Engage in public health and medical education


1. Educating today’s medical professionals with the latest techniques in treatment and diagnostics through organized conferences and seminars.

Doctors and nurses from CCRDF partner hospitals are invited to attend medical conferences, training seminars, and hands-on workshops so that they may better familiarize themselves with current medical approaches to treating patients and learn how to work with the sophisticated equipment procured for their respective hospitals. The continuing medical education lectures are given by international and national experts in their respective medical fields of study, are organized in various locations throughout Ukraine, and customarily last 2 days.





June 24, 2011 2nd Ukrainian-Polish conference in Pediatric Cardiology Lecturers: Prof. Wanda Kawalec - head of the Cardiology Clinic at Warsaw Children’s Memorial Health Institute, Poland and other Polish and Ukrainian pediatric cardiology experts. Lviv
September, 2010 1st Ukrainian-Polish conference in Pediatric Cardiology Lecturers: Prof. Wanda Kawalec - head of the Cardiology Clinic at Warsaw Children’s Memorial Health Institute, Poland; Prof. Oleg Hnateyko - Director, Lviv Institute of Hereditary Pathology, Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine; other Polish and Ukrainian experts.
Participants from 11 regions of Ukraine.

November, 2008

Seminar “High Frequency Ventilation: Approaches and Strategies to Neonatal Respiratory Care.”

Lecturer: Dr. Jordana Fenik – a neonatologist from “Newark Beth Israel Medical Center,” a hospital located in New Jersey, USA


October 27-28, 2008

Training "Practical Approaches of Perinatalogy."

Lecturers who presented during the training included: Dr. Elizabeth Shunko -  head specialist of neonatology of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, head of the neonatal department of the P. L. Shypula Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Studies, Prof. Yuriy Korzhynsky – head of the pediatric department and neonatal faculty of Post-Graduate Studies of the D. Halytskiy Medical University in Lviv, and specialists of the  Zhytomyr Center for Maternal and Child Protection; 24 participants from “Cradles of Hope” program partner hospitals.

Zhytomyr, Center for Maternal and Child Protection

June 25-26, 2008

Medical Education Seminar "Fundamentals of Surfactant Therapy."

Neonatologysts from Cradles of Hope Partner Hospitals; Lecturer: Laponoh Serhiy, Director of the NICU and ICU of the Zhytomyr Maternity hospital.

Zhytomyr, Center for Maternal and Child Protection

October 29-30, 2007

Ultrasonography Workshop

Ultrasonographers, obstetricians, perinatologists from Cradles of Hope partner hospitals; lecturers: Dr. Luc De Catte, ObGyn of Leuven, Belgium; Dr. Josef Wisser, ObGyn from Zurich, Switzerland; Dr. Oleksiy Solovyov, ObGyn of the Kyiv clinic Nadia.


June 18-19, 2007

Neonatal Training Seminar

Dr. Elmer David, Professor and Director of Pediatrics - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Renell Leichty, R.N., Development Care Coordinator, Fort Wayne, Indiana.


June 15-16, 2007

National Medical Conference “Health Issues of Perinatology of Mother and Child.”

350 physicians and nurses working in perinatal, neonatal and obstetrical care from 24 oblasts of Ukraine; lecturers from  the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine: Dr. Jerry Max Gilles, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Dr. Mary O'Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Ob-Gyn; Dr. Cleide Suguihara, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director; Dr. Shahnaz Duara, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director  of NICU, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida; Renell Leichty, R.N., Development Care Coordinator, Fort Wayne, Indiana.


October 27-28,  2006

The second National Neonatal Forum “Treatment of Cardiac Birth Defects.”

Over 300 cardiac surgeons and physicians from throughout Ukraine. Lecturers: Dr. Steven Lipshultz, Chairman of the Pediatrics Department at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Illya Yemetz, Chief Surgeon and Director of the Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Centre in Kyiv: Dr. Eliot Rosenkranz, Director of Congenital Heart Surgery at the University of Miami; Cardiac intensivist Dr. Steven Shultz.

