which he graduated in 1915. He practiced in Philadelphia. From 1919 to 1920, he was clinical assistant and from 1936 to 1937, he served as instructor at Temple University in Philadelphia.
At Valparaiso University, Dr. Klimas was leader of the Lithuanian Students Society. While in Philadelphia, he organized a loan program to help his native country and became director of a million-dollar Build Lithuania Lending Institution. He was an avid amateur sportsman. Dr. Klimas died in 1937. 5, 7
Dr. Alphonse Palubinskas was born and raised in the eastern states, but established and practiced medicine in California. Dr. Palubinskas was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He completed his college education at Oberin College, Ohio in 1942. He completed his medical studies at Harvard Medical School in 1952. He specialized in radiology, passing his specialty exams (A.B.R) in 1956. In 1957, he went to England where he was a clinical assistant. He spent a year at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden to broaden his experience. In 1959, he moved to San Francisco, California. He currently works as a professor of radiology at the University of California School of Medicine. Dr. Palubinskas works as a consultant for many hospitals in San Francisco. He speaks often at various conferences and authored over one-hundred scientific articles. (Autobiography)
Another Lithuanian physician who chose California as his home state is Dr. John Russell, born in 1908. Dr. Russell resided and studied medicine in Chicago at Loyola University in 1924 and was awarded his MS Degree in 1929. After receiving his degree, Dr. Russell taught physiology. He finished Loyola Medical School in 1932. He practiced medicine in Chicago from 1934 to 1936. From 1936 to 1938, he lived in Kansas, where he worked at the Kansas State Hospital and the Meringer Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. In 1939, after fulfilling his psychiatric residency, he became an assistant professor of the psychiatric department of the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He passed his psychiatric specialty exams (A.B.-P & N) in 1942 and .from that year until 1946 was in the Armed Forces. After his service in the Armed Forces, Dr. Russell chose California as his home base and from 1946 until 1973, was manager of the Long Beach Mental Hygiene Clinic, maintaining a private practice as well. Since his retirement in 1982, Dr. Russell has lived in Camarillo, California. He has published many articles and was one of the organizers of the Lamda Mu Delta Fraternity. (Autobiography)
Dr. Mykolas Strikolis (1892-1962) was a longtime Chicago Lithuanian Medical Society President, who lived and practiced in Chicago. Dr. Strikolis was born in Ramygala city, Panevėžys County, Lithuania. He came to the United States in 1905, to live with his cousin Albert in Amsterdam, New York. After finishing high school, he entered Valparaiso University and graduated in 1913. He started his medical studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, but moved to Chicago thereafter. In 1918, he graduated from the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Immediately after finishing medical school, Dr. Strikolis went into the Armed Forces. He came back in 1919 with the rank of captain. After the service, Dr. Strikolis started a private practice and served as a lecturer at the Chicago Medical School. From 1929 to 1930, he was instructor of surgery.
Dr. Strikolis was a staff member at Holy Cross Hospital and medical staff president from 1933 to 1934. In 1919, he joined the American Lithuanian Medical Society in which he was active until his death, and served a six-year term as president of the Lithuanian Medical Society. 8
Another Chicagoan, and member of Lamda Mu Delta, who became a university professor is Dr. John Waitkus, born in 1918. Dr. Waitkus was born in Cicero, Illinois. He studied medicine and graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1943. He passed his surgery specialty examination (A.B.-S) in 1951. He served in the Armed Forces from 1944 to 1946. Dr. Waitkus is an assistant clinical professor at Loyola University surgical department. He is a consultant at Holy Cross, St. Bernard, and Veterans Administration Hospitals in Chicago, and has a private medical practice in Chicago.3
The Post World War II graduates
The majority of physicians' names that appear in this section are children of World War II immigrants. Some were born in Lithuania, some in Germany and the youngest group in the United States. The first physician born in Lithuania and who graduated from a university in the United States during this period, in 1957, is Marija Daugėla. The number of Lithuanian physicians increased steadily. By 1984, about 250 Lithuanian physicians had graduated from U.S. Medical Schools.
