About us

The Department of Infectious Diseases of the Kharkiv National Medical University was founded in 1923. The department is performing activities by directions: educational, scientific, methodical, consultations and treatment.

At the department to undergo training for students 4, 5 and 6 years specialty in “Medicine” and 4 years in “Dentistry”, students of the first and third year in the specialty “Technology of medical diagnostics and treatment, students of the 1st year of specialty “Nursing” and “Public Health”, as well as interns and postgraduates.

The scientific work of the Department includes advanced diagnostics, prophylaxis and treatment of HIV/AIDS; HCV and HBV–infection, co–infection of HIV/HCV and COVID–19.

Clinical base of the department in KNE CRC Regional clinical infectious hospital. Specialists of the Department preform consultation and treatment of a patients and advisory work on the basis of all departments of the hospital and take an active part in clinical, pathological conferences and work of Association of infection specialists of Ukraine.

Geroiv Stalingradu, av. 160, NE KLC “Kharkiv Local Infectious Hospital, Kharkiv
Head of department
Kateryna Yurko
Doctor of Medical Science, Professor
Responsible persons
Merkulova Nina
responsible for methodical work, Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Sokhan Anton
responsible for scientific work, Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Bondar Oleksandr
responsible for medical work, Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Staff of the department
Bondarenko Andriy
Doctor of Medical Science, Professor
Teryoshin Vadim
Doctor of Medical Science, Professor
Gradil Grygory
Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Katsapov Dmytro
Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Solomennyk Ganna
Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Mohylenets Olena
Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Gavrilov Anatoly
Candidate of Medical Science, Associate professor
Tkachenko Vitaliy
Candidate of Medical Science, Assistant
Burma Yaroslava
Candidate of Medical Science, Assistant
Antsyferova Natalia
Candidate of Medical Science, Assistant
Bodnya Igor
Candidate of Medical Science, Assistant
Tsyko Olena
Candidate of Medical Science, Assistant
Zots Yana
Candidate of Medical Science, Assistant
Vinokurova Olga
Candidate of Medical Science, Assistant
Gvozdetska–Shaar Marina
History of the department

Department of partial epidemiology with the clinic of infectious diseases was created in 1923 in the Kharkiv medical institute the on the base of the infectious department of the Kharkiv military hospital № 4 (Geroiv Nebesnoi Sotni sq., 14). First head of the department was a doctor of medicine, Full Professor Zinayida Nesmelova – first female Professor and doctor of medicine in Ukraine. In 1926 a department was shifted in the 3rd infectious department of the 2nd of the Soviet hospital on Moscowsky av. Scientific researches were conducted in direction of study of the clinic of the louse–borne typhus, infectious erythema, clinical and epidemiology of malaria, influenza, epidemic parotitis, typhoid and others infectious diseases.
In 1932 the department of infectious diseases of the Kharkiv medical institute was headed by Full Professor Illya Braude. He created scientific school, which spared the special attention to the study of intestinal infections both etiological and in clinical therapeutic aspects. Considerable part of scientific researches was on infectious typhus’s.

Educational process

6th year students majoring in “Medical Affairs” and “Pediatrics” are trained in the field of “Medicine” at the department, studying the discipline “Infectious Diseases with HIV – infection” and elective courses. 5th year students majoring in “Medicine” in the field of “Health Care” study the discipline “Infectious Diseases”, the second (master’s) educational qualification level. 4th year students majoring in Dentistry study the discipline “Infectious Diseases”. 3rd year students majoring in “Technologies of medical diagnostics and treatment” study the discipline “Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology with the evaluation of research results”, the first (bachelor’s) educational qualification level. Students of the 1st year of the speciality “Technologies of medical diagnostics and treatment” study the discipline “Infection control”, the second (master’s) educational qualification level. First–year students majoring in “Nursing” study the discipline “Infection Control”, the second (master’s) educational qualification level. First–year students majoring in Public Health study the subject “Socially significant and especially dangerous infectious diseases”, the second (master’s) educational qualification level. Disciplines are taught in the State, Russian and English languages.

