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prof. habil. dr. Narimantas Evaldas Samalavičius

Member at the Committee of Natural and Technical Sciences of the Research Council of Lithuanian since 2021.

He is a doctor of medical sciences, professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University (VU MF), Head of the Department of Surgery of Klaipėda University (KU) Hospital.

In 1984–1990, he studied at Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine and in 1994 he completed a surgical residency. In 1999, he defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic ‘Familial Adenomatous Polyposis and Treatment of its Patients in Lithuania’ at Vilnius University and in 2006, he performed a habilitation procedure on the topic ‘Optimisation of Surgical Treatment of Diseases of the Colon and Anus’. Since 2007, he has been holding the position of associate professor of the Clinic of Internal Diseases, Family Medicine and Oncology of VU Faculty of Medicine; since 2008, the position of a professor.

In 1993–2005, he was a doctor-endoscopist of the endoscopist department of the VU Red Cross Hospital (now - the Center Branch the VU Santara Clinics), surgeon of the surgical department, 2002–2005, head of the Coloproctology Subdivision of the Surgery Department. Since 2005–2017, he has been the Head of the Surgical Oncology Center of the VU Institute of Oncology (now the National Cancer Institute), chief researcher, abdominal surgeon, lecturer at the Clinic of Gastroenterology, Nephrology and Surgery of Vilnius University; in 2013–2015, director of the institute. In 2017–2020, he worked as a consultant surgeon at Sandyford Healthcare Clinic (Dublin, Ireland). Since 2017, he has been the head of the Surgery Department of KU Hospital and since 2019, the Robotic Surgery Program manager. Since 2020, he has been a chief research fellow of the Health Research and Innovation Science Center of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Klaipėda University.

Scientific interests: abdominal surgery, oncology, coloproctology, gastrointestinal endoscopy, hereditary colon cancer, low-invasive surgery, robotic surgery.

He is the author or co-author of 265 articles (including 126 in publications that can be referenced and have a citation index Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics)) and 141 printed theses, and a co-author of 2 textbooks (2002, 2010). He organised 40 international conferences in Lithuania, 6 in London, 9 more distance seminars; attended 20 trainings abroad and 100 international conferences; has won 6 international awards for his research papers at conferences. He has given 41 guest lectures abroad, 188 presentations at Lithuanian and foreign conferences.

He received training at Hvidovre and Rigshospitalet University Hospitals (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1992–1993, 1995), Xanten Hospital (Germany, 1994), Virgen del Kamino Hospital in Pamplona (Spain, 1996), Kristianstad Hospital and Lund University Hospital (Sweden, 1998), Vienna University Hospital (Austria, 1999), Mahidol University Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok (Thailand, 2002), Jyvaskyla Central Hospital (Finland, 2003), Chieng Kam Hospital (Thailand, 2005), West Penn Temple University Hospital in Pittsburgh (USA, 2006), Tata Memorial at Onokoloja Center (India, 2006), Mayo and Cleveland Clinics (USA, 2006), Helsinki Surgical Hospital (Finland, 2008), Chula Lang Korn University Hospital, and Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok (Thailand, 2018). At Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran, he performed surgeries on patients with familial adenomatous polyposis under the programme of the International Cancer Society (Iran, 2004).

He is a president of the Lithuanian Society of Coloproctologists (since 2002), member (since 2004) and president (since 2020) of the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

He is an Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal ‘Lithuanian Surgery’ (since 2013). He was a chairman of the Scientific Council of the VU Institute of Oncology (2008–2013), Chief Oncologist of Lithuania (under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania) (2013–2015).

He is a member of the editorial boards of the scientific journals ‘World Journal of Coloproctology’, ‘Annals of Coloproctology’, ‘Acta Medica Lituanica’, ‘Theory and Practice of Medicine’.

Since 1992, a member of Vilnius Rotary Club.