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St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a member of Steward Health Care and a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine, welcomed more than 100 guests to the opening celebration of the Russian American Institute of Medicine on March 5. Dr. Eugene Vaninov, a primary care physician and cardiologist who recently joined St. Elizabeth’s and Steward Medical Group from Beth Israel Medical Center, is the founding Chairman and Executive Director of the new Russian American Institute of Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s.
The Institute is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to the large Russian patient population in the Boston area, as well as to Russians living around the world. St. Elizabeth’s has assembled many of Boston’s finest physicians in specialties including cardiovascular medicine, cardiac/thoracic surgery, general surgery, oncology, internal medicine, urology and pulmonary medicine in order to provide our Russian patients with care of the highest quality and best possible cultural health experience.
“St. Elizabeth’s and the Russian American community have been neighbors for a long time. We have the privilege and honor of treating our Russian American community as inpatients at the hospital and through our outpatient services,” said Michael Callum, MD, president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. “I want to thank Dr. Eugene Vaninov, chairman and executive director of the Russian Institute of Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s, for helping make the vision of the Institute a reality. We have made a considerable commitment and investment in St. Elizabeth’s to ensure that members of the Russian American community are comfortable when receiving their care here.”
Distinguished guests at the opening reception included The Honorable Igor Golubovsky, Consul General of the Russian Federation for New England, New York and Pennsylvania, and Mr. Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy General Director of ITAR-TASS, the oldest and largest Russian news agency, headquartered in Moscow. Rabbi Dan Rodkin, executive director of the Shaloh House Jewish Day School was among other notable guests, including a wide array of St. E’s physicians and leaders of the local Russian American community.
“St. Elizabeth’s is a medical center that has more than two dozen Russian physicians and is a training ground for educating numerous physicians of Russian-background every year,” said Dr. Vaninov. “The creation of the Russian American Institute of Medicine is an exciting development in our abilities to provide the highest quality health care to members of the local Russian American community and those living around the world.”
Dr. Vaninov was introduced to the crowd by Dr. Ralph de la Torre, chairman and chief executive officer of Steward Health Care. The evening’s program also featured St. Elizabeth physicians Dr. Frank Pomposelli, Chair of the Department of Surgery; Dr. Arvind Agnihotri, Chief of Cardiac Surgery; Dr. Joseph Carrozza, Chief of Cardiology, and Dr. Ingolf “Harry” Tuerk, Chief of Urology and Director of the Robotics-Assisted Surgery Program. Each provided an overview of the medical treatment and services available at St. Elizabeth’s in their respective departments. More information about the Russian American Institute of Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s is available online at Steward.org/St-Elizabeths.