Nikolay Nikolayovich Blokhin (1912-1993): Patriarch of 20th Century Russian Medicine and Surgery

J Med Biogr. 2017 Aug;25(3):179-186. doi: 10.1177/0967772014532899. Epub 2015 Sep 18.


This paper focuses on the personal and professional life of Nikolay Nikolayevich Blokhin, an outstanding Russian surgeon and highly innovative oncologist. In addition to a highly successful clinical career, he was a member and President of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences and Director of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences Institute of Experimental and Clinical Oncology. Although his reputation as a medical and political figure is firmly established within Russian medical history, his achievements in surgery and oncology now merit recognition by an international audience.

Keywords: History of surgery and oncology in the USSR; academician NN Blokhin.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes
  • General Surgery / history*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / history*
  • Russia
  • USSR

Personal name as subject

  • Nikolay Nikolayovich Blokhin