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Magee Hosts Russian Physicians to Study Women’s Health


PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2014 – A delegation of five Russian obstetric gynecologists will visit Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) for a comprehensive program exploring advanced care practices and scientific research for a wide range of women’s health issues. 


The delegation will spend May 23 to 31 in Pittsburgh learning best practices in gynecological care, obstetrics, neonatology, mid-wifery, maternal/fetal care and prenatal care. They also will learn about significant research advances in ovarian cancer, breast cancer, fertility, reproductive biology and uterine prolapse. Members of the delegation will shadow physicians and nurses in Magee’s neonatal intensive care unit, birth center and breast imaging center, and spend time in MWRI’s laboratories observing current research projects and technology.


“The visit from this delegation is an exciting opportunity to share medical and research advances happening in Pittsburgh that could have an impact nationally and internationally,” said Leslie Davis, president, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. “It also is a wonderful chance for our researchers and physicians to learn from their Russian counterparts.”


The delegation is hosted by Magee Womancare International (MWI), a nonprofit organization that serves as the international humanitarian outreach arm of Magee.


“While our organization now brings health education programs and technical assistance to the international communities of Pittsburgh, we were first established to improve health care conditions for women and infants in the former Soviet Union,” said Nicole Travis, the administrative director of MWI. “The arrival of this delegation brings our work full circle, and we are greatly looking forward to sharing our resources here in Pittsburgh.”


This visit is managed by the Open World Leadership Center, a support agency of the United States Congress. The Open World program enhances understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to American democracy and the free-market system.
For more information, please contact Nicole Travis at 412-641-8996 or travisn@mwri.magee.edu or Maura Sheldon, Open World Public Affairs Officer, at 202-707-6197.

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