Russian Health Care System is Focus of Pulsifer Lecture

May 29, 2008

Drawing on personal experiences in Russia and Eastern Europe, Richard Farmer, M.D., will present “Inside the Russian Health Care System: Lessons for Chronic Disease Management” at the annual Pulsifer Lecture, 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.

Farmer is chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He will discuss the vital role that Russian culture plays in its health care system. His experience includes 35 trips to Russia and official representation of the United States State Department from 1992 to 1994, including leading a heath team on a NATO aircraft. Farmer was medical director of the Eurasian Medical Education Program where he organized and presented programs on chronic health care, especially heart disease, for more than 5,000 Russian doctors.

Farmer’s involvement encompassed areas from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, including Central Asia, Siberia, and 12 of the 14 newly independent states (NIS). He has visited more than 150 hospitals and medical centers and has published numerous papers on his experiences in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to coming to Rochester, Farmer served as chair of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic for 16 years, where his involvement in international medicine included lecturing in more than 40 countries.

The annual Pulsifer Lecture is held in honor and memory of Libby Pulsifer, M.D., who founded his medical practice in Rochester in 1927 and helped to establish the gastroenterology department and outpatient clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital. Pulsifer served five years as chief of medicine at Rochester General Hospital. His large practice was focused on clinical medicine and gastroenterology, which in its later years was largely aimed at caring for geriatric patients.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Rochester Academy of Medicine is located at 1441 East Avenue, Rochester.

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