Gennady Bratslavsky, MD (Syracuse)
Gennady Bratslavsky and his friend, Alex Golubenko of NYC, are on a mission to help the people of war-torn Ukraine. Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Bratslavsky immigrated to the U.S. 30 years ago. He’s currently a surgeon and chair of the Department of Urology at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
The organization, Help Free Ukraine, was founded by Bratslavsky and Golubenko. During one of their trips, Bratslavsky met Golubenko halfway between Syracuse and New York City in Albany to send the first shipment of medications to Ukraine. The medications were donated by several Central New York hospitals, including Crouse Health, Upstate Medical University and Mohawk Valley Health System.
They also partnered with World of Connections and, with help from other non-profits, they were able to deliver 144,000 lbs. of medications to Ukraine. Bratslavsky’s wife, Katya has also been able to raise more than $250,000 through her paintings to help those in Ukraine.