2018 ACEP Ambassador trip to Ukraine

The trip to Ukraine for May-June will be focused on the Ukraine National EMS Rally and Competition in Cherkasy, Ukraine May 30-June 2.  Host and Coordinator of this event will be ACEP Ukraine Liaison EM physician Dr. Vitaliy Krylyuk, who attended ACEP 2017 in Washington, DC with me in October.

It appears that we will also have two 1 day Pre Hospital Care Seminars in Chernivtsi and in Mohildiv-Podilski (Vinnitsa Oblast).  As well I will have time in Vinnitsa with many colleagues of over 20 years and 37 visits.  Especially surgeon Dr. Sergei Bolyukh, with whom I have had the joy of collaborating on many projects and sending of medical containers, etc.  He has now helped launch a Hospice in Vinnitsa, serving many with terminal illnesses.  The time in Mohildiv-Podilski is not just time lecturing at their Regional Hospital, but spending time (always too brief) with Archana and Ruslan Tkachuk, who have a wonderful Foster Home on the Moldovan border overlooking the Dnister River.  They are servant leaders who I love.

Returning for this trip will be Dr. Timothy Nunez of Vanderbilt Trauma Surgery.  Tim is a twice recipient of the Bronze Medal for Battlefield Surgery with the US Army, in Iraq and in Afghanistan.  He lectured in Ukraine in 2015, and it will be a joy to have him on our team again.  He will lecture at the national EMS Conference in Cherkasy on updated Trauma management and Battlefield Medicine.

Also returning to Ukraine will be my oldest daughter Heather, who was last in Ukraine at age 12 in 1997.  So roughly 20 years later, she is now an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Vanderbilt Trauma Unit.  Heather is participating in teaching and promoting the new Stop Bleeding program in America, and will share it with our Ukraine colleagues as a newer Public Service Program, to supplement First Aid and First Responder skills.

Jon Huddy, of Charlotte, NC is architect/author of the premier book on ER design in America, in it’s second edition as of last year, entitled Emergency Department Design.

Jon will be joining us at the Conference in Cherkasy and lecturing on ER design.  He is allowing the text to be translated into Ukrainian language.  Timely, as Ukraine is considering new ER’s across the nation designed more in the style we have found optimal in the USA.

If you are reading this and interested in joining our team for this or future trips, please contact me at mobile phone 615-419-0428.


Brian R. McMurray, MD, FACEP, FACP

ACEP Ambassador to Ukraine


ACEP 2017 in Washington DC October 28- November 1, 2018

It will be a joy to have ACEP Liaison to Ukraine Dr. Vitaliy Krylyuk as my colleague and guest for this year’s annual ACEP Scientific Assembly. It is launched with the ACEP International Section annual Ambassador Meeting on October 28th.

After the meetings conclude on November 1 I will be showing Vitaliy around Washington for a few days.

It will be a great time of collaboration and education.

Wrapping up Ukraine ACEP Ambassador Trip to Ukraine May 22 to June 4, 2017….A brief time in Paris en route to Nashville

An amazing Parisian dinner at Bistro Vivienne. Only thing missing was Catherine. We’re going to fix that next time I am in Paris. ❤️🍷


The Big Band at Le Caveau de les Huchette

After an early Sunday departure on the day of Pentecost it was on to Paris from Kyiv. So many fresh memories of new friends and widened and deepened collaboration.

In Paris I visited Montmartre for lunch, then a lovely dinner at Bistro Vivienne and then a memorable jazz show at Le Caveau de les Huchette. A famous Parisian jazz club. It was big band night. Excellent music and amazing ambience and history at this club

Now, Monday, June 5 it is back to Nashville, where the Predators are playing game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals in a city turned upside down with fervor for our team.

Back in Kyiv to meet Dr George Goy and the Ukraine Minister of Health Dr. Ulana Suprun and her husband Marko Suprun

    With Dr. Ulana Suprun to my left and Dr George Goy on the right of the photo. Marko Suprun on the left of the photo.

This day of meetings was a joy. An amazing story of three Ukrainian Americans (their parents Ukrainian).  Dr. Goy practices in Los Angeles. His mission of passion to help his parent’s native land and to help the Suprun’s in all their efforts

The Supruns helped critically ill victims of shooting at the Maidan in 2014. The President of Ukraine made them Ukraine citizens in recognition of their efforts. Now Dr. Ulana Suprun is the Minister of Health. Husband Marko is helping especially with efforts to teach and equip soldiers to treat battlefield casualties.

Dr. Goy has the passion to help and teach in Ukraine. We had a great time sharing.  Read More…

In Sumy, Ukraine…the 3 days EMS Symposium and Competition May 31-June 2


With Artem Shahotin who will distribute EZ IO

    Military EMS team doing CPR

With the team from Kazakhstan

EKG lecture Day One with fellow EM Doctor and translator Dr. Ivan Kuzminsky

Dr. Vitaliy Krylyuk applying moulage to a volunteer

Cricothyrotomy teaching and skill station


First night was a scenario with a man attacked by a dog and having hemorrhagic shock


With student team from Ternopil who won the overall Competition


Demonstrating the FAST exam with portable ultrasound for detecting free fluid in trauma

It was a joy and really quite amazing. 36 teams of EMS crews. From all over Ukraine and two from Lithuania and one from Kazakhstan.
The first day was lectures and teaching stations. I had the joy of presenting Medical Myths in PreHospital Care and EKG’s You Must Know and STEMI and STEMI Equivalents. As well I was able to demonstrate the FAST exam with ultrasound in Trauma. Read More…

Back to Kyiv before on to Sumy EMS Symposium and Competition

Saying goodbye to Olga and Kristina was not fun but Sergei and I today trekked on to Kyiv by new InterCity train. New and fast. A far cry from the trains here 20 years ago.

