a Doctor With His Heart
in the Right Place
Medical Practice, again. Additionally,
we would like to open a programme of
stomatology, a part-time programme of
public health protection, to accept more
foreign medical students to study in
English, to acquire accreditation for the
new postgraduate doctoral programmes,
to support science and research, to
increase the number of quality scientific
publications and larger grants, to be
able to have our own habilitations and
professor appointing procedures, and
much more. These are both short- and
long-term goals that should be achieved
through a well-adjusted system. That will
also prevent problems from past years
from repeating themselves.
How do you evaluate the current status
of Czech healthcare?
Czech healthcare is among the best in
the world but, unfortunately, the current
coronavirus pandemic is testing it hard. But
the medical staff keeps resisting, despite
a series of political mistakes, even though
they have to bear the consequences of
incorrect decisions of other people.
For many years, you have been the
medical director of the vaccination centre
at the Ostrava-Hrabůvka health centre.
How did you get into medicine at all?
I decided to become a doctor when I was
eleven years old and I saw a TV documentary
about famine in East Africa. Since then,
I have never doubted that I would make
it, even though there are no doctors in our
family. And the amazing thing is that I am
happy that I made that decision and I still
think it was the right one, even now, after
twenty-four years of practice.
In 2020, you were elected to the position
of Dean of Medical Faculty at the
University of Ostrava. We are curious-what are your goals in this position?
The main goal is to acquire the accreditation
for our main study programme, General
You have travelled through more than
ninety countries; you also visit Africa
quite often. What is the goal of these
I go to Africa for humanitarian missions,
but these won’t be possible this year,
as they weren’t last year. These are
beautiful moments. You are filled with
energy even though you work intensively
all day. We often visit areas that have
never been visited by any white man,
or a doctor, and we treat the poorest
people in the world.
Your life story could be made into
travelogue. What event in your life left
the biggest imprint on you?
Most certainly it was the birth of my son,
who is now eleven years old already. As
of now, he has visited more countries
than many adults, which improves his
knowledge about the world and his
education. He is too small for the missions
yet, but I hope that one day he will
continue in my footsteps.
You established the international
humanitarian organization called
International Humanity. What made you
I gave lectures all around the world
before and I saw how little it takes to help
so many people. But you have to do it
right. Therefore, we founded a non-profit
organization which uses every donated
Czech crown for the poor and ill. It has
been successfully operating for seventeen
years and we can be proud of what we
You are the author of more than
450 scientific and professional
publications, which is an impressive
number. What topics are the most
important for you?
During my whole practice, I have mainly
focused on infectious diseases in my
publications. Most of my publications were
about hospital infections, travel and tropical
medicine and, of course, vaccinations.
In one radio interview, you mentioned that
you are one-half from Ostrava. What does
the Moravian-Silesian region mean for you?
I have lived in Ostrava for twenty years,
I love it and consider it my home. I feel
patriotic about the city and the region.
You are known to be a very active and
busy man. How do you relax in your free
I gain energy from sport, traveling and
organizing help for the people in need.
These three things give me the most
energy. Together with my family, of course.
In the end, we would like to ask you what
is your favourite place
in the Moravian-Silesian region
and your favourite regional food?
We like to visit Malenovice, which is a kind
of our base for trips to nature. And as far as
the food is concerned, I like simple things,
like ‘silesian striky’ (potato pancakes).
I found out twenty years ago that, in
combination with bean soup and smoked
meat, it is called the ‘miner’s lunch’.
Thank you very much for the answers.
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