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Medical Missions to the Nizhny Novgorod Cardiac Center


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. 

  

In March 2014, Dr. Novick, Russian Gift of Life USA and the Nizhny Novgorod Cardiac Center agreed to collaborate on a project to improve pediatric cardiac services in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Dr. Novick will coordinate and send international teams of pediatric cardiac specialists to work with the appropriate colleagues at the cardiac center 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, 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.
 
The next mission to Nizhny Novgorod is scheduled for 2018.
 
Medical Mission April 2 - April 15, 2017
The fifth medical mission to Nizhny took place April 2nd through April 15th. The mission was funded by Russian Gift of Life USA. Eleven children received open-heart surgery. Dr. William Novick led the team. The parents and families that received these operations are grateful that their children have been given a second chance at a healthy life.














Medical Mission September 24 - October 8, 2016
 
The fourth medical mission to Nizhny took place September 24th through October 8th. The mission was funded by Gift of Life, Inc. and Russian Gift of Life USA. The mission was dedicated to the memory of Russian Gift of Life Board member Peter Tymus, who passed away on July 20, 2016. Nine children received open-heart surgery. Dr. William Novick led the team. The parents and families that received these operations are grateful that their children have been given a second chance at a healthy life.










 
Medical Mission May 14-28, 2016
 
The third medical mission to Nizhny took place May 14th through 20th. The mission was funded by Russian Gift of Life USA. Eleven children received open-heart surgery and five children received endovascular closures of their heart defects. Dr. William Novick led the twelve member international team. The parents and families that received these operations are grateful that their children have been given a second chance at a healthy life. Milestones on this medical training mission include the first successful Fontan surgery in the region.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Medical Mission June 6-20, 2015
 
The second medical mission to Nizhny took place June 6th through 20th. The mission was funded by Russian Gift of Life USA. Eleven children and two adults received open-heart surgery. Dr. William Novick led the eleven member team. Team members came from three different countries. The parents and families that received these operations are grateful that their children have been given a second chance at a healthy life.











Medical Mission December 6-20, 2014


The first medical mission to Nizhny took place from December 6 through 20th. The mission was funded by Russian Gift of Life USA. Sixteen children received open-heart surgery. Dr. William Novick led the ten member international team. Team members came from four different countries, all converging on Russian soil for one purpose; to save children's lives. The parents and families of all the children that received these operations are grateful that their children have been given a second chance at a healthy life.

 
 







Site Assessment March 20, 2014

 

Dr. William Novick and Russian Gift of Life USA have a history of working together to improve the care of children in Russia with heart disease, having collaborated for years in Kemerovo and Voronezh. 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 Nizhny Novgorod as one of those regions where children with heart disease continue to be underserved. Dr. William Novick and Mr. Michael Yurieff of RGOL USA made a site visit to the Nizhny Novgorod Cardiac Center. The cardiac center was visited; surgeons and administrators from the Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Division of Pediatric 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 USA to the representatives from Nizhny Novgorod Cardiac Surgical Center regarding the further development of pediatric cardiac services.

 


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