M.D., PhD, Prof. Dzhalaludin G. Saidbegov was born on November 6, 1948 in the Republic of Dagestan (Russian Federation).
In 1955 he enrolled in secondary school. After gaining first place at the provincial Physics and Mathematics Olympiad, at the end of the eighth grade, he was chosen to be part of a group specializing in physics and mathematics for gifted children of the Republic of Dagestan at the school in Makhachkala. He completed his studies as an external student in 1965. In the same year he entered the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the Dagestan State Medical Institute (University equivalent) and graduated in 1971.
In the following year, he specialized in neuropathology at the Postgraduate Medical Institute of Leningrad. At the end of his specialization, he worked in Buinaksk (Republic of Dagestan) at the Inter-regional Occupational Health Board, then he operated as a neuropathologist in the Moscow region between 1975 and 1977.
In 1977 he was admitted for a Ph.D. at the Central Institute for Occupational Health Research, where, in 1981, he obtained his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medical Sciences with a specialization in neurological diseases.
Between 1978 and 1982 he worked as a scientific collaborator (researcher) for the Central Institute for Occupational Health in the USSR. In 1982 he was appointed Manager of the Neurology Clinic of Moscow University Hospital n.40, and, at the same time, Head of Neuropathology in the Municipality of Babushkinski, Moscow (more than one million inhabitants).
Prof. Saidbegov’s passion for so-called “alternative medicine” in the treatment of patients with vertebral and articulation diseases began in the mid 1980s. Gathering the experiences of several Russian “healers”, he started to adopt techniques of “folk medicine” for the treatment of the pathologies mentioned above.
In 1984 he specialized in reflexotherapy at the Central Institute for Further Development for Doctors in the USSR (Moscow). He then continued his studies at the Institute for Research in Traditional Medicine of the Republic of Vietnam, as part of a mission on behalf of the Ministry of Health of the USSR.
In 1986 Prof. Saidbegov met the pioneer of the scientific approach to manual therapy in the Soviet Union, Nicolai A. Kassian, for the first time. A friendship and professional cooperation began at that moment, which lasted until the latter’s death in 2009.
Prof. Saidbegov has become one of the most consistent disciples of the Kassian manual therapy method, adopted in the hospital ward where he was head. The remarkable success in the cure of various vertebral diseases and the growing fame of the therapy brought an increase in the number of patients both from the Soviet Union and from abroad, together with attention from the various media in the USSR.
(Professor Saidbegov has promoted the Kassian treatment in scientific-professional fields at medical conferences and through scientific articles and interviews.) At the same time, he continued his research for a pharmacological therapy for vertebral diseases. In 1986 the USSR State Committee for Inventions and Discoveries granted him a patent (number: 13149993) for a “cocktail” of medicines for the treatment of slipped discs. That chemical compound (with or without reference to him) is still used in many clinics in the former USSR.
Prof. Saidbegov is author and co-author of more than 60 scientific articles, methodological recommendations for GPs, and monographs.
In 1990, with the support of the Head General Director of Health of Moscow, he organized the capital’s first clinic specializing in neurovertebrology with the application of methods of “alternative cure” (manual therapy, NIVAR of the Kassian-Saidbegov method, acupuncture, etc.). That same year he was invited for scientific cooperation by the Italian Institute for the Quality of Life (IQV) of Rome, where he had previously worked as a consultant in support for patients affected by spine pathologies.
He received offers for professional cooperation from many countries: Israel, Canada, the USA, and in 1991 he decided to move to Italy where he still lives and works while also travelling at home and abroad. After completing some exams and a dissertation, he obtained the recognition of his degree (110/110), and thus an Italian (European) Masters degree from Sapienza University of Rome. In 1994 he launched a scientific cooperation project with the Major Specialization Institute for GPs of the WHO, and in 1997 he was appointed Professor at the same Organization.
In that same year Prof. Saidbegov became a member of the Italian Doctors’ Association. In 2000 he was invited to give a course of lessons on “Physical medicine and rehabilitation” at the First Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of Sapienza University of Rome. From 2007 until now he has given lessons on “Neurological semiotics and rehabilitation” at the same university. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Italian Association of Vertebral Surgeons.
In 1997, he was awarded, the first prize of the Kassian Academic Foundation at the Ukraine Academy of Sciences, one of a number of similar prizes obtained throughout his career.
Prof. Saidbegov is a strong and active supporter of scientific research applied to folk methods of treatment – developed by our forefathers – focused on vertebral and articular diseases and their uses in treatment. He reported on the subject at a conference at the Italian Senate in 1997. Many articles in magazines and newspapers have been written on his work, in Russia, Italy and other countries. He has also given many TV interviews in Russia, Italy, and other countries around the world.
Prof. Saidbegov has spread the Kassian-Saidbegov method in scientific-professional areas through Medical Congresses and published articles, as well as through interviews in the media. He has also given lessons on “The experience of curing large protrusions, slipped discs” in the lombo-sacral area with the NIVAR Kassian-Saidbegov method at different international universities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Baku, Rome, Makhachkala, Vladicaucaso, etc. It is the only non-invasive manual method for curing these types of slipped discs.
Since 1995 he has been an academic correspondent for the Natural Sciences Academy of the Russian Federation, and, since 1997, academician of the Academy of Sciences for National Progress of the Ukraine. In 2004, after completing the necessary exams, he obtained an Italian specialization in neurology.
He is an honorary member of the European Association of Vertebrological Doctors: the Spine Society of Europe (EUROSPINE). Initially founded at a European level, the organization has grown today to a World association of medical professionals specialized in various fields (neurosurgery, orthopedics, neurology and physiotherapy) involved in the study and treatment of the pathologies of the spine. Among the members of this Association there are about 800 of the world’s leading specialists in this field of medicine.
On December 15, 2010 he was elected member of the North American Spine Society (NASS), leading organization in the research and treatment of spinal pathologies in North America (USA and Canada).
Prof. Saidbegov is Doctor Honoris Causa in various universities in Russia, and a member of editorial boards of several medical science publications of different Russian universities. Since 2013 he has been an Honorary Citizen of the city of Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan- where he gained his first university degree.
During his long scientific and medical career, Prof. Saidbegov has met patients from all corners of the world: worldly figures such as Presidents, State Prime Ministers; famous people from the fields of art, cinema, sport and politics, and also common people.
He is married, and his son, Dr. Ramazan Saidbegov, has followed in his professional footsteps. He also has two grandsons.
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