Ukraine Health Reform: Leapfrogging to a Modern Health System. Talk with Dr Ulana Suprun. 23 April, 2018 7:30pm

As part of vital reforms in Ukraine, Dr Suprun and her team are transforming the old corrupted inefficient healthcare system, first time in 26 years. Ulana Suprun is keen to break the chains of the Soviet legacy in the healthcare in Ukraine and to shift its focus to a patient. After a year of fierce national debate, by the end of 2017 the healthcare reform was finally adopted and is to be implemented during the next three years. This April the Doctor for Each Family campaign was launched throughout the country as its first step providing a freedom of choice for one’s own family doctor.  Acting Minister of Health of Ukraine Dr Ulana Suprun will speak on the ongoing transformations of the healthcare system, its main challenges and opportunities. 


DATE: 23 April 2018

TIME: 7:30 pm

VENUE: 79 Holland Park W11 3SW

The talk will be in English and will be moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of the Ukrainian Institute.

The event is free, but prior registration is required. Please click here to register. 


Speakers' biography:


Ulana Suprun, M.D. is the Acting Minister of Health of Ukraine, founder and former director of the NGO Patriot Defence and former director of the Humanitarian Initiatives for the Ukrainian World Congress

Dr Suprun was born to a Ukrainian family in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University in 1985 with a BS in Biology, and received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1989. After six years of post-graduate clinical residency and fellowship in Women's Imaging, she was Board certified in Radiology and practiced medicine in New York, NY and Detroit, MI for 15 years, both in private practice and as acting director of Mammography at Henry Ford Hospital. She was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital and vice medical director of a Women's Imaging Medical Imaging of Manhattan in New York, NY. Dr. Suprun is an active member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America.

Being very active in the Ukrainian diaspora community, as well as frequently traveling to Ukraine both for personal and professional visits, she and her husband Marko Suprun moved to Ukraine permanently in November of 2013. Both were on Maidan during the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv: Ulana worked in the medical services of the Euromaidan, while Marko helped rescue injured individuals, as well as translated for foreign journalists. This subsequently led to her position at the Ukrainian World Congress and later to the founding of “Patriot Defence”, a non-governmental organization that provides tactical medicine training and distributes NATO Standard Improved First Aid Kits (IFAKs) to Ukraine’s servicemen. Through both positions, Dr. Suprun was instrumental in organizing several millions of dollars of humanitarian aid into Ukraine, including introducing courses in tactical medicine for over 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers and providing more than 22,000 first aid kits for those trained. The training programs also included first responder courses for police and trauma courses for both military and civilian doctors. Dr. Suprun was involved in the planning and implementation of the Canadian surgical missions through the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and Patriot Defence worked closely with the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine on the training programs for Ukrainian police and providing first aid kits to the Ukrainian military.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko awarded Dr. Suprun and Marko Suprun Ukrainian citizenship in July 2015, "in the national interest of Ukraine." In September 2015 Dr. Ulana Suprun was appointed director of the School of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Ukrainian Catholic University. She also was invited to be a consultant for the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on Health and worked on new laws regarding Rehabilitation and Emergency Medicine. Through her efforts, two new professions-physical and occupational therapist-were introduced into Ukraine and academic programs to allow for training of these specialists were approved by the Ministry of Education.

On July 27, 2016 Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers approved a resolution appointing Ulana Suprun, MD as the acting Minister of Health of Ukraine. Since that time Dr. Suprun and her team are actively working on transforming step by step the Ukrainian healthcare into a modern Western system.