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Pirk Jan

Jan Pirk, MD, DSc., FETCS
Date of birth: 20 April 1948


  • 1966 – 1972 Charles University School of Medicine, Prague

Professional practice

  • 1972 – 1974 Dept of Surgery, Nymburk District Hospital, houseman
  • 1974 – 1990 Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague - surgeon at the Dept of Surgery
  • 1983 – 1984 Ochsner medical Foundation, New Orleans, USA (fellowship in cardiac surgery)
  • 1990 – 1991 Odense Univ Hospital, Denmark (consultant, Dept of Cardiac Surgery)
  • 1991 – present – Head, Dept of Cardiovascular and Transplant Surgery, Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine
  • 1995 – present – Chief, Cardiac Center, Inst.Clin.Exp.Medicine

Professional experience

  • 1975 - board examination I – surgery
  • 1981 - board examination II – surgery
  • 1987 - board examination – cardiac surgery
  • 1997 - board examination – vascular surgery
  • 1978 - CSc (rouhgly equivalent to PhD) degree after defending thesis entitled „The effect of flow rate on the fate of venous grafts in the arterial bed“
  • 1988 - DSc., thesis entitled „The long-term fate of coronary artery reconstruction and the potencial of modulating it“
  • 1997 - Associate Professor of Surgery at the Charles University School of Medicine I in Prague
  • 2000 - Professor of surgery 

Membership in professional societies

  • Association of Czech Physicians in Prague
  • member of Board of Czech Cardiovascular Surgical Society
  • Czech Society of Cardiology – member of the Editorial Board of Cor et Vasa
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • International Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons
  • European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery – councillor
  • The New York Academy of Sciences

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.