Kyiv, Pediatric Cardio-Vascular Center of Excellence for Cardiac Surgery

April 1-2, 2004

1st National  Infant Cardiac Surgery Forum "International and Nationwide Experience in Treating Infants with congenital Heart Defects"

500 doctors and nurses from the all regions of Ukraine. Lecturers: pediatric cardiologist from the U.S., Dr. Robert Shaddy and Renell Leichty, the chief neonatal nurse from Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.


22-23 November, 2002

Regional Conference for surgeons and cardiologists.

300 doctors and nurses. Lecturers: Dr. I. Yemets, founder of the Infant Cardiac Surgery Center in Kyiv; Dr. Roman Kovalsky.


April 24-25, 2002

Third National Conference in Neonatal Intensive Care

330 doctors and nurses form all 25 oblasts of Ukraine. Lecturers: Dr. Ihor Bilyk, an American Neonatologist and Renell Leichty, the chief neonatal nurse from Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Pushcha Ozerna Sanatorium, Kyiv

May 23-24, 2001 Sixth Endocrinology Conference “Scientific Articles Regarding Thyroid Cancer Treatment and Management”
Lecturers from USA: Dr. Richard J. Robbins, Dr. Leonard Wartofsky, Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University
Main sponsor: Abbott Laboratories

30 September-1 October, 2000

Natioanal Cardiac Surgery Conference

Dr. I. Yemets, founder of the infant cardiac surgery center in Kyiv.


18-20 of October, 1999

The Second Neonatal Conference

Over 100 participants from the 25 regions of Ukraine. Lecturers: Morris Cohen, M.D. and Head Neonatal Nurse Patricia Benedetto, RNC, BSN, MPA of the Children's Hospital - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NJ.

Lutsk, Volynian Regional Children’s Medical Centre

April 18,1999

The First Neonatal Conference

Establishment of Neonatalogist Association of Ukraine


April, 1997 (6 weeks)

Physician's Training Program at St. Barnabas Hospital.

Dr. Shyan Sun, Director of Department of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Dr. Alexander Buyalsky, Dr. Marina Fedutik, Head Nurse Olga Mykolayenko - all from Dnipropetrovsk Children's Hospital #3.

St. Barnabas, Livingston, NJ

April 19-20, 1995

Endocrinology and Physicians Training Workshop

Dr. Nicholas Baranetsky of St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark, NJ; Dr. Benjamin Rush of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Union Hospital; Dr. Molly Schwen of University of Boston Medical Center, Boston MA; Dr. Martin Fosburg of University of Boston Medical Center; Dr. Mykola Tronko, Director of the Institute of Endocrinology in Kyiv; Dr. Andriy Serdiouk, Minister of Health; Father Ed McMahon of Catholic Medical Mission.

Kyiv National Institute of Endocrinology

2.Empowering doctors, nurses and medical students through the distribution of resource materials.

Working within the medical health sector, CCRDF believes that it is imperative not only to infuse hospitals with quality life-saving technology, but also provide the medical staff with requisite literature.  The need for such publications is evident since physicians, nurses, and parents frequent the CCRDF Kyiv office requesting a copy of our latest publication.  Below are the medical texts, parental manuals, and an educational reference about the Chornobyl disaster which CCRDF translated, printed, and distributed with the help of various corporate sponsors and foundations. 

1. 1. Normalna vahitnist Ukrainian women are yearning for information to help them care for their children and to prevent birth complications.  In 1997, with the help of the Monsanto Company, CCRDF published and distributed thousands of copie s of its pioneering new illustrated health booklet entitled "Normal'na Vahitnist'" (A Healthy Pregnancy).  Designed by American and Ukrainian obstetricians and public health specialists, this 50 page booklet gave young mothers the facts they needed to safeguard the health of their unborn babies and to protect themselves from unnecessary risks during pregnancy.  CCRDF reprinted the booklet in 2000 due to popular demand.


2. 2. Dohlyad za nemovlyatamyIn 1998, CCRDF printed and distributed a companion volume to A Healthy Pregnancy titled, “Dohlyad za Nemovlyatamu” (Caring for Newborns).





