Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorates)

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Rīga Stradiņš University awarded the first Honorary Doctorate degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) on 26 June 1990, when the Scientific Council made the corresponding decision. The title is conferred by the Senate of RSU for distinguished accomplishments and substantial contribution to the development of Latvia as well as RSU.

Doctor Honoris Causa 2013

Vieda Skultans (UK/Latvia)
Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology, University of Bristol
Honorary degree awarded on 15 May 2013.
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Hans Gerhard Gensch (Austria) 
Communications expert, Donau-Universität Krems
Honorary degree awarded on 15 May 2013.
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Michael E. Höllwarth (Austria)
Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Medical University of Graz; paediatric surgeon
Honorary degree awarded on 15 May 2013.
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Doctor Honoris Causa 2012

Boriss Teterevs (Latvia)
Maecenas

Honorary degree awarded on 13 November 2012 for significant contribution to RSU development, support of young healthcare specialists, and enhancing aspiration to excellence at RSU.

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Ināra Tetereva (Latvia) 
Maecenas

Honorary degree awarded on 13 November 2012 for significant contribution and support to Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) by especially enhancing the education of young people in the field of arts and culture.

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Doctor Honoris Causa 2010

Valdis Zatlers (Latvia)
Orthopaedician; former President of the Republic of Latvia

Honorary degree awarded on 17 September 2010 for internationally significant and long-term contribution to the introduction of innovative, internationally-acknowledged methods in orthopaedics, and for the organisation of work in the field of orthopaedics in Latvia, as well as enhancing the development of education, including social sciences, while fulfilling the duties of the State President.

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Kristaps Zariņš (USA) 
Professor emeritus, Stanford University; vascular surgeon

Honorary degree awarded on 17 September 2010 for invaluable contribution to the development of vascular surgery, as well as selfless formation of the exchange of knowledge and experience between leading medical centre specialists in Latvia and in the world by enhancing the scientific development of Latvian cardiovascular surgery and recognition thereof in the global space of science.

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Evgeny Matyakin (Евгений Григорьевич Матякин; Russia)
Professor, oncologist and surgeon
Honorary degree awarded on 12 November 2010.

Manager of the Head and Neck Tumour Department at N. N. Blokhin Cancer Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Throughout several decades, being one of the leading maxillofacial oncologists in Russia and in the world, E. Matyakin has ensured the exchange of knowledge and experience with many leading representatives of the relevant sphere in Latvia. Many students of E. Matyakin are working and living in Latvia.

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Godfried Roomans (Sweden)
Professor, Örebro University
Honorary degree awarded on 12 November 2010.

Professor at Örebro University (Sweden) Godfried Roomans was awarded the title of RSU Honorary Doctor for invaluable contribution to ensuring the exchange of knowledge and experience between RSU students, academic staff and leading cell researchers in the world. Close collaboration of G. Roomans with RSU and RSU Institute of Anatomy and Anthropology (IAA) was established immediately after the restoration of the national independence in 1990s and has been continuing up to the present day.

Professor Roomans passed away on 8 November 2014.

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Peter P. Nawroth (Germany)
Professor, Heidelberg University
Honorary degree awarded on 12 November 2010.

Director of the Department of Medicine and Clinical Chemistry at Heidelberg University. P. Nawroth was born in Denmark and is one of the most prominent physicians in Germany. The title of RSU Honorary Doctor has been conferred for the formation of the exchange of knowledge and experience between medical centre specialists of Latvia and Germany thereby significantly influencing the development of Latvian medical treatment, pedagogy, and science at the present and in the future.

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Doctor Honoris Causa 2009

Jan Lilja (Sweden)
Professor, University of Gothenburg.

Honorary degree awarded on 7 May 2009 for major contribution to the acquisition of new methods in the treatment of facial cleft – research on the development of facial cleft aesthetically-oriented surgery.

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Per Skjelbred (Norway)
Professor, University of Oslo.

Honorary degree awarded on 7 May 2009 for long-term contribution to teaching multidisciplinary treatment methods of craniofacial anomalies (CFA) and clinical research at RSU.

