Dr. Vladimir « Zev » Zelenko passed away today, leaving behind a legacy of helping others in the fight against Covid-19.
Dr. Zelenko was a physician, scientist, and activist for medical rights. He is most recognized for his safe and practical application of a novel three-drug combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc sulfate, and azithromycin to combat Covid-19 in prehospital settings.
Dr. Zelenko graduated with a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Hofstra University with high honors. In May 2000, he earned his M.D. degree after receiving an academic scholarship to attend S.U.N.Y at Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr. Zelenko completed his residency in family medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. in May 2004. Since then, Dr. Zelenko has worked in the Hudson Valley of New York as a family doctor.
In March 2020, Dr. Zelenko’s team was one of the first in the country to successfully treat thousands of Covid-19 patients in the prehospital setting. While battling recurrent and metastatic sarcoma, recovering from open-heart surgery, and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, Dr. Zelenko developed his now-famous « Zelenko Protocol, » which has saved lives all around the world.
In December 2020, Zelenko with co-authors published an article on a retrospective case study of outpatient treatment with zinc, low-dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, which indicated a significant reduction in the incidence of hospitalization of COVID-19 patients that had been treated with the protocol, 2.8% treated compared with 15.4% untreated.
Zelenko was also a courageous advocate and defender of fundamental principles of medicine. He persevered against unrelenting defamation of character from the media, and threats against his person. Dr. Zelenko was an observant orthodox Jew, and was married with 8 children, and has authored two books called Metamorphosis and Essence to Essence.
The World Council for Health is saddened by the news of Dr. Zelenko’s passing, following his long battle with cancer. He was a passionate and dedicated doctor who fought tirelessly for his patients. We will remember him for his courage and determination in the face of adversity. Our thoughts are with his family, patients, and friends at this difficult time.
You can learn more about Dr. Zelenko’s legacy through his foundation, The Zelenograd Freedom Foundation.
« I have looked death in the eye and I have been made ready to meet God. I fear nothing on this earth. »Dr. Zelenko