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Jun 22, 2022

Today we continue our interview with Tom Rusing MD on his experience in the war-ravaged Ukraine. In this part, we discuss his journey from Lviv to Kyiv. How he stayed there, what he saw, and how he helped the people that needed his help.


Retired General Surgeon Tom Rusing MD just recently returned from spending over 30 days in Ukraine. There was much chaos going on in Ukraine and we discuss Tom’s experience there and what made him go there in the first place.


We go deep into his experience there, the discussion took quite some time. So, this is part 2 of our discussion. Do check out the first part that was released last week.


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Tom is a Retired General Surgeon from Prescott Arizona. He got his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Arizona in 1974. Tom graduated from the University of Arizona Medical School in 1978. And did a residency in General Surgery at the University of Texas San Antonio from 1978 - 1983. He did a Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota Affiliated Hospitals from 1983 - 1984. Tom was Medical Director at Tumu Tumu Hospital in Kenya from 10/1984 - 3/31/1985. Tom spent a short while in a General Surgery Practice in Tucson Arizona 1985 - 1986. And then moved to Prescott Arizona where he had a General Surgery Practice from 1986 till he retired on 12/31/2017.


Tom provided medical care in Haiti for 2 weeks after the earthquake. He also provided medical care in Nepal for 2 weeks after the earthquake. He worked at the Gallup (New Mexico) Indian Medical Center for 1 month during the peak of the COVID outbreak. He was a volunteer in Ukraine from 3/13/2022 to 4/15/2022.


He is married to his wife of Cathey and has grown kids. Tom is a classmate of mine from Brophy College Prep in Phoenix Arizona.


A bit about me (Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj):

Dr. Orest Komarnyckyj enjoyed a prestigious career as a periodontal regenerative surgeon moving to a new passion in June 2018. He retired after a 33-year career to pursue new passions. At 69 Dr. Orest has taken on a new role as an Interviewer, Podcaster and government-certified Old Guy. He streams from his new home in Las Vegas, NV. He lives with his wife of 29 years, Oksana. His status as an empty-nesters with two out of college-employed children has left him with time and energy to share decades of successes, failures, and wisdom.


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phone no: 9287133736



00:00 - Precap

00:49 - Intro

01:57 - The risk of death

02:38 - Getting into Kyiv

03:50 - Spending the night in the train station

04:31 - Whether in Kyiv

04:56 - Accommodation in Kyiv

06:44 - Getting to the hospital

07:33 - Airraid sirens

09:50 - How far east did you go?

11:36 - Objective of the hospital I worked in

15:05 - Did you see any evidence of atrocities?

20:20 - What motivated me to go to Ukraine

21:32 - Commercial

22:05 - Commercial ends/Did you see any bodies or people who have been shot, or anything like that?

24:10 - Atrocities are just unbelievable

29:10 - What are your plans now?

36:10 - Closing statements

38:43 - Outro