Prof. Henryk Skarzynski, M.D., Ph.D., dr. h.c. multi, 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 allover the world. He was the first surgeon in Poland to perform cochlear implantation (1992) and brainstem implantation (1998). He is the author of the method of the treatment of partial deafness with cochlear implants (Partial Deafness Treatment 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” and has been implemented in numerous cochlear implant centers. For the purpose of PDT Prof. Skarzynski developed a new type of safe electrode used in a new generation of cochlear implants. He introduced middle ear implants (2003) and over hundred new clinical procedures in Poland. Prof. Skarzynski’s activity 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” (1993), and then of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing (1996), the International Center of Hearing and Speech (2003) and the World Hearing Center (2012). Thanks to the work of Prof. H. Skarzynski and the team of the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing during the last 20 years, Poland is now one of the world’s leading countries implementing universal hearing screening programs in children of different ages.
Prof. Skarzynski is the author and co-author of over 2500 research studies published in Poland and abroad, as well as over 1700 lectures. He leads an extensive teaching activity for students and physicians in Poland and abroad. He is the member of most prestigious national and international scientific associations, such as AOS, ANS, CORLAS, EAONO, EFAS, IAO, ISA, POLITZER and others. He has been awarded with several state honors, such as the 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 honours in Poland 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 and the City and Commune of Czyzew. The Man of Freedom awarded on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Polish Freedom Day.
He was conferred with three honorary titles of doctor honoris causa, by Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in 2011, by the University of Warsaw following application of Management and Biology Faculties in 2012, and by the Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin in 2014.
During the Polish Presidency of the EU Prof. H. Skarzynski initiated and coordinated works under the project “Equal opportunities for children with communication disorders in European countries” which was a part of the health priority. His efforts brought about two international scientific consensus documents: “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 European experts in audiology, otolaryngology, phoniatrics, ophthalmology, and speech language pathology, both documents signed in Warsaw, on June 22, 2011. These documents and other efforts of Prof. Skarzynski and his team resulted in the “EU Council Conclusions on early detection and treatment of communication disorders in children, including the use of e-Health tools and innovative solutions” endorsed on December 2, 2011. His greatest research, clinical and educational achievement was concept preparation, construction and launch of the World Hearing Center in May 2012.