Milestones in our history


  • Establishment of Na Homolce Hospital


  • First surgery performed with Leksell Gamma Knife
  • First insertion of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – the second hospital in Czechoslovakia to perform the procedure


  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to acquire a neurosurgical navigation system 


  • Acquisition of a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine


  • First stent-graft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Installation of an angiography X-ray system and first procedure on coronary arteries


  • First catheter-based ablation


  • First endovascular surgery of a cerebral arterial aneurysm


  • First hospital in post-Communist Europe to open a PET scan facility (positron emission tomography)


  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to launch three-dimensional mapping of cardiac arrhythmias
  • First percutaneous vertebroplasty – treatment of vertebral fractures


  • First arterial graft transplant
  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to implant a spinal cord neurostimulator for the treatment of refractory angina pectoris


  • Inception of Cardiac Surgery and Vascular Surgery as two separate specialties


  • Opening of a new Cardiac Surgery Department
  • Launch of the first hybrid PET/CT scanner in the Czech Republic


  • World premiere: Optune (TTF) therapy of a malignant brain tumour
  • World premiere: cryoballoon catheter ablation
  • Prevention of ischemic cerebrovascular accidents by left atrial appendage occlusion
  • Inception of pulmonary and thoracic surgeries
  • Opening of an outpatient oncology clinic


  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to open a centre of robotic surgery
  • First robotic surgery in the Czech Republic: bariatric surgery of the stomach
  • First hospital in the world to perform vascular robotic surgery 
  • International accreditation by Joint Commission International (JCI)
  • World premiere: laser ablation treatment of atrial fibrillation


  • Opening of a centre for adult patients with congenital heart disease
  • Establishment of a laboratory of molecular diagnostics


  • Inception of the robotic cardiac surgery programme
  • Opening of a complex of three multi-purpose catheterization rooms
  • The first hospital in the Czech Republic to introduce electromagnetic navigation into catheter-based treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Opening of a new intensive care unit at the Department of Neurosurgery


  • Successful JCI reaccreditation


  • Opening of a new complex of neurosurgical operating rooms with preoperative MRI
  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to perform robotic surgery of the heart
  • World premiere: thoracic sympathetic RFA (radiofrequency ablation) in patients with unmanageable ventricular tachycardia


  • Acquisition of a new model of Leksell Gamma Knife – Perfexion
  • First hospital in the Czech Republic to implant a subcutaneous cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
  • Officially designated as Comprehensive Cerebrovascular Centre


  • Successful JCI reaccreditation
  • Designated as Centre of Sleep Medicine
  • Two new angiographic X-ray machines at the Cardiac Centre
  • World premiere: hypertension treatment by ultrasound renal sympathetic denervation


  • World premiere: implantation of a leadless pacemaker
  • First hospital in central Europe to launch bronchial thermoplasty treatment for severe cases of asthma


  • World premiere: catheter-based cardiac valve surgery


  • World premiere: hybrid repair of a ventricular aneurysm, combining cardiac surgery and cardiology
  • Successful JCI reaccreditation
  • World premiere: a new therapeutic method for hypertension – ultrasound elimination of carotid body functions


  • Officially designated as highest-level Epilepsy Centre
  • Opening of a reconstructed, enlarged neurological intensive care unit
  • Opening of an inpatient ward at the Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine
  • Trans-catheter pulmonary valve replacement


  • Inception of a hybrid multidisciplinary facility with the new-generation Da Vinci Xi surgical robotic system
  • Ultrasound machine at the Department of Neurosurgery


  • Successful JCI reaccreditation
  • New PET/CT scanner
  • World leadership: 400th robotic vascular surgery
  • Opening a new pharmacy
  • A new angio-line that can be connected to CT
  • World première: implantation of microfilters into carotid arteries to intercept blood clots
obtaining the Diamond status of the Comprehensive Cerebrovascular Centre
  • Twenty thousand interventions using gamma knife in the Czech Republic – world leadership