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In memory of Academician Alexander Zborovsky

1231 We deeply regret to announce the death of Alexander Zborovsky, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Medicine, Professor of Hospital Therapy Department, Military Field Therapy with a course of clinical rheumatology at Volgograd State Medical University, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Emeritus Professor of Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy (2001) and Krasnoyarsk State Medical University (2004) which took place on October 22, 2016. Alexander Zborovsky is the founder of the Volgograd scientific school of rheumatology. He made a significant contribution to the development of the domestic medical science. His destiny is inextricably connected with the history of the Research Institute of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, which he permanently headed since 1968, when the Problem research rheumatological laboratory of the USSR Health Ministry was opened, until 2009. A prominent physician, rheumatologist, scientist, teacher and public figure Alexander  Zborovsky set a vivid example of service to people throughout his life, many years of tireless activities. The combination of high human simplicity, humanity, the breadth and boldness of scientific thought, encyclopedic erudition, experience of the efficient organizer of research and public health, inexhaustible energy, commitment and optimism were key to the successful many-sided activities of Alexander Zborovsky. Alexander Zborovsky was highly valued in the international scientific community. Over the years he was vice-president of the European Committee for Rheumatology Publications and Education, a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Rheumatology “EULAR Bulletin”. Alexander Zborovsky was an honorary member of Rheumatologic Leagues of Germany and Czechoslovakia, the International Purkinje Society, an honorary member of the Russian Society of Physicians and the Association of Rheumatologists of Russia. For his many-sided activities A. Zborovsky was awarded the medal For Labour Valor (1970), Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1990), Order of Honour (1995), Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 3rd degree (1999), S. Botkin medal, Ivan Pavlov silver medal, silver medal of the USSR Exhibition of Economic Achievements, gold medal of the International League of Associations of Rheumatology, Theodor Brugsch gold medal by the coordinating committee of the Association of Scientific Medical Societies in Germany. International Biographical Centres of Great Britain and the USA designated A. Zborovsky an Influential Leader of the 20th Century (1994), member of the Order of International Community (1994) and Person of the Year (1997).  He was awarded an Academician N. Strazhesko gold medal by The Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine for special merits in the development of medical science, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases (2001), a Professor V. Dzyak commemorative medal and diploma by the Dnepropetrovsk Medical Academy (2001); A. Zborovsky was elected an Honorary member of the National League and the Board of Rheumatologists of Ukraine (2001). The team members of the Research Institute of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology express their deepest and sincere condolences to the family and dear ones of Alexander Zborovsky and mourn with them over the irreparable loss. We would like to express the hope that the name of Academician Alexander Zborovsky will be immortalized in the hero-city of Volgograd, his ideas, medical and scientific potential will be supported and developed by his students and followers, and the Volgograd scientific school of rheumatology created by A. Zborovsky will continue to live maintaining the traditions laid by him, implementing his undertakings. DSCN6432 DSCN6433 DSCN6434 DSCN6435 DSCN6436 DSCN6437 DSCN6439 DSCN6440 DSCN6441 DSCN6442