Dr. Attila Szabó, Vice Rector for Clinical Affairs


Name, date of birth, marital status:

Attila József Szabó (b. 12.05.1969) married, father of two children (Gréta, Márton), married to Dr. Veronika Müller, professor, PhD, Director of the Department of Pulmonology, Semmelweis University.


Studies, study trips:

1983-1987 János Berze Nagy High School, Gyöngyös

1988-1994 Semmelweis Medical University, Faculty of General Medicine, Diploma: “summa cum laude”

1995-1997 Department of Hypertension and Nephrology, University of Essen, Germany, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship

2000 Diploma in Paediatrics (Diploma No. 806/2000)

2001-2002 West Virginia University, Morgantown, Institute of Physiology, USA, NIH (National Institutes of Health) Fellowship

2006 Diploma in Nephrology (Diploma No. 910/2006)

2010-2012 Semmelweis University, Semmelweis University, School of Health Care Management, Semmelweis University, Health Care Specialist Manager (Diploma No.: M-16/2012)

Licence examination in Hypertension 2014 (Diploma No.: 446/2014.)

Licence examination in sleep medicine 2014 (certificate no.: 845/2014.)

Scientific degrees, scientific titles:

Semmelweis University Doctoral School Doctoral Diploma (PhD) (diploma no.: 314, 11.11.2000.)

Hungarian Academy of Sciences Doctoral degree (certificate no.: 4800, 21.11.2008)

Semmelweis University Habilitation (certificate no.: 310, 07.06.2010)


Current job and positions:

Semmelweis University Department of Paediatrics (formerly: I. Department of Paediatrics):

1994-2000 Clinical physician

2000-2004 Assistant Professor

2004-2009 Assistant Professor

Since 2009 Associate Professor

Since 2013 Clinical Director, Associate Professor

2014 – Director of the Clinic, Professor (from 10 October)

2016-2018 Acting Vice-Chairman of the Semmelweis University Clinical Centre (from 1 July), General Vice-Chairman 16.01.2017 – 01.07.2018

Since 2018 Vice Rector for Clinical Affairs of Semmelweis University, President of the Clinical Centre (from 1 July)

Director of the Department of Paediatrics (Bókay and Tűzoltó Street Division) of Semmelweis University from 01.01.2023

Guest research, guest teaching (>3 months):

1995-1997 (27 months) Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, University of Essen

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service

Activity, topic: Investigation of factors influencing long-term survival of transplanted kidney

2001-2002 (20 months) West Virginia University Morgantown, Institute of Physiology

Sponsor: NIH National Institutes of Health

Activity, Topic: Role of nitric oxide in the progression of kidney disease


List of scientific prizes and awards:

1998 Support for Research Abroad

Donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Achievement recognised: development of laboratory equipment for molecular biology machines

1999 Géza Petényi Competition 1st Prize

Donor: Hungarian Paediatric Society

Achievement recognised: for Scientific Work

1999 J.P. Géza Géza Awarded by the Hungarian National Prize for Scientific Achievement. József Farkas Prize “Veritas et Virtus”

donor: ”Veritas et Virtus” Foundation

Achievement recognised: for Scientific Work

2000 Magyary Zoltán Postdoctoral Scholarship

Donor: Ministry of Education

Achievement recognised: for Research Achievements

2001 Richter Gedeon Research Award

donor: Richter Gedeon Prize Board of Trustees

Achievement recognised: For Scientific Work

2001 ”Best Publication Award”

Donor: Hungarian Society of Nephrology

Recognized Achievement: for International Publication

2002 Bolyai János Postdoctoral Fellowship

Donor: Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Achievement: for Scientific Work, for Outstanding Achievement Academic Diploma

2003 Hársing László Prize

donor: the Hungarian Kidney Foundation

Achievement recognised: for Scientific Work

2004 Ernő Jendrassik Prize

donor: Semmelweis University

Achievement recognised: for Scientific Work

2006 Bolyai János Postdoctoral Fellowship

Donor: Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Achievement recognised: For Scientific Work

2012-2015 Semmelweis University Merit Award

Awarded by: Semmelweis University

Recognised Achievement: for Scientific Work

2014 Pro Salute Hominum

Donor: Astellas Pharma

Acknowledged Activity: support for the Young Investigator Programme

2015 Outstanding TDK Educator Award

Donor: Semmelweis University

Recognised achievement: for scientific student circle educational work

2017 Master Teacher Gold Medal

donor: National Council of Scientific Students

Achievement recognised: for supporting student academic activities

2018 Kerpel Memorial Plaque

Donor: Semmelweis University

Achievement recognised: for talent management

2022 Honorary Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, civilian category

Achievements recognised: clinical and scientific work, teaching and talent activity, leadership and organisation

Grants over the last 5 years:

– MTA-SE Paediatrics and Nephrology Research Group 2017-2022 (leader).

