The UB surgical resident whose team of medical and surgical providers provided assistance in Ukraine is back in Buffalo and will discuss his experience and how Western New Yorkers can help during a conference on April 29.
The event, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. at Coco Bar & Bistro, 888 Main St., Buffalo, is open to the public, especially medical students and professionals. It is sponsored by the Global Medicine Program at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The speaker will be Aaron Epstein, fourth-year surgical resident, Jacobs School Department of Surgery, and founder of the Global Surgical and Medical Support Groupand Bohdan Cherniawki, Director of the Board of the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Dnipro.
Epstein’s team mobilizes American surgeons and surgical residents – many of them veterans – on assignments in war zones and high-needs areas. He recently received the Citizens Honor Award for Service, considered the second highest civilian honor in the United States.
During this informal “talk and drink” session, Epstein and Cherniawki will provide information on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and what international organizations are doing to support the Ukrainian people. Speakers will also discuss how Western New Yorkers can volunteer or otherwise support Ukrainian relief efforts in the United States.
David Holmes, director of UB’s Global Medicine program, had worked with UB medical students to plan a Global Medicine trip to Ukraine in June. “The trip had to be canceled because of the war,” says Holmes, “but the students still wanted to do something to help Ukraine. They imagined the information and support event taking place this Friday.
UB medical students Jeff Zhang and Andrey Galper and others collected donations of medical supplies from Buffalo hospitals and worked on fundraising efforts — including Friday’s event — to raise funds for medical supplies to be donated to the front lines in Ukraine.
Information on how to donate is available online.