Why did you decide to become a doctor? My desire to study medicine was greatly influenced by my father. He taught Latin at secondary schools and later also at the 1st Faculty Medical at Charles University, but all his life he wanted to be a doctor. Initially, I wanted to study the natural sciences, but then I fulfilled his dream by studying medicine.
What is the most important thing about this profession for you? Some of my older colleagues, whom I still admire, have undoubtedly contributed to my recognition of the values of the performance of the medical profession. In the period after my graduation, it was Professor Vratislav Schreiber, an experimental endocrinologist, under whom I wrote my dissertation. He fascinated me with his self-discipline and the incredible perseverance, with which he endeavoured to resolve the scientific problems of his age. Another was Professor Josef Marek, probably the best-known living Czech endocrinologist, from whose example I fully understood that clinical medicine is essentially a service for ill people. Coincidentally, we have busts of both professors here at the Health Plus Program.
How do you cope with an illness, whenever you have one? How do you treat yourself? I am aware of the fact that the older I get, the greater the risk there is of an illness occurring. I have the same tests conducted as our clients at the Health Plus Program, including preventive genetic tests. I am in a similar position to that of my patients who come to the doctor, and just like them I often await the test results with some trepidation.
In your opinion, what is the best way of preserving good physical and mental health up to an advanced age? Our society is ageing quickly and there are currently 117 senior citizens over 65 for every 100 children in the Czech Republic. If this trend continues, it is possible by in 2060 there will be 260 senior citizens for every 100 children. Such a society is economically unsustainable. As well as increasing the birth rate, it is necessary for older people to stay in good shape. I view the epidemic of obesity in our population associated with overeating and physical inactivity as a huge problem. It is necessary for older people to play sport regularly. Our society is also too tolerant towards smokers and smoking, which is something I would essentially limit.
In your opinion, what should ideal healthcare look like? Despite the enormous progress in medicine in recent decades, one problem has been on the increase, namely the excessive dilution (pulverisation) of healthcare. Often, there is no overall (holistic) view of the patient and his or her health problems. I am of the opinion that it is important to continue in the development of specialist, often highly technical medical fields, but at the same time to respect the benefits and values of the work of a single attending physician. This doctor can be in contact with the patient over the long term and know all of the patient’s test results, including the patient’s family background. Unfortunately, the numbers of these doctors are falling significantly and in other countries, for example England, there is not even much interest in working as a GP (general practitioner).
Dr. Jan Kábrt
|1994||Defence of inaugural thesis at 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, on the subject of "Diagnosis and treatment of some determined defects of nutrition"|
|1982||Defence of candidate's dissertation entitled "Ascorbic Acid in Hypophysis, its concentration and relation to adenohypophysical functions"|
|1982||Second-level attestation in Internal Medicine|
|1979||First-level attestation in Internal Medicine|
|1969-1975||First Faculty of Medicine Charles University, Medicine cum laude|
|since 2010||Program Health Plus|
|2009||senior consultant, department of internal medicine, Clinicum Vysočany|
|2008-2009||medical doctor specialist, 3rd Internal clinic, General Faculty Hospital, Prague 2|
|2008||independent doctor at Na Homolce hospital|
|2000-2007||head physician, department of internal medicine, Na Homolce hospital|
|1995-2000||leading physician at Metabolic unit, 3rd Internal clinic, General Faculty Hospital, Charles University|
|1982-2000||assistant specialist and from 1994 assistant professor at 3rd Internal clinic General Faculty Hospital, Charles University|
|1978-1982||secondary physician 3rd Internal clinic, General Faculty Hospital, Charles University|
|1975-1978||full-time research assistant at Institute of Pathological Physiology First Faculty of Medicine Charles University|
Membership of professional organizations
- European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
- Committee of the Society of Clinical Nutrition and Intensive Metabolic Care
- Czech Gastroenterological Society
- Czech Diabet Society
- Czech Society of Internal Medicine
Other professional activities
- Assistance in organization and participation in the international medical congress ESPEN in Prague 2007
- Instructor of enteral nutrition and metabolic care with Internal Medicine accreditation – Na Homolce hospital
- Over 20 years of pedagogical experience – teaching medical students at First Faculty of Medicine and since 2000 also Third Faculty of Medicine (as an external lecturer), Charles University, Prague
- Over 100 publications in both Czech and international magazines, mainly about the metabolism and nutritional disorders
- English – fluent
- Russian – intermediate
Hobbies and interests
- skiing, cycling, hitchhiking, travelling, culture