Dr. Albin Algirdas Bagdonas was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received his MD degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn in 1956. He was issued a license to practice medicine in New York. His specialty is general surgery (A.B.S-S). At present, he is an assistant professor at the State University of New York.3
Dr. Daiva Bajorunas-Bajoronaite was born in 1946 in Germany. She received her MD degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 and has licenses to practice in New York and California.
Her specialty is internal medicine-endocrinology (A.B.-M). For a time, she worked at Stanford University in California. Currently, she is working at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Center in New York and is an assistant professor at Cornell University, New York. Dr. Bajorūnas is an author of over thirty scientific articles and is an active participant in the American-Lithuanian conventions.3
Dr. Joseph Vincent Baublis (1931-1981) was born in Gardner, Mass. He received his MD degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1956. His specialty is pediatrics (A.B.-Pd.). He was an assistant professor in pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Mich.3
Dr. Leonas Bekeris was born in 1942 in Germany. He completed his medical education at Pontifica University, Javeriand de Med. Bogota, Columbia in 1972. His residency was at Loyola University in Chicago where he specialized in pathology (A.B.-P). Dr. Bekeris is licensed to practice in Illinois. He is a clinical assistant professor at Loyola University and pathologist for McNeal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. He is a member of the Lithuanian Medical Association.3
Dr. George Bendikas was born in 1944 in Montreal, Canada. After earning a medical degree from McGill University Montreal, he chose ophthalmology as his specialty (A.B.-OPG). In 1981, he was a clinical instructor at Northwestern University. Currently, Dr. Bendikas is in private practice.3
Dr. Peter Brazis III, is a third generation American-Lithuanian who wants to be identified with the Lithuanian community. Dr. Brazis is a clinical assistant professor in the ophthalmology department of Loyola University.
Dr. Rimvydas - Jonas Dainauskas, who was born in 1930 in Kaunas, Lithuania, graduated from Loyola University in 1962. In 1973, he took his specialty boards exam in pathology (A.B.-P.). At the start of his career, he worked at the University of Illinois and became an assistant professor from 1960 to 1971, and associate professor from 1971 to 1973. Currently, Dr. Dainauskas is an associate professor at Rush Medical School in Chicago. Dr. Dainauskas was a scout and member of the fraternity "Vytis", as well as a member of the American Lithuanian Medical Association.3
Dr. Marija Z. Daugėla was born in 1930 in Kaunas and is a 1957 graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. She has licenses to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Dr. Daugėla specializes in pediatrics (A.B.-Pd.) She was a clinical instructor in pediatrics in 1962 and assistant professor in 1967 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She resides in Washington, D.C. (4 - 75-1826p.)
Dr. Jonas Daugirdas, who publishes prolifically, was born in 1949 in Brockton, Mass. He started his medical career with the intention of becoming a professor of medicine. He graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1973.
Dr. Daugirdas is licensed to practice medicine in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Virginia. He completed his internship and residency requirements at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Illinois. He has also worked at Boston and McGill Universities. He specialized in internal medicine (A.B.-M) and chose to work in nephrology. Currently, Dr. Daugirdas is an associate professor at Loyola University's medical department. He has published seventy-six articles (Index Medicus). He is one of the few young doctors who participates actively in Lithuanian cultural affairs. In 1981, Dr. Daugirdas was secretary of the American Lithuanian Medical Association and director of medical programs. During the years of 1981, 1982 and 1985, he was an active participant in the Lithuanian American Medical Associations winter seminars. Due to Dr. Daugirdas' efforts, the programs presented at the Lithuanian Medical Meetings are accredited by CME. Currently, he is organizing its 75th anniversary celebration. He is a member of Fraternitas Lituanica. (Autobiography).
Dr. Audra Deveikis-Deveikyte was born in 1945 in Germany and emigrated with her parents to Argentina where in 1970, she finished at the Facultad de Ciencias Medicas at the University of Buenos Aires. After coming to the United States, she completed her residency at Loyola University in Illinois. She obtained her license to practice medicine in 1974 and later passed specialty boards in pediatrics (A.B.-Pd.).
