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LUDWIK RYDYGIER

Born: 21 August 1850
in Dusocin, Poland
Died: 25 June 1920
in Lviv, Ukraine

  • professor of medicine;
  • one of the most distinguished Polish and world-famous surgeons in the late 19th and early 20th century;
  • rector of the University of Lviv;
  • general of the Polish Army and a great patriot

  • 1873 – awarded medical doctor diploma at University of Greifswald;
  • 1874 – awarded doctoral degree in medicine, surgery and obstetrics;
  • 1878 – completed habilitation at University of Jena;
  • 1887 – awarded the title of professor at Jagiellonian University

  • renowned for innovative approach to surgical treatment;
  • introduced many novel techniques still used in gastrointestinal, orthopaedic, plastic, urologic and cardiothoracic surgery;
  • first person in the world to carry out pylorectomy due to gastric ulcer;
  • second person in the world to carry out pylorectomy due to stomach cancer;
  • introduced a new method of surgical treatment of chronic peptic ulcer by means of gastroenterostomy;
  • author of an original method for removing prostate adenoma;
  • organized the first surgical conference in Poland;
  • educated and trained many renowned surgeons;
  • contributed to the organisation and improvement of military hospitals;
  • author of about 200 scientific papers as well as textbooks and short texts on surgery and related fields.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLLEGIUM MEDICUM IN BYDGOSZCZ

1984 the Medical University of Bydgoszcz is established; Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy are created; prof. Jan Domaniewski becomes the first rector

1985 the Medical Library is created; the university Choir is formed

1989 the university is named after Ludwik Rydygier; the Antoni Jurasz University Hospital no. 1 is affiliated

1997 the Faculty of Nursing is established; changed into Faculty of Health Sciences in 2002

1999 first issue of academic quarterly, Wiadomości Akademickie, is published

2004 the university merges with the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and is renamed as Collegium Medicum

2008 the Jan Biziel University Hospital No. 2 in Bydgoszcz is affiliated

2009 the 6-year Medical Programme in English is launched

2011 the Centre for Medical Education in English is established

2015 first English Division graduates leave their alma mater

2018 the modern and hi-tech Centre forMedical Simulation is established