Dr. Simon Matskeplishvili, a leading Russian Cardiologist

Simon Matskeplishvili
Senior Scientific Researcher, Bakulev Scientific Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery
1972 - Born in Georgia
1994 - Graduates, Moscow Medical Academy
1994 - Postgraduate course in cardiology, Bakulev Scientific Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery
1996 - Cardiologist, Bakulev Scientific Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery
1997 - Research Fellow, Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council of Italy
1999 - PhD in Cardiology
1999 - Senior Scientific Researcher, Bakulev Scientific Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery
2001 - Receives European Cardiologist award
2002 - Defends doctoral dissertation
2003 - Fellow, European Society of Cardiology
2004 - Fellow, American College of Cardiology
Simon Matskeplishvili is a leading cardiologist in Russia. He is a member of the European Society of Cardiology and is also a member of the American College of Cardiology, the institution known for its strict rules on accepting foreigners. Simon has been a part of the Bakulev Scientific Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery, a leading Russian cardiology centre, since his postgraduate studies there. Cardiology wasn’t Simon’s first choice of career, however when he accidentally walked in on a cardiology seminar, he was absolutely amazed by the subject. He believes to be a cardiologist, one has to be an artist and a philosopher. When asked about euthanasia, he says, “Every second of each person’s life is valuable. If you are not the one who gave life to that particular person, you are in no position to take it away.” Simon has experienced first hand, a situation when other’s lives were taken away-he was in one of the twin towers in New York, when a plane crashed into it, on the 9th of September, 2001.
At the beginning of the 20th century Russian lawyer Anatoly Konin, proposed a law on Euthanasia. But it has never been adopted. Today this issue is being discussed in Russia once again. More and more groups around the world are demanding "The right to Die with Dignity for the seriously ill, those who are doomed, anyway, and can no longer bare the severe suffering.  But the society and the authorities disagree to live and let die. Why? Is Russia ready to - at least - start discussing the matter? The guest to answer questions today is a leading Russian Cardiologist, Dr. Simon Matskeplishvili.