Medical Missions to the Tomsk Cardiac Center
Russian Gift of Life USA and Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance entered into a seven-year agreement in 2005 to provide funding for a project to assist Russian children facing life threatening heart disease. The purpose of the project was to develop a Pediatric Cardiac Care Center of Excellence in Tomsk, Russia.
Russian Gift of Life USA helped fund all seven of Heart to Heart's medical missions to Tomsk, Russia.
In 2012, the children's heart program in Tomsk achieved self-sustainability.
The seventh and final medical mission to Tomsk took place March 30 - April 6, 2012.
Medical Mission March 30 - April 6, 2012
Heart to Heart International Children's Alliance made its seventh and final medical mission to Tomsk. In addition to bilingual support staff, the U.S. team consisted of a neonatologist, pulmonologist, three pediatric cardiologists, and three pediatric cardiac nurses. Among the eight medical specialists, seven have previously participated in Heart to Heart’s collaboration in Siberia.
Medical Mission April 16 - 30, 2011
Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance made its sixth medical mission trip to the Tomsk Cardiac Center on April 16-30, 2011. The children's heart program in Tomsk is on schedule to achieve self-sustainability in 2012. In the past year, the pediatric cardiac team has made impressive progress toward this goal. For initial reports about the mission, please click here and scroll down to April 20th and April 23rd, 2011. For a Russian language news report about this mission, please click here.
Medical Mission April 12 - 24, 2010
Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance made its fifth medical mission trip to the Tomsk Cardiac Center on April 12-24, 2010. This mission’s focus was to help Russian doctors understand the treatment options for children and young adults with only one functioning ventricle in the heart. Russia has few modern pediatric centers and many children born with a single ventricle are undiagnosed and untreated. The joint team of American and Russian doctors evaluated eleven such cases and operated on several, including an 18-year-old named Roman. The surgery immediately improved Roman’s quality of life, extending it for a number of years.
Medical Mission April 14 - 26, 2009
Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance made its fourth medical mission to the Tomsk Cardiac Center on April 14-26, 2009. Eleven Heart to Heart medical volunteers flew from five different cities across the United States. This mission was focused even more than usual on education. Every Heart to Heart team member delivered at least one lecture. The joint team of American and Russian doctors diagnosed 31 patients, ranging from newborn babies to 23-year-olds. They collaborated on nine cardiac catheterizations and four advanced surgeries.
Leader of the Heart to Heart team Dr. Frank Cetta said, “What I love about working with Heart to Heart is that the minute we hit the ground, we begin functioning as one team. We focus of course on patient care, but also on teaching our Russian colleagues to think and work as a cohesive unit…to determine the best approach to providing care for each child.”
Medical Mission April 15 - 26, 2008
Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance made its third medical mission to Tomsk. Guided by the Heart to Heart team, Russian doctors have not only learned to repair defects in older children (3 and up), but also in newborns and infants. In contrast to the past two missions, only infants were selected to undergo surgery during this mission. The joint Heart to Heart-Tomsk team operated on six babies ranging from one-month-old to eighteen-months-old.
Medical Mission April 26 - May 6, 2007
Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance made its second medical mission to Tomsk. The joint team of American and Russian doctors performed 12 open-heart surgeries in 7 days.
Medical Mission April 26 - May 12, 2006
Heart to Heart International Children's Alliance made its first medical mission to Tomsk. The joint team of American and Russian doctors performed 9 open heart surgeries. Russian Gift of Life Board members Wally Kowalenko, Natalia Fekula, and Executive Director Michael Yurieff accompanied the medical team to Tomsk.