Leading investigator, Honored Chairman of Board

Sergii Dvoriak, MD, PhD

Dr. Dvoriak, MD, PhD, Doctor of Medical Sciences, is the narcologist of the highest category, the author of 3 monographs on drug and alcohol abuse and of more than 60 scientific articles. He is the author of the National standards and protocol for treatment of HIV-positive people who inject drugs, which was approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, as well as of the Guidelines for the treatment of opioid dependence with opioid agonists. He has over 40 years of experience with addiction medicine and psychiatry and has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS research since 2000.

Dr. Dvoriak created the first Minnesota Model treatment program for Alcohol and Drug Dependence on the (12-step program) in Ukraine. After completing of his education at Johns Hopkins University as the H. H. Humphrey fellow on Addiction Medicine and HIV-prevention, he started working for UNDP. There he implemented a pilot project “Applied Human Rights”, within which in 2004 the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine was introduced in Ukraine for the first time in 2 addiction clinics.

Together with the colleagues, Dr. Dvoriak established the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy (UIPHP) in 2003. In 2017, he was elected the Honored Chairman of Board of the organization. He has also worked internationally on a number of projects in collaboration with WHO, UNODC, UNAIDS, Clinton Foundation, USAID, CDC and local NGOs in Ukraine – including International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine and the All-Ukrainian Network of people living with HIV. During the last 5 years, he has also been working as a consultant for UNODC in Central Asia and prepared a 5-year plan for development of opioid maintenance treatment in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Since 2011, Dr. Dvoriak has been a Governing Council member of International AIDS Society (IAS) being responsible for the European region. During 2011-2012, as a fellow at NIDA CTN INVEST Program and spent a year with his mentor professor George Woody at University of Pennsylvania, studying the drug treatment and HIV prevention among people who inject drugs (PWIDs). In the past 10 years, Dr. Dvoriak has worked with Dr. Altice and the Yale University research team, as well as with his colleagues at International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine to provide MAT in Ukraine and to develop new models of integrated care for PWIDs. Dr. Dvoriak received multiple awards of international organizations, such as UN, EUROPAD, ААTOD, for establishment and implementation of innovation methods of addiction treatment and prevention.

Director

Tetiana Kiriazova, PhD

Tetiana Kiriazova graduated from I.I.Mechnikov Odessa National University; in 1992 got her PhD degree in Neurophysiology. She has more than 20-year experience in research and training in the field of HIV, TB and addictions in Ukraine and internationally.

As 2009-2010 H.H.Humphrey Fellow at “HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention” program at Emory University and the 2012-2013 NIDA INVEST Research Fellow at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Kiriazova received specialized training in HIV and addiction research and qualitative research methods, including Fellow Immersion Training in Addiction Medicine at Boston University.

Since 2014, Dr. Kiriazova leads the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy and continues her research in the field of public health. Her main scientific interests are improving outcomes along HIV, addiction and TB treatment cascade. She has been a principal investigator and co-investigator in the projects supported by NIH, CDC, UNICEF, USAID.

Scientific Director

Kostyantyn Dumchev, MD, MPH

Kostyantyn Dumchev is a Scientific Director at the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy. He conducts research in the areas related to substance use and HIV/AIDS, including epidemiology, estimation, and program effectiveness. His previous experience includes the transfer of behavioral treatments for substance abuse to Ukrainian public clinics, evaluation of Medication Assisted Treatment, studies on new trends in drug scene and determinants of HIV status in people who use drugs. Dumchev is a long time member of Intersectoral Monitoring and Evaluation Workgroup, overseeing research and evaluation activities related to HIV response in Ukraine. His main current projects are the HPTN protocol on effectiveness of HIV treatment in people who use drugs, and the prospective study of HIV incidence among clients of harm reduction programs in Ukraine.

Dumchev received his MD from Vinnitsya National Medical University, and MPH from University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Senior Researcher

Victor Chtenguelov, MD, PhD

Honored Doctor of Ukraine

Dr. Chtenguelov graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk Medical Institute in 1966, defended his Ph.D. thesis in 1973. In 1997-1998 as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow he participated in the educational program "Prevention and treatment of substance use disorders" (Johns Hopkins University, USA). For many years he taught psychiatry and narcology in higher education institutions.

Dr. Chtenguelov has 50 years of experience in medical practice, including his work in Algeria (psychiatric clinic of the Constantine University). He is the author of more than 80 scientific publications and curricula, the manager and participant of research projects, the scientific mentor of PhD  theses and master's works, the presenter for many international conferences, the interpreter and the science editor of scientific and applied editions on the actual problems of social psychiatry, narcology, protection of human rights of persons with mental disorders. Dr. Chtenguelov was a member of the international advisory board of the “Journal of social work practice in the addictions" (USA), a member of the editorial board of the International Journal "Contemporary psychiatry "expert and Head of the Program Board in the "Health Initiative" of the International "Renaissance" Foundation (Ukraine).

