Vladimir Zelman, co-chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, was recently elected to the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, a branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Needing a two thirds majority from the academy’s board members to achieve membership, Zelman was unanimously elected by his peers–a further indication of the high regard in which Zelman is held in his native land.
Before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Academy of Sciences directed more than 260 institutions, including laboratories, research stations and scientific societies, and its branches were spread throughout the Soviet Union. It was founded in 1724 by Peter the Great.
Zelman flew to Moscow at the end of April to receive his award, which was broadcast on Russian state television. “I’m extremely honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Zelman.
A U.S. resident since 1976, Zelman has worked to further academic and medical ties between the two countries in the past quarter century, and the award is a reflection of this.
“I think this award will further promote the good relationship between the American and Russian scientific communities,” he said.