Graduation Year: 2013 pre-gradual; 2019 postgradual

Field: Postgradual studies – Surgery

Current position: Medical Doctor at the Department of Anestesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Medicine of the University Hospital, Hradec Králové

David Astapenko, M.D. studied the specialization of surgery in DSP at the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové in 2019. He is an independent physician and assistant professor at the Department of Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care. He is very intensively involved in clinical and experimental research in the field of perioperative care and critical illnesses of patients. In 2019, he was the first author (3x) and co-author (3x) to publish six original scientific works from the above-mentioned field of research. In his first-author scientific papers, he presented the results of research that focuses on the function of the endothelial glycocalyx and its pathophysiology in the above condition of patients in surgical fields. Many of these original scientific works are based on projects supported by grant agencies (AVZ, PRVOUK, PROGRES, SVV etc.) and also on cooperation with foreign institutions, especially Dalhousie University in Halifax in Canada and the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. This knowledge belongs to very fundamental deeds from the point of view of not only domestic but also internationally valued research. In 2015 – 2019 he was the author of a total of 27 publications cited in the Web of Science database, 21 citations (without self-citations) and he reached the H-index of 3. The total value of the impact factors of these publications is 50,443. He crowned his student scientific activity by successful defence of his dissertation “Alternation of Glycocalyx in Critical Illness and during Major Surgery and Approaches for Glycocalyx Protection” and obtaining the title of Ph.D. in November 2019.

How was your career developing after graduation from FM HK?     

I joined the Department of Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care, University Hospital Hradec Králové, two years later I started teaching medical students for the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové. After fulfilling the basic strategy-base of the field of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, I started working at the Rescue Medical Service of the Hradec Králové Region and the Central Bohemian Region. Already during my undergraduate studies, I became involved in research and my interest continues to this day. Last year, I successfully completed my postgraduate studies and received the Hlávek Prize.

What comes up in your mind when you say the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové?

An excellent environment for education, networking around the world and research. Also the possibility of internships abroad such as the Mayo Clinic.

What experience associated with studying at the faculty do you remember the most?

First internship at the Mayo Clinic during my pre-dergraduate study.

What do you consider to be the greatest success in your career so far?

My credentialing in the field of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, winning the Hlávek Award and the award of the Mayor of Hradec Králové

What hobbies are you into in your free time?

Now I especially attend to my family, sports, cottage and research.