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Luhansk State Medical University (Луганський державний медичний університет) was founded in 1956 in Luhansk, Ukraine. Initially known as Voroshilovgrad State Medical Institute (Ворошиловградский государственный медицинский институт), it received university status in 1994.[1] In 1979 the then institute began offering postgraduate training, and from 1983 it began training foreign students in paediatrics, recruiting students from Middle Eastern countries (Iran, Iraq); Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco); and Asia (India, Malaysia, Singapore). In 1998 the university also opened schools of pharmacy and dentistry. The university has three academic buildings with scientific laboratories, a pharmacy, a dental clinic, a library and a fitness centre, and it has operated a number of clinics in Luhansk's various medical institutions.

State Establishment "Luhansk State Medical University"
Державного закладу "Луганський державний медичний університет"
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Arms of Luhansk State Medical University
MottoMedicina fructosior ars nulla (No art is more useful than medicine)
RectorIgor Ioffe
Administrative staff
Ukraine, 95006, Luhansk, square. 50th anniversary of Defense
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Coordinates: 48°30′40″N 39°21′50″E / 48.51111°N 39.36389°E / 48.51111; 39.36389

There are 22 clinical and 18 theoretical professorships, and over 400 instructors, including 76 doctors of science; over 87 percent of its instructors hold higher scientific degrees. Most programs are taught in either English or Russian as the medium of instruction.[1] The university's research focus is on the medical aspects of ecological problems in the heavily industrialized Donbass region and on the development and application of medical life support for casualties in man-made disasters. The university publishes several scientific journals and anthologies. By 2012, the university had more than 3,000 students from over 60 countries. Graduates are eligible for the United States ECFMG certification and are also eligible for certification in Canada and many other countries after passing a medical licensing examination in one of these countries.

Due to the War in Donbass, the university's faculty and students evacuated the area in September 2014, and classes resumed in Rubizhne, another city in Luhansk Oblast.[2]



Founded as Voroshilovgrad State Medical Institute on May 6, 1956, pursuant to Decree 2522 of Ukraine's Council of Ministers, the institute's first rector was Ivan Danilovich Vashchenko, acting chief physician of the Dzerzhynsk regional hospital.

He was succeeded by Prof. Evgenij Ignatovich Palchevskij, MD, who led the Institute from 1957 to 1960. Palchevskij was a Second World War veteran who was a graduate of Kiev Medical Institute, later renamed the Bogomolets National Medical University. Under his leadership, the academic staff and students of the institute were first organized as an Academic Council and a Student Society.

Associate Prof. Fedir Dmitrovich Povelitsya, PhD, who led the institute from 1960 to 1963, was a graduate of the Kharkiv National Medical University and had also fought in World War II. He was instrumental in developing the institute's clinical site.

Associate Prof. Donat Grigorovich Korchikov, PhD, institute director from 1963 to 1966, studied at Kharkiv National Medical University from 1941 to 1942, at Tashkent Medical Institute till 1943, then in the Kharkiv infantry mortar school as a Second World War combatant. In 1950 he graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk Medical Institute, now the Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy. Having completed the institute's clinical sites, he worked part-time as an assistant professor of surgery.

Campus infrastructureEdit

The University campus is located in a forested area of Luhansk. The university's three academic buildings include laboratories for scientific research and a vivarium for maintaining laboratory animals, a facility for pharmacy instruction, a modern, fully equipped dental clinic and a centre for family medicine. The campus has a modern library, a sports complex with fitness centre, tennis courts and cricket pitch, and three multi-storey student residences with Internet access. It maintains a technical centre with lathes for metalworking, two pumping stations and five transformer substations. The university has also operated a number of clinics in Luhansk's various medical institutions. The total area of all campus buildings is 73,957m² — including classroom facilities, 18,172m²; training and support, 15,870m²; utility services, 25,135m²; and residences, 14,870m².


  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Faculty of Foreign Students
  • Pharmaceutical Faculty
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Postgraduate Studies

Internship SpecialtiesEdit


  • Ivan D. Vashchenko (06/05/1956 to 24/02/1957)
  • Eugene Gnatovych Palchevskiy (25/02/1957 to 05/25/1960)
  • Theodore D. Povelitsya (05/25/1960 to 18/11/1963)
  • Donat G. Korchykov (11.18.1963 to 27.12.1966)
  • Irina Josypivna Tchaikovsky (from January 1967 to June 1975)
  • Anatoly Faddeev (from 26.09.1975 to 08.15.1984)
  • Vladimir G. Koveshnikov (1984–2003)
  • Valery K. Ivchenko (2003-2014)
  • Igor Ioffe (2014–present)

Honorary Doctors and GraduatesEdit

Some well-known LSMU graduates include Raisa Bogatyrova, an obstetrician-gynaecologist and a former Ukrainian Minister of Health; the late Vladimir Sergeevich Zemskov, an internationally famous oncologist and surgeon in Kiev; the late Valery K. Ivchenko, a trauma surgeon who was himself rector of LSMU from 2003 to 2014; and Tatiana Tkachuk, a specialist in gynaecological oncology who has authored numerous scientific papers.

  • Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine - MD Professor VK Ivchenko, MD Professor VG Koveshnikov
  • Academics High School Ukraine - MD Professor Koveshnikov VG, MD Professor V. Frolov
  • Honored Worker of Science of Ukraine - MD Professor VK Ivchenko, MD Professor Koveshnikov VG, MD Professor B.Yu. Dobrin, MD Professor V. Frolov,
  • MD Professor Antipova S., MD Professor Dyemyenkov VR, MD Professor Gaydash IS, MD Professor Romaniuk BP, MD Professor Lukyanchuk VD, Kazamyrko Professor NK, MD Professor Komarevtseva IA
  • Honored Worker of Health of Ukraine - Professor Hudzenko AP
  • Honored Worker of Industry of Ukraine - Tsybko VI
  • Honoured Doctor of Ukraine - MD Professor V. Chub, MD Professor Joffe IV, MD Professor Radionov VG, MD Professor Pepenin VR, PhD Rodomskyy VT, PhD Hoopoe AM, PhD Rachkauskas GS, PhD Doncova KM, PhD Kachur NV, PhD Pomerantseva TI
  • Honorary citizens Lugansk - MD Professor Koveshnikov VG, MD Professor AA Olshanetskyi

Journals and booksEdit

  • "Ukrainian Journal of extreme medicine behalf H.O.Mozhayeva"
  • "Ukrainian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Medicine"
  • "Ukrainian Medical Almanac"
  • "Ukrainian morphological Almanac"
  • "General Pathology and Pathological Physiology"
  • "Actual problems of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Immunology and Medical Genetics"
  • "Surgery of Donbass"


  1. ^ a b Учреждение: Луганский государственный медицинский университет (Institution: Lugansk State Medical University). Ukrainian Medical Journal (Український Медичний Часопис). Accessed 27 April 2015.
  2. ^ Як працюють українські виші на окупованому Донбасі (How universities in occupied Ukrainian Donbass are faring), 5 November 2014, еспресо.tv. Accessed 27 April 2015.

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