Dr. Attila Szabó, MD, PhD, Med Habil, DSc
Professor of Pediatrics


12 May 1969, Budapest

Education, qualifications

  • License exam in sleep medicine (2014)
  • License exam in Hypertonology (2014)
  • Health Care Manager, Semmelweis University, Health Management Training Center  (2010-2012)
  • Specialist examination in nephrology (2006 )
  • Specialization Infant and Pediatric medicine (2000)
  • General Practitioner, Faculty of Medicine, Semmelweis University, (1988-1994)
  • János Berze Nagy High School, Gyöngyös (1983-1987)

Academic degrees, academic titles

  • Semmelweis University, Habilitation (2010)
  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Doctorate (2008)
  • Semmelweis University Doctoral School, Doctoral Diploma (PhD) (2000)


2018 – Semmelweis University, Clinical Center, president (since 15 November 2018)
2018 – Semmelweis University, Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs (since 1 July 2018)
2016 – Semmelweis University, Clinical Center, Acting Vice-President (from 1 July 2016), General Vice-President (16 January 2017 − 15 November 2018)
2014 – Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Pediatrics, Director, professor
2013 – 2014 Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Pediatrics, Director, associate professor
2009 – 2013 Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Pediatrics, Head of Division, associate professor
2004 – 2009 Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Pediatrics, senior lecturer
2000 – 2004 Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Pediatrics, assistant lecturer
1994 – 2000 Semmelweis University, 1st Department of Pediatrics, clinician

Language skills

English – intermediate level written and spoken (C)
German – intermediate written and spoken (C)


2014   Specialization in Hypertonology 446/2014

2014   Specialization in Somnology 845/2014

2012   Healthcare Management Diploma M16/2012

2006   Specialization in Nephrology 910/2006

2000   Specialization in Pediatrics 806/2000

1994   Diploma at Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine




Research Grant for Foreigner Research Laboratories
by: German Academical Exchange Service DAAD
Achievement: Labor development for molecular biological methods


József Farkas jr. Award
by: “Veritas et Virtus” Foundation
Achievement: Scientific Work


Laboratory Development
by: Hungarian Nephrology Association
Achievement: Research Development


Magyary Zoltán Postdoctoral Fellowship
by: Ministry of Education, Hungary
Achievement: Research Activity


Richter Gedeon Research Award
by: Advisory Board of Richter Gedeon Award
Achievement: Scientific Work


“Best Publication of the Year”
by: Hungarian Nephrology Association
Achievement: Original Publication


Bolyai János Postdoctoral Fellowship
by: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Achievement: Scientific Work


Hársing László Award
by: Hungarian Kidney Foundation
Achievement: Scientific Work


Jendrassik Ernő Award
by: Semmelweis University
Achievement: Scientific Work


Bolyai János Postdoctoral Fellowship
by: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Achievement: Scientific Work

2012− 2015

Semmelweis University Merit Award
by: Semmelweis University
Achievement: Scientific Work


Best Mentor of Students’ Scientific Association
by: Semmelweis University
Achievement: Teaching


Master Teacher Medallion
by: National Council of Student Research Societies
Achievement: Teaching


Kerpel Memorial Plaque
by: Semmelweis University
Achievement: for talent support work

Study trips – fellowships

1995 (27 Months) –  University of Essen, Dept. of Nephrology and Hypertension
Sponsor: DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
Research topic: Risk factors for long-term renal allograft dysfunction – Prof. Uwe Heemann

2001 (20 Months) – Morgantown University, USA, Institute of Physiology
Sponsor: NIH National Institute of Health
Research topic: The role of nitric oxide in the progression of renal diseases – Prof. Christine Baylis


  • Hungarian Pediatric Association
  • Hungarian Nephrology Association
  • Hungarian Transplant Society
  • International Pediatric Nephrology Association
  • European Society of Pediatric Nephrology
  • Hungarian Society of Hypertension
  • Hungarian Respiratory Society
  • Hungarian Society for Sleep Medicine
  • European Respiratory Society
  • European Society for Pediatric Clinical Research
  • Kerpel Fronius Program for Excellence, Secretary
  • Hungarian Association for Pediatric Nephrology, Secretary General
  • Habilitations Committee at Semmelweis University, Secretary
  • Doctoral Committee at Hungarian Academy of Science, member
  • Habilitations Committee at the University of Pecs, member
  • Hungarian Ethical Committee Human Reproduction Faculty, member
  • President of the Semmelweis Clinical Center
  • President of the Hungarian Pediatric Council

Clinical activities

Management of a pediatric nephrology and transplantation outpatient clinic, care of dialyzed and renal transplanted children.
Founder, organizer and director of a pediatric sleep diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory.
Consultant for chronic, end-stage and renal transplanted children at national and international level.

Educational activities

Graduate teaching (practical and theoretical) in Hungarian, German and English at Semmelweis University’s 1st Department of Pediatrics.
Regularly gives lectures and practical training in infant and pediatric specialist training and postgraduate training in nephrology. Regularly trains students of the Students’ Scientific Association.
Licensed examiner in infant and pediatric medicine, nephrology and somnology.

Scientific activity

Research interests: gender differences in the progression of renal disease; pathomechanism of ischemia/reperfusion renal failure; pathomechanism of chronic allograft nephropathy; risk factors in renal transplant recipients; sleep disorders in childhood.

List of Dr. Attila Szabó’s publications in the Hungarian Database of Scientific Works