– EFOP-3.4.4-16-2017-00026 Semmelweis University and the Foundation for Research Students National Talent Development Program Series in Medicine and Health Sciences 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2020 (Programme Leader).

– EFOP-3.6.3-VEKOP-16-2017-00009 Development of scientific workshops for the training of doctors, health scientists and pharmacists (01.05.2017-2021.11.30.).

– TKP2019 Thematic Programme of Excellence 2019 – Translational BIOtechnology (01.05.2019-30.06.2019) (Research Sub-theme Leader).

– FIKP2019 – Programme of Excellence in Higher Education Institutions 2019 (01.05.2019 – 30.06.2019) (technical leader).

– 10541-4/2019/EGST – Upgrading and development of infrastructure and instrumentation at screening centre level for the introduction of newborn screening for cystic fibrosis (CF) (01.03.2019 – 31.12.2019)

– STIA-KFI-2020 – “Impact of Extracellular vesicles on the efficiency of peritoneal dialysis” (01.12.2020 – 30.06.2020)

– H-UNCOVER – Representative survey in the fight against coronavirus (01.05.2020 – 16.05.2020) (technical leader)

– TKP2021-EGA-24 Molecular Biology – Research Excellence in Molecular Medicine at Semmelweis University (2021.08.01-2025.12.31.) (Leader)

– GYDIAB 21-11 MI2021GYKI “Developmental support for paediatric diabetes centres to improve the well-being and well-being of children with type 1 diabetes and their families” (01.09.2021 – 31.12.2021) (Theme leader)

– GYDIAB 20-13 “Developmental support for paediatric diabetes centres to improve the well-being and well-being of children with type 1 diabetes and their families” (05.07.2020 – 30.06.2020) (Theme Leader)

– MTA-SE Paediatrics and Nephrology Research Group (2022-2027) (Project leader)

– OTKA- 142728, Investigation of new therapeutic options in the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis 2022-2025 (Project leader)


National and international collaborations:

  1. Semmelweis University Department of Internal Medicine and Hematology (Prohászka Zoltán)
  2. Semmelweis University Pulmonology Clinic (Veronika Müller)
  3. Department of Nephrology, Transplant Center IKEM, Prague, Czech Republic (Ondrej Viklicky)
  4. Department of Nephrology, Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universitat Munchen, Germany (Uwe Heemann)
  5. Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and Medicine, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. (Peti-Peterdi János)
  6. Department of Pediatrics, Medical University Heidelberg, Germany (Claus Schmitt)
  7. Department of Pediatrics, Medical University Heidelberg, Germany (Burkhard Tönshoff)
  8. Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Paediatric Nephrology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria (Krisztina Rusai)




– Semmelweis University Rector’s Evaluation Committee: member (2007-2011)

– OTKA Clinical Division: Jury member (2008-2011)

– Zoltán Magyary Postdoctoral Fellowship and Ányos Jedlik PhD Candidate Fellowship: pre-decision expert (2012-2013)

– University of Pécs University Habilitation and Habilitation Examination Committee: external member (2013-2021)

– ÁOK Education and Credit Committee: clinical faculty member (2013.12.11-2016.06.30.)

– Board of Family Medicine: member (no longer from 07.11.2014)

– Semmelweis University Professional Training Committee member (01.07.2016-2019.06.30.)

– National Research, Development and Innovation Office (20.03.2017-2019.12.31.)

