Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington DC - Past Events

A talk by Prof. Wojciech Maksymowicz

Monday, February 18, 2019, at 3:00pm

The Alarm Clock Clinic was established in July 2013 as the first model hospital for children with severe brain damage. The Clinic operates at the Children's Memorial Health Institute.

The construction of the Alarm Clock Clinic, which reached the cost of over PLN 20 milion, was founded by the Akogo Foundation, thanks to the generosity  of many individual donors, companies, foudations and the EU funds.

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Professor Wojciech Maksymowicz,  Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the UWM is the President of Polish Neuromodulation Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Neuromodulation Society. Since 2006 he is a member of Council of Science of Ministry of Health of Republic of Poland.

Dr. Maksymowicz's CV:

  • Birth date: 24.05.1955 r., place: Włocławek
  • Phone (phone)  Office – 48 (89) 523 44 66, fax – 48 (89) 524 56 59
  • Email: [email protected]


  • University Medical School in Warsaw – graduated – 1980
  • Medical Doctor degree – 1988
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree – 1994
  • Professor of Medicine – scientific title conferred by President of Republic of Poland - 2006

Research Study

  • Wessex Neurological Center and Department of Neurosurgery of University
    of Southampton – British Council Fellowship – 1990
  • Department of Neurosurgery of University of Cambridge (UK) – scientific cooperation with prof. John Pickard and dr Marek Czosnyka – studies on cerebrospinal pressure-volume relationships
  • Department of Restorative Neurology Baylor College of Medicine Houston (scientific cooperation with prof. Dimitrijevic – studies on the treatment of spasticity using the epidural spinal cord stimulation)

Postgraduated Courses:

  • European Course in Neurosurgery –1988-1992
  • European Forum of Health Care System Reform – Brussels 1991r.

Work and positi0n:

  • Vice-Rector for Collegium Medicum UWM- since 2016

               University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn - associate professor - 2005-2011,
               full professor since 2011.

               Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences – 2007-2016

               Head of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery - since 2008

               Head of the Neurosurgery Clinic - since 2008

               Head of the Stem Cell Research Laboratory - since 2010

               Rector's Plenipotentiary for Medicine Development - since 2012

  • Member of the Scientific Council at the Minister of Health - since 2006
  • Vice-President of the Commission for Combating Doping in Sport - 2006-2007
  • Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration - head of the    Department of Neurosurgery - 1998-2007
  • Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Konstancie Spa sp. z o.o. - 2006-2008
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Świnoujście resort of S.A. - 2000-2002
  • Member of the Committee for Scientific Research - 1997-1999
  • Minister of Health and Welfare - 1997-1999
  • Otolaryngology Clinic of the Institute of Dentistry of the Medical University in Warsaw - Adjunct 1997-1999
  • "Gazeta Lekarska" - editor-in-chief - 1995-1997
  • Oncology Center -Instytut im. Maria Sklodowska-Curie - neurosurgeon consultant - 1997- 1998
  • Provincial Hospital in Olsztyn - Department of Neurosurgery, senior assistant-1992-1995
  • Neurosurgery Clinic of the Medical Academy in Warsaw - junior assistant, assistant, senior  assistant and adjunct of 1980-1992

Activity in professional self-government and companies:

• Medical Chamber

- secretary of the Supreme Medical Council, 1989-1992

- secretary of the District Medical Council in Olsztyn, 1993-1995

• Polish Society of Neurosurgeons

• Assistance to the Injured in Road Accidents and Collisions

• Catholic Association of Physicians

• appointed to the National Council of the Science Congress in 2016

• appointed by Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, Minister of Science and Higher Education in the Advisory Team for Science and Higher Education in 2018

Main Achievements:

  • The patent application as a co-creator of an invention "Device for measuring the strength of adduction and abduction fingers hand man" in 2015
  • The patent application as a co-creator of an invention "Device for determining the torque reaction rate in the axis of the ankle and a method of determining the reaction force torque rate in the axis of the ankle" 2013
  • Founder of the Foundation for the regeneration of nerve cells in 2013
  • Coordination of the preparation and implementation of the Health System Reform 
          in the Republic of Poland 1997-1999
  • Organization (from scratch) of the structures of the Supreme Medical Chamber,
    as the      secretary of the NRL of the first term
  • Introduction of modern procedures and development of the Clinic of Neurosurgery, CSK MSWiA in Warsaw, recognized among other things in the ranking of the Wprost weekly (in 2004 and 2005 as the best center in Poland in the treatment of brain tumors, a leading position in the treatment of discopathy and epilepsy)
  • Authorship of " Neurosurgery in outline" PZWL 1999
  • Creation and maintenance of laboratory measurement of intracranial pressure

in the Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University of Warsaw 1987-1992

  • Implementation for use in Poland of the method of epidural spinal cord stimulation for the treatment of spasticity and ischaemia of lower limbs and severe forms of angina
  • Implementation of epidural spinal cord stimulation procedures in Poland
  • Implementation of the local radiotherapy (brachytherapy) of the brain tumors in Warsaw ( cooperation with the Center of Oncology – Memorial Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute )
  • Implementation of Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression in Poland
  • Introduction to the use of the Morrella treatment (cutting the motor cortex in the eloquent area of the brain) for the treatment of severe forms resistant to treatment of epilepsy

Conducting research teams

Head of own research project funded by KBN (Ministry of Science) pt. Epidural spinal cord stimulation in severe angina (project number: 3PO5C02725)


