Treasure Coast Medical Report
PSL doctor experiences joy and tragedy
while fighting the pandemic nationally
Because visitors were not allowed in hospitals during COVID, Pamer often shared prayers and offered comfort to patients during their final moments.
Several years ago, Port St. Lucie pulmonologist Mark
Pamer read something that planted a seed in his mind
and has likely saved thousands of lives in the last
Robert Barry’s book, The Great Influenza, about the 1918
influenza pandemic fascinated and terrified Pamer and it got
him wondering about what would happen if such an infectious
agent ever returned.
In March 2020, his devastating question was answered
with COVID-19 killing people as swiftly as influenza had
just a century earlier.
While the world became a veritable ghost town as people
struggled to navigate the global lockdown and medical professionals
became overwhelmed and sick themselves, Pamer
considered leaving his practice and young family to volunteer
in New York City, the epicenter of the virus.
“I was absolutely inspired to come help, to live my obligations
as a physician and a Catholic man,” he says. “I knew
in my heart that if I didn’t help, I would always be disappointed
in myself for not stepping up to help when my skills
were most needed.
“I despise the possibility of finding myself in the ‘I wished
I had’ or ‘I could have’ or ‘I should have,’ so I talked to my
After months of tragedy and death, Pamer celebrated the arrival of the first
COVID-19 vaccines on the market.