Prominent Russian cardiologist. Vladimir Andreevich Almazov graduated from the First Leningrad Medical Institute named after academician I. P. Pavlov (1966), became Academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (1995). For 47 years of work at St. Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University (First Leningrad Medical Institute) Vladimir Almazov made huge contribution to the training of highly qualified medical staff.
General therapy faculty which Vladimir Andreevich Almazov headed from 1971 to 1997 was developed in multidisciplinary hospital, including therapeutic, cardiac, endocrine and hematology departments and intensive care unit. V.A. Almazov established scientific cardiology school which served as the basis for the organization of the Research Institute of Cardiology of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation in 1980.
V. A. Almazov headed the Institute since its inception and devoted considerable attention to improving of cardiology service in St. Petersburg and North-West region of Russia, advanced training of cardiologists and improved the quality of cardiac care. For several years he was the chairman of the Problem Research Center for Cardiology of Ministry of Health and from 1997 to 1999 became the Chairman of Cardiology Section of Ministry of Health Academic Council.
Special merit of V. A. Almazov in improving care of patients with cardiovascular disease is the creation of cardiology single center with not only therapeutic, but also surgical care for patients.
V. A. Almazov published more than 300 scientific papers, including 25 monographs and textbooks on various sections of internal medicine. The most significant Almazov’s works are devoted to problems of hypertension and coronary heart disease. He supervised 60 Ph.D. and 25 doctoral theses. In 1998 V. A. Almazov was awarded the title “Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation”. In 1996 the International Biographical Centre (Cambridge) awarded him a medal and a diploma “For outstanding achievements in medicine XX century”.
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