Main Military Medical Directorate (Russia)

Main Military Medical Directorate
Active 1805 – present
Country Russia
Type Medical corps
Role Provide healthcare for all the military personnel in the Armed Forces
Size 100,000
Part of Ministry of Defense
Garrison/HQ Znamenka 19, Moscow, RU
Nickname(s) "ГВМУ", GVMU

The Main Military Medical Directorate, also known as Main Agency for Military Medicine (Russian: Главное военно-медицинское управление Министерства обороны Российской Федерации) is the specialist corps in the Russian Ministry of defense and Russia's Armed Forces which provides medical services to all Army personnel and their families, in war and in peace.

The headquarters is located in the Main Building of the Ministry of Defense at Znamenka 19, Moscow, Russia[1]


Sanitary unit which formed in Saint-Petersburg on March 11, 1904, and was sent to Russian Far East.
Photo by Carl Bulla for "Niva" Journal.
Sanitary detachment marching in Moscow streets, November 20, 1941.

First Military corps in Russia were formed as Medical Expedition in the Russian Army (Медицинская экспедиция при Военного Министерства России) in 1805.

Since 1867 it was renamed to Main Medical Department. In 1909 it was renamed to Main Military Sanitary Directorate (Главное военно-санитарное управление).

During Soviet regime the Military Medical Department changed its name many times: In 1924 it became the Military Sanitary Directorate of the Red Army (ВСУ РККА). In 1936: Sanitary Directorate, and during World War II, in 1941 the department was called again as the Main Military Sanitary Directorate (ГВСУ).

In 1946 the Directorate carried the current name: Main Military Medical Directorate of the Soviet Armed Forces (ГВМУ ВС СССР).

In 1960 it simply was called as the Military Medical Directorate (or the Center for Military Medical Directorate)

After the dissolution of the USSR, the Military medicine was subordinate to the Armed Forced of the Russian Federation in 1992 and became Main Military Medical Directorate of the Russian Military (ГВМУ ВС РФ).


More than 100,000 medical specialists are working in the Military medicine system, including 23,000 doctors. The Military services built with 70 military medical organizations, with about 4 million workers.[2]

The Main Directorate including the following institutions:



# Name Military rank Took office Left office Notes
1 Eduard Nechaev Colonel General of Medical services 1992 1993
2 Ivan Chij Colonel General of Medical services 1993 2004
3 Igor Bykov Colonel General of Medical services 2004 2007
4 Vladimir Shappo Lieutenant General 2007 2009
5 Alexander Belevitin Major General June 8, 2009 2011
6 Aleksander Vlasov colonel 2011 2011 acting
7 A. Kalmykov general 2011 2012
8 Aleksander Vlasov colonel 2012 2012 acting
9 Vyacheslav Novikov General of the Army October 2012 January 14, 2013 acting
10 Aleksandr Fisun Major General February 19, 2013 November 28, 2016

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