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Doctor Honoris Causa 2007

Jānis Stradiņš (Latvia)
Academic
Honorary degree awarded on March 29, 2007 for the compilation and research of professor's Pauls Stradiņš scientific legacy. Research topics of the academician cover the history of science, history of chemistry, physical chemistry, history of Riga and Latvia, Latvia and Latvians in the world.

Jānis Dūmiņš (Latvia)
Professor
Honorary degree awarded on March 29, 2007 for long-term activities as the conductor and artistic head of RSU (former Rīga Medical Institute) choir "Riga" for the popularisation of the name of the university in Latvia and abroad.

Valdis Birkavs (Latvia)
Doctor of Law, political and social activist
Honorary degree awarded on March 29, 2007 for significant contribution to the renewal of the statehood of Latvia and its consolidation, as well as relevant support of RSU development.

Manfred Wolfersdorf (Germany)
Professor
Honorary degree awarded on March 29, 2007.

Director of Oberfranken District Bayreuth Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinic in Germany, Assistant Professor at the University of Bayreuth and Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ulm. Since 1996, Manfred Wolfersdorf has been co-operating with RSU Department of Psychiatry and Narcology in the preparation of new psychiatrists and narcologists.

See photos from the 2007 Inauguration Ceremony here.

Doctor Honoris Causa 2005

Jan Lubinski (Poland)
Professor, Head of International Hereditary Cancer Centre of Pomeranian Medical University
Honorary degree awarded on 4 November 2005.

One of the leading physicians-practitioners and scientists in the world in the field of hereditary oncologic diseases, state consultant in clinical genetics, author and coordinator of various projects focusing on the development of cancer research, founder of the magazine “Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice”, author of three patents and over 150 publications. The Professor has provided a significant contribution to the development of Latvian science; from 1998 he has been participating in the education of Latvian physicians-hereditary cancer specialists, development of RSU Hereditary Cancer Institute, research of hereditary cancer in Latvia, as well as implementation of international co-operation projects.

Mirdza Neidere (USA)
Professor, University at Buffalo (USA)

Honorary degree awarded on 29 June 2005 for enhancing educational development at RSU Faculty of Dentistry. Since 1991 the Professor has been actively participating in the work of RSU Faculty of Dentistry, has organised the visits of four RSU lecturers to the University at Buffalo, as well as residency of one Professor at Eastman Dental Institute. Professor Neidere is regularly familiarising the lecturers of the Faculty of Dentistry with the latest achievements in oral medicine and periodontics, as well as organises the delivery of magazines, books, and instruments from the USA. M. Neidere was born in Rīga and travelled to the USA after fleeing to Germany in 1950.

Aleksandras Kriščiūnas (Lithuania)
Head of the Clinic of Rehabilitation at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (former Kaunas University of Medicine)

RSU Honorary degree awarded on 27 May 2005 for major contribution to the development of physicians-rehabilitologists and functional specialists in Latvia, enhancement of professional contacts and unity among Baltic rehabilitation specialists, as well as the development of rehabilitation academic professional resources. A. Kriščiūnas is a long-term co-operation partner of RSU Faculty of Rehabilitation who has provided a significant contribution in the development of the Faculty of Rehabilitation, its structural units and study programmes.

Klaus Schaarschmidt (Germany)
Professor, Director of Paediatric Surgery Clinic of HELIOS Hospital Berlin-Buch

RSU Honorary degree awarded title conferred on 6 May 2005 for major contribution to the development of paediatric surgery in Latvia. K. Schaarschmidt has enhanced and ensured the education of the employees of RSU Department of Paediatric Surgery and Surgery Clinic of the Children’s Clinical University Hospital, the development of the clinic, has formed long-term professional and scientific co-operation among Latvian and German paediatric surgeons. The Professor has enhanced also the development of German and European paediatric endoscopic surgery.

