NATMA-Philly Chapter is one of 15 chapters nationwide of NATMA
(North American Taiwanese Medical Association) -- an organization of
more than 1,400 Taiwanese American healthcare professionals founded
in 1984 to promote cultural and educational exchange of Taiwanese
medical, dental and allied health professionals.
Our Greater Philadelphia Chapter was founded in 1996 by first term
president Dr. Yih-Fu Shiao. Other past presidents include Drs. Thung-Fu
Huang, Chern H. Lai, Wen-Shiong Yang and Chanchi Lee. We
currently have about 50 members in various medical specialties.
We have regular meetings quarterly to biannually. Interested TAAGP
members are considered as our auxiliary members and are usually
welcome and invited to attend our activities as guests. Over the
past years, we have organized and conducted many meaningful,
informative and interesting events, such as inviting local and guest
speakers to enlighten us on various subjects. The topics include:
"Risk reduction in cardiovascular diseases," "Update on hepatitis
and other liver diseases," "Tea culture and tea therapy,"
"The fun of bird watching," "The Culture differences between east
and west," "Developing a new economical lifeline in Taiwan," "How to
grow beautiful orchids," and "Sunshine, friend or foe?/Recent
advances in Vitamin D research."
Some of our members also collaborated with film maker Mr. Will Tiao
by investing in the production of a new movie "Formosa Betrayed"
which was recently released and might be hopeful for an Academy
Award. We supported the 228-60th Commemoration March For Taiwan from
Philadelphia to Washington,DC, co-sponsored "Friendship Concert "
for WHO admittance awareness, donated funds for scholarship,
quake and flood relief, participated in several headquarter
sponsored national meetings and international medical missions to
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, etc.
On a March 22, 2009 meeting, we featured some educational and
interesting talks such as "Hepatitis B , a silent killer,"
"Introduction of local American Cancer Society activities,"
"Colorectal cancer prevention" and "Haiti medical mission" and a
nice lunch banquet and other entertainment at Golden City Chinese
Restaurant in Colmar, PA. Close to 100 people attended. We
co-sponsored this event with American Cancer
Society and Gilead company. For this endeavor, some of us and other
speakers were selected to receive the ACS Volunteer Awards. On
September 1, 2009, some of us went to Citizens Bank Park Stadium in
Philadelphia to help entertain and cheer up the Taiwan Little League
Baseball team members who won the International Series but lost to
California team in the World Series.
We recently established a NATMA 2G section and are inviting and
welcoming new 2nd generation Taiwanese members. Please encourage
your sons, daughters, nephews, nieces,other relatives and friends
who are medical and allied health professionals or students,
interns, residents or other trainees living in the greater
Philadelphia area to join us. It should be a wonderful forum to
broaden one's intellectual horizons and social circle while
solidifying and perpetuating our good Taiwanese heritage.
Interested people shall contact : Rita Chuang,DDS at
North American Taiwanese Medical Association, Greater Philadelphia
Min-Hsiung Ko, MD 柯敏雄