Annual PAM Summit

Sponsored by Florida Hospital for Children

Check back for details of the next PAM Summit,
scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2019.


On Friday September 29th the 3rd Annual PAM Summit was held at Florida Hospital Church. The Event was hosted by Florida Hospital for Children and the Jordan Smelski Foundation. In addition to the many Experts that were presenting and hosting breakout session, there were over 120 physicians, nurses and lab technicians in attendance as well as 55 people that joined via the Live Stream video coverage.

Amoeba Summit 2017

Join clinicians and specialists as we launch a national and international movement to end deaths from Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM)


1. Prevention and Awareness

2. Early Detection and Treatment

3. Research

Opening Remarks

Rajan Wadhawan, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Officer, Florida Hospital for Children Deborah Speilman, VP, COO/Assistant Administrator, Florida Hospital for Children

Keynote Speakers

Ibne Ali, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jennifer Cope, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Session Speakers

  • Francine Marciano-Cabral, PhD, Professor and Researcher, Virginia Commonwealth University Adriana Cadilla, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Nemours Children’s Hospital
  • Juan A. Dumois, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg Dennis Kyle, PhD, FASTMH, FAAAS, Health Professor, University of South Florida
  • Warren Marks, MD, Medical Director, Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Kevin M. Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FAAFP, Health Officer, Florida Department of Health in Orange County Steve and Shelly Smelski, Parents of Jordan
  • Alejandro Jordan-Villegas, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Florida Hospital for Children
  • Vincent Vilente, DO, FACEP, Assistant Medical Director, Florida Hospital Flight & EMS
  • Donna Walsh, MPA, BSN, RN, Interim Health Officer, Florida Department of Health in Seminole County


September 29, 2017

7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


2800 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32804

Event will also be streamed live at

The 3rd Annual Amoeba Summit is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM designates the amoeba summit for a maximum of 5 credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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