Sanford cardiologist appointed to select academy by Polish president

The appointment by Polish president Andrzej Duda means Dr. Adam Stys will serve as one of up to 120 scientists in the Copernican Academy.

Dr. Adam Stys, an interventional cardiologist at the Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, was recently inducted into the Copernican Academy by Polish president Andrzej Duda.
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SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls heart doctor has been appointed by the president of Poland to a prestigious position within a new institution of Polish science.

Dr. Adam Stys, an interventional cardiologist at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, was inducted recently to the Copernican Academy — a new Polish institution in science based on five pillars illustrating the areas of Nicolaus Copernicus’ achievements in astronomy, economics, law, medicine and theology and philosophy.

The induction of Stys, a Polish native, by Polish president Andrzej Duda makes him one of a select group of up to 120 members of the academy who will be tasked with promoting international research and cooperation, awarding Copernican prizes and supervising and supporting activities of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, as well as coordinating the International Copernican Academy Ambassador program.

As Copernicus questioned the status quo in science in his times, Sanford said the academy lives up to the ideal of promoting free, unbiased research and education.

“I am beyond grateful to receive this recognition from my native country,” Stys said. “My family and I have many memories growing up in Poland and to earn this recognition, alongside so many other incredible people, is an honor.”


Other inductees into the Copernican Academy include five Nobel Peace Prize winners, a cardinal from the Vatican and other world leaders in science and research.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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