Andriy Slyusarchuk

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Andriy Slyusarchuk
Born (1971-05-09)9 May 1971
Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Citizenship Ukraine
Nationality Ukraine

Andriy Tykhonovych Slyusarchuk (born May 9, 1971 in Zhytomyr) is a Ukrainian who became, among other things, neurosurgeon, medical doctor and professor. He also claims to have set a number of unverified world records in memorizing data and figures, while being able to perform highly complex computer-speed calculations mentally. He is commonly known as Doctor Pi.

Autumn 2011 the Ukrainian police detained Slyusarchuk on suspicion of forgery and fraud.[1] In Summer 2012 he was placed in a psychiatric hospital.[2]


At nine, he graduated from Vinnytsia secondary school. His parents were medical professors: mother— a pediatrician, and father— a cardiac surgeon. They died in a car accident the same year he graduated from secondary school.

After that, he was put into a Soviet orphanage. In there, the teachers failed to recognize his extraordinary abilities and his attempts to show more skill than an ordinary child were subject to multiple punishments. He was taught to behave the same way other children did. Andriy was trying to get back his documents certifying his secondary school graduation to further enter a higher educational institution, but for trying that he was stamped a 'mentally disordered', 'lunatic' child and punished even more. At 11 years old, he ran away from the orphanage.

Upon arriving in Moscow, he entered a Gypsy environment, where he was accepted, fed, and taught to beg for money. At that time, he felt that was an environment he needed. There, he first learned about the phenomenon of Gypsy hypnotism and started to learn its use.

After about a year of life with the Gypsies, Andriy accidentally met an employee of Russian State Medical University. They became friends and that man started inviting Andriy to his place. Gradually Andriy told him his life story. With the help of that man Andriy was allowed to have an appointment with Yevgeniy Chazov, the Soviet Minister of Health Care at that time.

Under protectorate of Yevgeniy Chazov at the age of 12, Andriy Slyusarchuk entered Russian State Medical University, general therapy faculty. His further specialization was neurosurgery under guidance of professor Gusev, E.I. (Гусев Е.И.). His teachers were famous neuro-scientists like Karlov V.A. (Карлов В.А.), Konovalov A.N., Vein A.M. (Вейн А.М.).[3]

Slyusarchuk is not a doctor — he never graduated from Russian State Medical University

He claims he graduated from Russian State Medical University with an Honorable Diploma at 18.

And immediately after that by a decision of Scientific Council Andriy was directed to the postgraduate course, without the usually required internship.

Within 1.5 years after that, he received his first Ph.D. The thesis was "Ураження мозку, зумовлене герпетичними енцефалітами".

His subsequent Ph.D. thesis was «Травматические внутримозговые супратенториальные гематомы, осложнённые острой обструктивной гидроцефалией и прорывом крови в желудочковую систему.»[4]

He claims he had received his third higher education by the age of 28.

Some dates (according to the press information):

  • 1985 — entered 2nd Moscow Medical University (now unknown as the Russian State Medical University - named after Pirogov)
  • 1992 — entered St Petersburg University, medical psychology faculty
  • 1998 — received another Ph.D.
  • 2003 — received yet another Ph.D.
  • 2006 — has claimed to have set a world record by memorizing 5100 digits in 117 seconds (not officially accepted by international organizations)[5]

He is currently a professor of L'viv State University of Modern Technologies and Management [6]

He was previously a professor at the chair of neuro-surgery in National Medical Academy of postgraduate education named after Shupyk <>.[7] By 2010 he has left his position there.[citation needed]

In June 2009, after claiming to have set a new world record for memorizing pi by being able to recite randomly selected sequences from the first 30 million places of pi, Mr. Slyusarchuk was officially congratulated by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yuschenko. A possibility of financing a dedicated research center for development of Slyusarchuk's methodology had been discussed.[8][9]

On December 22, 2009, a press release has been issued by the press relations department of President of Ukraine, which announced that Viktor Yushchenko met with Andriy Slyusarchuk and discussed the establishing of the Institute of Brain Studies. The aim of the Institute is to ensure a complex approach to detecting and medication of the brain diseases, introduction of the contemporary methods of their prevention and treatment. The President has marked the importance of scientific studies of human brain and the significance of practical use of achieved results in education, medicine, social sphere. Taking into account the aims and directions of activity of the established Institute, conducting of such studies and measures will allow to solve, in particular, the issues of fighting the narcotic and alcohol dependence, as well as other complex social problems. President has issued a Decree, which makes provisions for establishment of Institute of Brain Studies, as a main research institution, which determines the top priority directions of brain study, conducting fundamental and applied scientific research in neurology, psychiatry, psychology and neuro-rehabilitation, development, introduction and realization of the programs of research into brain functioning, new technologies in this sphere. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is charged with ensuring the solution of all the legal and other issues related to establishing of Institute of Brain Studies, accordingly to the legislative procedure, within one month from the issue of Decree.[10][11][12][13]

