The department provides specialized professional care in the field of gastroenterology, rheumatology, and clinical pharmacology on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.
Gastroenterology is focused on the diagnosis, treatment and research of diseases of the digestive tract. The workplace is one of the largest and best equipped in the Czech Republic. It performs basic as well as highly specialized endoscopic diagnostics and therapeutic techniques and also has a functional gastroenterological laboratory. The department does research on the diagnosis and treatment of portal hypertension in liver diseases, and more than 20 years ago was the first workplace of its type in Central Europe which, in cooperation with the Department of Radiology, established a method for joining portal and liver veins (TIPS). Clinical gastroenterological research is focused on Barrett‘s esophagus, Helicobacter pylori infection, celiac disease, idiopathic intestinal inflammation, and colorectal neoplasia.
Rheumatology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of particularly complicated systemic diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The number of patients treated with modern biological therapy has now greatly expanded, enabling other diagnoses to be treated as part of research protocols.
Clinical pharmacology is an interdisciplinary group of experts, doctors, analysts, laboratory technicians and clinical pharmacists whose primary aim is the development and application of clinical pharmacology to practical medicine. It provides the comprehensive information and consultation needed for effective and safe use of medicines in all areas of preventive care.
An integral part of departmental activities is science and experimental research in cooperation with the Faculty of Military Health of the University of Defense, the Center of Biomedical Research of the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, and other departments from University Hospital Hradec Králové. Experimental gastroenterology, particularly using models of large animals, is an important basis for the research of physiological and pathological conditions in gastroenterology.
The department also participates in undergraduate teaching within the Master‘s degree programs in General Medicine and Dentistry and the Bachelor‘s degree programs in General Nursing and Physiology. In addition, the department serves as a training center for PhD studies. Specialized training of physicians for board certification in internal medicine, gastroenterology and rheumatology is also provided.