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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 90-91

Introduction to Galina victorovna diachkova

Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

Date of Submission15-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2020

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Dror Paley
Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute, 901 45th St., West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2455-3719.288558

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Paley D. Introduction to Galina victorovna diachkova. J Limb Lengthen Reconstr 2020;6:90-1

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Galina Victorovna Diachkova [Figure 1] graduated from Omsk Medical Institute, Omsk, Russia in 1973. In 1971, she married Alexander Nikolayevich Dyachkov with whom she studied at the medical Institute. Together, they moved to Kurgan to start working at Ilizarov's Institute in July 1976. In 1982, she defended her thesis, The muscular - fascial apparatus of the lower leg in experimental lengthening by the Ilizarov method. In 1992, she defended her doctoral dissertation on the topic, X-ray contrast study of muscles in patients with diseases of the musculoskeletal system during treatment according to Ilizarov. In 1998, she received the title of Professor in the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics. In 2007, she was named Professor, in the field of Radiation Diagnostics and Radiation Therapy. In 1999, she coauthored the textbook, X-ray  Atlas More Details of Soft Tissue of Limbs in Orthopedic Diseases and Injuries, Medicine Publishing. She has authored and coauthored many peer-reviewed articles and three other books and has presented scientific papers at many national and international meetings. She has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren.
Figure 1: Prof. Galina Victorovna Diachkova

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Galina Victorovna Diachkova is my dear friend and colleague since I met her on my first trip to Kurgan in 1986 [Figure 2]. I got to know her in March 1987 [Figure 3], when I spent a month at the Institute during my second visit. Galina Victorovna was in-charge of my schedule. She would meet with me every day to discuss various research topics. We spoke in Russian, a language I taught myself to speak, read, and write only months before. She was very patient with my rapidly improving command of the language and provided me with her publications to read and translate. At the time, she knew more about distraction histogenesis of muscle and fascia than anyone in the world. Since the soft tissues are the limiting structures for limb lengthening, the treasure of information, which I learned from Dr. Diachkova, has influenced my understanding and practice of limb lengthening ever since. Her openness and willingness to share information in 1987, despite the aura of state secrecy behind the Iron Curtain, were refreshing, transparent, and very scientific. Outside the Institute, she adopted me and became my Russian mother. I fondly remember eating hot pelmeni at her dacha, after several hours of cross-country skiing in −20°C temperatures.
Figure 2: Dr. Diachkova ( first row woman to the left) with a group of international surgeons at the KNEIKOT on October 11, 1986. This was during my first visit to Kurgan (my picture is back row, far right)

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Figure 3: Meeting with Dr. Diachkova (right) at an international conference in Bergamo, Italy, May 30, 1987. She accompanied Prof. Ilizarov and helped prepare his presentations. Svetlana Ilizarov (left), Gavriil Abramovich's daughter is standing on the other side of me

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We have continued to stay in contact over the more than 30 years since we met. Her son Konstantin, who is an orthopedic surgeon at the Institute, came for a 6-month fellowship with me in Baltimore. Galina Victorovna and I have met many times over the years, until our most recent encounter, when I returned to the Institute in June 2018 [Figure 4]. She is truly one of the great pioneers of limb lengthening, and in my opinion, one of the most important of the Ilizarov era. She deserves tremendous credit and recognition for helping bring limb lengthening into the modern world and for doing the most important research on muscle and fascia with regards to limb lengthening.
Figure 4: Prof. Galina Victorovna Diachkova, in her office with Dr. Dror Paley and her son Dr. Konstantin Diachokov, on June 15, 2018

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In 2018, I published an article in this Journal about the history of Ilizarov. Although I got to know Ilizarov better than most foreigners, because I could speak directly to him in Russian without an interpreter (he even stayed at my house in 1987 and played basketball with my kids), the generational difference between us (I was 30 years old and completely unaccomplished and unknown and he was 65 years old and extremely accomplished and world renowned) made friendship and collegiality a challenge. Therefore, my impressions as described in my article are those of an extremely young, visitor to Kurgan and not of a colleague who worked with him day and night. Galina Victorovna was one of the few colleagues who earned her way into his inner circle and who was close to him until the end. She traveled with him, prepared his clinical and research material, and was his advisor. The article presented in this issue recounts her personal recollections of Prof. Gavriil Abramovich Ilizarov, a report never before presented or shared. I had the pleasure of helping her edit this material (which was sent to me in both English and Russian) to ensure that it would be presented in the way she intended.

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