In his interview to "Weekly Mirror" (one of the major Ukrainian newspapers) published December 26, 2009, Andriy Slyusarchuk says it has been planned that he would become the head of the newly created Institute of Brain Studies, which would create suitable conditions for this work in Ukraine and remove the need for immigration in order to continue his studies.[14]

Slyusarchuk claims his unique memorizing skills are based on a set of techniques including mental associations between figures, images, words, numbers (i.e. mnemonics) and an innate photographic memory of everything he concentrates on. The scientists participating at the verification of Mr. Slyusarchuk's records said that "...the mnemonic technique implied can be used by any person...".[15]

A February 2010 article in Novaya newspaper mentions that a student of Andriy Slyusarchuk (Alexander Chervonyi) also claims that he was able to reproduce many of his master's claimed memory performances, including recitation of any randomly selected sequences from the first 5 million decimal places of pi. The article also provides information about the current experiments performed by Mr. Slyusarchuk and his assistants and claims they are related to development of new techniques of mind-control for the military.[16]

He lately took interest in chess and allegedly read three thousand books on the subject.[17] In April 2011 he defeated the chess program Rybka in an exhibition Match in Kiev, blindfolded.[18]

State awards[edit]

  • State Prize of Ukraine in the field of education (September 30, 2011)[19]

Claims and controversy[edit]

Suspicion of forgery and fraud[edit]

Journalists of L'viv newspaper "Ekspres", in a series of publications in October–November 2011, accused Andriy Slyusarchuk of forgery, fraud, illegal medical practice, which led to injuries and deaths of patients treated by him.[20][21][22][23]

After the accusations in "Ekspres" had been published and gained wide publicity, Andriy Slyusarchuk publicly denied them and pleaded himself not guilty in a number of interviews to other press sources. He announced that he had resorted to court and applied to General Prosecutor of Ukraine in order to clarify the situation and officially disprove the statements made by "Ekspres".[24][25]

On November 14, 2011, under the pressure of press (particularly the "Ekspres" newspaper), the Ukrainian police had detained him for the period of investigation on suspicion of forgery and fraud.[1]

In the process of investigation, the high officials of the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine, including several directors of departments of the Ministry, as well as the vice-minister, had officially announced to press on various occasions, that all the documents and scientific titles of Andriy Slyusarchuk are valid, according to the Ukrainian legislation and procedures. As per their statements, major parts of Slyusarchuk's scientific works would not be disclosed, as they are classified and fall under the category of State secrets privilege both in Ukraine and Russia.[26][27][28][29][30]

In Summer 2012, Ukrainian newspapers reported that Andriy Slyusarchuk left Lukyanivska Prison and has been placed in the Pavlov psychiatric hospital. The Head of Department for Public Affairs of MIA of Ukraine, Volodymyr Polishchuk said that "independent examination is conducted to check the mental health of Slyusarchuk, as well as his possible psychic and hypnotic abilities"[2]

Pi figure[edit]

Slyusarchuk claims to have set a number of records in memorizing large volumes of digital data, sequences of geometrical figures, as well as words and other information. In particular, he claims to have memorized 1 million digits of pi figure.[31]

By 2008 he claimed to remember 2,000,000 decimal places of pi, as well as around 7,000 volumes of text. By 2009 the number of volumes remembered increased to 15.000.[32]

By June 2009 he claimed to have set a new record by memorizing the first 30 million places of pi, which were printed in 20 volumes of text.[33][34][35] Although he did not recite all 30 million digits that he claimed to have memorized, he was able to recite randomly selected sequences from within the first 30 million places of pi.

Since reciting 30 million digits of π at one digit a second would take almost a year (347 days) if you did it non-stop 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a following approach had been applied to verify the record: during demonstrations Mr. Slyusarchuk is being randomly asked to tell the digits of pi printed on certain pages and locations of the 20 volume printout, which is grouped into orderly arranged tables. He successfully went through this kind of test multiple times. Demonstrations had been witnessed by respectable scientists and heads of sub-departments in Universities. Book of Records of Ukraine (Книга рекордів України) lists the members of commission witnessing his demonstration.[36] They are country-wide recognized scientists on the top positions in National Universities and Institutes.

By October 2010 Mr. Slyusarchuk claimed to remember 200 million decimal places of pi.[37]

None of his claimed Pi records is accepted by the official Pi World Ranking List [38] or the Guinness Book of Records since no real independent test of his pi knowledge was possible ever.

Mr. Slyusarchuk is known for his hypnotic skills as well. In particular, he claims to be able to hypnotize people so as to not feel pain, e.g. when exposed to burns.[39]

Another TV show presented him hypnotizing students of L'viv University of Modern Technologies (Львівський державний інститут новітніх технологій та управління ім. В. Чорновола). Those under hypnotic influence could eat onions believing those were apples.

He also demonstrated hypnotizing a salesman in a shop to take a 1 hryvna bill from him, believing this to be 500 Hryvna.[40]

Novyi Kanal has hosted a few TV events in which Andriy Slyusarchuk demonstrated many of his extraordinary abilities. The Video recording of the events is available at .

