The Department of Operative Techniques and Surgical Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen deals with education and surgery-related basic- and applied research. The Department is located in two buildings on about 2,000 square meters.
The predecessor of the Department, The Institute of Surgical Anatomy and Operative Techniques, was established in the academic year of 1951/52, of which first director was Dr. Denes Nagy. The Institute was directed by Prof. Dr. Gyorgy Bornemisza between 1952-1986. The name of the Institute from 1972 was Institute of Experimental Surgery. Between 1986-2000 the head of the Institute was Prof. Dr. Istvan Furka, and between 2000-2013 Prof. Dr. Iren Miko. The name of the Institute in 2000 was changed to Institute of Operative Techniques and Surgical Research, than in 2006 become part of the Institute of Surgery. Since 2020 the Department had been separated from the Institute of Surgery and augmented by integrating the Center for Medical Simulation of the Faculty of Medicine. Since 2020 the Departmen had been separated from the Institute of Surgery and augmented by integrating the Center for Medical Simulation of the Faculty of Medicine. For reading more about the Department’s history, please, click here.
The Department has a wide range of educational activity and programs. At graduate level, we teach main compulsory subjects, compulsory and freely chosen elective courses both in Hungarian and English Program of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Pharmacy. At postgraduate level, we organize PhD courses, ‘Surgical skill training’ for residents, besides accredited courses in the Continuous Medical Educational Programs.
The current major research fields of the Department are:
- Parenchymal organ preservation techniques
- Ischemia-reperfusion of different organs and tissues (limbs, liver, kidney, small intestine, muscle-flap, testicles), also related to vascular interventions (vascular anastomoses, creating artificial shunts, implanting vascular grafts).
- Microcirculatory and micro-rheological aspects of inflammatory processes (acute pancreatitis, sepsis, abdominal compartment syndrome)
- Comparative hemorheological investigations, methodological adaptation
- Taking part in clinical studies with the special instruments of our Hemorheological Research Laboratory
Several PhD and Scientific Student Research Association works are connected to the above mentioned topics.
Traditions, honouring the masters, keeping values, supporting young talents, devoted education and research, interactive and strong cooperation with clinical surgery and other fields of operative medicine: altogether may reflect the main engines of experimental surgery. These thoughts above reflect righteously the perspective of the seven-decade history of the Department.
Prof. Dr. Norbert Németh
head of department