Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases
In 1923 the first University Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases (DSVD) was established in the Lithuanian University. During the interwar period it was located in the University Hospital and (in 2001) re-established there. The heads of DSVD were prof. J. Karuža (1923–1935), prof. B. Sidaravičius (1935–1946, 1956–1969), assoc. prof. V. Juškys (1946–1952), assoc. prof. L. Fandejev (1952–1956), prof. P. Gailevičius (1969–1974, 1991–1998), prof. J. Dievaitienė (1974–1991), lecturer A. Petkevičius (1998 – 2002). Since 2002 the head of the department has been prof. S. Valiukevičienė.
DSVD has a 16-bed in-patient and 4-bed day departments. In our out-patient department more than nineteen thousand of patients are treated per year. The specialists of DSVD are experienced in dermatooncology, diagnostics of contact allergy, medical cosmetology, dermatoscopy, ultrasonography, spectrophotometric intracutaneous analysis, infrared termography and telemedicine.
The main objectives of the Department are the following: to provide personal healthcare services in dermatovenereology, to pursue studies and scientific research in this field, and to organize qualification improvement by training the medical staff.
Main partners: Ultrasound Institute of Kaunas University of Technology; Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany and others. The Unit has been collaborating with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during the EUROSTARS and FP7 projects. The outputs of the projects are new technologic prototypes prepared for commerce, publications and presentations during congresses.
DSVD is integrated into the Master of Science in Medicine studies for students from Medicine, Odontology, Nursing and Public Health faculties. Since 2009 the 4th year medical students study Skin, Venereal and Infectious Diseases according to the Problem-Based Learning model. The elective course of chosen scientific research work in dermatovenereology is offered to the medical students.
The Department is the center for qualification of dermatovenereology residents (4 year studies) and doctoral students. Family medicine, internal medicine, infectology, neurology, rheumatology, allergology and immunology residents study dermatovenereology during their post-graduate studies. In 1999 the Scientific Students’ Society of Dermatovenereology was founded.
- In 2004, a modern phototherapy unit was opened, for the first time in Lithuania offering bath-PUVA therapy for the patients with psoriasis and lymphoma of the skin.
- In 2010, the Center for Early Diagnostics of Skin Tumors with a modern digital dermatoscope, siascope and high frequency ultrasound was opened. The device of high frequency ultrasound was purchased within the framework of a joint project conducted in Lithuania by Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and Kaunas University of Technology Prof. K. Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute in cooperation with technical specialists from Germany, Portugal, and Italy by the endorsement of Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology.
- Participation in the international research projects: FP 7 programme ‘Application of the innovative data fusion based non-invasive approach for management of the diabetes mellitus: SkinDetector‘(2012-2014), Eurostars ‘SkinMonitor: Diagnosis of skin cancer based on ICT tools‘ (2009-2012), European Surveillance System on Contact Allergy (ESSCA) (since 2004), COST action TD 1206 “Development and Implementation of European Standards on the Prevention of Occupational Skin Diseases: StanDerm (2012-2016) and also in the international project ‘Optimization of Management of the Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Baltic Region’by endorsement of the East Europe Committee of the Swedish Health Care Community (SIDA) since 2013.
- World Psoriasis Day is performed every year in collaboration with Lithuanian Society of Psoriatic Patients.
- During 2002-2014, the Department organized 18 national and 2 international conferences. The most important international event was 11th Congress of the Baltic Association of Dermatovenereologists (BADV) held on October 17–19, 2013. International leading experts (50 lectors) and 300 participants from 24 countries such as Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, UK, Spain, Greece, Swiss, US, Canada, Japan, Ukraine and other countries participated in the Congress.
The Department seeks to realize strategic and long term research plans through the research programmes Oncology and Dermatology which are proved by LUHS Senate. The implementation of strategic research plans goes through the multidisciplinary cooperation in national and international projects (EUROSTARS, FRAMEWORK 7 (FP7), COST). Basic and applied research complements each other in the Unit as the researchers use the basic knowledge in creating different diagnostic and treatment methods and algorithms for skin cancer, chronic inflammatory skin diseases and sexually transmitted infections.
The main trends of scientific activity of DSVD include:
- Investigations of skin biophysics related with healthy ageing using technologically modified or new created devices such as ultrasound, infrared thermography, spectrophotometry and optical images for non-invasive diagnostics of skin cancer and diabetes.
- Clinical and epidemiological studies of skin cancer, melanocytic nevi, contact allergy, acne, psoriasis and sexually transmitted infections (STI).
In the Department research pathway starts from the proceedings of the Section of Skin and Venereal Diseases of the Student Scientific Society of LUHS. The active students do their Master degree works which they could continue during residentship in dermatovenereology (4 years of studies) or doctorship.