My romance with the Second Moscow Order of Lenin Pirogov State Medical Institute (now known as Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University) began when I was a first year student. I graduated with distinction and then joined a residency program at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Faculty of General Medicine. After I defended my candidate degree dissertation, I became an assistant professor, then an associate professor. After I defended my doctoral dissertation, I got a position of the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (at first, I worked with the evening division of the Faculty of General Medicine); then I was transferred to the Pediatric Faculty.
My colleagues were full of energy and ready to work in new clinical settings, improve the quality of clinical care, and provide excellent learning experience to students. Success of our clinical work was largely determined by the use of novel biochemical and instrumental techniques for obtaining data on the condition of a fetus or a neonate. This allowed us to deeper understand the physiology of the intrauterine growth and the fetus response to hypoxia, which is a major complication of pregnancy. We developed a system for resuscitating neonates with perinatal asphyxia; eventually, our system found wide application in clinical routine in Russia. We were the first in the world to use craniocerebral hypothermia for the resuscitation of neonates with cerebral hypoxia. We received a State USSR Award for the work in this field.
A large number of studies that my colleagues used as a basis for their dissertations were dedicated to the pathophysiology of pregnancy complications that lead to intrauterine hypoxia and perinatal asphyxia: rh-sensitization, preeclampsia, assisted reproductive technologies, multiple pregnancy, premature birth. At the moment we continue our research using the state-of-art technologies.
Our research in gynecology aims primarily at developing techniques for organ sparing surgeries. Our clinic was one of the first institutions in Russia where diagnostic and surgical endoscopic techniques were applied to manage gynecologic pathologies while preserving the reproductive function of female patients. For this work we received the RF Government Award in 2002. The second Government Award (2011) was received for the development of uterine artery embolization technique and introducing it into clinical routine.
Currently, we are conducting research on intrauterine pathologies, proliferation of endometrium in postmenopausal women, and the profile of sex steroid receptors
Our department has won multiple competitions held by the Council for Grants of the President of the Russian Federation that makes us eligible to receive state financial support as one of the leading research institutions in the country.