Our Mission is to provide a powerful up-to-date and effective therapy, and ensure human care for the patients. This is why a special care is taken on our scientific activity, and on continuous development of the patient care.

We do believe however that neither well educated physician providing appropriate therapy, nor effective scientific activity could be presented without motivated and highly assigned students.

Our aim is to provide not only lectures and practices for our medical students but also educate than we know that medical students are willing to get a deeper insight into either emergency and intensive care and the medical decision making process around these special circumstances. Not only facts and figures but also a kind of „intensive and emergency way of thinking” is to be educated here.



The Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy of the Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine was established in 1991 under Professor Pénzes István MD., PhD., DSc. In 2006 dr. Iványi Zsolt DEAA took this responsibly. From 2007 dr. Gál János is the director of the clinic

In the early years the Department was organized on the basis of the Central Intensive Care Unit of St. János Hospital, which was the one of the largest hospital in Central Europe in that time.

In 1997 the Department were moved into its new location, the building of Semmelweis Teaching Hospital. This smaller but more sophisticated unit gave us the opportunity for concentrating more on academic work, like education of medical students, postgraduate courses, and to improve our scientific activity, etc…

The Department takes part in the gradual education since it’s launching. Since 1991 yearly more than 200 students attends the lectures in Anesthesia and Intensive Care.

Since 1994 the german and English language program were launched as well.

English language education was first hosted by dr. Bede Antal. His duty was then passed to dr. Diószeghy in 1999 when dr. Bede was promoted to the head of the Central ICU of St. János Hospital. Dr. Diószeghy was elected as the lecturer of 2002 in the Semmelweis University. From 2001 dr. Lorx András is the responsible tutor for the English speaking course.

Postgraduate education and many other Courses are conducted here with more than 200 medical professionals attending a year average.

International co-operation with primarily the University of Ulm helps us to carry our research projects. Presentations and plenty of international congresses are held each year from Budapest to Pennang.



The Department of Anesthesia and Intensive therapy of Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine, provides highest level medical care in the Hungarian progressive medical system.

Beside its therapeutic activity a graduate and postgraduate education, is performed as well. As a basement of education and patient care, a continuous scientific work is performed as well.

The Staff of the Department is member of the international scientific community.

As part of the patient care our Department has an unique position in our discipline: ICUs from all over the country take the opportunity to consult with us or transfer the most difficult cases to our unit. Special medical fields our Department dealing with, are the states requiring special ventilator therapy, patients with severe sepsis, neurological disorders (Guillain-barry sy., Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia, Critical illness neuro- and musculopathies (CIP, CIM etc.). Yearly around 700 patients are treated on our 12 bed unit. The casemix index representing the severity of the treated cases is the double in our department than the national average.

The graduate education involves the Hungarian, English and German speaking program in Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy of the Semmelweis University. More than 200, 100 and 20 students are attending our lectures respectively. Each of the program intakes 1,5 hour lecture and 2 hour practice weekly for 16 weeks.

The postgraduate courses organized by our department are well known and highly attended. We organize more than 10 postgraduate courses yearly. The topics are various representing a wide spectrum of the field of intensive medicine: respiratory therapy, courses to prepare for specialty examination, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, communication, etc.