Dr. Deveikis has practiced medicine in California since 1984. Currently, she is a clinical assistant professor at the University of California in Los Angeles.3
Albertas Drukteinis, born in 1945, is an attorney as well as a physician. Dr. Drukteinis was born in Germany and practices his dual professions in New Hampshire. He received a BS in Biology from the University of Dayton in Ohio in 1967 and studied medicine at the University of Louisville, Kent., from which he graduated in 1971.
Dr. Drukteinis studied law at Suffolk University Law School. He was awarded a Doctorate of Law Degree in 1984. Dr. Drukteinis' specialty is psychiatry (A.B.-P & N). Currently, he is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. He is in a private psychiatric practice and serves as a consulting attorney in forensic psychiatry.9
Dr. Mikas Eimontas was born in 1931 in Klaipėda, Lithuania. He received a BS degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, in 1955, and an MD from Ohio State University in 1959. From 1963 to 1972, he specialized in radiology and nuclear medicine. From 1972 to 1982, he worked at Bryn Mawr Hospital as the head of the radiology department. In 1984, he became an assistant professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania.10
Dr. Petras Gailiunas was born in 1946 in Germany. Unlike many of his colleagues, he spends most of his energy and experience in research. He graduated from the Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, in 1972. He specialized in internal medicine, with a subspecialty in nephrology (A.B.-M). He maintains a license to practice in the states of Massachusetts, Ohio and Texas. In 1975, he worked in the research department of the Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass. In 1978, Dr. Gailiunas moved to Dallas, Texas where he now works as an associate professor at Texas University's South Western Medical School. He heads the Clinical Transplantation Center in Dallas. He published twenty-eight articles and forty-nine abstracts. (Autobiography)
Dr. Kristina Gedgaudas (Gedgaudaite) - McClees, daughter of Dr. Eugene Gedgaudas, was born in 1950 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Gedgaudas is a 1975 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a specialty in radiology (A.B.-R). She is a licensed physician in the state of California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Georgia. In 1981, she became an associate professor of radiology at Duke University in North Carolina and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. During 1983 to 1986, she published eighteen articles.3
Dr. Jonas Gintautas came to the United States in 1967. Recently, he has begun to associate himself with other Lithuanian physicians. Dr. Gintautas was born in Ariogala, Lithuania. He started his higher education at the University of Vilnius and continued at Diragov University in Moscow from which he received his MD Degree in 1967. When he came to the United States, he studied at Northwestern University in Chicago, from which he received a Ph.D. degree. Unable to secure his diploma from Moscow, he went to Mexico to complete his medical education at Juary University Medical Facility in 1971. Dr. Gintautas was a professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas. Currently, he is a director of Basic Clinic Research Institute, Brookdale, N.Y. and is a professor of neurology at Down State Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. According to Index Medicus, he had thirty articles published between 1980 and 1983. In the spring of 1986, he attended a Lithuanian Medical meeting in New York.12
Dr. Danill Vincent Girzadas was born in 1938 in Illinois. He has an MS from Loyola University and an MD from the University of Illinois. Dr. Giržadas received a scholarship from the Rheumatism Foundation to study in Finland. He specializes in orthopedic surgery, (A.B.-O.S.). He is licensed to practice in California, Colorado, Wisconsin and Arizona. Currently, he has a private practice in Chicago and is a clinical associate at the University of Illinois. (4-'83)
Dr. Marija Gumbinas-Schwartz was born in 1942 in Zarasai, Lithuania. She graduated from Chicago's Gage Park High School. She received her AB degree from the University of Chicago in 1963 and her MD degree in 1966. She passed pediatrics specialty exams (A.B.-Pd.) in 1971 and neurology (A.B.-P & N) in 1975. Dr. Gumbinas-Schwartz was an instructor in the pediatrics department at the University of South California from 1963 to 1968. She was an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at Northwestern University in Chicago, from 1972 to 1975. She earned an assistant professorship in 1975 from the University of Maryland, where she now works as an associate professor, a position she has held since 1980. (4-'83)
Dr. Edvardas Kaminskas was born in 1935 in Kaunas. He works as a physician and researcher at Harvard University. Dr. Kaminskas received his AB degree from Seton Hall University in 1955 and graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 1959. From 1968 to 1970, he was an instructor and between 1971 to 1974, he was an assistant professor at Harvard University in Boston. In 1974, he went to the University of Wisconsin as an associate professor and in 1974, was promoted full professor. In 1981, he returned to Harvard University where he is an associate professor. Dr. Kaminskas dedicates his time to research. His research interests include bone tumor growth, Alzheimer's disease, as well as hematology, oncology and geriatrics. Currently, Dr. Kaminskas is chief of the medical staff at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged in Cambridge. He is an active member of the American Lithuanian Physicians Association. (Autobiography).