Doctor Honoris Causa 2004

Joachim Härtel (Germany)
Professor, Deputy Director at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock
RSU Honorary degree awarded title conferred on 2 September 2004

Owing to the Professor, co-operation and the exchange of experience of the University of Rostock and RSU started in 1982, which has been successfully continuing for over 20 years. The Professor has visited RSU with lectures and example operations; several joint scientific articles have been published. In 2004 J. Härtel renewed student exchange between the Faculty of Dentistry of RSU and the University of Rostock. He is the Chair of the Specialist Examination Commission in Plastic Surgeries of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Doctor’s Chamber, Honorary Member of the Baltic Association for Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery, the author of 126 scientific publications, as well as textbooks and monographs, he has successfully managed the works of 23 diplomands and 37 candidates for a doctor’s degree at the University of Rostock.

Karsten Gundlach (Germany)
Professor, Director at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Rostock
RSU Honorary degree awarded conferred on 2 September 2004

Since 1992, when Karsten Gundlach, M.S.D., took the position at the University of Rostock, he has been forming co-operation between RSU and the University of Rostock. Owing to the initiative and active work of the Professor, international conferences Riga-Rostock are organised on a regular basis covering topical issues in oral and maxillofacial surgery. RSU teaching staff is involved in the hereditary facial cleft programme of the Baltic States, in the editorial board of the European magazine in the competent speciality. K. Gundlach has presented his books and the books of other authors to RSU clinic, as well as has proposed and supported in Europe the first international courses in Riga on hereditary facial cleft surgery. The Professor is the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, as well as the Honorary Member of the Baltic Association for Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery.

Søren Nørgaard (Norway)
Honorary degree awarded for the compilation and implementation of modified physiotherapy programme, which served as a basis for the selection of the academic staff of RSU Academic School of Physiotherapy for further projects aimed at raising qualification and improvement of school’s activity.
 
Benedikte Steinrud (Denmark)
Honorary degree awarded for the creation of the nucleus of RSU personnel for further projects aimed at raising qualification and improvement of school’s activity.
 
Inga Britt Lindström (Sweden)
Swedish scientist, who managed occupational therapy development projects. Honorary degree awarded for the compilation, implementation and improvement of RSU occupational therapy study programme, which provided an opportunity to integrate the Latvian Academic School of Occupational Therapy within European and global organisations of occupational therapists, to establish academic contacts, to form important collaboration projects and projects aimed at raising the qualification of the teaching staff.
 
Christine Dravins (Sweden)
Honorary degree awarded to the scientist from Lund University for the creation of the profession of a Speech Therapist and implementation of the respective study programme in Latvia, creation of the basis of the academic staff, as well as ensuring the operation of RSU Academic School of Logopaedics.
 
Jürgen Oschlies (Canada)
Honorary degree awarded to the scientist for significant contribution in the establishment of RSU Academic School of Prosthetics and Orthotics, as well as commencement of practical activity, development of academic and professional contacts, and the creation of the field of orthopaedics in the Latvian healthcare system.
 
Malcolm Peat (Canada)
Honorary degree awarded to the scientist for significant contribution in the creation and introduction of an organised rehabilitation model in social environment in Latvia, development of rehabilitation organisation and research works related to it, as well as supporting and implementing master’s and doctoral study programmes in the field of physiotherapy. Deceased 17 January 2017.
 
Sandra Olney (Canada)
Honorary degree awarded to the scientist for significant contribution to the creation and introduction of an organised rehabilitation model in social environment in Latvia, development of rehabilitation organisation and research works related to it, as well as supporting and implementing master’s and doctoral study programmes in the field of physiotherapy.
 
Hans-Dietrich Roeher (Germany)
Professor, former Director of Düsseldorf’s Heinrich-Heine-University Hospital Surgery Clinic and Out-Patient Clinic
Honorary degree awarded on 12 March 2004

H. D. Roeher has provided a significant contribution to the development of Latvian science — three Latvian surgeons have had in-service training at his clinic, RSU Professor J. Gardovskis has elaborated a habilitation paper. Together with this clinic RSU Department of Surgery has participated in two Copernicus scientific projects of the European Commission: “Use of information technologies in ensuring medical treatment quality for patients with severe abdominal pain” and “Phenotype–genotype correlations in the case of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer”. Collaboration with the Professor in the field of hereditary colorectal cancer continues.

