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At the headquarters of the Military Medical Academy. S.M. Kirov, a jubilee meeting of graduates of 1961 of the faculty of training doctors for the Navy took place. 60 years after graduation, they met within the walls of their native academy to remember their studies and service.

The meeting was organized by the military-political department. The director of the historical and memorial hall of the Academy, Konstantin Paliy, conducted an excursion for the graduates to the Museum of the Military Medical Academy.

One of the alumni who attended the meeting still works at the academy and teaches at the Department of Military Toxicology and Medical Protection – Viktor Rybalko, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor.

After graduation, Viktor Mikhailovich went to serve on a submarine, then completed a three-year service on a diesel-electric submarine and another 5 years on a nuclear one. After serving in the navy, he entered the postgraduate course of the Academy at the Department of Medical Defense (the current name is the Department of Military Toxicology and Medical Defense), where he defended his Ph.D. and then doctoral dissertation.

He says that among the graduates of his faculty, five later became heads of the departments of the Military Medical Academy:

Alexander Korolyuk – Head of the Department of Microbiology, Anatoly Mikhailenko – Head of the Department of Nervous Diseases (unfortunately, Anatoly Andreevich died this spring), Leonid Kozhemyakin – Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Alexander Gritsanov – Head of the Department of Operative Surgery (with topographic anatomy), Leonid Medvedev – Head of the Department of Physiology of Diving.

Most of the graduates of 1961 are people who also became chiefs of military hospitals, sanatoriums, chiefs of the medical department of flotillas, divisions, and brigades.

“The overwhelming majority served in the Northern and Pacific fleets. For many years, we have provided hundreds of long-distance autonomous trips to all points of the World Ocean, ”recalls Viktor Rybalko.

The status of the 1961 graduation is really impressive: out of more than 70 graduates, 10 became professors, 20 – doctors of medical sciences, 27 – candidates of medical sciences. In addition, among the graduates there are also laureates of the State Prize of the USSR, the Russian Federation, Heroes of Socialist Labor and many others.

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