In December the Ilizarov Centre celebrates its 45-th anniversary. 45 years ago on the 8th of December 1971 the joint department of the Leningrad research institute of traumatology and orthopedics named after R.L.Vreden was officially reorganized into Kurgan research institute of experimental and clinical orthopedics and traumatology (KNIIEKOT). Thus, Kurgan got its own Orthopedic Centre.
During the 45 years of Ilizarov’s clinic life over 170 000 patients were treated and about 187 000 surgeries performed. As for the scientific activity, 49 national and international conferences and meetings were held. The Ilizarov scientific school was formed here as well – 312 thesis papers were defended by researches and doctors of the Centre, over 10 000 articles and books were published and 988 invention patents received. 9100 fellows from 75 countries were trained (including 420 doctors from the USA, 279 from Japan, 251 from Great Britain and 242 from Republic of Korea).