Klaus-Peter Thon (Germany)
Professor, Medical Director of Robert Bosch Hospital (teaching hospital of the University of Tübingen), Head of General and Visceral Surgery and Traumatology-Orthopaedics Clinic
Honorary degree awarded on 12 March 2004

K. P. Thon has participated in the introduction of new surgical technologies, has organised laparoscopic equipment donation to Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital through the Robert Bosch Foundation, has performed the first example operations at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital. The Professor has facilitated the education of physicians-surgeons and medical nurses — five physicians and four medical nurses have received in-service training at the clinic headed by the Professor. Professor K. P. Thon has also participated in the Second Latvian Surgeon Congress as a guest lecturer.

Han C. G. Kemper (Netherlands)
Professor, Medicine Centre of the Free University of Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Honorary degree awarded on 12 March 2004

H. Kemper is a world-known scientist, physiologist, editor of international magazines, as well as organiser of international conferences. He is a foreign expert at RSU Promotion Council and is a regular guest at RSU Department of Normal Physiology and the Latvian Physiological Society and has supported the scientific activities in Latvia. His scientific work in the course of many years has been related to growing up and longtidual studies of health reflected in over 300 scientific publications and three monographs. The Professor is the author of five books regarding children’s health and muscular physiology, as well as the author of separate chapters in books on physical activity and health, children and teenagers’ sport.

Doctor Honoris Causa 2003

Adrian Sugar (UK)
Professor
Honorary degree awarded on 21 January 2003 for his contribution to the improvement and development of oral and maxillofacial surgery speciality in Latvia. Professor A. Sugar is a world-known specialist selflessly sharing his clinical experience.
 
Felix Unger (Austria)
Professor
Honorary degree awarded on 21 January 2003

A cardiac surgeon, the founder and long-term president of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Vienna, a foreign member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences — F. Unger is one of the first foreign heads of academies of sciences who has been supporting Latvian science since 1991. From his own personal means he has created the Felix Award, which in 2001 was awarded to former President of Latvia, academician Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. In 1977 F. Unger designed an artificial ellipsoid heart; he was the first in Europe who transplanted an artificial heart in 1986, as well as elaborated methodology for warming up avalanche victims.

Philippe André Scherpereel (France)
Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital of Lille

One of the most awarded anaesthesiologists in the world, Chair of the Confederation of European National Societies of Anaesthesiologists (formerly European Regional Section of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists) — P. A. Scherpereel provides training of medical residents and anaesthesiologists also from Latvia at the University Hospital of Lille, as well as has been organising courses for Latvian anaesthesiologists for several years. He has contributed significantly to the development of the field of anaesthesiology and emergency medical assistance in Latvia, including the enhancement of the restoration of equipment at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital; he has presented books to RSU library and prepared a training environment for medical residents when RSU obtained the right to train medical residents from the entire Europe.

Doctor Honoris Causa 2002

Arild Stenvik (Norway)
Professor, Head of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Oslo, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry
Honorary degree awarded on 19 February 2002

A. Stenvik has repeatedly organised visits of the Professors of the University of Oslo to Rīga to promote the development of combined orthodontic treatment of severe hereditary anomalies and orthodontic surgery medical care, training of medical residents, as well as has organised the training of specialists for the development of polysomnography at the Institute of Dentistry. He is actively involved in the work of the Baltic Orthodontic Association.

Malcolm Jones (UK)
Dean of the School of Dentistry at the College of Medicine of the University of Wales
Honorary degree awarded on 19 February 2002

Active collaboration of Professor M. Jones with RSU specialists in the field of maxillofacial surgery and orthodontics started in 1992. Pre-diploma and further education study programmes and European Orthodontics Specialist Examination Centre in Riga have been set up on the basis of the standards set forth at the University of Wales, University of Helsinki, and the Karlsruhe University.

Martin Ptok (Germany)
Professor
Honorary degree awarded on 23 April 2002.

