Archive | June 2015

Drs. Brian and Sergei at Lutsk Castle Restaurant


Drs. Brian and Sergei at Lutsk Castle Restaurant



Lutsk ancient fortress from early 1400’s



Ancient Lutsk Castle, built in the early 1400’s

Beautiful lecture hall in Lutsk Hospital



Beautiful lecture hall at Lutsk Hospital

Cherrie and Dr. Sam Scheinberg demonstrate and discuss tourniquet and direct pressure disk use to save a life

image   Cherrie and Dr. Sam Scheinberg demonstrate life-saving tourniquet and direct compression disk for extremity hemorrhage; seen with them is new great friend Dr. Ivan Kuzminsky…an Emergency Medicine physician in Kyiv who is our translator and whose strong faith and servant heart are inspirational to us all

Dr. Tim Nunez lecturing in Lutsk on trauma resuscitation



Dr. Tim Nunez lecturing on trauma resuscitation at Lutsk Hospital

At Kyiv WW2 museum…L to R: me, Vitaliy, Cherrie, Sam, Tim and Sergei



At World War 2 museum, sculpture in Kyiv with the “gang”, L to R:

Brian, Vitaliy, Cherrie, Sam, Tim and Sergei

Brian with Paul and Vika Thorson with Tovia, their almost 1 year old boy



Brian with Paul and Vika Thorson and their nearly 1 year old son, Tovia

Vitaliy Demyanchuk, Heart Surgeon in Kyiv, with wife Olga, daughters Eva and Polly



Dear friend Dr. Vitaliy Demyanchuk, heart surgeon in Kyiv…with his wife Olga and daughters Eva and Polly

Great time in Lutsk at their beautiful Hospital; Ukraine hospitality at it’s best

Today we had around 60 doctors…Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgeons, Chest Surgeons, General Surgeons, Radiologists, Anesthesiologists and Hospital leaders in this beautiful city of 215,000 in northwestern Ukraine attend our one day Seminar on Trauma Resuscitation.  Tim Nunez was our lead speaker….and he hit it out of the park.  As a former US Army battlefield surgeon, he “gets it” and teaches so capably and with great experience.  Dr. Sam and Cherrie Scheinberg gave a great demonstration of their products to splint, pack wounds, seal chest wounds and tourniquets….many devices used in the US Army, and in EMS and ER care around the nation and world.  What a great couple.  Married 47 years.  See:

It was my joy to see yet again the possibilities that can occur when you seek what is wanted and needed, then put together a team to meet expressed needs.  This team is the best I could have hoped for to teach trauma resuscitation.

It was my joy to teach Simulation cases on trauma resuscitation with audience participation and show the utility of intraosseous access when needed. Then on to showing the utility of the FAST exam using ultrasound at the bedside in serious trauma.

Tomorrow we push on to Lviv.  Arrive mid day, then some sightseeing and settling into our Hotel there before our one day Seminar on Friday.  Then Friday night on to Vinnitsa in an overnight train.

This team is such a blessing, as are our hosts.  The Hospital and the hospitailty here in Lutsk are exceptional.  We are blessed, and loving every minute.

Photos to follow…..

Team all in Kyiv….first conference completed

We all feel blessed, and happy to be here among many friends, some new, some old here in Ukraine. For Dr. Timothy Nunez, it is his first time here. For Dr. Sam Scheinberg and wife Cherrie….the second time. Their first time was in the early 1970’s, so this is quite a different nation now.

The weather has been beautiful except for some brief rain this morning…while we were all indoors lecturing. Our flights and Customs and everything went fine. Today we lectured from 10a-5:30p. All went well. Every one of us asked many questions. That is always a good sign. Engaged audience. Tim is in the process, I am convinced, of breaking up the myths that still often exist against giving uncrossmatched blood to trauma patients in class 3 & 4 hemorrhagic shock. His detailing of his Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield experiences, blended with his civilian experiences the last 5 years at Vanderbilt make him quite a compelling speaker.

Though we will bracket more time going forward….the Simulation cases…both brought the audience into the action. And afforded Sam and Cherrie the opportunity to explain the utility of several of their inventions of Sam Medical…namely their Chest Seal, Junctional Tourniquet and thrombogenic dressing.

It was then my joy to present ultrasound utility in trauma. The FAST exam and the E-FAST exam.

This is our last night in Kyiv until we come back here June 30th….and then depart July 1st at 0545.

For supper it was my joy to reunite with old friends…heart surgeon Dr. Vitaliy Demyanchuk and his wife Olga and daughters Polly and Eva. As well with songwriter, playwright Paul Thorson and his wife Vika and their son Tovia.

This morning it was great to get out and take a nice log, brisk walk in the morning before breakfast. Looking forward to that again tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow we have siteseeing in Kyiv for the group, then on to Lutsk…about a 6 hour drive. What a joy to be here again. On behalf of ACEP Ambassador Program….collaborating on Emergency Care.

To see dear friend Dr. Sergei Bolyukh means so much to me. We met because each of us had undergone a spiritual awakening. Next April it will be 20 years since we first met. He is truly like a brother to me. We rejoice in the many ways we have been allowed to serve others.