Henryk Skarżyński, (born in 1954)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since July 2010.
Prof. Henryk Skarzynski, M.D., Ph.D., is a worldwide known otosurgeon, expert in otorhinolaryngology, audiology and phoniatrics; currently - national consultant in otorhinolaryngology in Poland; former national and regional consultant in audiology and phoniatrics.
His innovative otosurgical methods are implemented in medical centers all over the world. First surgeon in Poland to perform cochlear implantation (1992), brainstem implantation (1998). He is the author of the program of the partial deafness treatment of patients with cochlear implants (PDT), that he implemented for the first time in the world in 2002 in an adult and in 2004 in a child. His method is considered a Polish specialty known as “Skarzynski’s method”. It has been implemented in many medical centers all over the world. For this purpose, prof. Skarzynski had developed a new type of safe electrode, which has been used in a new generation of cochlear implants. In 2003, he has introduced middle ear implants and several dozen of new clinical procedures in Poland. Prof. Skarzynski’s activity has contributed to the dynamic development of the field of hearing implants, otosurgery and audiology in Poland and in the world. He was an initiator and organizer of the second in Europe Center for Deaf and Hearing Impaired People “Cochlear Center”(est. 1993), and then of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing (est. 1996), the International Center of Hearing and Speech (est. 2003) and the World Hearing Center (est. 2012). Due to the activities performed by prof. H. Skarzynski and the team of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing during last 20 years, Poland is in the world’s lead of the countries which realize hearing screening programs in children of different ages.
Prof. Skarzynski is the author and co-author of over 2300 research studies published in Poland and abroad, as well as over 1700 delivered speeches. He leads an extensive teaching activity for students and physicians in the country and from abroad. He is the member of most prestigious national and international scientific associations, such as AOS, CORLAS, EAONO, EFAS, IAO, ISA, POLITZER and other. Prof. Skarzynski has been awarded with several state honors, Award of the Prime Minister, Awards of the Minister of Health, Awards of Minister of Science and Award of Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as numerous scientific awards and other prestigious ones awarded in the country and abroad. He has been decorated with the Polonia Restituta Knight’s Cross and Officer’s Cross, Ukrainian Order of Merit, an honorary Order of the President of Georgia and the Order of the King of Belgium. He is the 46th Honorary Citizen of Warsaw. In acknowledgement of his management and initiative achievements he received a prestigious Polish President Economic Award granted by the Polish President Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski.
He was conferred twice an honorary title of honoris causa doctor by Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Eduaction in 2011 and by the University of Warsaw following application of Management and Biology Faculties in 2012.
Due to the Polish Presidency of the European Union Council, prof. Henryk Skarzynski has initiated and coordinated several activities within the project of “Equal opportunities for children with communication disorders in European countries”. This was the issue which constituted an integral part of one of the public health priority. The most important achievements of this period were the endorsement of two international documents: the “European Consensus Statement on Hearing Screening of Pre-school and School Age Children” - signed by the representatives of 26 countries associated in the European Federation of Audiology Societies, and the „European Consensus Statement on Hearing, Vision and Speech Screening in Pre-school and School Age Children” – signed by the experts in audiology, otolaryngology, phoniatry, ophthalmology, and speech language pathology from throughout Europe. Both documents were signed in Warsaw, on June 22, 2011. The final achievement of the Polish Presidency was the preparation of the “EU Council Conclusions on early detection and treatment of communication disorders in children, including the use of e-Health tools and innovative solutions” and its endorsement by the Member States, on December 2, 2011.
His greatest achievement is preparation of the concept and opening of the World Hearing Center – clinical, scientific and didactic unit in May 2012.