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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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Luboš Perek is celebrating his 100th year

Founding fellow of the Learned Society and its doyen, astronomer doc. RNDr. Luboš Perek, DrSc, is celebrating his 100th birthday on 26 July 2019. He is an indelible part of history as the person who helped define cosmic space, he was the first to point out the issue of cosmic waste and was also a teacher to the most important Czechoslovak astronomers. Let us express our respect and admiration of the extraordinary scientific career of a person who worked tirelessly and continues to work. The Learned Society wishes Mr Perek health, optimism and joy in the oncoming years.


The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has appealed to the Hungarian President to support academic freedom

On Friday 19 July the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic sent a letter to Hungarian President János Ánder, in which they state their concerns regarding the situation in respect to management and funding of scientific activities in Hungary. An act, according to which not the Academy of Sciences, but a thirteen-member political committee, will decide on research, funding of scientific activities and establishment or closure of scientific workplaces, will come into force on 1 September.


The loss of Learned Society Fellow prof. Josef Koutecký

We regret to inform that prof. Josef Koutecký, a fellow of the Learned Society, a renowned physician and the founder of paediatric oncology in this country, passed away on 5 July 2019 at the age of 88. He founded paediatric oncology here in 1964 and a separate paediatric oncology department was then established at the Faculty Hospital in Motol, Prague in 1978.