Dr. Tomas Kisielius was born in Germany in 1946. He received a BS Degree from Notre Dame University and a MD Degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He specializes in internal medicine and oncology (A.B.Med.-Onc.). In 1980 he was an assistant professor at Northwestern University. Currently, he is a clinical assistant professor at Loyola at Northwestern University. Currently, he is a clinical assistant professor at Loyola University Stritch Medical School in Chicago. (4-'83)
Dr. Jonas Francis Kwinn was born in 1941 in El Paso, Texas. He has a BS Degree from Notre Dame University. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago from which he graduated in 1966. Dr. Kwinn specializes in ophthalmology (A.B.-O.P.) He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois, and has a private medical practice in Chicago.3
Dr. Ignas Labanauskas was born in 1953 in Nurnberg, Germany. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in North Chicago. Dr. Labanauskas' specialty is orthopedic surgery. (A.B.-O.S.)-1986. He is an instructor at the Rush Medical School orthopedic surgical section. He lives in Chicago. (Autobiography).
Dr. Jonas Lieponis was born in 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1979. Currently, Dr. Lieponis is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Yale University.3
Dr. Robertas Maciūnas was born in 1955 in Chicago. He is a University of Illinois Medical School graduate. (1980) Dr. Maciūnas specializes in neurosurgery. In 1986, he was appointed as an assistant professor of the neurosurgical section at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.3
Dr. Juozas Manelis (1935-1985) was born in the Biržai County of Lithuania. He was a respected member of the medical community, and will be remembered for his many achievements, within as well as outside of the medical community. Dr. Manelis attended the University of Illinois Medical School, graduating in 1960. He worked at Walter Reed Medical Education Center in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas (1973-1974).
Dr. Manelis passed his surgical specialty board exam in 1965 (A.B.-S) with sub-specialty in thoracic surgery in 1972 (A.B.-Th.S.). He served in the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Medal. He was the chief of medical staff in Saigon. Dr. Manelis achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel while in the Armed Forces. In 1983 he worked at the Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. He was an associate professor for clinical surgery at the University of Health and Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He was met by an untimely death from a heart attack in 1985. Dr. Manelis was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, (autobiography).
Dr. Anatolijus Matulis was born in 1928 in Lithuania. Dr. Matulis studied not only medicine, but languages and literature. After coming to the United States, Dr. Matulis served in the United States Air Force. He also studied international relations, German language and literature. In 1963, he was awarded a PhD in German language and literature from Michigan State University. That same year, he was a professor and director of the language department at Purdue University, Fort Wayne and Hammond Indiana campus, and an associate professor at the Wisconsin University philolinguistic section. In 1979, he started his medical studies at the American Caribbean University in Plymouth, Montsenat, from which he graduated with a MD degree in 1982. Dr. Matulis is an author of a book titled Lithuanian Culture in Modern Prose Literature. An article on the treatment of schizophrenia was published in the magazine Medicina in 1982.
