The Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos is the largest healthcare institution in Lithuania. The Hospital has two founders: the Ministry of Health and the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Established in 1940, the Hospital has grown into one of the most prominent hospitals in the country. The hospital of Kauno klinikos is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare to patients from all over the country and abroad. There are many medical "first" and "only" performed in Kauno klinikos which shows a high level of professionalism, qualification, modern medical technologies, and developed infrastructure implemented in the Hospital.
Kauno klinikos employs more than 1200 physicians and 2300 nurses, who provide care according to the standards of evidence-based clinical practice. The hospital has 39 departments devoted to all medical and surgical specialties, including cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, and organ transplant surgery. The annual number of outpatient consultations is increasing every year. In recent years there were more than 1 million visits and 83 thousand hospital admissions.
Kauno klinikos seeks to improve the health and quality of life of Lithuanian people as well as to develop ambitious and advanced health specialists, and create and implement innovations based on scientific research. Here the most serious, rare, and undiagnosed diseases are successfully diagnosed and treated, and extremely complex operations are performed. There are 25 centers for rare and undiagnosed diseases in Kauno klinikos to enable effective collaboration among different specialties treating rare conditions such as neuromuscular disorders, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, neuroendocrine tumors, etc.
The Cardiac surgery center of Kauno klinikos was established in 1957 and it has been a cradle for many significant inventions ever since. Original therapeutic techniques, such as electric cardiac stimulation, cryo-and laser ablation of arrhythmogenic lesions, were introduced here for the treatment of serious heart rhythm disorders. Heading the Center is Prof. Rimantas Benetis, a globally renowned valve reparative surgery and coronary bypass surgery expert, who successfully carried out the first heart-and-lung transplant in Lithuania. Today Kauno klinikos is the only provider of lung transplantations in Lithuania.
Kauno klinikos has state-of-the-art technologies for medical imaging and a proper infrastructure to meet the procedural requirements of different radiology examinations. The Radiology Department of Kauno klinikos provides a wide range of diagnostic imaging services: including CT scanning, DEXA bone density scanning, mammography, angiography, MRI scanning, radioisotope scanning, ultrasound scanning, and X-ray. The first PET-CT scanner in Lithuania was installed in a brand-new Diagnostic Radiology Centre of Kauno klinikos.
Neuro-oncology is one of the principal directions of work at the Neuroscience Institute of the Department of Neurosurgery. So far, Kauno klinikos is the only Gamma knife center in the Baltic States.