Lena Konstantinovna Suleyeva, M.D., PhD, of Amarillo, Texas, died February 25, 2022, at 95 years of age.
Lena was born February 7, 1927, in Pyatigorsk, Russia, to Konstantin and Lydia Suleyeva but lived most of her life in Dnipro, Ukraine. During her childhood, she went through many hardships and was a teenager when WW II impacted Europe and the then Soviet Union. Lena became a physician in 1953 after completing her education at Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy (Ukraine). She became a full Professor of Internal Medicine and was a highly esteemed pulmonologist. Lena was a prolific writer who authored four books and published over a hundred scientific papers in medical journals and chapters in medical books. She took care of thousands of patients throughout her almost 50 years in practice. Lena trained and mentored hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows. She substantially advanced medical science in Ukraine and was held in the highest regard by her colleagues. She taught both her daughter and granddaughter to become physicians and provide exemplary care to the sick and poor through her selfless example.
She moved to Amarillo, TX, in 2009 to be closer to her granddaughter and her daughter. Lena developed a lovely group of friends and became a member of St. John, Greek Orthodox Church.
She always kept current with world policies on her laptop and watched TV every day. When she learned that Putin had invaded Ukraine, she refused to eat; and died of a broken heart over the abject suffering of her Ukrainian People.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Leonid Gorodetsky.
Survivors include her daughter, Tetyana L. Vasylyeva, M.D., PhD. of Amarillo, TX, granddaughter, Olga Vasylyeva, M.D., and her husband Alan Lee, of Rochester, NY, and her beloved great-granddaughter, Alina.
The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to Landmark of Amarillo. A private family and friends gathering will be held at the family home in Amarillo, and funeral services will be held at the Ukrainian Church in Rochester, NY.
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In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that memorial donations be made to: UMANA.ORG which is the Ukrainian Humanitarian Medical Association in order to help war victims. https://www.umana.org/payment.php?func=donate
Lena was an inspiration to all that were lucky enough to really get to know her. She loved her family first and foremost and was a consummate professional. She will be greatly missed!