Or. Saulius Naujokaitis was born in 1943 in Bartininkai, Lithuania. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He passed his internal medicine specialty boards (A.B.-M) in 1973 and chose oncology as his primary profession. Currently he is an assistant professor at the University of Georgetown, Washington, D.C. According to Index Medicus, 1985, Dr. Naujokaitis has authored six articles. (4 - '75)
Dr. Paul Nauseda was born in 1947 in Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, class of 1972. He has medical practice licenses in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Nausėeda specializes in neurology (A.B.-P & N). He is an assistant professor, neurology section, at Rush Medical School. 3
Dr. Rimgaudas Nemickas was born in 1930 in Kaunas, Lithuania. He graduated from the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1964. His specialty is internal medicine. He passed his specialty exam (A.B.-M) in 1969 and sub-specialty in cardiovascular disease (A.B.-Cv) in 1973. He holds licenses to practice in Indiana and Illinois. He trained in the treatment of heart disease at the United States Air Force Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany and in New York. Currently, he is a clinical medicine director of the heart disease section at Illinois Masonic Hospital and clinical professor at Loyola University. Because of his active participation in the Lithuanian community, there are very few Chicago Lithuanians who have not heard of or have been treated by Dr. Nemickas. (Autobiography)
Dr. Vidas Nemickas the brother of Dr. Rimgaudas Nemickas, was born in 1942 in Rokiškis, Lithuania. He graduated from Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine in 1981. He has medical licenses in the states of Illinois and New York. He passed his specialty exam in 1973 (A.B.-M) and in 1981 (A.B.-Cv). He is a clinical assistant professor at Loyola University. (Autobiography).
Dr. Vytas Pakalnis was born in 1948 in Augsburg, Germany. He graduated from the Medical School of Ohio State University in 1976. He has licenses to practice medicine in the states of Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Georgia. Dr. Pakalnis has specialized in ophthalmology (A.B.-OP) since 1982. His interests are in the treatment of retina and vitreous and uvea diseases. He is a clinical associate at Duke University in North Carolina. (4-'83).
Dr. Izolda Radvila (Radviliene-Bendoraityte) was born in 1944 in Marijampolė, Lithuania. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School class of 1968. Her specialty is ophthalmology. She is an instructor at Rush Medical School's ophtalmology department. Dr. Radvila has a private practice in Flossmoor, III., a suburb of Chicago.3
Dr. Paul Raslavičius was born in 1937 in Tauragė, Lithuania. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1960, choosing to specialize in dermo-pathology, in which he was certified in 1965 (A.B.-P). Dr. Raslavičius served in the United States Army in 1966 and is a clinical assistant professor in pathology at Turfts Medical School.3
Dr. Antanas Gintaras Razma was born in 1952 in Chicago. He received his BS degree in 1973 from Northwestern University and a MD degree from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1977. Dr. Razma is an internist and instructor at Rush Medical School.3
Dr. Augusta J. Šaulys-Šaulytė was born in 1952 in Chicago. She is the daughter of Doctors Vacys and Augusta Šaulys. She began her career by earning a Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, where she also worked as a chemistry instructor. She earned her MD degree at the Southern Illinois University in 1979. Her specialty is pediatrics. Currently, she is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Šaulys is an active participant and lecturer at various Lithuanian Medical Association functions.3
Dr. Jovitas Skučas was born in 1935 in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Dr. Skučas graduated from the Hahneman School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1968. He specialized in radiology (A.B.-R) in 1973. He has medical licenses in Indiana and New York. He is a professor at the University of Rochester's School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Since 1981, Dr. Skučas is a prolific writer. He published five books, 40 articles and six abstracts. He had 79 presentations and 16 exhibits, (Autobiography).
Dr. Juozas Stankaitis was born in 1952 in Rochester, New York. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut in 1976. After taking his residency at the University of Chicago and at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, he specialized in internal medicine (A.B.-M). Dr. Stankaitis has licenses to practice medicine in New York and Massachusetts. He is an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.3
Dr. Stanley Strašius - Rimvydas Strasevičius was born in 1943 in the county of Kretinga, in Lithuania. He graduated from the Stritch School of Medicine Loyola, University in 1968. He served in the United States Armed Forces for two years, after which he specialized in gastroenterology. (A.B.-M, 1974 and A.B.-Ge, 1975). He is a clinical instructor at Michigan University Medical School in Ann Arbor. His avocation is sports. His accomplishments include long-distance running (having participated in the Boston Marathon) and long-distance bicycle racing. In 1968, he was in a 100-mile race. He says bicycle racing is the easier of the two. (Father's Dr. S. Strasevičius memoirs).
