Director Professor László Entz, M.D., Ph.D.
Background The Department was established in 1951 as a further training centre for surgeons. In 1952, the first heart surgery department was opened, followed the next year by the vascular department.
The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery was recently divided into three parts: Vascular Surgery, Heart Surgery and Cardiology (in 2007 and 2009).
Profile The Department of Vascular Surgery’s main research profiles include the complications of reconstructive procedures performed on arteries; the surgery of renovascular hypertension; surgical treatment of thoraco-abdominal aneurysms of the aorta; reconstructive surgery of the carotid artery; and stent-graft aortic surgery.
Education The Department is involved in postgraduate training, board certification examinations and the training of residents. Classes for medical students embrace topics in surgery, angiology and vascular surgery. The staff also take part in the postgraduate training of radiology residents.
The CT and MR Atlas, based on 60,000 CT and MR investigations, done at the Department between 1986 and 1992, was published in 1993. The organisation of angiological care is a major priority of the Department. Based on our vascular surgical experiences a book and an atlas were published in 2005-2007.
Health Care Patients are treated on 55 beds, with an additional six beds reserved for intensive care.
The first, historical vascular reconstruction operation done with the implantation of a plastic popliteal graft was performed in 1952. Nowadays, the number of vascular reconstructions exceeds 1,500 per year.
The Department’s significance on a national scale is demonstrated by the fact that 65 percent of all the operations on aneurysms, 30 percent of all the carotid artery reconstructions and 18 percent of all the arterial procedures that take place in Hungary are carried out at the Department.
Research The Hungarian Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery and the quarterly periodical, Érbetegségek [Vascular Diseases], are based at the Department.
Basic research is currently being conducted on the development of arteriosclerosis and on myointimal hyperplasy after surgery. The Department also participates in a clinical and a basic research programme of the University’s School of Ph.D. Studies.