About


Department of Medical History and Ethics is a unit of the Institute of Public Health at the Medical Faculty of Vilnius University. The Department was established in 2002. Since its establishment the Department has been chaired by Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Gefenas.

The main mission of the department is to introduce medical humanities into the curriculum of future health care professionals.

This mission is being fulfilled by the following activities:

  1. Preparation of medical history and bioethics training aids and educational syllabi
  2. Initiating and organizing research in the field of bioethics and history of medicine
  3. International collaboration
  4. Promoting bioethics and the history of medicine in Lithuania

The Department also hosts Museum of the History of Medicine.

The Department takes an active part in international collaboration. One example of such a collaboration is the Regional Bioethics Information Centre supported by UNESCO. It was established at the premises of the Department in 2004.



What’s new:

  • On the 31th of August Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Gefenas attended the public session of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the USA) in Philadelphia and presented the paper. Download programme here.
  • On the 7th – 14th of August the proseminar of „Advanced Certificate Program: E-Education in Research Ethics: Central and Eastern Europe“ was held by the Department of Medical History and Ethics in Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • On the 10th of August Public Seminar Why Regulations Fail? by Prof. Søren Holm, Manchester University took place in K. Donelaitis Hall, Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University.
  • On the 14th – 19th of June dr. Aistis Žalnora attended The 3rd International Conference: “Evolutionary Medicine: Pre-existing mechanisms and patterns of current health issues” and presented the paper: “Mental hygiene movement as the (r)evolutionary public health trend in interwar Kaunas and Vilnius in a years of 1919 – 1939”. Download programme here.
  • On the 6th – 7th of June prof. dr. Eugenijus Gefenas, dr. Aistis Žalnora and Jūratė Lekstutienė attended Nordic-Baltic Network for Philosophy of Medicine “Issues in Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine” in Vilnius University and presented the papers. Download programme here.

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