Dr. Chtenguelov has been working in the UIPHP since 2006. Sphere of his professional interests: treatment and rehabilitation in psychiatry and narcology, HIV prevention, monitoring and evaluation of medico-social interventions. He is the Head of the UIPHP Commission on Ethics (IRB).

Senior Researcher

Olena Makarenko, PhD

In 2001 Olena Makarenko graduated from the Zaporizhzhya State Medical University as a Medical Specialist, in 2003 – she had an internship at the Kiev Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education named after P.L. Shupik on the specialty "Obstetrics and Gynecology". In 2003 – 2006 she studied in a clinical residency and postgraduate study at the department of obstetrics, gynecology and perinatology of NMAPE named after P.L. Shupik.

In 2006 she defended her Ph.D. thesis "Prevention of obstetric and perinatal complications in women with placental insufficiency with prior gestation". Worked as an assistant of department of obstetrics, gynecology and perinatology of NMAPE named after P.L. Shupik.

Since 2009 she works as a senior researcher at the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy. During the period of work at the Institute she participated in more than ten projects as researcher, supervisor and coordinator.

Senior Researcher

Oleksandr Zeziulin, MD, MPH

Oleksandr Zeziulin received his MD from Vinnitsya National Medical University, and MPH from University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.

Oleksandr Zeziulin has over 10 years of domestic and international experience conducting various public health programs and research projects targeted at vulnerable populations suffering from HIV and substance use disorders. Being a part of various multidisciplinary teams including researchers, physicians, leading HIV experts, decision makers, educationalists, psychologists and social workers he has contributed to deepening the knowledge about drug abuse, HIV, TB, social stigma and many other issues faced by the HIV key populations that prevent linkage to care.

In the past, working as a Senior HIV Prevention Project Management Specialist he provided overall programmatic and technical leadership to the USAID Mission on HIV prevention and PWID programs. In addition, Dr. Zeziulin served as an activity manager/technical advisor for USAID’s HIV technical support projects and supported program monitoring and evaluation of HIV prevention, care and treatment.

Researcher

Iryna Zaviriukha, MD

In 2001 Iryna graduated from the National Pirogov Medical University, Vinnytsia and got her MD degree. Iryna was trained in the Clinical Residency of the National Institute of Postgraduate Training MDRF with the specialization in Anesthesiology and Reanimation based on the M. Burdenko Central Military Clinical Hospital, Moscow, RF.

She has medical practice as an anesthesiologist and reanimatologist in Thoracic Surgery Department, Reproductive Health Department and Infections Intensive Care Department.

In the period from 2012-2015 she was involved in clinical trials as a Clinical Research Associate in Neurology, Psychiatry and Oncology. Since 2015 Iryna has been engaged in research in Public Health: HIV treatment and prevention for drug-addicts (injections), overview and improvement of mechanisms for HIV services for target groups of population.

Researcher

Oleksandr Neduzhko, MD

1997 - graduated from Odessa State Medical University.

1997-1998 – Internship in Dermatology and Venereology at Odessa State Medical University.

2005-2006 – Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Emory University (HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention).

Health care provider and researcher in the field of HIV/AIDS, STIs, tuberculosis and drug addiction.

WHO consultant, a member of the working group on HIV counseling and testing of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The author of more than 40 scientific publications.

Researcher

Iryna Pykalo, MPH

Graduated School of Public Health (MPH) at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 2013.

During 2013-2017, participated at training courses ‘Data Management for Clinical Research’ (Vanderbilt University), ‘Research Proposal Writing Workshop’ (George W. Rutherford, UCSF, Jurja-Ivana Cakalo, School of Public Health, Zagreb, Croatia), ‘Processing, analysis and visualization of epidemiological, statistical and sociological data in the field of counteracting HIV infection using MS EXCEL’ (‘Methida’), ‘HIV Data Quality Improvement, Programme Quality Improvement and Data Use’ Workshop’ (George W. Rutherford, UCSF; Ivana Bozicevic, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb; Zoran Dominikovic, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb), The Fall Institute in Health Policy and Management (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), ‘Training Course in Writing Up Results of Research Studies’ (George W. Rutherford, UCSF; Ivana Bozicevic, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb) and was trained in policy analysis within the ‘Initiative for the development of think tanks in Ukraine’.

Iryna Pykalo is working at UIPHP since 2013. She is engaged in a research of HIV infection, AIDS, STIs, tuberculosis and drug addiction, treatment and medical and social rehabilitation of persons with chemical dependence, monitoring and evaluation of interventions.

During 2016-2017, she participated in the NIDA International Forum and the National Conference 'Facing the Challenge: The Future of the Reform of the HIV and Health Sector in Ukraine', ‘International Addiction Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders Conference’ (Yale University and APT Foundation, New Haven Connecticut, U.S.A.).