Gerhard Andlinger
Linz, January 17, 1931 – New York, December 22, 2017

The American Austrian Foundation deeply mourns the loss of Gerhard Andlinger, a dedicated and effective board member of the American Austrian Foundation and the Salzburg Stiftung of the American Austrian Foundation.  

His generosity and focus on international medical education and research led to the creation of the Gerhard Andlinger Professorship of International Medicine and Distance Learning at Weill Medical College of Cornell University through which more than 20,000 physicians from countries in transition have been invited to postgraduate seminars in their respective  specialties.  Furthermore, we are indebted to Gerry for his support of Schloss Arenberg and the surrounding campus, where these seminars take place. 

Gerry also established the Andlinger Fellowships through which 172 young doctors were afforded the unique opportunity to spend a clinical rotation in Austria and the United States through the Andlinger Residency Exchange Program.

Throughout his life, he was a loyal Austrian-American maintaining ties to Austria and the US through his friends, businesses and philanthropy in both countries.  His focus, insight and wise counsel will long continue to strengthen those ties.   We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Jeanne and to his devoted children and their families.

Obituary in the New York Times:

Thomas J. McGrath

Robert P. Wessely   

Wolfgang Aulitzky, MD
Medical Director


The Music for Medicine Benefit took place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 07:00 pm. Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (the Koll Trio)  performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, followed by the Dinner and a live Auction benefitting the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminars of the OMI. The full gallery of photos from the event may be found here.


From November 27-29, 2017, a Maternal and Infant Health Seminar organized by Alianza Médica para la Salud (AMSA) took place in Oaxaca, Mexico. The seminar was directed by Dr. Carlos Navarro (ABC Medical Center) with faculty comprised of OMI fellows from Mexico as well as Drs. Dorothy Smok and Rakesh Sahni from the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
In total, 65 participants with different profiles such as physicians, nurses, traditional doctors, midwives and nutritionists had the opportunity to update their knowledge and skills. The participants exchanged their points of view and experiences, and learned about the most recent developments to improve health and nutritional status of pregnant women and new born children, considering social and cultural aspects.

Thanks to the generous support and commitment of “Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation”, an incredible venue for the Seminar, the “San Pablo Cultural Center, was created.

From l-r: (Photo 1) Faculty members Dr. Fernando Galvan Duque and Dr. Mauricio Velázquez from ABC Medical Center with Midwives
From l-r: (Photo 2) Santiago Ortela, President of The Mexican Board of Traditional Medicine with Prof. Wolfgang Aulitzky

Dr. Carlos Navarro, Course Director with Traditional Doctors and Midwives

Dr. Dorothy Smok, New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Rakesh Sahni, New York Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center


The 2018 Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy will take place on April 16-18, 2018 at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna. Initiated in 2001, the annual Milton Wolf Seminar explores cutting edge issues related to media and diplomacy.   It is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals representing multiple perspectives and nationalities. Attendees include: diplomats, journalists, academics, NGO professionals, and graduate students.

This year’s program and application instructions can be found here.


The Open Medical Institute (OMI) is a global educational initiative, founded in 1993 by The American Austrian Foundation and physicians from Weill Cornell Medical College. The aim is to improve health care and build capacity in countries in transition.

In addition to the Open Medical Institute, the AAF conducts bilateral exchange programs for U.S. and Austrian medical students (Max Kade) and residents (Andlinger).  All programs share medical knowledge and experience, foster medical alliances across borders, and enable physicians to improve their skills and deliver the best possible care to their patients. 

In 2017, the OMI hosted 40 Salzburg Medical Seminars at Schloss Arenberg. The OMI - Salzburg Medical Seminars link physicians from leading American hospitals and their affiliated medical schools with physicians practicing in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union and other countries in transition. In total, 628 Salzburg Seminars have taken place since their beginnings in 1993 with participating doctors from 121 countries.

Furthermore, 120 physicians profited from an OMI Observership at Austrian hospitals in Vienna, Graz or Salzburg last year. Observers participating in the program have the chance to learn new operating techniques, treatment protocols and modern hospital management. Since the beginning of the Observership Program in 1998, 2476 Fellows in total participated in an Observership in Austria.
23 US Medical students were chosen to take part in the Max Kade Exchange Program gaining new insights and broadening their international experiences during medical clerkships in Austrian hospitals in 2017. As an exchange, 12 chosen Austrian medical students were granted a fellowship last year to pursue a clinical clerkship at OMI’s partner universities in the US: Weill Cornell Medical College, University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University.

Please find facts and figures from 2017 here.


The Satellite Symposium in “Temporal Bone Surgery” took place in Prague on January 22-25, 2018, and proved to be a success. Course director and former OMI fellow Dr. Jan Boucek organized a comprehensive didactic and laboratory experience for the attendees, together with Dr. Samuel H. Selesnick from Weill Cornell Medical College and Dr. Miklos Toth from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Participants enjoyed use of excellent microscopes, drills, micro instruments and anatomical specimens during the OMI Satellite Symposium.