  • Warmia and Mazury Icon 2018
  • „Milito pro Christo" 2017
  • Great Personality of the Year 2017
  • "A big smile" for the passion of life and creating-  Gala of Women's Success in Warmia and Mazury 2017
  • Portraits of Polish Medicine 2016 Market Leader category of Health
  • Officer's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Polish 2015
  • Cross of Freedom and Solidarity 2015
  • Gloria Medicinea 2015
  • St. James statuette in science awarded by the city of Olsztyn 2015
  • Belgium Innovation Award in 2013 (for the research activities)
  • Gold Medal with Mention Belgium in 2013 (for achievements in science and technology)
  • Award for outstanding achievements in invention in 2013 in the international arena
  • "Meritus Pro Medici" - uncheck the medical community in 2010
  • Golden Cross of merit in 2009
  • "Distinguished" Polish Medical Association in 2006
  • "Honoured Doctor of Warmia and Mazury" - Regional Medical Chamber in Olsztyn 2004
  • Silver Cross of Merit 1999
  • Medal of Saint Hedwig, Queen (Jagiellonian University) 1999
  • Scientific Award of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare (collective) for a series of works on the sensory and motor innervation of heart – 1992
  • Prize for the best work in the field of research on normal pressure hydrocephalus on ICP Congress - Rotterdam 1991
  • "Red Bow" - a distinction awarded by the National Centre for. AIDS.

Hobby: Painting

Selected Publications:

Polish handbook of neurosurgery and over 100 papers and proceedings, main of them:

Maksymowicz W.,  Szulczyk P.: Properties of mechanoreceptor afferent fibres in left inferior cardiac nerve. Brain Research 1983, 262: 209-215

Maksymowicz W., Czosnyka M., Koszewski W., Szymańska A., Traczewski W.: The role of cerebrospinal compensatory parameters in the estimation of functioning of implanted shunt system in patients with communicating hydrocephalus. Acta Neurochirurgica (Wien) 1989, 101: 112-116

Czosnyka M., Maksymowicz W., Batorski L., Koszewski W., Czosnyka Z.: Comparison between classic-differential and automatic shunt functioning on the basis of infusion tests. Acta Neurochirurgica (Wien) 1990, 106: 1-8

Czosnyka M., Batorski L., Łaniewski, Maksymowicz W. et al.: A computer system for the identification of the cerebrospinal compensatory model. Acta Neurochirurgica (Wien) 1990, 105: 112-116

Nelson R., Czosnyka M., Maksymowicz W., Perry S., Lovick A.H., Pickard J.D.: The arterial blood pressure/cerebral blood flow velocity amplitude ratio as an index of cerebral autoregulation. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 1991, 11 suppl 2: 56

Maksymowicz W., Czosnyka M., Koszewski W., Szymańska O., Zabołotny W.: Post-shunting improvement in hydrocephalic patients described by cerebrospinal compensatory parameters. W: Avezaat C.J.J., Van  Eijndhoven J.H.M., Maas A.I.R., Tans J.Th.J.(ed.): Intracranial Pressure VIII. Springer Verlag  Berlin, Heidelberg 1993: 829-832

Maksymowicz W., Czosnyka M., Koszewski W., Zabołotny W.: Dynamics of hydrocephalus development after spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage. W: Avezaat C.J.J., Van  Eijndhoven J.H.M., Maas A.I.R., Tans J.Th.J.(ed.): Intracranial Pressure VIII. Springer Verlag  Berlin, Heidelberg 1993: 845-849

Czosnyka M., Gjerris F., Maksymowicz W., Price D., Roszkowski M., Whitehouse H., Pickard J.D: Computerised lumbar infusion test – multicentre experience in clinical studies in hydrocephalus. W: Nagai H., Kamiya K., Ishii S. (edit.): Intracranial Pressure IX , Springer Verlag Tokyo, Berlin Heidelberg 1997: 494-495

 Maksymowicz W.: Treatment of neuralgiform facial pain by injection of glycerol into the trigeminal cistern. Abstracts – 8-th European Congress of Neurosurgery, Barcelona 1987

 Maksymowicz W.,  Barczewska M.,  Szczerbicki M.: Using the Folley catheter in planning brachytherapy of brain tumors. W: McCulloch G., Reilly P.(red) Proceedings 12-th World Congress of Neurosurgery, Sydney 2001: 542-543

 Maksymowicz W., Bidziński J, Koziarski A., Rakowicz M., Bacia T. :   Epidural spinal electric stimulation in spasticity, pain syndromes and peripheral vascular diseases. Spinal Cord Stimulation Congress – Groningen 1988

 Handbook : Maksymowicz W.: Neurochirurgia w zarysie. PZWL –Wydawnictwo Lekarskie, Warszawa 1999

 Barczewska M., Maksymowicz W., Szczerbicki M., Łyczek J. : Brachytherapy of malignant brain tumor with Ir192 by HDR method as complementary treatment. Annales Universitatis M.Curie-Skłodowska, section D Medicina 2001, 56, suppl. VIII: 17-21

 Maksymowicz, W., Wojtkiewicz, J., Kozlowska, H., Habich, A., Lopaczynski, W. The Perspectives of Stem Cell-based Therapy in Neurological Diseases. In: Stem Cells and Human Diseases. R. Srivastava and S. Shankar (eds), Springer, New York, 2012, 23-60

 Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) Transplantation in Patients with Amyotrophic

Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Is there a "Responder Population"?

Tomasz Siwek, Monika Barczewska, Łukasz Grabarczyk, Mariusz Sowa, Katarzyna JezierskaWozniak, Aleksandra Habich, Joanna Wojtkiewicz, Wanda Badowska and Wojciech Maksymowicz. Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience 2018 Vol. 9 No.3:260

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