Professor Zhaxybay Zhumadilov was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of the Corporate fund “University Medical Center”. Prior to his appointment, Professor Z. Zhumadilov held the position of General Director of «National Laboratory Astana»PI.
Zhaxybay Zhumadilov graduated from Semipalatinsk State Medical Institute. In 1990, he defended his doctoral thesis at the Institute of Surgery named after A. Vishnevskiy MSA USSR, Moscow; in 2004 – Ph.D. in Medical Science in Hiroshima University, Japan.
Professor Z. Zhumadilov started his career as a surgeon in the first city hospital in Semipalatinsk. He worked as Head of the Faculty Surgery Department, Pro-Rector of the Semipalatinsk State Medical Institute. In 1999-2004, he worked as a Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan. From 2004 to 2008, he worked as Pro-Rector on scientific and medical work at the Semipalatinsk State Medical Academy.
From 2008 to 2011, Professor Z. Zhumadilov was the Executive Director of JSC “National Medical Holding” (NMH), Astana, and Rector of the JSC “Medical University of Astana”, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC “Medical University Astana”.
In January 2011, he headed PI “Center for Life Sciences” at Nazarbayev University. Since September 2015, Professor Z. Zhumadilov has been the General Director of “National Laboratory Astana”, Nazarbayev University.
Prof. Z. Zhumadilov is the author of more than 550 scientific works, including 5 monographs and more than 30 inventions. Over 200 of his works were published in English and Japanese. In addition, he was the head of five doctoral and 22 master theses.
Z. Zhumadilov is a member of the editorial board of the prestigious American journals “Rejuvenation Research”, “International Journal of Probiotics & Prebiotic”, “Central Asian Journal of Global Health”, and “Gerontology & Geriatrics Research”.
In the 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR, Professor Z. Zhumadilov made a great contribution to the development of healthcare in the region. Through international charitable organizations, he attracted medical equipment and medicines for hospitals. In conjunction with the US Cancer Institute, Professor Z. Zhumadilov worked as a Co-Director of the first international project for screening thyroid diseases, and reconstructing radiation doses in the Semipalatinsk region.
As part of the activities of the international fund “Ecology, Radiation, Health”, Professor Z. Zhumadilov conducted work on attracting American investors to the Semipalatinsk region. Moreover, he did a lot of work on organizing internships in U.S. and Japanese clinics for doctors and nurses of Semipalatinsk.
Professor Z. Zhumadilov was the first in Kazakhstan to start using a fine needle aspiration biopsy method to diagnose nodular thyroid diseases in the regions adjacent to the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. It was the first time when minimally invasive precision methods for the treatment of nodular thyroid diseases were developed. Together with Japanese scientists, the statuses of thyroid function and iodine deficiency in a number of settlements adjacent to the test site were studied.
Z. Zhumadilov made a great contribution to the development of science and public health in Kazakhstan. In particular, he was a founder of Nazarbayev University’s Center for Life Sciences, a center with a modern infrastructure to carry out scientific research in accordance with high international standards.
Thanks to the contribution of Z. Zhumadilov, NU has successfully developed partnerships with the world leaders in biomedicine. Under his guidance, the scientific bases of genomic and personalized medicine, bioinformatics, regenerative and translational medicine in Kazakhstan, as well as the concept of development of the modern paradigm of clinical practice, education and science were developed.