Director Professor András Szabó, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Background The 2nd Department of Paediatrics was established in 1946, as a direct successor of the White Cross Children’s Hospital, which had been established in 1885. It was the first in Hungary to initiate modern diagnostic methods and the operation of congenital heart defects. The first cytogenetic examinations for clinical purposes were carried out here and the National Paediatric Leukaemia and Oncology Network was also set up in this Department.
Profile General paediatric, neonatal and paediatric intensive care, cardiology, endocrinology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, genetics, paediatric surgery, haematology, hypertonia and metabolic disorders, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, psychology, pulmonology and radiology.
Health Care The Department has 130 beds for inpatients in specialised wards. The clinical work is complemented by psychologists and educators. The wards ensure a high standard diagnostic and therapeutic background for the busy outpatient clinics, some of which function as national centres of paediatric subspecialities.
The Department has the following special diagnostic units: clinical chemistry and hormone laboratory, haematology, microbiology, radiology and ultrasound laboratories, echocardiography, EEG, cytogenetic and molecular genetic laboratory collaborating with a genetic counselling service.
Education Students of medicine, dentistry and pharmacology are taught paediatrics in Hungarian, English and German. Optional courses are offered in clinical genetics and paediatric neurology. Scientific meetings are organised monthly for general practitioners and other paediatricians regarding the hot topics of paediatrics.
Several doctors in the Department have postgraduate degrees and are internationally acknowledged for their work.
Research The following are some of the Department’s main areas of research:
- Application of genetic procedures in the practice of paediatrics (cystic fibrosis, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Fra-X disease and Williams syndrome);
- Endocrine background in disorders of growth and bone mineralisation;
- Factors influencing sexual differentiation;
- Growth and adolescence;
- Clinical electrophysiological methods for investigating the normal and pathological neurological development;
- Cardial and nephrotoxic complications of childhood leukaemia and tumorous diseases.