Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery


Head - prof. Rimantas Benetis

Office address: Eivenių g. 2, 50009 Kaunas

Tel.: +370 37 32 63 69, +370 37 32 61 91

Fax.: +370 37 32 69 34




About us

The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery offers training for graduate students, residents and postgraduate trainees devoted to cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery and cardiac anaesthesia in intensive case integrating clinical care, teaching and research experience. The curriculum comprises the following modules: “Cardiovascular diseases” and “Thoracic pathology, allergology and clinical immunology” that are continuously reviewed and revised to reflect changes that occur in the aforementioned fields. The head of the Department is prof. Rimantas Benetis, a globally renowned aortic and mitral valve repair surgery and coronary bypass surgery expert, who carried out the first heart transplant in Kaunas, the first lung transplant and the first heart-and-lung transplant in the Baltic States. Prof. Benetis is a member of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and European Valve Repair Group (EVRG).

The Department provides qualification raising courses for doctors from all over Lithuania. Since 2007, it welcomes cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons and nurses from the Republic of Kazakhstan and other overseas countries to master-classes organised on specific topics in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, cardiac anaesthesiology and post-operative care.

The Department has a spacious modern conference hall equipped with modern audio and video facilities and wireless Internet. It seats up to 150 persons and offers live surgery broadcast that brings students and trainees into the operating room for unique science lectures.


The Department annually holds an international aortic and mitral valve repair workshop that attracts cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists from Latvia, Estonia, Ireland, Norway, Belorussia, Kaliningrad, etc. Outstanding invited speakers and surgeons of the EVRG group such as Gebrine El-Khoury (Brussels Saint-Luc University Hospital), Prakash P. Punjabi (London Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College School of Medicine), Jean-Francois Obadia (Hopital Cardiothoracique et Vasculaire Louis Pradel, Lyon), Rene Pretre  (Das Universitätsspital Lausanne,  Switzerland) and Krishna Khargi (Cardiac Center The Hague-Delft, The Netherlands) share experience and discuss new issues with conference participants face-to-face and during live surgery broadcast from the operating room.


The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery emphasises the need to provide continuous training to improve patient health through scientific innovation, operative care and exemplary surgical education.