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News Tip: Strengthening Ties With Russia

When cardiologist Eugene Vaninov. M.D., is not treating his patients at his Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care practice in Brighton, chances are he is working to foster strengthen ties with his counterparts in Moscow.

  • Date: 6/14/2004
  • BIDMC Contact: Jerry Berger
  • Phone: 617-667-7308

BOSTON - When cardiologist Eugene Vaninov. M.D., is not treating his patients at his Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care practice in Brighton, chances are he is working to foster strengthen ties with his counterparts in Moscow.

Vaninov traveled to Russia last fall in his capacity as vice president of WorldPath Medicine's Russian division, to meet with officials from the Ministry of Health and the Medical Center of the President of the Russian Federation, Moscow's leading hospital. WorldPath Medicine partners with international physicians and their patients to provide access to the highest quality healthcare in Boston.

The trip was particularly rewarding for the Russian-born Vaninov, whose practice serves the large immigrant community in Allston, Brighton, Brookline and Newton. The eight-day tour enabled him and WorldPath President Guy Rochman, M.D., to get a first-hand view of the needs and wants of Russian medicine today.

"I am sensitive to the needs of our Russian community, both here in Boston as well as in the former Soviet Union. I see that health care in the United States has helped many of my countrymen, cured diseases and prolonged and improved their lives," says Vaninov. The trip set the stage for a return visit from a Russian delegation, scheduled for August, led by Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy Director General of ITAR-TASS, the Russian news agency. The goal of the visit, says Rochman, is to develop referral relationship in a number of areas, including transplantation, treatment of genetic diseases and blood cancers.

Also last fall, Mark Josephson, M.D., BIDMC's chief of cardiology, attended the CIS Congress of Cardiology Symposium on new developments in cardiac arrhythmias. The conference, held in St. Petersburg, was arranged by the NIH's National Heart & Lung Blood Institute at the Moscow Cardiology Center.