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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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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.