Harvard Surgical HSR Speaker Series

Improving Cancer and Trauma Care in Ukraine at the Time of War

Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, MSc

Program Director, Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Gastrointestinal and General Surgery

Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, MSc, FACS, is an associate surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) and assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Melnitchouk received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. As a resident, she received the Rudolph Vollman Award for excellence in teaching and contributed to multiple HMS research projects on colon and rectal surgery procedures. She completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the combined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Colorectal Surgery Program. She is board certified in general surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Her research interests are in outcomes research and global health; colorectal cancer screening and surgery for colorectal cancer in low-to-middle income countries; gastrointestinal complications involving cardiac surgery patients with LVAD and heart transplant; and sphincter sparing surgery for rectal cancer. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic, robotic and combined endoscopic laparoscopic surgery), sphincter preserving/saving surgery in rectal cancer, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disorders.

Tuesday, April 4th

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Hybrid Webinar

BC-4118, 4th Floor, One Brigham Circle, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Webinar Registration

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • To learn about the current state of health care in Ukraine
  • To discuss opportunities to conduct global health work in the country at war
  • To understand new challenges in trauma/cancer care in Ukraine at the time of war

Target Audience

This activity is intended for research faculty and trainees

Course Director

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS

Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair of Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.