Yeltsin’s Heart Surgeon Visits Veterinary College
Dr. Renat S. Akchurin, the heart surgeon who in 1996 performed
a quintuple bypass on Russian president Boris Yeltsin, paid a 10-day visit
to the College of Veterinary Medicine to participate in research being
conducted by veterinary biosciences faculty Dr. David Gross, head, and
Dr. Victor Krylov, visiting research professor. Dr. Krylov had been Dr.
Akchurin’s professor and mentor in the 1970s at the USSR Research Centre
of Surgery in Moscow.
Drs. David Gross and Victor Krylov welcomed Dr. Renat
Akchurin (right) to the College at a reception in the Atrium on July 7.
Dr. Akchurin worked with Drs. Gross and Krylov to test a new approach
toward artificial valves in veins. “One of the most significant problems
facing vascular surgeons today is finding a way to repair venous valves,”
says Dr. Gross. Development of a feasible venous valve could have great
benefits for varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis, two potentially fatal
conditions that are currently refractory to all available treatments.
Dr. Akchurin is the chief of the department of cardiovascular surgery
and angiology at the Cardiology Research Centre in Moscow and one of the
most prominent heart surgeons in the world. While in Urbana Dr. Akchurin
gave presentations to the University and local medical communities on his
experiences performing coronary artery bypass surgery on more than 1,500
patients using microsurgery techniques. Binocular loupes (magnifying lenses
worn as eyeglasses) are typically used in U.S. heart surgeries, but Dr.
Akchurin’s operating microscope technique has yielded superior results
among his patients.