-  .. «My attitude to the heart is very anxious…
I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful creature
The heart is terrifically beautiful.
It is so harmonious and timed
I dont think the Nature has created anything similar to it». 

   Leo A. Bockeria
Interviewed by Andrew Maksimov. Culture TV Channel (Channel 5), Jubilee TV-program

Leo A. Bockeria, a leading Russian cardiac surgeon, famous scientist, researcher and science professional, was born in December 22, 1939 in the small town Ochamchira, Abkhazia, Georgia USSR. In 1965 he graduated from Sechenov 1-st Moscow Medical Institute and continued his post-graduate education at the Department of Topographic Anatomy and Operative Surgery, where his mentor was Academician Vladimir V. Kovanov. In 1968 Leo A. Bockeria defended the degree of Candidate of Medical Sciences (gained the Ph.D.) and was assigned to Bakoulev Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery as Senior Researcher. During the period from 1974 to 1977 he headed the Laboratory of Hyperbaric Oxygenation. From 1977 to 1993 he was first a deputy director and aftwerwards the head of the Department for Surgical Treatment of Heart Rhythm Disorders. In November 1994 Leo A. Bockeria became the Director (Head and Chairman) of the Bakoulev CCVS RAMS. He became a member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in 1991.

Leo A. Bockeria is a fellow of numerous professional organizations including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (1991), the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Center (1992), the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1997), Faculties of international conferences in France, Italy, Switzerland, as well as member of editorial boards of specialized journals in the USA and Great Britain. Leo A. Bockeria has regularly visited foreign countries to perform surgical demonstrations and was the first to perform successful surgeries for tachiarrythmia in Italy and Poland. It should be noted particularly, that in 1998 Leo A. Bockeria became Honorary Member of the American College of Surgeons – the highest title in the surgical hierarchy. From 2003 prof. Bockeria is Member of the EACTS Council.

Leo A. Bockeria is the President of the Russian Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons. That was his initiative to start annual 4 days sessions (Congresses) of the Association with extensive participation of young specialists and nurses, as well as in cooperation with foreign surgeons, who are invited to give lectures and to perform surgical demonstrations.

From 1993 to 1998 Leo A. Bockeria headed the Committee of Health Ministry of Russian Federation (HMRF) and RAMS on Antiarrhythmic Implanted Devices and Electrophysiology which changed from the Status as the Center for Surgical and Interventional Arrhythmology (CSIA) in 1998 and Leo A. Bockeria is a voluntary Director of CSIA. On this post he contributed to creation of new generation of pacemakers, normative documents and regional centers formation.

Leo A. Bockeria is Editor in Chief of numerous Journals, among them are:
  • “Annals of Surgery”
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Annals of Arrhythmology
  • Clinical Physiology of Blood Circulation
  • Popular scientific journal Doctor
In June 2003 Leo A. Bockeria was elected as a President of the Russian Public Organization The League of Nations Health, which was organized by famous representatives of the Russian society. The aim of the League is to create the model of self developing health care to develop the programs sport for all, the maintains family care, healthy life style and in this field the revival of national culture traditions.

In 2005 Leo A. Bockeria has been elected to the newly organized by the President of Russia Public Chamber of Russian Federation and became the Chairman of one of the Commissions of that Chamber.

