Education: Bogomolets National Medical University.
Professional experience: 21 years
Priority areas of practice and range of medical advice
children with a gastroenterological pathology.
treatment of functional illnesses of children’s digestive system, disorders of motor function (coprostasis, reflux), food intolerance (galactosemia, celiac disease, phenylketonuria)
Treatment of children’s antibiotic-associated diarrhea of different ages
dietetic nutrition consultant during functional and organic disorders of children’s digestive system.
Scientific and public activities
teacher of Department of Pediatrics No.2 in Bogomolets National Medical University
speeches at conferences on pediatrics, gastroenterology
publications in English-language literatures
Membership in Ukrainian Association of Pediatricians - gastroenterologists and nutritionists.
The most common complaints
‘Relevant pathology – functional gastrointestinal disorder of infants: coprostasis, intestinal colic, regurgitation syndrome. Older patients seek medical attention with functional pathologies of pancreas, gall bladder, stomach and intestine, parasitic invasions.’
Peculiarities of pediatric gastroenterology:
‘There is a trend of increasing disease incidence associated with nutritional disorder, psychogenic stress factors, infections – viral and bacterial diarrhea – irrational use of medicines and even doctor prescribed medicine in large amounts, that have side effects on the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract. People visit gastroenterologist with consequences of taking of antibacterial and antiviral medicines, syrups, suspensions consisting of a lot of dyes. The reason of allergic dermatitis and acute urticaria is condition of digestive system; allergists and dermatologists, and gastroenterologists are altogether engaged in treatment.’
‘Children under two years often react negatively to medical inspection, abdominal palpation in particular. Such a diagnostic requires the child to be relaxed and if baby do cries, what inspection can we talk about? Someone is afraid of white coat, someone reacts badly to the situation of hospital. Everyone has own preferences. I have to persuade him in a playful way.’
A piece of advice for patients
‘You should have sensible nutrition, use medicinal drugs sufficiently, do not self-medicate, taking medicines with significant effect without clear indications and keep a healthy lifestyle.’
‘It is interesting to work with students who are willing to study. We welcome all initiatives. There have been always those who don’t want to study, but they are minority, today's youth mostly is motivated to acquire knowledge.’
‘Do not put pressure on the children. First of all we must see the personality, contribute to diverse development, find hidden talents. Someone loves to dance, someone – to draw, someone – to travel. Someone is interested in history, someone – in geography, someone – in mathematics. To support child and promote his hobbies is the duty of his parents.
‘Most of all I was impressed by the case, when parents of a child, suffering from coprostasis, have asked to carry out X-ray diffraction of intestinal tract. Usually, parents refuse from this procedure, despite the advice of doctors. It is nice to see growth of educational level of society. Internet and exchange of experiences of young families in treatment and education contribute to that a lot.’
‘In addition to professionalism, which should be in the first place, a good doctor has to prepossess, have a psychological experience, thanks to which he contacts with patients. Psychogenic factors that affect motor skills and secretion often provide the basis of digestive tract diseases. The trust of parents and baby is half of treatment success.’
Hobbies and Interests
Traveling, reading, going to the theater, socializing with friends.
‘At the age of 8-10 years, my son became interested in the Middle Ages – that was the time we travelled all the castles in Ukraine and abroad. Thanks to him I learned much of history.’