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Medical Missions to Voronezh Regional Clinical Hospital No. 1



Russian Gift of Life USA and Dr. William Novick have agreed to a long term project that will assist children facing life threatening heart disease. The purpose of the project is to develop a Pediatric Cardiac Care Center of Excellence in Voronezh, Russia.

  

In July 2013, Dr. Novick, Russian Gift of Life USA, and the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Voronezh Regional Hospital agreed to collaborate on a project to improve pediatric cardiac services in Voronezh, Russia. Dr. Novick will coordinate and send international teams of pediatric cardiac specialists to work with the appropriate colleagues at VRH to expand cardiac services. The visiting teams will consist of a senior level pediatric cardiac surgeon, a pediatric cardiac anethesiologist, two pediatric intensivists, a perfusionist, scrub nurse, respiratory therapist, six intensive care unit nurses and a biomedical engineer. The visiting teams will work side by side with their Russian colleagues at all times providing direct hands on teaching at all levels. The visiting teams will provide 24-hour coverage in the intensive care unit and expects to provide life-saving open-heart surgery to ten children on each visit.

Russian Gift of Life USA is dedicating the medical missions to Voronezh in memory of Kurt Weishaupt.
 
Medical Mission November 4 - 18, 2017
The ninth medical mission to Voronezh took place from November 4th through November 18th. Eleven surgeries were completed.

Medical Mission February 25 - March 11, 2017

The eighth medical mission to Voronezh took place from February 25th through March 11th. Novick Cardiac Alliance staff Dr. William Novick, Pavel Shauchenka, and Frank Malloy were accompanied by six other volunteers, making a total team size of nine. 
Nine children between the ages of three days and five years of age received surgery, three of the children were under 1 month of age. Six were female and three male. Five surgeries were performed by local surgeons, additionally there were six further surgeries performed on the same children, all of which were performed by local surgeons. This represents a further incremental increase in locally led operations since the previous mission in October 2016. Three of the children had had previous surgeries, two as part of a staged plan.








Medical Mission October 15-29, 2016
 
The seventh medical mission to Voronezh took place from October 15th through 29th. Ten children were operated. William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance staff William Novick, Pavel Shauchenka, and Frank Molloy were accompanied by 3 volunteers including anesthesiologist Volodymyr Megera, respiratory therapist Lindsay Bailer, and PICU nurse Alison Fleming, making a total team size of 6. The team came from six different countries, including Australia, Belarus, Canada, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Ten operations were completed and ten children’s lives were saved. Many, many more children were evaluated. Of the ten operations, most were lead and performed by the local surgical team, Drs. Bykov and Greznov. This critical component of the medical missions – enabling and educating to support and build on existing independent practice – continues to progress. On each successive visit, the complexity of the operations that local teams are able to lead increases. This medical training mission was funded by Russian Gift of Life USA.




Medical Misson February 13-27, 2016
 
The sixth medical mission to Voronezh took place from February 13th through 27th. Ten children were operated. This medical mission was dedicated to Gift of Life, Inc. Board Member Tony Messineo, who passed away on February 20th. 
 
William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance staff William Novick, Pavel Shauchenka, Sergey Liauchonak, Roslyn Rivera, and Frank Molloy were accompanied by volunteer intensivists Jen Turi, Viktoria Buina, and Respiratory Therapist Tim MacKnight, making a total team size of 8. Of the ten operations performed, 4 were led by the local surgical team, Dr. Sergey Bykov and Dr. Dennis Greznov. This is a critical component of the NCA trips: enabling and educating to support and build on existing independent practice. In fact since Dr. Novick’s team’s very first trip, 1 in 3 surgeries were performed by the local team; and with each additional visit, the complexity of the operations that local teams are able to lead in increases.
 
The medical training mission was funded by Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA.


Medical Mission September 12-26, 2015

The fifth medical mission to Voronezh took place from September 12th through September 26th 2015. Sixteen children were operated. William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance staff William Novick, Pavel Shauchenka, Eugene Suslin, Sergey Liauchonak, Stacey Marr, and Karen Bowtell were accompanied by 7 other volunteers including volunteer Cardiologist Dr. Robert Arnold, making a total team size of 13. Sixteen operations were completed and fourteen children’s lives were saved. Many, many more children were evaluated. Of the sixteen operations, most were lead and performed by the local surgical team. This critical component of the medical missions – enabling and educating to support and build on existing independent practice – continues to progress. On each successive visit, the complexity of the operations that local teams are able to lead increases. This medical training mission was jointly funded by Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA.




 



Medical Mission March 14-28, 2015

The fourth medical mission to Voronezh took place from March 14th through March 28th 2015. Fourteen children were operated. William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance staff and co-founders William Novick, Pavel Shauchenka, Frank Molloy, Eugene Suslin and Sergey Liauchonak, along with volunteer Cardiologist Dr. Robert Arnold, are now considered frequent repeat visitors to the site. They were accompanied by 6 other volunteers—making a total team size of 12. Fifteen operations were completed on 14 children and many, many more were evaluated. At least 5 of the children had been seen by Dr. Arnold and Dr. Novick on previous team visits and deemed suitable to wait for surgery. Of the 15 operations, 6 were led and performed by the local surgical team, Dr. Sergey Bykov and Dr. Dennis Greznov. This is a critical component of the NCA trips: enabling and educating to support and build on existing independent practice. In fact since Dr. Novick’s team’s very first trip, 1 in 3 surgeries were performed by the local team; and with each additional visit, the complexity of the operations that local teams are able to lead in increases.






Medical Mission November 22 - December 6, 2014

 


The third medical mission to Voronezh took place from November 22 through December 6, 2014. Fourteen children were operated.
 
  
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Medical Mission March 22 - April 5, 2014

 


The second medical mission to Voronezh took place from March 22 through April 5, 2014. Thirteen children were successfully operated.










Medical Mission November 17-30, 2013


The first medical mission to Voronezh took place on November 17-30, 2013. The mission was funded by Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA. For an initial report from the first mission, please click here. Twelve children received open-heart surgery. For a final report on the surgical training mission, please click on the image on the left of the screen.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Site Assessment April 13-14, 2013

 

Dr. Novick, Russian Gift of Life USA, and Gift of Life, Inc. have a history of working together to improve the care of children in Russia with heart disease, having collaborated for years in Kemerovo. Currently several areas of Russia still do not provide comprehensive pediatric cardiac care and children are being referred to Moscow, St. Petersburg or out of the country. Russian Gift of Life USA identified Voronezh as one of those regions where children with heart disease continue to be underserved and require referral out for comprehensive care. Dr. William Novick and Mr. Michael Yurieff of RGOL USA made a site visit to the Voronezh Regional Hospital. The hospital was visited; individuals from the Department of Surgery and the Division of Cardiac Surgery served as guides for the tour and presented the current state of pediatric cardiac surgery at the hospital. Recommendations were made by both Dr. Novick and RGOL to the representatives from Voronezh Regional Hospital regarding the further development of pediatric cardiac services. 

 



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