Department of Respiratory Medicine


The Department of Respiratory Medicine is one of the largest departments of the Thomayer Hospital with 62 beds for emergencies including 4 beds of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (G1 Building) and 35 beds for long-term treatment of tuberculosis patients including a unit for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (K Building). It is equipped with advanced technology enabling proper and rapid diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of respiratory diseases. Common diagnoses seen include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, lung cancer, pneumonia, pleurisy and empyema, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis, and other interstitial lung diseases. The Department of Respiratory Medicine cooperates closely with the Department of Thoracic Surgery in the diagnosis and treatment of various lung diseases  including lung cancer.

All our physicians, nurses and other staff do their best not only to solve the medical problems but also to offer emotional and social support to patients and their families. Our philosophy is high-standard medical care with a personal approach to the patient.

Specialized centers and units

  • Unit for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Center for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Center for difficult-to-treat asthma
  • Center for biological treatment of lung cancer
  • Unit for sleep investigations

Outpatient services

  • General respiratory clinic
  • COPD/asthma clinic
  • Allergology and clinical immunology clinic (treating interstitial lung diseases and sarcoidosis)
  • Lung cancer clinic (including the Chemotherapeutic Day Care Center)
  • Cigarette smoke addiction clinic

Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures available

  • Chest X-ray
  • Full range of routine and specialized lung function tests
  • Oxygen assessment and oxygen testing for long-term oxygen therapy
  • Pleural aspiration and drainage
  • Lymph node aspiration
  • Bronchoscopy including interventional bronchscopy under local or general anesthesia
  • Sleep and hypoventilation investigations and treatment
  • Non-invasive and invasive ventilation and critical care
  • Diagnosis and treatment of immune disorders


The Department of Respiratory Medicine serves as a training center for students of the First Faculty of the Charles University and for postgraduate students preparing for board examinations in internal medicine, respiratory medicine and allergology, and in clinical immunology. Postgraduate education programs for nurses in the field of intensive care and bronchology are also available at our department.


Our research focuses on interstitial lung diseases, especially their genetics and immunology, difficult-to-treat asthma, COPD, lung cancer and tuberculosis. In addition to Czech research grant projects, our department participates in European Union Framework Programs.

Head of the Department
Martina Koziar Vašáková, MD, PhD., Professor
tel.: 261 082 372

Chief of Physicians
Luděk Stehlík, MD
tel.: 261 082 576

Head Nurse
Hana Dvořáková, Bc.
tel.: 261 082 298

Contact for English-speaking guests

Ing. Beáta Poláková
tel.: 261 083 853
Luděk Stehlík, MD
tel.: 261 082 576


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