President’s Message

Dear Members and Friends,

IAMA’s twenty sixth annual meeting in Chicago was a great success, thanks to our local organizing committee chaired by Dr. Mohammad Shokouh-Amiri and the newly revived, energetic Illinois chapter. I think all the participants had a great and memorable time during this meeting.

Scientific part of the meeting was very well attended and was very interactive. There were 61 eligible participants and those who filled out their evaluation forms (required by our sponsoring CME accreditation agency) have already received their CME certificates. Participants were eligible for up to 12 hours of AMA Category 1 credit hours. If anyone has forgotten to send their evaluation form, may still send them to IAMA central office to receive their CME credit certificates. Thanks to Dr. Ali Nourbakhsh, our CME committee chair who put a lot of energy into it to make sure this important part of annual meeting goes smoothly. Three of our young investigators were awarded a certificate and $500 cash for their great presentations and two other young members of IAMA received travel grants, thanks to Laila Armin Young Investigator Awards and donation from SUSMA.

Dr. Ali Keshavarzian delivered his keynote presentation on “Microbiota/Host Interaction in Parkinson Disease” which was very enlightening and a great sense of pride for our members, and the cultural speaker, Dr. Frank Lewis surprised all the participants of the depth of his knowledge about Iran’s landmark and historical events, literature and poetry.

This year, we honored Dr. Keyvan Nouri,an established scholar, researcher and a dynamic clinician. During our Gala which was attended by 150 members & friends, more than $23,000 was raised, thanks to the generous donations from members and also the gifts that were donated to be sold during silent auction and raffle drawing.

All of our kind donors should already have received their acknowledgement letters. If any has not received it, please let me know by sending me a short email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. IAMA is lucky that Dr. Shervin Mortazavi has accepted the nomination of President Elect & will work closely with me until the next meeting in New Jersey when I finish my tenure presidency, so he will assume the role of president. I wish him all success and luck.

Financially, IAMA is in a stable shape but can be even better if all of our members renew their memberships. Donate as much as you can because any organizations is strong with its members and its financial status. IAMA is working to send another multidisciplinary team to Iran sometime in the Spring of 2020, so please, anyone who wants to join the voluntary humanitarian work, contact me or Dr. Ganchi so we can start taking care of the logistics of this trip.


Dr. Hosein Shokouh-Amiri,

President of IAMA

July 21, 2019

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