Vladimir Ivanovich Kulakov

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1226
  1. Boleslav Lichterman

    Leading Russian gynaecologist

    Vladimir Ivanovich Kulakov helped to introduce in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to the former Soviet Union in 1986 and performed the first laparoscopic hysterectomy in Russia in 1993. He was director of the All-Union Research Centre on the Protection of Mother and Child (currently Scientific Centre for Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Perinatology) in Moscow for more than two decades. He was editor in chief of Akusherstvo I Ginekologija (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)—a leading Russian periodical—and president of three national associations—Russian Association of Family Planning, Russian Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and National Association of Endoscopic Gynaecologists of Russia.

    Kulakov was born in 1937 in Meshcherskoe village in the Moscow region to a military officer and a school teacher. He studied at the paediatric faculty of the Pirogov Moscow Medical Institute N2 (now Russian State Medical University) but on graduating decided to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology at Moscow Regional Research Institute for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 1967 he defended his kandidatskaya dissertation (PhD thesis) on …

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