Then it was to dinner with Dr. Vitaliy Demyanchuk. I met Vitaliy when he was still in training at Amosov Heart Institute about 15 years ago. Now he is a leading heart surgeon here in Ukraine. He has operated on many people that I have referred to him from Vinnitsa Oblast and whom we have supported. Lately including Pastor Roman Lebedyev of Vinnitsa Nazarene Church.

Now he is going to meet more patients in need that I met while in Vinnitsa.

As you can see he bought me a Ukrainian hockey jersey. With my name on it. Good colors for the Nashville Predators too!!🏒🏒🏒🏒🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦‼️‼️‼️‼️

Our gift exchange included a new watch for him.

Tomorrow after a good morning walk it is off to Sumy.


To Vinnitsa from Cherkasy

With Dr. Irina (L) and Ruslan Tkachuk and Pastor Roman of Vinnitsa Nazarene Church and Dr. Sergei (R)


Wonderful lunch with friends and Pastor Roman Lebedyev and his wife Oksana and three of their kids.


Ruslan and Archana Tkachuk are dear friends from way back. They have a Christian Foster Home in Nemia overlooking the Dniester River on the border with Moldova. Arch is at this time in the States visiting. Ruslan and many of their kids joined us on Sunday. I love their ministry “Raising Hope Ukraine”. You might want to see it on the web. Google it. Much love for these precious kids coming from my heart. Their ministry truly one of human rescue.


With Olga and Sergei Bolyukh outside their home on a beautiful Sunday.


With Olga Bolyukh and granddaughter Kristina. She is just finished with 7th grade. Olga was her usual gracious hostess. And wonderful cook.

In Vinnitsa it is always “home”. 36th visit.

Activities included Cardiology Clinic with Dr. Tatiana at which I was able to meet patients we had helped financially get heart surgery and others in need. Also gave her a new Eko stethoscope. Digital with Bluetooth phonocardiogram. Useful and fun to use.

On Saturday it was lunch for many friends.

On Sunday a special service with Pastor Roman at the Vinnitsa Nazarene Church.

My dear friend Dr. Vitaliy Demyanchuk of Kyiv performed a triple bypass on him earlier this year. A big surprise but so grateful to have met Dr. Demyanchuk years ago while he was still in training. Now he is one of the best heart surgeons in Ukraine. He was hosted by Vanderbilt Heart Surgery program and me in 2004.

With Dr. Tatiana on left and with her colleague and patient

With Dr. Tatiana (L) and her colleague and patient


At Vinnitsa Hospice with Dr. Sergei and one of the Hospice Nurses and a precious patient; Dr. Sergei a founder and my joy to support this new effort in Vinnitsa Oblast


Saturday lunch with many Vinnitsa friends

Cherkasy; beautiful city on the Dnieper River in central Ukraine


With Dr. Kryluk far left; Dr. Ivan Kuzminsky far right; and two ER leaders in Cherkasy, Vladimir and Yuriy


The Dnieper at its widest


Ready for lectures


After a wonderful visit with old and new friends in Poltava it was on to Cherkasy. On the Dnieper River at its widest point. With a 13 km long hydroelectric dam.  Largest in Europe.

Their Hospital and Auditorium were beautiful. The audience was predominantly Emergency Medicine but also a couple Cardiologists and Medical students and PA students.

Included in this post some photos of this pretty area.

On to Poltava

imageimageimageimageThis was a first time visit to Poltava. Historic area of battles in the 18th Century. About a 4 hour drive from Kyiv. Similar in size to Vinnitsa a bit less than 400,000 people.

Our accommodations were nice and set in a forest. Few photos of the area attached. One of my translator Dr Ivan Kuzminsky and me at supper table

At the Medical University there were a couple hundred in attendance. It was a joy to make the presentations of Medical Myths in PreHospital Care, EKGs you must Know, STEMI Equivalent EKGs, and Update on Intraosseous Access.

Lots of questions and interactions. Wonderful hosts.

In Kyiv May 22 and an early awakening

image.jpegAll went smoothly on flights from Nashville to Kyiv.
A joy to see Drs. Sergei Bolyukh, Vitaliy Krylyuk and Ivan Kuzminsky at Borispil Airport.
After a quick refreshing at the Hotel it was out to supper in beautiful Kyiv at a Georgian Restaurant.
After returning to the Hotel I slept until 3 am. Then awakened to watch game 6 in the Nashville Predators versus Anaheim Ducks series. Wow. Back home with Catherine and Mary Ellen and Emerson and Heather in attendance, the Predators won!!‼️‼️🏒🏒🏒🏒🇺🇦🇺🇦
In the morning up for a walk in appropriate regalia.
Then on to Poltava by van with our great driver Sasha.