From l-r: (Photo 1) Dr. Miklos Toth, Dr. Dr. Samuel H. Selesnick and Dr. Jan Boucek
(Photo 2) Attendees of the Satellite Symposium “Temporal Bone Surgery”


The OMI Fellow Dr. Armen Muradyan participated in a 3-month Observership at the Department of Cardiac Surgery with Prof. Marek Ehrlich as his mentor from October until December 2017. He shared his thoughts about the OMI Observership Program:

“I consider myself to be extremely lucky that I had the chance to undergo the Observership program in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Vienna, where I met Prof. Marek Ehrlich once again (after the OMI Salzburg Medical Seminar). This time I had the opportunity to work beside him and master valuable skills in aortic arch surgery, which will certainly benefit my future patients in Armenia.”
Dr. Armen Muradyan, Armenia

Dr. Abror Valihanov, OMI Fellow, completed a Research Observership at the Department of Anesthesiology, General Hospital Vienna under the auspices of Prof. Klaus Markstaller. Abror wrote down his experiences during the OMI Research Observership Program:

"Salzburg seminars and my Research Observership in Vienna gave me the opportunity to meet new colleagues from various parts of the World, but the best thing is that I met new teachers. Whenever I have a challenging case or need an expert opinion for my Research Paper I could always contact my mentor and other faculty members. This experience would have been impossible without the OMI."
Dr. Abror Valihanov, Uzbekistan

During his Research Observership in November 2017, Dr. Stevan Ivanoski shared following thoughts about the OMI Observership Program:

"A combination of visit to Vienna, communication with my own peers, exchanging experience and ideas. What more can one ask for? Perfect program, excellent idea brought into action."
Dr. Stevan Ivanoski, Macedonia


Group Photo Salzburg CHOP Seminar in Pediatric Cardiology

Between January 7 – 13, 2018 the Salzburg CHOP Seminar in “Pediatric Cardiology” took place at Schloss Arenberg thanks to Course Director Dr. Matt Oconnor and Co-Course Director Dr. Ina Michel-Behnke. Please find faculty and group photo, schedule, faculty biographies and diaries here.

Course participant Dr. Anna Ankudovich, (Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Pediatric Surgery, Minsk, Belarus) shared her thoughts about the seminar:

“The first seminar day started with a pre-seminar test. When you see the letters t.e.s.t, at least you take a thought. But in this case, it is more helpful than frightening. This test directs you, helps you to focus and motivates you to search for answers during the lectures. Today all topics were some kind of introductions to pediatric cardiology, diagnostic techniques and treatment. I was so happy to realize that we mostly had the same course of developing pediatric cardiology and cardio surgery in Belarus. Great thanks to the faculty for the free atmosphere and open conversation and not just only lectures day!”
Dr. Anna Ankudovich, Belarus

Group Photo Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in OB/GYN

On January 14 – 20, 2018 the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in “Obstetrics & Gynaecology” took place at Schloss Arenberg thanks to Course Director Dr. Frank Chervenak and Co-Course Director Dr. Christian Dadak. Please find faculty and group photo, schedule, faculty biographies and diaries here.

Please find underneath a short diary outtake by Dr. Dinara Makhadiyeva, (Ecomed Clinic, Kazakhstan):

“It was an amazing start of the Salzburg seminar. I immediately found myself welcome and right at home when I arrived at the Schloss Arenberg. I had a chance to introduce myself to many interesting people who were doctors working in obstetrics and gynecology and essentially colleagues from around the world. We became all so close right from the beginning when we met at the dinner that evening. I was thrilled to explore medicine from a different point of clinical view.”
Dr. Dinara Makhadiyeva, Kazakhstan

Group Photo Salzburg CHOP Seminar in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

On January 21 – 27, 2018 the Salzburg CHOP Seminar in “Pediatric Emergency Medicine” took place at Schloss Arenberg thanks to Course Director Dr. Frances M. Nadel and Co-Course Director Dr. Burkhard Simma. Please find faculty and group photo, schedule, faculty biographies and diaries here.

Dr. Kilalo Mjema, (Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar Es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania), wrote in his diary:

“The faculty was amazing with their presentations, simulations and procedures at the end of the day reminding me of team dynamics. The fact that debriefing at the end of every resuscitation helps improve outcomes of the coming patients has reminded me to have a formal debriefing form that we can use to build team dynamics. Well there is that for today, let me get ready for dinner and laughter with new friends.”
Dr. Kilalo Mjema, Tanzania

Group Photo Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Dermatology

On January 28 – February 03, 2018 the Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in “Dermatology” took place at Schloss Arenberg thanks to Course Director Dr. Richard D. Granstein and Co-Course Director Dr. Georg Stingl. Please find faculty and group photo, schedule, faculty biographies and diaries here.

Please find underneath a short diary outtake by Dr. Jelena Jeftic (Clinical Hospital Center Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia):

“I woke up at 6:30, hardly. After a delicious breakfast the seminar started. The pre-seminar test was very interesting for me, because I am a resident of my 1st year of specialization, so there were a lot of immunology questions that I am not familiar with. The first lecture of Dr. Richard Granstein was dedicated to the physiology of the skin and was a real introduction to the whole course. After the break, we had a lecture about the skin immune system (Dr. Stingl). For me (as a resident) it was especially important, but very hard to understand everything. The professor put all his effort to explain it to us and to communicate with us through some examples. We were able to see cases we have just read about (or in some cases never heard of) right from our peers, and had the opportunity to ask the experts.”
Dr. Jelena Jeftic, Serbia

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