– Member and President of the Board of the College of Infant and Paediatrics (21.06.2017 – 31.08.2020)


– Semmelweis University Doctoral School International Relations Group: member (since 2006)

– Semmelweis University Kerpel-Fronius Ödön Talent Council: member (since 2007), secretary (since 2009)

– Member of the Hungarian Paediatric Nephrology Association (since 2009)

– Semmelweis University Habilitation Committee: member (from 2010), secretary (2012-2018)

– European Paediatric Society Educational Committee: member (2011-)

– Hungarian Academy of Sciences Doctoral Committee I: member (from 2012)

– Scientific Committee of the European Academy of Pediatrics, European Academy of Nephrology: member (from 11.09.2012)

– Hungarian Rectors’ Conference Standing Committee on Talent Management: member (from 2013)

Bolyai János Research Scholarship Board of Trustees: expert (14.04.2014-31.12.2016), member of the Disciplinary College (01.01.2016-2024.12.31.)

– ETC Human Reproduction Committee: member (from 01.07.2014)

– Semmelweis University Standing Procurement Committee member (since 14.06.2017)

– Chair of the Infant and Paediatric Specialist Group (since 01.04.2019)

– Member of the Sleep Medicine Professional Committee (since 01.04.2019)

– MTA Division V Medical Sciences, Member of the Assembly; Member of the Clinical Scientific Committee (since 01.03.2022)

– MTA Division V Scientific Committee, Member (2023-)


Memberships of Professional Societies

  • Hungarian Society of Paediatricians (board member)
  • Hungarian Society of Nephrology
  • Hungarian Paediatric Nephrology Association
  • Hungarian Hypertension Society
  • Hungarian Transplantation Society (board member)
  • Hungarian Lung Society
  • Hungarian Sleep Society
  • Hungarian Aferezis Society
  • European Society for Paediatric Nephrology
  • International Pediatric Nephrology Association
  • European Respiratory Society
  • European Society for Pediatric Clinical Research


Educational work:

– Semmelweis University Department of Paediatrics Graduate education (practical and theoretical) in Hungarian, German and English.

– Infant and Paediatrics residency and postgraduate training (residency and specialist training): regular lectures and practical training.

– Postgraduate training in nephrology: regular theoretical and practical training.

– Regular preparation of TDK students.


Doctoral training:

Programme leader: prevention of chronic diseases in children (from 2014) of the Rácz Károly Clinical Medicine Doctoral Programme

Topic leader: Pathomechanisms, genetic background and therapy of chronic allograft nephropathy; Pediatric Long COVID syndrome

Under his/her supervision, 5 students obtained degrees (4 100%, 1 50% supervision), 3 graduates, 2 doctoral students.

Medical University of Freiburg; Medical University of Heidelberg; Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California; Sleep & Alertness Clinic & Sleep Research Laboratory, Toronto Western Hospital



Specialist examiner in infant and paediatrics

Specialist examiner in nephrology

Licensed examiner in Sleep Medicine (Somnology)


Clinical activity:

Pediatric nephrology and transplant clinic management. Care of children on dialysis and kidney transplantation.

Founder, organiser and director of a paediatric sleep diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory.

Consultant for chronic, end-stage and renal transplanted children nationally and internationally.


Scientific activity:

Head of research group in the Nephrology Research Laboratory at the Department of Pediatrics, Semmelweis University. Research topics:

– Gender differences in the progression of renal disease.

– Study of the pathomechanism of ischemia/reperfusion renal failure.

– Pathomechanism of chronic allograft nephropathy.

– Investigation of risk factors in renal transplant recipients.

– Investigation of sleep disorders in childhood.

Organizer of Scientific Lectures at the Pediatric Clinic I, Semmelweis University 2002-2010.



Regular reviewer for Pediatric Nephrology, Journal of Physiology, Pediatric Transplantation, Hypertension and Nephrology and Medical Weekly.

Publication activity (status 25.01.2024)

Number of scientific and educational publications: 308

Number of independent citations: 3795

Total citations: 4449

Book editing: 3, textbook chapters: 26, other book and note chapters: 20 in Hungarian and foreign languages: 1, conference proceedings: 3

Other scientific works: 162

Hirsch index: 38, g index: 60


Public utility activities

  • Bókay Children’s Hospital Charitable Foundation – Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dr. Márer Vera Prize
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Simon Otto Research Prize



Medikusok a zongoránál – Medical Students at the Piano music CD (producer)

Successful completion of Budapest-Bamako rally 2010.


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