3. The essentials of Neonatology 3. In 1999, with the help of the International Women’s Organization “Zhinocha Hromada” CCRDF published “The Essentials of Neonatology.”  This medical text was distributed free-of-charge among neonatologists all over Ukraine.





4. In 2000, CCRDF reprinted the “Nornal’na Vahitnist’” (A Healthy Pregnancy ) booklet– a concise pregnancy guide, which aims to support the expectant parents and baby throughout the whole process and to explain the different aspects of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health and wellbeing of mother and baby.  The booklet, reprinted due to popular demand, was made possible thanks to the generous contribution made by Mr. Yaropolk Hladkyj.



4. Manual of Neonatology 5. In 2002, with the help of sponsors Procter & Gamble, NZ Techno, Nestle, Paramed, Colonel Yaropolk Hladkyj, and Andriy Kurylko, CCRDF published the Ukrainian edition of the Manual of Neonatology – the 700 page handbook that neonatal specialists around the world consider the definitive authority on this issue – by Drs. John Cloherty and Ann Stark.  The edition was distributed at no cost to hundreds of doctors across the country.



5. Cardiovascular Disease in the Neonate

6. In 2004, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Dr. Gil Wernovsky’s Clinics in Perinatology: Cardiovascular Disease in the Neonate was translated, printed, and distributed to Ukraine’s cardiac surgeons and cardiologists.  All copies were compliments of CCRDF’s sponsors Nestle, NZ Techno, Aesculap, US Optics, Medtronics Foundation, and Colonel Yaropolk Hladkyj.




6. Manual of Neonatology-2 (LC) 7. In 2005, with the help of the Kyiv Lion’s Club, CCRDF published the second edition of the popular Manual of Neonatology which has become the official medical text sanctioned by the Ministry of Health for use in Ukraine’s medical schools.





7. Horishna_book_eng 8. In 2006, in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Chornobyl disaster, CCRDF published a reference book by Dr. Olha Horishna titled “Chornobyl’s Long Shadow: Health Consequences of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster.”  This ground-breaking anthology of research studies on radiation health effects of the Chornobyl disaster was published both in Ukrainian and English.




8. Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics 9. In 2007, the McMillanChildrens Foundation and CCRDF translated, printed, and distributed The John Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics which was distributed to all 300 attendees of the National Medical Conference “Health Issues of Perinatology in Mother and Child” held in Kyiv in June 2007.




9. Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies 10. In 2009, CCRDF published Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies which provides readers with a complete, easily referenced guide to managing the pregnant patient and fetus at risk.  The text informs of over 100 problematic pathologies which could be encountered during pregnancy and how to treat and prevent birth defects for the benefit of the mother’s and child’s health.  According to the research of the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology (POG), radioactive elements dispersed into the air by the Chornobyl accident have caused negative effects on the reproductive organs of the women who, at the time of the catastrophe, were children.  Research shows that the amount of pathologies in pregnancy has increased by 30% even in the moderately contaminated regions.

10. Manual of Neonatology-3

11. In 2010, due to popular demand, CCRDF publishes the 8th edition and 3rd Ukrainian-language edition of Manual of Neonatology sponsored by the CCRDF New Haven Chapter.





3. Providing education, training and information to young families throughout their pregnancy, delivery, and beyond through established family medical centers.

Volodymyrets center As part of the CCRDF Children’s and Women’s Health Initiative program, CCRDF sponsors the Family Medical Center that provides medical consultation and examinations for couples planning to have a child and counsels young couples on preparatory childbirth classes.

The 8 week preparatory course meets weekly in the lecture hall of the Family Medical Center in the Rivne region where obstetricians and neonatologists address and teach the soon-to-be parents about the development of the child in utero and the labor expectations.  For the final session, the parents visit the delivery rooms of the maternity hospital to better visualize their delivery.  The benefit of the courses are many including allowing the patient to form a relationship with the doctors, trusting them more, and the reducing the unknowns associated with pregnancy and delivery which greatly eases the process of delivery and reduces the risk of stressing the baby during childbirth.

In 2008, the renovation of the Family Medical Center was completed in Volodymyrets, a town located in northwest Ukraine.