Organ transplants save lives

Sergey Gautier, Director, National Research Institution of Transplants and Artificial Organs 

1947 - Born in Moscow
1971 - Graduates, First Moscow Medical Institute
1976 - Receives PhD
1989 - Begins in-depth research on issues related to liver transplants
1990 - Organised and performed orthotopic liver transplants in USSR
1996 - Leading scientific fellow, department of liver, biliary track and pancreatic surgery
1996 - Receives doctorate
1996 - Head, liver transplant department, Russian Scientific Surgery Centre, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences
2000 - Head, organ transplant department, Russian Scientific Surgery Centre, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences
2002 - First surgeon in Russia to perform multi-organ transplant
2003 - First surgeon in the world to perform simultaneous organ transplant of the right part of the liver and kidney from a living donor
2005 - Corresponding member, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences
2008 - Director, National Research Institution of Transplants and Artificial Organs 

Despite the fact that the Russian experimental medicine pioneered this type of operations as early as in 1951, Russia is still lagging behind the developed countries in terms of number of operations. What is the reason for it: the lack of specialists or outdated laws? What should be done to change the trend and save more lives? We’ll be talking about with the director of the National Research Institution of Transplants and Artificial Organs, Sergey Gautier.