Scientific work

The research work of the department includes research of the problems of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV–infection/AIDS and opportunistic infections, as well as determination of the role of immunological and metabolic disturbances in the liver fibrogenesis of patients with parenterally transmitted viral hepatitis from perspective of diagnosis improvement and treatment optimization. The problems of antiviral therapy of viral hepatitis, acute respiratory diseases and herpetic infections are actively developed. Researches on insufficiently known infections, such as bartonellosis, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis started at the department in the 2005. Department participates in several international programs on antiretroviral therapy of HIV–infection, diagnosis and treatment of AIDS. The study of acute intestinal infections was conducted from the perspective of clinical and microecological aspects of pathogenesis and development of new methods of specific therapy based on administration of new probiotics and intestinal antiseptics. In 2013–2015 the employees of the department carry out two researches: the initiative – “Improvement of diagnosis and treatment of viral and bacterial infections and their complications” and financed by the government “Development of the system for monitoring of metabolic disorders in patients with co–infections HIV/HCV against a background of antiviral therapy”. Every second Saturday of month we hold a meeting of student’s scientific study group, where modern theoretical questions of infectology are discussed and the patients are examined. Students take an active part in research activity of the department. One of direction of research is diagnostics and treatment of COVID–19.
From 1991 19 candidates of science and 3 doctor of science thesis were protected. As a result of research work 3 monographs and 15 training manuals were published.
The staff of the department actively co–operates with research establishments in Ukraine and foreign countries, in particular with Kharkiv Research Institute of Microbiology and Immunology named after I.I. Mechnikov”, “Institute of Therapy named after L.T. Mala”, “S.P. Grigoriev Institute for Medical Radiology”, Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Kharkov Regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Center. A number of scientific and practical international conferences were also held in the department.

Medical work

NE KLC “Regional Clinical Hospital of Infectious Diseases” is the clinical base of the department. The employees of the department carry out medical–diagnostic and organizational–methodical work in the intensive care unit, diagnostic, respiratory infections, neuroinfections, oropharyngeal infections, acute intestinal infections as well as in the Regional specialized hepatology center. Consultative, organizational and medical work the employees of the department is also done in the units of the Regional Clinical Hospital – the center of urgent medical aid and catastrophe medicine; Kharkiv Regional Clinical Centre of Urology and Nephrology named after V.I. Shapoval and other medical and preventive establishments of Kharkiv. Specialists of the Department conduct consulting and treatment of patients with COVID–19. The generally accepted and newest medical-diagnostic techniques are used on a department: immune-enzyme analysis, polymerase chain reaction, genetic typing of HCV genome, immunological and immunohistochemical researches, noninvasive methods of liver morphological changes research, study of lipid metabolism and peroxidation, ultrasonography of abdominal organs, distance thermography, laser and magnetic–laser therapy, phytotherapy.

International activity

Employees of the department participate in international projects based on the conclusion of cooperation agreements, namely:
– with the Center for Molecular Cardiology of the University of Zurich in the field of research of COVID–19;
– with the Institute of Microbiology of the Bundeswehr (Germany) within the program of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Ukraine on research and improvement of methods for diagnosing hantavirus infection;
– with the Belarusian State Medical University (Republic of Belarus).
Employees of the department take part in the work of international associations, in particular Professor K.V. Yurko is a member of the European HIV Clinical Society (EACS), Professor K.V. Yurko, А.В. Bondarenko, A.V. Sokhan and associate professor D.V. Katsapov are members of the Open Medical Institute, American Austrian Foundation, Salzburg, Austria. Employees of the department regularly participate in international conferences, webinars and other scientific events.

Postgraduate education

The department trains interns in the speciality “Infectious Diseases” and other related specialties “General Practice–Family Medicine”, “Internal Medicine”, “Neurology”, “Laboratory Diagnostics”, “Dentistry”, “Epidemiology”, “Surgery”, “Urology”, “Emergency Medicine”, etc.).
The department also trains physicians: cycles of thematic improvement “Topical issues of diagnosis, treatment and diagnosis of infectious diseases” for infectious diseases doctors, therapists, general practitioners, family medicine, anesthesiologists and “Modern approaches to diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral hepatitis “for infectious diseases doctors, therapists, general practitioners, family medicine, obstetricians, gynecologists, surgeons, TB doctors, training of participants of cycles of specialization and internships in the specialties “Therapy”, “Nephrology”, “Endoscopy”, “Dentistry”, “Orthopedic Dentistry”, “Therapeutic Dentistry”, “Pediatric Dentistry”, “Surgical Dentistry”, “Pediatric Ophthalmology”, “Pediatric Gynecology”, “Psychiatry”, etc.

Student scientific society

Head of Student scientific society: Ph.D., Assoc. O.I. Mohylenets

SSS members: students of 5–6 years of medical faculties, the composition is updated annually.

Format: monthly meetings in a remote format (Zoom, Google Meet), individual work – independently and under the supervision of a teacher–curator. The results of the work are presented at student scientific conferences at the department, interdepartmental, university and international.

The best groups are selected to participate in the Olympiad in Infectious Diseases and other professional competitions.

Normative documents of the educational process
Educational materials