When trying to show exceptional Chess position memory on TV (memorizing all pieces on 80 boards), he was criticized by a chess master invited to the event (Grigoriy Timoshenko), who said he was 99.9% sure that Slyusarchuk's performance was faked.[41] An article in The New York Times called Slyusarchuk "an Illusionist".[42]

He was also officially invited to participate in the World Memory Championships, where his feats would have been tested by independent international arbiters. He was promised $40,000 if he broke the accepted memory records, but he refused to go there.

Further reading[edit]

  • Емігрує вчений-унікум Андрій Слюсарчук//Поліщук Всеволод, «Газета по-львівськи», №44 (48), 21.10.2008, с.


  1. ^ a b "Lviv court sends Dr. Pi to custody". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
    Галина Терещук (2011-11-14). "Радіо Свобода, 14.11.2011". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  2. ^ a b Dr. Pi placed in mental hospital Андрій Слюсарчук перебуватиме у столичній психіатричній лікарні щонайменше 2 місяці. ZIK. 29 червня 2012р.
  3. ^ A 2009 interview coverage
  4. ^ Ознакомительный текст диссертации (не официальный источник)
  5. ^ Новий свiтовий рекорд у запам'ятовуваннi й вiдображеннi людиною числа пi в обсязi одного мiльйона знакiв (!) встановив доктор медичних наук Андрiй Слюсарчук
  7. ^ "У профессора Слюсарчука украли диски и книжки". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  8. ^ Victor Yushchenko meets Andriy Slyusarchuk
  9. ^ Ющенко поздравил нейрохирурга, запомнившего 30 миллионов цифр
  10. ^ "Віктор Ющенко провів зустріч з професором Андрієм Слюсарчуком". 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  11. ^ "УКАЗ ПРЕЗИДЕНТА УКРАЇНИ № 1094/2009. Про Інститут мозку". 
  12. ^ "Victor Yushchenko meets Andriy Slyusarchuk. 22.12.2009 18:40". 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  13. ^ "Yushchenko initiates establishment of brain institute in Ukraine". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  14. ^ "Андрій Слюсарчук: "Переконаний — необхідно стимулювати "зону щастя" в українській колективній свідомості" Дзеркало тижня. №51 (779) 26 грудня — 14 січня 2010". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  15. ^ "Професор Слюсарчук встановив два світові рекорди". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  16. ^ Оружие «Мистера «Пи». «Новой» удалось узнать, что профессор-нейрохирург Андрей Слюсарчук близок к созданию психотропного оружия
  17. ^ Amateur beats Rybka blindfold – while hell freezes over
  18. ^ STB: Slyusarchuk v Rybka 27 April 2011
  19. ^ Указ Президента України № 960/2011 від 30 вересня 2011 року «Про присудження Державних премій України в галузі освіти 2011 року»(Ukrainian)
  20. ^ Світлана Мартинець: «Сенсаційне викриття псевдопрофесора Пі» Ekspres, № 5980, 6 жовтня 2011
  21. ^ Світлана Мартинець: «Перші жертви псевдопрофесора Пі» Газета «Експрес», 13 жовтня 2011
  22. ^ Свiтлана Мартинець, Iгор Починок «Псевдолікар Слюсарчук убиває людей!» Міліція далі зволікає] Газета «Експрес», 20 жовтня 2011
  23. ^ Свiтлана Мартинець, Iгор Починок «Псевдолікар Слюсарчук у пастці» Газета «Експрес», 27 жовтня 2011
  24. ^ "Профессор Слюсарчук намерен через ГПУ отстоять свою репутацию, "Обозреватель", 2011". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  25. ^ "Геній Андрій Слюсарчук подав до суду за те, що його викрили, "20 минут", 01.11.2011". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  26. ^ Феномен (2011-11-15). "Агенти впливу, телеканал НТН, 14.11.2011". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  27. ^ ""Доктор Пи" жалуется на опухоль мозга". 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  28. ^ 01.12.2011, 21:37 гість ответить. "Відомого нейрохірурга Андрія Слюсарчука підозрюють в шарлатанстві". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  29. ^ "Дело феноменального доктора Пи. Львовянка: Он убил мою мать". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  30. ^ "У Табачника захищають "Професора Пі"". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  31. ^ The book of records of Ukraine
  32. ^ "Людина-комп'ютер знає напам'ять ...15 тисяч книг!". 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  33. ^ Мозг человека может запомнить 30 млн цифр
  34. ^ "Украинец Андрей Слюсарчук установил мировой рекорд — запомнил 30 миллионов цифр". 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  35. ^ "Андрей Слюсарчук запоминает 30 млн. цифр после числа Пи, видео". Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  36. ^ [1][dead link]
  37. ^ Українські генії проходять подвійну школу виживання
  38. ^
  39. ^ Shown in documentary series about Andriy Slyusarchuk on STB Channel.
  40. ^ «Правила жизни. Повелители подсознания»
  41. ^
  42. ^ It’s All in the Programming: Computer Falls to a Beginner, New York Times, May 7, 2011

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