Lev Paukman

Lev Paukman

American doctor
Country: USA

Biography of Lev Paukman

Lev Paukman was born during World War II in Uzbekistan, where his parents were evacuated from the combat zone. Unfortunately, his mother passed away when he was only seven months old, and he was raised by his grandparents. In 1947, the family moved to the city of Chernovtsy, where Lev completed his schooling and began working as a dental technician. During this time, he gained valuable skills in working with gold.

Lev went on to pursue higher education at Vinnitsa Medical University, where he had the fortune of meeting Dr. Mikhail Shtern. Dr. Shtern promised to assist Lev with his admission, but unfortunately, Lev was not able to pass the exam due to accusations of plagiarism. Instead of returning to Chernovtsy, Lev found a job as a dental technician in the Vinnitsa region.

After a year, Lev attempted to enroll in Saratov Medical Institute, but his ethnicity hindered his acceptance as Jews were not accepted in the media. Determined, Lev tried once again at Vinnitsa Medical University and successfully gained admission. It was during this time that his interest in cardiovascular diseases and scientific research began to grow.

In 1966, Lev completed his research and wrote his dissertation for his candidacy in medical sciences. Unfortunately, due to his nationality, he was not allowed to defend it. He was later assigned to work as a local doctor in Kuznetsk, Penza region. After three years there, Lev returned to Vinnitsa and successfully defended his dissertation. As a candidate of medical sciences, Lev continued his scientific research until 1974. By that time, he had accumulated enough material for his doctorate, but he became distracted by another task - emigrating.

Emigrating proved to be challenging for someone with higher education, and various delays prolonged his departure for two and a half years. Lev found Israel to be disappointing, as he faced difficulties as a scientist. He relied on government assistance for a while before relocating to the United States in 1977. Although he enjoyed his time in America, establishing himself there was difficult. Lev decided to seek political asylum, but the process took a long time. Unable to work in his field, he had to rely on odd jobs for income.

In 1983, Lev finally opened his private practice. Initially, his clientele consisted mostly of members of the Italian diaspora, but currently, his clients are primarily Russian or American. Lev's activities extended beyond medicine, and he gained a reputation as an informed consultant and advisor. His accumulated savings allowed him to financially assist those in need. Throughout this time, Lev remained a strong supporter of Russian culture, and both his daughter and son speak and write in Russian.

In 2003, Lev launched a new project - a Russian radio station aimed at uniting the Russian community. Unfortunately, the radio station did not last long. However, this setback did not deter Lev, and he continues to help his fellow countrymen alongside his professional activities.