Graduation Year: 2002
Field: General Medicine
Current position: Head of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University, Director of the Simulation Center of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University
Prof. Petr Štourač joined the doctoral study program Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Algesiology at the Medical Faculty of Masaryk University in 2005, after his first credentialling in the field of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation. As part of this, he completed an internship at the University Hospital in Basel, where he focused on obstetric anesthesia and analgesia. Since 2003 he has worked at the Department of Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital Brno, and since 2015 he has been the head of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology. In 2012, he defended his dissertation with the topic: “Possibilities of anesthesia and analgesia in the peripartum period”. In 2008 he obtained a specialized qualification in the field of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, in 2016 a particular specialized competence in Algesiology. In 2016, he achieved his habilitation with a habilitation thesis topic: “The importance of new anesthesiological procedures and anesthesiologists in interdisciplinary cooperation in the delivery room.” and he was appointed Associate Professor in the field of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Algesiology. In 2020 he was appointed Professor of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Algesiology.
Prof. Štourač publishes the results of his research in prestigious foreign journals such as Anesthesia & Analgesia (2015, 2016), British Journal of Anaesthesia (2013, 2018), European Journal of Anaesthesiology (2016) or International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia (2017, 2018) registered in the first quartile according to WoS (Q1). Four times was he awarded the prestigious Dvořáček Prize and a two-time Keszler Prize for the best publications in the field, which is granted by ČSARIM. He was twice awarded the Dean’s Award of the Medical Faculty of Masaryk University for the best contribution to the development of clinical medicine (2017, 2018). He also won the Best Paper Award 2017 in the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia.
As part of his work, prof. Štourač also systematically educates students, especially in the form of leading dissertations, one of which was awarded the Rector’s Award of Masaryk University. He is the founder of the educational and publication portal AKUTNE.CZ and the expert guarantor of the project of the Simulation Center of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University. Prof. Štourač has held the position of Vice-Dean for the development and study in clinical fields of general medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University since 2018. He is also a member of the committees of three professional societies, he is a national representative on the board of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and regularly presents his results at local and foreign professional conferences.
How did your career develop after graduating from FM HK?
I started as a intern doctor at the DAR department in Třebíč, where I gained an excellent basis for my further career. In 2003 I approached the University Hospital Brno, I have been still working there. First it was at DAR I., which was later transformed into the Department of Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (KARIM). I gradually achieved my first credentialling, Specialized Competence in Anesthesiology and Resuscitation and Particular Specialized Competence in Algesiology. Since 2006, I have been involved in teaching students at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University. In the years 2009-2014 I was the chief doctor of the anesthesiology part of KARIM. In 2012, I successfully defended my dissertation with the topic of obstetric anesthesia in the doctoral program Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Algesiology. In 2015 I became the head of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Resuscitation. In 2016, I defended my habilitation thesis on the topic of obstetrics and pediatric anesthesia and I was appointed associate professor. Since 2014, I have been involved in the project of the Simulation Center of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University, regular tuition was started there in the academic year 2020/2021. Since 2017, I have been representating the Czech Republic in the Council of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, I am the 1st Vice-Chairman of the Czech Society of Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care and the Society for Simulations in Medicine, and a member of the committees of the Czech Society of Intensive Care and the Czech Resuscitation Council. I have been the Vice-Dean for Development and Tuition in Clinical fields of General Medicine since 2018. In 2020, I was appointed Professor of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Algesiology.
What comes up in your mind when you say the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové?
Family atmosphere, emphasis on clinical practice, demanding study, key exams (for us Anatomy, Physiology, Pathological Physiology, Pathological Anatomy, Surgery, Internal Medicine…), but also the area itself, ie Hradec Králové parks, confluence, “Stříbrňák” lake and student life.
What experience associated with studying at the faculty do you remember the most?
I love remembering how I met my wife in the kitchen of Na Kotli dormitory most of all. Now we no longer recall alone, we share our study experiences with our three children. In the field of study, there were legendary exams in physics, a „flagtest“ in anatomy, pathophysiology, but also medics´ events such as „the halving of medics“ or the last lectures….
What do you consider to be the greatest success in your career so far?
In my personal life, this is clearly my family. In the professional one, it is the fact of getting appointed Professor of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Algesiology, in terms of further development of the field, it is the completion of two habilitation procedures of my doctoral students. In the field of tuition, it is the establishment of the educational and publication portal AKUTNĚ.CZ [ISSN 1803-179X] and managing of the Simulation Center of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University Project. In the field of science, it is a receipt of the Best Paper Award IJOA in the field of obstetric anesthesia and a repeated receipt of the prestigious national publication awards (Dvořáček, Keszler and Kalenda Prize).
What hobbies are you into in your free time?
I try to do my best to compensate my family for the time when I can’t be with them. That is why we live actively together, we enjoy hiking, cycling trips, but we also play golf together.