Nikiforov’s All-Russian Center for Emergency and Radiation Medicine

The Federal State Public Enterprise Nikiforov’s All-Russian Center for Emergency and Radiation Medicine of the Emergencies Ministry of Russia (the Nikiforov’s ARCERM) is a multi-field diagnostic and treatment, research and development and educational institution.

The ARCERM was established by the Order No.352-r of the Government of the Russian Federation of 14 March 1997 and became an assignee of the All-Russian Center for Ecology Medicine that was established in 1991 in order to provide medical aid to the liquidators of the Chernobyl Accident and the people who were resettled from the contaminated regions of Russia.

By the Order No.1155-r of the government of the Russian Federation of 21 August 2006, the ARCERM of the Emergencies Ministry of Russia was named after Aleksei Mikhailovich Nikiforov – the founder and the first director of the institution.

The ARCERM fulfills following tasks:

- Rendering of multi-field specialized high-tech medicine aid to treat different ailments, including to the people that were affected by radiation accident, man-caused emergencies and natural disasters;

- Fundamental and applied scientific researches in the field of radiation medicine, radiobiology, occupational pathology. Introduction of new technologies in medicine;

- Educational activities in the field of post graduate and further vocational education (post-graduate courses, residency, professional development);

- Registration, accounting and dynamic case monitoring of the patients affected by the accident and natural disasters;

- Organizing of expert work, including one to determine the causation of the illness by the aftermath of accidents and disasters;

- Cooperation with domestic, foreign and international medical institutions.

In 1995 the ARCERM was given the states of the Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization in the field of treatment and rehabilitation of liquidators of radiation and other accidents and disasters. Since 1997 the ARCERM is the center of the international Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network REMPAN.

Since 1992, more than 25.000 people from 56 regions of the Russian Federation affected by radiation accidents and disasters, mainly the liquidators of the Chernobyl Accident, have underwent the expert examination, treatment and rehabilitation in the ARCERM.

Since 1992 the Expert Committee was established in the ARCERM in order to determine the causation of illnesses, disability and death of people exposed to the radiation.

The Medical and Radiation Measuring registry of the Center contains information about 16.000 people affected by radioactive contamination.

The Medical Registry of the Emergencies Ministry of Russia was established on the basis of the ARCERM. This Registry is the multilevel departmental information and analytics system for provision of combined evaluation of health condition and individual professional activities of rescuers of the Emergencies Ministry, information of which is passed on to the Senior Management of the Ministry to undertake necessary managerial decisions.

Human resources:

The ARCERM is staffed with the highly-qualified specialists, which include 60 Doctors of Science (in medicine, biology and psychology), 35 professors, 110 PhDs. Over 70% of staff has the Highest and the First Class qualification.

20 employees of the ARCERM have the titles of the Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation, the Honored Health Care Worker, and the Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation.

More than 125 doctors, nurses and specialists of the ARCERM underwent the professional courses (training) in the best medical centers of the world (Austria, the Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Spain, Italy, China, Korea, the USA, France, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden).


  • Aid and mercy
  • Quality and professionalism
  • Introduction of experience of leading hospitals of the world
  • Care and attention for all patients


The staff of the ARCERM provides more than 5,000 medical services featuring the latest technologies in the medicine and the most advanced equipment.

Main clinical subdivisions of the ARCERM:

Clinic No.1 (specialized, Therapeutics Department)

4/2 Akademika Lebedeva, Saint Petersburg


Multi-field full-time and day hospital for 120 people, including:

  • Clinical Department for Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Clinical Department for Pulmonology and Allergology
  • Clinical Department for Therapy and Occupational Pathology
  • Cardiology Department
  • Intensive Care Unit and Resuscitation Department
  • Admission Room

Clinic No.2 (multifield, advanced medical technologies)

54 Optikov Street, Saint Petersburg

Multi-field full-time hospital for 450 people (250 in surgery department; 80 – therapy department, 50 – clinical rehabilitation department, 40 - resuscitation department, 30 toxic and radiology and onco-hematology department), including:

