Specialist Profile Series. Roman V. Buzinov

  Published: 16.08.12 Updated: 16.08.2012 11:39:06
Citation: Specialist Profile Series. Buzinov RV. EpiNorth 2012; 13: 25-27.

Name: Roman Vyacheslavovich Buzinov
Background: Medical Doctor (graduate of Leningrad Sanitary-Hygienic Medical Institute), Legal Expert (graduate of Arkhangelsk State Technical University), Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor
Title: Head of the Directorate
Organization: Directorate of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being in Arkhangelsk Oblast
Specialization: epidemiology
Hobby: downhill skiing, tennis

What are your responsibilities at the Directorate of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being in Arkhangelsk Oblast?
The chief state sanitary doctor of a region bears responsibility for organizing and providing the state sanitary and epidemiological surveillance as well as consumer market surveillance. I also am responsible for ensuring proper protection of consumer rights as well as preventing, revealing and precluding any violations of the Russian legislation in the controlled areas. It is also very important to conduct epidemiological investigations in order to identify the reasons for disease outbreaks and to analyse conditions that are conducive for the spread of communicable diseases and large-scale spread of non-communicable diseases (such as poisoning). My goal is also to take measures targeted at detecting potentially harmful and hazardous environmental factors and to prevent the negative influence of these factors on human health.

What motivated you to devote your career to infectious disease epidemiology?
A physician considers individual characteristics of a patient and helps him/her to maintain their health. An epidemiologist studies different and common characteristics of a number of patients in order to help the society as a whole.

Which of your professional achievements brings you the most satisfaction?
Our innovation and research project titled “Organization of Social Hygienic Monitoring in Arkhangelsk Oblast” that was conducted in collaboration with the Northern State Medical University was highly praised at the contest named after M.V. Lomonosov. We received an award for this work.

What was your most difficult professional moment?
Providing efficient conflict management and finding relief from psychological exhaustion.

What do you think are the most important achievements in infectious disease epidemiology so far?

What do you find the most interesting aspect of the EpiNorth project?
It helps us to share our experience and knowledge.

What do you consider the most important achievement of the EpiNorth project?
The EpiNorth project is unique as it involves and unifies the most outstanding researchers and practicing epidemiologists.

What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book is “The Philosophy of Civilization” by Albert Schweitzer. Schweitzer’s moral philosophy was rather particular as he considered the synthesis of virtue and happiness to be utterly impossible. The philosopher insisted on the idea that any combination of these two elements should be based on a clear understanding of their incompatibility and the necessity of choice. Schweitzer’s biography poses an example of such an unusual combination: the first half of his life was devoted to happiness, while the second one was dedicated to virtue. Schweitzer was not only a philosopher, but also a theologian, a musician and a practicing humanist. He studied theology and philosophy in the University of Strasburg. After graduation he continued his education in Sorbonne and Berlin. His thesis topic was “Religious Philosophy of I. Kant”. When he was a schoolboy, he started to play the piano and organ. He continued practicing the musical instruments throughout his life and was also rather interested in the construction of organs. In 1905 Schweitzer decided to dedicate the second half of his generally successful and happy life to helping people. For this purpose he studied medicine in the University of Strasburg in 1905-1912. In 1913 he completed his doctoral thesis. From 1913 until his death he worked in Africa as doctor and director of his hospital.

Aside from your professional career, what is your greatest ambition in life?
I want to make my family happy.

What would be your wishes for the younger colleagues in the field of epidemiology?
I would like to remind my younger colleagues of a famous quotation by Danila Samoylovich, one of the founders of the Russian epidemiology: “To study medicine one neither needs to read long theses, nor has to participate in speculative academic disputes. Instead one should simply work very hard”. So I would advise my younger colleagues to study hard and, what is still more important, to love their profession!