Vilém Rohn

Research & Development CBRN, Medical & Rescue Service Czech Republic

Assoc. Prof. Vilém Rohn CSc., MD

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Charles University Teaching Hospital, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Prague, Czech Republic



Extracorporeal membranous oxygenation therapy for chemical warfare agent and smoke intoxication

The risks and threats from biological and chemical weapon systems may be increasing with an evolution of hybrid and asymmetrical warfare. Treatment options at point of injury and ROLE I and Role II NATO oriented facilities focus on chemical warfare agent, thermal and smoke exposure. The core of therapy, however, remains symptomatic and supportive. The gap of conventional treatment that may be inadequate may be significant. One of the most aggressive a possibly promising modality for definitive treatment is prehospital extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO can provide cardiac and respiratory support for patients whose heart and lungs cannot perform their functions adequately. This hi-tech yet accessible technology can be understood as being artificial heart and lungs, standing outside the patient, connected by tubing, supporting vital functions and increasing survivability from preventable traumatic and other illness from warfighting injuries.  ECMO alone cannot remove or neutralize any toxic agents but can provide sufficient hemodynamic support and oxygenation until patients are transported to the hospital, and the elimination of the toxic agent the medical doctors or patients themselves provide in the hospital.

Curriculum Vitae

Date of birth  January 22, 1960

Birthplace     Kadaň (Czech Republic)

Nationality    Czech

Present appointment   Charles University Teaching Hospital

                                  Department of Cardiovascular Surgery

                                  Prague, Czech Republic

 Education and training:

 1986 Graduation M.D.

     Faculty of Medicine, Charles University Prague,

     Czech Republic

1990 board examination in general surgery

1993 PhD graduation, Thesis: Prevention of coronary artery bypass grafts occlusion and control of neointimal hyperplasia in autologous venous bypasses by indobufen.

1995 board examination in vascular surgery

1997 board examination in cardiac surgery

2011  appointed associate professor of surgery at the 1st Medical Faculty Charles University in Prague, Thesis: Current problems of surgical treatment of coronary artery disease - arterial myocardial revascularization and ischemic mitral insufficiency (Review and own results).

 Profesional experience:

 1986 - 1990 senior house officer in Dept. of Cardiovascular and Transplant Surgery IKEM                    


1990 - January - May - Surgical dept. Hospital Pelhřimov (Czech Rep.) -head Dr. Křikava

1990 - 1995 registrar in vascular surgery - Dept. of Cardiovascular and Transplant                   

            Surgery Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM), Prague

1995 - 1997 registrar in cardiac surgery -  Dept. of Cardiovascular and Transplant

            Surgery IKEM, Prague

1996 - January - July - Dept. of Cardiac Surgery (center E. Malan), Milano University Hospital - head surgeon Dr. Menicanti

1997  - 2002 – Consultant cardiac surgeon -   Dept. of Cardiovascular and Transplant Surgery IKEM, Prague

2002 – Feb 2005 - deputy head cardiac surgeon - Dept. of Cardiovascular and Transplant Surgery IKEM, Prague

Feb 2005 – 2014, deputy head cardiac surgeon Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Charles University Teaching Hospital, Prague

Feb 2006 – Aug 2006 – Cardiac Surgery Consultant, Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi  Arabia

July 2008 - Cardiac Surgery Consultant, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

July 2009 - Cardiac Surgery Consultant, King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

February 2014- now – Head of Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Motol and 2-nd Faculty of Medicine Charles University Prague


Česká společnost kardiovaskulární chirurgie (Czech Society of Cardiovascular Surgery)

European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery

Society of Thoracic Surgeons, USA

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