Department of Surgery
The Department of Surgery at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences consists of Division of General/Abdominal Surgery and Division of Breast Surgery. Division of Abdominal Surgery is divided into the three clinical subunits:
- Sector of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Endocrine Surgery;
- Sector of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery;
- Sector Colorectal Surgery.
The Division of General and Abdominal Surgery offers the highest quality emergency and elective patient care. Our surgeons are recognized experts in general surgery, colorectal surgery, endocrine surgery, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, surgical oncology, transplant and bariatric surgery.
The Division of Breast Surgery is dedicated to all women's breast health needs. The center offers a comprehensive range of care to each woman. Breast multi-disciplinary team involving specialists in diagnostic mammography and breast surgery, as well as strongly supported by specialists in pathology, oncology and physical therapy always ready to provide an efficient, friendly and high quality service.
The mission of the Department of Surgery is to practice evidence based medicine, analyze causes and course of surgical diseases, and transfer the results of scientific research into the daily practice. We aim at providing qualified service and support for our patients in case of surgical ailments, teaching and training the future generation of doctors as educated, scientific-minded, responsible and upstanding individuals.
The goals of the Department of Surgery:
- to implement the results of clinical and/or basic research in to evidence-based practice;
- to provide qualified and safe medical assistance for all patients, regardless of their race, gender, nationality, political and religious beliefs;
- to organize under- and postgraduate medical studies using modern teaching concepts.
Clinical and Translational Research
The Department of Surgery prides itself on its many highly regarded investigators. Some focus predominantly on basic or translational research (the "bench"), others focus predominantly on clinical research (the "bedside") and still others are involved in both realms. The main focus of the research is on the early detection and enhanced treatment of digestive system’s malignancies, and pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. The other fields of interest include the evaluation of metabolic changes after bariatric surgery, optimization of surgical techniques, and optimization of patient management protocols.
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is a modern and internationally recognized institution, which hosts students from Lithuania, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Spain, Sweden, India, United Arab Emirates and Taiwan. The study programs delivered by the Department of Surgery are mostly problem and/or competence based. The lecturers of the Department are involved in training of fourth year (module of endocrine and bariatric surgery) and fifth year (module of digestive system pathology) medical students. The residents of general and abdominal surgery as well of other surgical specialties also undergo basic General Surgery training in our Department. General and abdominal surgery programs comprise five years of clinical education, practical skills training and translational research. Our residents have a possibility to study and work in vibrant environment of multidisciplinary tertiary level university hospital, participate in the educational and research activities of the department, and benefit from the clinical placements in the other regional hospitals all around Lithuania and/or abroad.
Academic research projects:
- The clinical aspects of obesity treatment (in partnership with LUHS Department of Gastroenterology)
- The economic effects of bariatric surgery on the management of type 2 diabetes (in partnership with LUHS Department of Endocrinology)
- Short vs long Roux limb gastric bypass in super-obese patients (in partnership with Vaasa Central Hospital, Finland)
- Short vs long biliopancreatic limb gastric bypass for treatment of type 2 diabetes
- Comparison of different repair methods of postoperative abdominal wall hernia: a prospective study
- Clinical relevance of peripheral blood leucocyte profile changes (number, subtype) in pancreatic cancer patients.
- The dependency of apoptosis inhibition on epigenetic regulation and role in pathogenesis and course of pancreatic cancer.
- Aberrant DNA methylation in different DNA sources of patients with gastrointestinal cancer
- Early identification of patients with severe acute pancreatitis
Projects funded by the Research Council of Lithuania:
- Project SEN-06/2015. Intestinal ageing: changes in the genetic and enteric nervous system in patients with diverticulosis
- Project SEN-01/2015. Optimizing the effectiveness of hyperthermic chemotherapy by modulation of heat shock proteins, energetic resources and adhesion in malignant cells.
- Project P‐MIP‐17‐161. Expression and clinicopathological significance of novel epigenetic markers in gastrointesnal cancers.
- European Obesity Academy – an international research and education program for tomorrow’s leaders within obesity treatment (Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden).
- The annual Surgical Skills Course organized by the Department of Surgery, Lithuanian University of Medicine and endorsed by the European Digestive Surgery.
- The annual Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Course organized by the Department of Surgery, Lithuanian University of Medicine.
- Nordic/Baltic Pancreas Forum of Excellence. Chronic pancreatitis initiative.
- COST - European intergovernmental cooperation program in science and technology (European Cooperation in Science and Technology):
- No Action. BM1204. An integrated European platform for pancreas cancer research: from basic science to clinical and public health Interventions for a rare disease.
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