Dr. Leopoldas Trečiokas was born in 1927 in Kaunas, Lithuania and attended Kaunas VII Gymnasium. He continued his studies in Germany at the Tubingen University, went to study at the University of Illinois. He earned his BS degree there in 1951 and MS degree in physiology in 1952. From 1952 until 1957, he worked as a research assistant while working toward his PhD at the University of Illinois. By 1960, he had become assistant professor of anatomy at the same university. That year, Dr. Trečiokas moved to Kentucky, and in 1964, received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky Medical School. He chose neurology as his specialty, and currently is a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Trečiokas, who has written numerous articles, resides in Santa Monica, Ca. (3 & 14)
Dr. Judity Vaitukaitis who was born in 1940 in Hartford, Conn., graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1966. She chose endocrinology as her specialty. She has licenses in the states of New York and Massachusetts. Dr. Vaitukaitis is a professor in the department of physiology and medicine at Boston University. She is a section leader for the study of endocrinology and metabolic diseases. 3
Dr. Arvydas Vanagūnas was born in 1941 in Augsburg, Germany. He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1973, and received his medical license in 1974 in the state of Illinois. He was certified in internal medicine (A.B.-M) in 1977. His area of sub-specialty interest is gastroenterology. Dr. Vanagunas is a clinical assistant professor at Northwestern University. He is an active member of the American Lithuanian Medical Association, and in 1983 served as secretary. He was one of the original organizers of the Lithuanian American Medical Association's winter seminars.3
Dr. Mindaugas Vygantas was born in 1937 in Tauragė, Lithuania. He graduated from St. Ignacius High School in Chicago. In 1963, he received his medical degree from the University of Illinois. A successful athlete, Dr. Vygantas received an athletic scholarship to attend Loyola University, where he was active in various sports as well as the editor of the school newspaper. Dr. Vygantas was elected president of the Phi Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He chose ophthalmology (A.B.-OP) as his specialty field, in which he was certified in 1970. He continued his medical studies at Harvard University and the University of Illinois on the diseases of the retina. Currently, he is an associate professor at the. University of Illinois. He is a former president of the American Ophthal-mological Society; he has published over 25 articles. Dr. Vygantas was awarded a government grant to study diabetic retinopathy. He is a member of Macula and Retina Society and is a director of the University of Illinois Macula clinic. He is an unrelenting supporter of various Lithuanian cultural activities and an active American Lithuanian Medical Association member. He served as its secretary in 1975. He has been the president of the Illinois Lithuanian Medical Association for some time.3
Dr. Žibutė Zaparackas was born in 1947 in Augsburg, Germany. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School, class of 1972. Her specialty field is ophthalmology (A.B.-OP). She is an associate at Northwestern University.3
Dr. Karolius Kuršius (Dr. Alexander Carolus Cursius-Curtius) was the first Lithuanian doctor
in New York (then called West Amsterdam). In 1659 he founded the First Latin School
of New Amsterdam. The School was located in the lower part of the island of Manhattan,
now the area around Broad Street and Exchange Place.
1 Aidai, 1984 Number 6 pg. 360.
2 Encyclopedia Lithuanica I, pg. 46.
3 American Medical Associations Physicians Profile
4 Directory of Medical Specialties
5 American Medical Association Archives
6 Amerikos Lietuvių Vardynas
7 Medicina, 1921 nr. 10.
8 Lithuanian Encyclopedia XXIX, pg. 45.
9 Darbininkas, July 13, 1984.
10 Lithuanian Encyclopedia, XXXV, pg. 145.
11 Medicina, 1986, nr. 1, pg. 55.
12 Medicina, 1986, nr. 1, pg. 67.
13 Medicina, 1977, n r. 1, pg. 54.
14 Lithuanian Medical Bulletin, 1964, nr. 3.
15 Lithuanian Encyclopedia, V, pg. 141.
16 Lithuanian Encyclopedia, XXXII, pg. 46.
17 Sandara, 1984, nr. 8.
18 Lithuanian Encyclopedia, XXXVI, pg. 121.
19 Lithuanian Encyclopedia, XXXV, pg. 143.