Department Head: Professor Marek Mandera, MD. Ph.D.
Head Nurse: Iwona Wolicka
Secretary’s office of the Department: (32) 207 17 17
Number of beds: 12
The Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the Clinical Hospital no. 6 of the Medical University of Silesia of the Upper Silesian Child Health Centre in Katowice is a newly established institution that commenced its activities in May 2000. The institution has been performing a full range of neurosurgical procedures since July 2000. The Department can boast a team of specialists, equipment, diagnostic and operating base, enabling it to perform a full range of neurosurgery and neurotraumatology procedures in children.
We perform around 350 surgeries a year in the full scope of pediatric neurosurgery, including central nervous system neoplasms, vascular malformations, developmental abnormalities of the central nervous system, hydrocephalus (neuroendoscopic procedures), craniocerebral trauma and surgical treatment of epilepsy.
Only a few other centres in Poland perform some of the procedures carried out by us (e.g. surgical treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy).
It needs to be emphasised that the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the Upper Silesian Child Health Centre in Katowice is the only one of this kind in the territory of Silesia and one of the few ones in Poland.
Apart from the medical activity, we are also involved in an intense scientific activity. We participate in the following international research programmes:
- Kranipharyngeom 2007, Under the aegis of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), coordinated by Prof. Hermann Müller, Oldenburg, Germany – international, multi-center research programme aimed at developing an optimal strategy for the treatment of craniopharyngioma type tumours in children.
- The International Infant Hydrocephalus Study (IIHS). A Multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized Study. Under the aegis of the International Study Group for Neuroendoscopy and International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN), coordinated by Prof. Shlomi Constantini, Tel-Aviv, Israel – evaluation of the effectiveness of methods for the treatment of hydrocephalus in children under the age of two (endoscopic method and implantation of valvular system)
Completed research programmes participated by us:
- International Study of Head Injury at Pediatric Age 1999-2001 (coordinated by Prof. Abel Murgio, Mar del Palta, Argentina) – research programme investigating the significance of computed tomography screening in children after mild craniocerebral trauma.
- The Drainage, Irrigation and Fibrinolytic Therapy (DRIFT) Trial for post – hemorrhagic Hydrocephalus in Newborn Infants. (coordinated by Prof. Andrew Whitelaw, University of Bristol, UK) – multi-center randomized study evaluating the effectiveness of prevention of hydrocephalus in newborn infants with intraventricular hemorrhage, through ventricular lavage preceded by the administration of recombinant human plasminogen activator.
We cooperate with national and international centres within the scope of patient treatment and scientific activity. We also maintain close contacts with the following international centres:
- Neurosurgery Clinic of the University in Graz, Austria, Prof. Hans G. Eder
- Neurosurgery Clinic of the University in Bonn, Germany, Prof. Johannes Schramm
- Neurosurgery Clinic New York University, USA, Prof. Jeffrey H. Wisoff
- Neurosurgery Clinic of the University in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Prof. Shlomi Constantin
We are also involved in the activity of international neurosurgical associations, like the European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ESPN) or International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN). Within the confines of this activity we organized the 4th part of the 6th edition of the European Course of Pediatric Neurosurgery (under the auspices of the European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery – ESPN) that took place in Wisła on 11-15 May 2005. The course was highly appraised by the participants and the ESPN authorities.
In November 2007 Marek Mandera Ph.D. was invited to take part in the Pediatric Neurosurgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), and during the session of the Committee he delivered a lecture on: ”Pituitary tumour in children”. The session of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies took place in Nagoya (Japan) on November 18-21 2007.