Dr. Novick testifies on Chernobyl to US Congress

Thursday April 27, 2006 09:51:09 AM

Dr. William M. Novick was one of five experts on a scientific panel called to a congressional hearing in Washington D.C. April 27, 2006.  The congressional hearing The Legacy of Chernobyl: 1986 to 2006 and Beyond addressed the devastating effects of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of April 1986.  This hearing occurred in the U.S. Capitol Building.  Dr. Novick's participated in the hearing Panel I: Long Term Effects of Radiation on Health, Environment and Agriculture.

Dr. Novick has extensive experience caring for children with congenital heart defects in the region affected by Chernobyl.  Many of defects in these children are believed to be the result of exposure to excessive radiation from the accident.  The International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF), a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Novick, is currently operating in Minsk, Belarus.  ICHF medical teams have been traveling to Minsk since 1996, and have operated on over 250 children there with congenital heart disease.  Dr. Novick and the International Children's Heart Foundation were prominently featured in the 2003 Academy Award winning short documentary film Chernobyl Heart.