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The Growing Humanitarian and Health Care Crisis in Ukraine: Ukrainian American Physicians Discuss Efforts to Provide Urgent Medical Aid in a Time of War

May 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Rabbi Robinson in conversation with an esteemed panel of medical experts who will share their experience responding to critical medical needs in Ukraine and what you can do to help.

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Heal Ukraine Group (HUG) – We are a group of doctors and healthcare professionals with strong personal and professional connections to Ukraine. We are working together with healthcare providers in Ukraine to quickly and strategically provide lifesaving medical and surgical supplies to Ukrainians in their country and to support the transfer of patients from Ukraine for specialist care in hospital outside of the warzone. We underpin these efforts with fundraising and efforts to increase public awareness of the growing healthcare and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Mark C. Poznansky, M.D., Ph.D.,

Director, Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
Physician, Infectious Diseases Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

Dr. Poznansky is a medical innovator whose work bridges academic discovery and clinical care. His research interests focus on the interface between scientific discovery and medical product development, discovering novel immune processes and exploring their relevance to the development of vaccines and immunotherapies for cancer, infectious diseases and immune mediated diseases.  Dr. Poznansky’s family left Poland shortly before World War II.  His interest in supporting Ukraine and specifically Ukraine’s doctors is both deeply personal and professional. He has been instrumental in coordinating the Heal Ukraine Group to support efforts to provide medical supplies and expertise directly to Ukraine; support the transfer of patients with complex medical and surgical issues from Ukraine to hospitals in Europe and the USA; increase public awareness about the changing face of unmet medical needs in Ukraine; fundraising for the activities of the NGO’s that our team members are associated with. Dr. Poznansky is a member of Temple Emanuel.


Polina Teslyar, M.D.

Brigham and Womens Hospital (BWH)
Instructor, HMS

Dr. Teslyar graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine followed by Psychiatry residency at University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt.  Dr. Teslyar returned to the Boston area to complete her Consult-Liaison fellowship at BWH and now works at BWH in CL and perinatal psychiatry.  Dr. Teslyar was born in L’viv Ukraine in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in childhood. She has family who live in L’viv and are deeply involved in the defense of their nation.  Dr. Teslyar is a member of Temple Emanuel.


Gennadiy Fuzaylov, M.D.,

Pediatric Anesthesiologist, MGH
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, HMS
President and Founder, Doctors Collaborating to Help Children

Dr. Fuzaylov is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/Shriners Hospital. Dr. Fuzaylov is a President and Founder a non-profit organization, “Doctors Collaborating to Help Children”. He organized and lead a team of surgeons and anesthesiologists to establish a sustainable Outreach Program in Ukraine. He has been awarded the Presidential Silver Medal, the Guisi International Humanitarian award and Order of Merit (2021). Dr. Fuzaylov background as a refugee from USSR prompted him to get involved in community service. He participated on more than 65 medical missions over the world.  Gennadiy has devoted a significant amount of time to working with burn-injured patients, both at Shriner’s Hospital in Boston and in the Ukraine.


Maria Houtchens, MD

Clinician, Clinical Director, Brigham Multiple Sclerosis Center, BWH
Associate Professor, Neurology, HMS

Dr. Houtchens is a Moscow-born, ethnically Jewish neurologist at the BWH, who has been involved in procuring medical supplies and relief efforts shortly after the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. This work has thus far relied on individual efforts of specific providers. Dr. Houtchens has reached to BWH hospital leadership to streamline supplies’ acquisition (Bernard Jones, BWH). She is interested in organizing a larger fundraiser to involve community leaders, MGB providers and leadership and other relevant parties, to benefit Ukraine.

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