Foundation News

New Donations to the Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowships Fund – October 2019

In the past 17 years, The Latvian Medical Foundation has awarded 52 scholarships to residents, young medical doctors and medical students to study abroad and bring new medical knowledge back to Latvia.  The average award has been $6,000, and a total of more than $274,000 has been given.  In 2016, $50,000 was awarded; in 2017 $35,000; in 2018 $26,000; and, in 2019 $27,000.

The main supporter of the LMF has been Norman Knight, who has donated $575,000 to LMF over the past 20 years. Norman Knight just donated $25,000 to LMF, as continuing support of the Zarins-Knight Traveling Fellowships.

Andronico Luksic, vice-president of the Bank of Chile, has recently donated $36,000 to the Latvian Medical Foundation.


Dr. Kalnins Named Director of LMF Scholarship Programs – October 2019

Dr. Aleksandrs Kalnins

Dr. Aleksandrs Kalnins has been named the new director of the Latvian Medical Foundation scholarship programs and a member of the LMF Board of Directors. He is a neuroradiologist and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Kalnins will be developing a new initiative for the LMF to bring visiting scholars to Latvia to teach at the medical schools and hospitals.



2019 Traveling Fellow Scholarships Awarded – June 2019

Presentation of the LMF Scholarships in Riga on June 6, 2019 at the Stradins Museum of the History of Medicine. Sitting in the first row on the left are Bertram Zarins, and the former President of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers. Zatlers is now the Chairman of the Board of LMF.

The LMF is proud to announce the 2019 Traveling Fellow recipients:

  1. Austra Breiksa, MD. Third-year pathology resident at Stradins Clinical University Hospital. She will spend two months at Kelne University in Germany studying renal biopsy analysis ($5,000).
  2. Sergejs Zadoroznijs, MD. Orthopaedics/traumatology resident. He will spend one month at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York with Dr. Russell F. Windsor ($6,000).
  3. Martins Lauskis, MD. Third-year resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He will spend six weeks in Monterrey, Mexico studying temporomandibular joint surgery ($5,000).
  4. Kristaps Krafte. He will spend six weeks at St. Thomas Hospital in London to learn innovative methods of insulin delivery ($6,000).
  5. Katrīna Bandere. She will spend one month with Dr. Harry Winter at UCLA ($2,000).
  6. Ailita Eddy – Premedical Student Scholarship Recipient. She will be working on Kristaps Krafte’s project ($3,000).

Please visit Our Fellows page for more information.


Fellow Edgars Zellans visits San Francisco – October 2018

Edgars Zellans, 2017 Traveling Fellow Award recipient, recently completed his stay in the United States. Dr. Zellans, an anesthesiologist, is working on his PhD, focusing on reducing perioperative cardiovascular mortality in patients with peripheral artery disease.

During his stay, he attended the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting in San Francisco, he spent time at medical technology company HeartFlow’s headquarters in Redwood City, and visited Stanford Medical Center. As Dr. Zellans puts it, he gained “new insights that will help in providing anesthesia for peripheral artery disease patients in Riga, Latvia.”

Dr. Edgars Zellans pictured with Dr. Kristaps Zarins.

Dr. Zellans at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.











Fellow Urzula Safronova Poznaka arrives at Stanford University – April 2018

2017 Traveling Fellow Award recipient Urzula Safranova Poznaka, MD has arrived for a two month fellowship with Stanford University Nuclear Medicine. She will spend April and May at the University under the guidance of Dr. Andrei Iagaru, Chief of Nuclear Medicine at Stanford and others. She recently attended a concert at the Latvian Hall is San Francisco and met with Dr. Kristaps Zarins and Justs Karlsons (pictured below), members of the LMF Board.

Dr. Urzula Safronova with Dr. Kristaps Zarins.

Justs Karlsons, Urzula Safronova, and Kristaps Zarins.











Additional 2017 Traveling Fellow Announced – January 28, 2018

Marija Mohova, 2017 Fellow

We are pleased to announce Marija Mohova, MD as an addition to the 2017 Traveling Fellow recipient class. She is spending two years in London, United Kingdom at the Fetal Medicine Research Institute. She is the 5th Traveling Fellow for 2017. In total, $30,000 in scholarships were granted.

To learn more about all our fellows, projects, and destinations, please visit our Fellows Page.


2017 Traveling Fellow Awards Announced – September 21, 2017

The Latvian Medical Foundation (LMF) is pleased to announce this year’s Traveling Fellow Awards. In total, $24,000 was granted to four Latvian physicians so they can get experience abroad and bring new skills back to Latvia. This year’s recipients are Edgars Zellans, MD (anesthesia and critical care), Gunta Laizāne, MD, (infection control, Riga Children’s Clinical University Hospital), Kristiāns Meidrops, MD (cardiac surgery), and Urzula Safronova, MD, nuclear medicine.

2017 Traveling Fellows

LMF at the Latvian Doctor’s Congress – September 21, 2017

The Latvian Medical Foundation (LMF) held a board meeting at the Latvian Doctor’s Congress in Riga in September. Valdis Zatlers, MD, Chairman (former President of Latvia), Bertram Zarins, MD, Christopher Zarins, MD, Aleksandrs Kalnins, MD, and Jānis Tupesis, MD were all in attendance. LMF awarded new scholarships and discussed future directions.

LMF Board of Directors (left to right) Janis Tupesis, MD, Bertram Zarins, MD, Former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers, MD, Christopher Zarins, MD, and Aleksandrs Kalnins, MD.

During the visit, Bertram and Christopher Zarins met with current president Raimonds Vējonis to discuss the state of healthcare in Latvia.

President Raimonds Vējonis (center) with Dr. Bertram Zarins (left) and Dr. Christopher Zarins (right).

New Scholarship Awarded – March 27, 2017

The Latvian Medical Foundation (LMF) has created a new scholarship to support pre-medical students of Latvian descent to gain clinical and research experience in Latvia. This will be a summer internship at the Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital in Riga.

We are pleased to announce that two candidates, Marlēna Ramane, a student who will be beginning her first year university studies in the health sciences in California in the fall of 2017 and Līva Zemīte, a second year student majoring in global health at the University of Toronto, have been awarded the scholarship for the summer of 2017.

New LMF Scholarship

The Latvian Medical Foundation (LMF) has created a new scholarship to support pre-medical students of Latvian descent to gain clinical and research experience in Latvia. This summer internship will be at the Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital in Riga.

The “Latvian Medical Foundation & Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital Scholarship” will provide a $2500 stipend ($1500 for travel and $1000 for expenses) for a student to spend at least eight weeks at the hospital performing research and gaining clinical experience. The hospital will provide housing and meals.

The application should consist of a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and a one page essay about the candidate’s qualifications and interest and how this experience will relate to the candidate’s future plans.  A prerequisite for the scholarship is fluency in the Latvian language.

LMF celebrated its 25th Anniversary

The Latvian Medical Foundation celebrated its 25 years of healthcare improvements with a weekend-long celebration in Latvia in June of 2014. The celebration coincided with the Latvian Medical Association’s anniversary celebration, and included an academic program and fundraising dinner and celebration.

Traveling Fellows, Past and Present at the 25th Anniversary of LMF Celebrations

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