- Emergency Surgery Department

- Anesthesiology and Resuscitation Department, Intensive Care Unit

- Central Surgery Department (surgery suit consisting of 14 operating rooms)

- Central Sterilization Department

- Dialysis Department

- Hyperbaric Oxygenation Department

- Functional Diagnosis Department

- Ultrasound Diagnosis Department

- Laboratory Diagnosis Department

- Radiodiagnostics Department

- Endoscopic Examination Department

- Trauma and Orthopedics Department

- Cardiovascular Pathology Department

- Neurosurgery Department

- Burns Department

- Urology Department

- Gynecology Department

- Ophthalmologic Department

- ENT and Maxillofacial Surgery Department

- Thoracoabdominal Surgery Department

- Therapeutics Department

- Clinical Neurology Department

- Medical Rehabilitation and Clinical Rehabilitation Department

- Radiation Medicine, Hematology and Toxicology Department

- Nuclear Medicine Department

Additionally, following institutions are working as a part of the Center:

- Outpatient Department for 460 admissions per shift

- Transfusiology Department (preparation of donor blood and its components)

- Emergency Medical Aid Substation (Department of Emergency Medical Aid with medical aircraft)

- Pathologicoanatomic Department

Research and Development:

- Fundamental and applied researches in the field of medical and biological consequences on human body caused by radiation exposure during radiation emergencies and other disasters;

- Study of radiation medicine, radiobiology, occupational pathology, emergency medicine and rendering of aid to the injured in emergency situations;

- Argumentation of new medical technologies for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pathologies of internal organs caused by different factors of emergency situations;

- Improvement of medical support system of the Emergencies Ministry of Russia;

- Development of theoretical and practical basics for medical monitoring for health condition of rescuers, employees of the Federal State Fire Service of the Emergencies Ministry and participants of mitigation of the Chernobyl Accident;

- Development of telemedicine equipment for rendering of aid to the injured in emergency situations;

- Study of theoretical and practical problems of laboratory diagnosis of specialists engaged in hazardous occupation.

Dissertation Council are working in the ARCERM:

D 205.001.01 and D 205.001.02 Dissertation Councils for viva voce if dissertations to compete for academic degree of Doctor of PhD (Medicine, Psychology and Biology Sciences) for professions 05.26.02 – safety in emergency situations (medical, biology and psychology sciences), 14.00.46 – clinical laboratory diagnosis (medical and biological sciences), 19.00.04 – medical psychology (psychology sciences).

Educational activities:

The ARCERM has a perform its educational activities based on the license from the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia for educational activities in the area of graduate and additional vocational training. More than 150 specialists undergo training in the ARCERM yearly.

The Emergency Medicine Institute of Post Graduate Education, three departments and academic office are included into the ARCERM.

Periodical activities

The ARCERM is the founder and publisher of the reviewed Medico-Biological and Socio-Psychological Problems of Safety in Emergency Situations and Bulletin of Psychotherapy magazines that are included in the list periodicals of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation for publishing of materials of Doctor of Sciences and PhD dissertations.

Specialists of the ARCERM yearly publish more than 10 monographs and 120 articles in the top-level domestic and foreign magazines.

International cooperation

§ The ARCERM is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Accident Recovery Workers of Nuclear and Other Disasters;

§ Carries out Cooperation within the framework of World Health Organization/REMPAN (international Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network);

§ Carries out efforts to fulfill Mitigation of Nuclear Disasters Program within alliance treaty between Russia and Belarus

§ The ARCERM participates in the Medical Commission of the International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire (CTIF)

§ Cooperates with the European Center for Disaster Medicine

§ Organizes and participates in the yearly international meetings and conferences within the cooperation with international organizations, scientific, educational and medical institutions

§ Gathers and exchanges information on medical assistance in emergency situations featuring radiation, including telemedicine technologies