UB surgical resident has returned from Ukraine and will discuss the conflict, how his team provided medical assistance and how to help – Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

The University at Buffalo surgical resident, whose team of medical and surgical providers provided assistance in Ukraine, is back in Buffalo. He will discuss his experience and how Western New Yorkers can help from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Coco Bar & Bistro.

The event is open to the public, especially medical students and professionals. It is sponsored by the Global Medicine Program at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Speakers are Aaron Epstein, MD, fourth-year surgical resident, Department of Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, and founder of the Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG), and Bohdan Cherniawki, RN, Board Director, Ukrainian Dnipro Cultural Center.

Epstein’s team mobilizes American surgeons and surgical residents – many of them veterans – on assignments in war zones and high-needs areas. He recently received the Citizens Honor Award for Service, considered the second highest civilian honor in the United States.

During this informal “talk and drink” session, Epstein and Cherniawki will provide information on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and what international organizations are doing to support the Ukrainian people. Speakers will also discuss how Western New Yorkers can volunteer or otherwise support Ukrainian relief efforts in the United States.

7-10 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Coco Bar and Bistro, 888 Main St., Buffalo.

David Holmes, MD, director of UB’s Global Medicine program, had worked with UB medical students to plan a medical mission trip to Ukraine in June. “The trip had to be canceled because of the war,” Holmes said, “but the students still wanted to do something to help Ukraine. They imagined the information and support event taking place this Friday.

UB medical students Jeff Zhang and Andrey Galper and others collected donations of medical supplies from Buffalo hospitals and worked on fundraising efforts — including Friday’s event — to raise funds for medical supplies to be donated to the front lines in Ukraine. To find out how to make a donation, go to https://ukrainiansofbuffalo.com/

Christine E. Phillips