Premiums, honorary degrees, awards

  • Lenin Prize Laureate (1976) - for research and clinical use of Hyperbaric Oxygenation
  • Honorary citizen of the city of Poti (1985)
  • USSR State Prize Laureate (1986)
  • Full member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (1991)
  • Scientific Board Member at Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Center (1992)
  • Full member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (1994)
  • Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation (1994)
  • Commemorative token For Virtue and Love for the Fatherland (1996)
  • National Award Person of the Year (1996, 1997, 1999, 2002-2009)
  • Honorary Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (1997)
  • The Order of Merit for the Fatherland, Grade III (1999)
  • Georgian Order of Honor and Merit (1999)
  • Order of the Saint faithful Dmitry of Moscow and Uglich For the Merit of Mercy (1999)
  • Honorary citizen of the city of Tbilisi (1999)
  • Honorary member of the American College of Surgeons (1999)
  • B.V. Petrovsky Golden medal To the Outstanding Surgeon of the World (2001)
  • Sergius of Radonezh, Grade II (2001)
  • Vernadsky Golden Medal (2001)
  • Laureate of the Akaki Tsereteli Award (2001)
  • Medal For Merit to the Russian Healthcare (2002)
  • Russian State Prize Laureate (2002)
  • Medal of the International Association of Childrens funds Laureate (2002)
  • The Sign of Distinction in honor of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic Day Civil Virtue (2003)
  • Medal Honor and Public Weal (2003)
  • Laureate of the Russian State Prize for achievements in science and technology (2003)
  • International Award Golden Hippocrates (2003)
  • Board Member of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (2003)
  • Order Patron of the Arts (2004)
  • RAS Premium Triumph for achievements in science (2004)
  • Laureate of the Russian Government Prize for achievements in science and technology (2004)
  • The Order of Merit for the Fatherland, Grade II (2004)
  • Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts To the Merited (2004)
  • Medal of the Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts (2004)
  • Order of international ambassadors (2004)
  • Order For the honor, courage, creativity, compassion (2004)
  • Medal To the Faithful Son of Russia. Matvei Platov. Grade II (2005)
  • Medal Public Recognition. 60th Anniversary of the Victory in World War II (2005)
  • Medal of I.I. Kartukov (2005)
  • Commemorative token 75th Anniversary of KhantyMansi Autonomous Okrug Yugra (2005)
  • Order of N.I. Pirogov (2005)
  • Medal of the Order Spiritual Unity of World Peoples (2005)
  • European medal Avicenna (2005)
  • Order of Nikolay Pirogov (2005)
  • Medal of E.N. Meshalkin (2006)
  • Medal of the Order The Great Victory (2006)
  • Order of Peter the Great (2006)
  • Special national award The Kremlin Grand with the honorary title of A Luminary of Medicine (2006)
  • Order For Mercy (2006)
  • Order of Honor Public Recognition (2006)
  • Order For Honor and Dignity, The Kremlin Grand Award (2006)
  • Order Russian Pride (2006)
  • Kuzbass Order The Key of Friendship (2006)
  • Golden Star Honor, Pride and Glory of Russia (2006)
  • Order The Gracious Angel of the World (2006)
  • Scientist of the Decade (2007)
  • Order Rus the Sovereign (2007)
  • Order of Holy Nina Enlightener of Georgia. Grade IV (2007)
  • Laureate of the All-Russian Contest National Treasure (2007)
  • Medal For Merit to the Chechen Republic (2007)
  • Order of F.E. Dzerzhinsky (2007)
  • Medal Man of the year (2007)
  • Medal of I.I. Mechnikov (2008)
  • Medal To the 100th Anniversary of academician B.V. Petrovsky (2008)
  • Order of Honor, Sovereign Award with honorary title Outstanding Surgeon of the Present (2008)
  • Medal Dank (2008)
  • Medal of the Russian academy of natural sciences For practical contribution to strengthening of the nation's health (2008)
  • Medal Victor Rozov. For contribution to Russian Culture (2008)
  • Memorable certificate On listing of the Knight of highest state public awards to the Golden Fund of the Russian Federation (2008)
  • Medal Peter the Great. For selfless labour (2008)
  • Order of St. Daniel (2008)
  • Kadyrovs Order (2009)
  • A.N. Kosygin Award For great achievements in the development of Russian economy (2009)
  • Moscow city Award in medicine For development and introduction into clinical practice of the new biological heart valve Bioglis (2009)
  • Medal For Valorous Labour for healthcare merits (2009)
  • Honorary medical sign Red Cross for merits in the development of healthcare (2009)
  • Honorary title Person of the Year (2010)