But during my studies there were almost no paediatric neurosurgeons in the country. Therefore, my choice of specialisation was obvious: I had always strived to tackle the hardest challenges, subjects and tasks.
I have undergone the whole journey of becoming a medical professional: from orderly to director of an institution. I worked as a neurosurgeon in a private neurorehabilitation centre, was the Head of the Neurosurgery Department in the District Paediatric Hospital, chief physician of a paediatric clinic.
The hardest thing about working as a doctor is the moment where you give an inauspicious diagnosis to a patient and their relatives. Since you always want to give a person hope of recovery, and not take it away. We know a lot and do a lot, but, unfortunately, we are not omnipotent.
But on the other hand, it is frequently the case that young and healthy people that are already grown-up approach me with words of thanks for treatment in their childhood: "You probably don't remember me anymore, but I was your patient, thanks for everything!". In such moments you understand that you do not live and work in vain.
As early as my final year at school I became fully aware that I definitely wanted to become a doctor. So in 1994 I enrolled at Odesa State Medical University, and in 2000 I graduated from the medical faculty. Then I did my medical internship specialising in paediatric neurosurgery.
Cardiology and neurosurgery are two the most difficult and the most promising areas in modern medicine
I strive to change the world around me for the better—through my daily work, bringing like-minded people into it, and also making my family happy every day.
I have succeeded in rallying a remarkable team of professionals around myself. Together, we prove every day that change is possible in this country, and it starts with the responsibility of each and every one of us. We still have things to work on, but we also have something to be proud of.
We are the first medical institution in Ukraine where the number of registered patients exceeds 120% of the population assigned to the hospital. As of today, around 49,000 children are under our care and receive timely and high-quality medical treatment. We are the first to realise the Clinic without a Queue project and created a unique methodological Early Intervention Centre for timely diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of children from groups at risk of genetic and neurological diseases. We are also actively developing the area of rehabilitation and mobile palliative care.
In my life I hold to the golden rule of morality: 'Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself'. This is my life philosophy
Our combined work is directed towards the most important thing: the health and safety of young patients
For it is fundamentally the health of the younger generation that is a guarantee of the future of the country. If the nation is healthy, then the state will be strong. I am a father myself, and my two daughters were born in an independent Ukraine. Besides my professional activities, my duty is to raise them as active and conscious citizens.
I have always felt myself to be Ukrainian, since birth. George Bernard Shaw said: "Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that your country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it". I feel that my roots are in this land.
I remember how hard the 1990s were for my family and the whole country. However it was precisely then that Ukraine gained what was most important: its independence. And my civil and patriotic position formed once and for all under the influence of the events of Maidans, the occupation of Crimea and the war in the East of Ukraine.
The text of the Oath was established by a Decree of the President of Ukraine in 1992 and is almost the same age as Independence itself. It is preserved in the personal note of the graduate and is inserted into their diploma. 21 years have passed since the day I made the Oath, and I have tried to follow it properly this entire time and embody the ideas laid down by it. This document is symbolic and extremely important for me.
We are in constant movement: time and society dictate new challenges for medics every day, such as the coronavirus pandemic. Uninterrupted development and the organisation of work in new conditions became the most important of our tasks. Uninterrupted development is arranging all the processes, improving service and advancing the qualifications of specialists: this is what changes the whole system, making it accessible and the best for people.
In the Physician's Oath there are such words: "I will give all my knowledge, strength and ability for the duty of protecting and improving human health". I will hold faithful to this oath for all my life