42 years of
teaching practice

scientific papers

patents and copyright certificates

Valerii Mykolaiovych Zaporozhan

Academician of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, winner of the State prize of Ukraine in the sphere of science and technology, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Honored Inventor of Ukraine.

Valerii Mykolaiovych Zaporozhan was born on March 2, 1947.


Valerii Mykolaiovych graduated from Odessa Medical Institute named after M.I. Pirohov (now – Odessa National Medical University). He defended his PhD in Medicine and doctoral dissertation.


After graduation he worked as an assistant, associate professor, professor, head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was elected an Associate Member, academician, member of the Presidium and vice-president (2011–2015) of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine. President of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Ukraine.

In 1978 he headed the first in Ukraine center for the treatment of precancerous conditions in Gynecology. He founded the first centers of family health and endoscopic laser surgery in the country. Valerii Mykolaiovych is the Founder and President of the Ukrainian Association of Endoscopic Minimally Invasive and Laser Surgery, Vice-President of the World Association of Endoscopic Doctors.

From 1994 to 2018, he was the Rector of Odessa National Medical University. Under his leadership, ONMedU became the leading higher medical educational institution of Ukraine and a platform for the introduction of the latest educational, scientific and medical technologies. One of the first universities in the country ONMedU became a member of the International and European Associations of Universities. The material and technical base that has been created over the past 20 years has made it possible to train specialists of an international level.


For the first time in Ukraine, three university clinics, a science park, 27 regional diagnostic and treatment centers, an innovative center for practical training of a doctor, an electronic library, and a publishing and printing complex were established at the initiative of the Rector of ONMedU Valerii Zaporozhan. Odessa Medical University established close ties with leading scientific and medical centers. Just in the recent years, 46 cooperation agreements have been concluded.

The authority of Valerii Mykolaiovych Zaporozhan made ONMedU an integral part of the international ecosystem of medical education. Scientists and professors of the university are participating in programs and projects together with colleagues from Belgium, the Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Poland, Austria, and the UK. They are studying new educational and medical technologies, receive grants, annually train in the best scientific centers of the world. Direct deliveries of high-tech medical equipment to the university have been put right. Odessa Medical University was the first in Ukraine to begin training specialists for foreign countries in English. Today, students from 53 countries are being trained at ONMedU. The lectures for them are read by world-famous scientists – Honorary Doctors of the University.

Academician Valerii Mykolaiovych Zaporozhan made an invaluable contribution to the solution of actual problems of Gynecology, Genetics, Immunology, Oncology. In 2001, for the series of works “New Approaches and Technologies in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Oncological Diseases,” he was awarded the Prize named after R.Е.Kavetskii of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine.

He was one of the first scientists who created a genetic laboratory and the Research Institute of Molecular Genetic and Cellular Medicine. Introducing new technologies into clinical practice, Valerii Mykolaiovych developed methods for the long-term cultivation of autologous stem cells and protocols for their clinical application. Being a universal scientist, Zaporozhan developed a new scientific direction – genetic medicine. This significantly expanded the possibilities of scientific research and the development of innovative molecular genetic methods for diagnosing and treating diseases. The academician was the first in the country to develop and introduce into clinical practice treatment technologies using endoscopic, cryosurgical and laser methods. He is the initiator of a new scientific direction – Nooethics.

Scientific activity

Academician Valery Zaporozhan is the founder and leader of a well-known scientific school in the country and abroad. Under his leadership, 33 doctoral and 74PhD theses were defended.

He owns more than 720 scientific papers, including 50 monographs, textbooks and teaching aids, 100 patents and copyright certificates.

Valery Zaporozhan is the chief editor of four scientific journals: “Odessa Medical Journal”, “Integrative Anthropology. International Medical and Philosophical Journal “,” Achievements in Biology and Medicine”,”Clinical Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy.” He is a Co-editor of the international journal “China, Journal of Modern Medicine”, President of the editorial board of the journal “Reproductive Health. Eastern Europe”, member of the editorial board of “Сancer Cell International” magazine.

Valerii Mykolaiovych is a member of the Ukrainian Association of Cell Biology, the International Association for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, the European Association of Artificial Organs, the European Council of Gynecologists and Oncologists, the American Association of Gynecologists and Laparoscopists, the European Parliament on Bioethics, a member of the Bureau of the Association of European Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


He was elected an honorary doctor of 19 foreign universities, academies, associations, received many international awards, among them: Presidential Medal of the University named after George Washington (1998, USA), Albert Schweitzer Large Gold Medal (1999, Poland), Hippocratic International Medal (2000, Greece), “Socrataward” badge of honor (2006, United Kingdom).

For special merits in the development of medical science and education in Ukraine, Valery Zaporozhan was awarded government awards. He is a full holder of the Order of Merit of three degrees, saluted with diplomas of Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Personal Information

Honorary citizen of Odessa.


Married, has a son.