Eduard Aleksandrovich Stepanov

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:620
  1. Boleslav Lichterman

    Pioneer in paediatric surgery

    As chief paediatric surgeon at the ministry of health in the former Soviet Union (USSR), Eduard Aleksandrovich Stepanov mastered many types of paediatric surgery, invented ways of surgically treating diseases in infants and children, and coauthored several manuals on abdominal and thoracic surgery.

    He was born in Moscow, the son of an office worker. During the Great Patriotic war of 1941-5 the family was evacuated to Tashkent. After the war they moved to Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine, where he entered the medical faculty of Dnepropetrovsk Medical Institute in 1947.

    However, the next year Stepanov transferred to the paediatric faculty of the Stalin Second Moscow Medical Institute (now the Russian State Medical University), graduating as a paediatrician in 1953. From 1953 to 1956 he was a clinical ordinator (a position similar to that of a clinical resident in the United States or a hospital registrar in the United Kingdom) at the chair for paediatric surgery of the Second Moscow Medical Institute. After several years as a surgeon at the Filatov Moscow …

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