April 18, 2019 at the meeting of the Academic Council of the Pirogov Center, the initiative of establishing the honorary status and the title of “Honorary Head of the Department” was made by the Chairman of the Council, General Director of the Pirogov Center, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, professor O.E. Karpov. This honorary status and rank is awarded to professors of the Pirogov Center, who left the post of head of the department of the Institute of the Advanced Training of Doctors, who led the work of the staff of department for more than 10 years and made a significant contribution to the development of science and education.

The first professor awarded this honorary status and title at the request of the staff of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery with a course of X-ray endovascular surgery was President of the Pirogov Center, Professor of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery with a course of X-ray Vascular Surgery, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences Yu.L. Shevchenko.

Yuri Leonidovich is not only the first head of the department who has been in charge of it for more than 14 years, but also the initiator of the creation of the Institute of Advanced Training of Doctors of the Pirogov Center, the Scientific and Dissertation Councils. The Pirogov principle of compulsory combination of educational activities, scientific research and clinical work is fully embodied by Yuri Leonidovich within the walls of the Center, thus creating an example to follow and for inheritance. Contribution of Yu.L. Shevchenko in the development of various areas of domestic and global thoracic and cardiovascular surgery is unprecedented. He is the founder of purulent-septic cardiac surgery and cardioneurology. As the head of a scientific and pedagogical school (cardiac surgery), he prepared more than 80 doctoral dissertations, published many scientific and educational works, including 17 monographs.

The Scientific Council unanimously supported the proposal of the staff of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Rector of the Institute of Advanced Training of Doctors of the Pirogov Center to award Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Shevchenko with the status and title of Honorary Head of the Department.

The Chairman of the Academic Council, Corresponding Member of the RAS O.E. Karpov, in his congratulatory speech on conferring the status and title “Honorary Head of the Department” to Academician of the RAS Yu.L. Shevchenko, stressed that this initiative forms the basis and provides a good example not only for other departments of the Institute of the Pirogov Center, but also creates a precedent for inheritance by other educational and scientific institutions. The creation of the status and title “Honorary Head of the Department” will allow preserving the basis of national traditions of teaching and training highly qualified specialists in various branches of surgery and medicine.