Leading German specialist in the field of phoniatrics and pedagogical audiology visited Latvia for the first time in 1999 when he evaluated the work of the Latvian Children Hearing Centre, conducted a lecture on pedagogical audiology to Latvian audiologists, speech therapists, and psychologists. In 2001 he presented a book donation to the library of the Latvian Children Hearing Centre, as well as helped to publish the only at that time book in the field of pedagogical audiology in Latvian.

Saulius Spokavičius (Lithuania)
Professor, physician, surgeon, Head of Emergency Medical Aid Hospital of Hand Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery Department at Vilnius University.
Honorary degree awarded on 23 April 2002.

S. Spokavičius has acquired the highest category of Lithuanian plastic and reconstructive surgeon, for several years has been participating in the elaboration and implementation of further education training project on skin pathology laser treatment possibilities at RSU Dermatovenerology Clinic.

Doctor Honoris Causa 2000

Eberhard Sonnabend (Germany)
Director of Maxillofacial and Dentistry Clinic at the University of Munich
Honorary degree awarded on 24 January 2000

Dr. med. dent. E. Sonnabend has defended a doctoral dissertation in the field of teeth, mouth and jaw treatment, teeth maintenance and paradontology. E. Sonnabend is an Honorary Member of Austrian, Hungarian and German Maxillofacial and Dentistry Associations, as well as an Honorary Doctor of the University of Wrocław. E. Sonnabend is the author of over 180 scientific publications.

Ivars Knēts (Latvia)
Rector of Rīga Technical University
Honorary degree awarded on 24 January 2000

Dr. habil. sc. ing., Professor in the field of mechanics of materials (biomechanics), academician of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Full Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. A member of the European Society of Biomechanics and European Association for Experimental Mechanics. I. Knēts is the author of over 140 scientific works, including the author of three books.

Doctor Honoris Causa 1999

Velta Volksone (Latvia)
Director of the Latvian State Centre for Forensic Medical Examination

Doctor Honoris Causa 1998

Genādijs Pahomovs (Latvia)
Physician-dentist, Doctor of Medical Science
Honorary degree awarded on 1 September 1998
 
Sigurds Oto Krolls (USA, Mississippi)
American physician of Latvian origin. S. Kroll was born in Rīga in 1931
Honorary degree awarded on 1 September 1998

Doctor Honoris Causa 1997

Kristaps Juris Keggi (USA)
Professor
Honorary degree awarded on 7 October 1997

A physician, surgeon, whose scientific activity is mainly related to endoprosthetics of large joints. Over 50 scientific works have been published. Since 1987 every year K. Keggi comes to Latvia to perform example operations, conduct seminars, read lectures, and provide consultations. He is the President of The Keggi Orthopaedic Foundation. The respective Foundation provides major material aid to raising the qualification of Latvian physicians and nurses in the USA. K. Keggi was born in 1934 in Rīga.

Gerhard S. Barolin (Austria)
Professor
Honorary degree awarded on 25 November 1997

Professor of Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neurorehabilitation and Prophylaxis has been cooperating with RSU since 1995. The Professor has been a teacher, lecturer and consultant in neurorehabilitation in Latvia. In 1999 RSU publishing house published the book of G. S. Barolin in English “Psychotherapy in Rehabilitation”.

Doctor Honoris Causa 1996

Miervaldis Bērziņš-Birze (Latvia)
Physician, writer and publicist
Honorary degree awarded on 13 February 1996
M. Birze passed away on 6 April 2000

Doctor Honoris Causa 1994

Pāvils Vasariņš (Canada)
Professor, born in Rīga in 1928.
 
Jānis Strazdiņš (Latvia)
Director of the State Narcology Treatment and Health Centre, President of the Latvian Association of Narcologists.
 
Arnis Vīksna (Latvia)
Physician, historian of medicine, candidate of medical sciences. Author of research works and publications of the Latvian history of medicine, including 16 books, approximately 30 brochures, 200 scientific publications in journals and collections, the author of approximately 2000 articles in popular editions and encyclopaedias.
 
Pauli Leinikki (Finland)
A scientist from Finland, Head of HIV-Laboratory, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki. P. Leinikki is a world-known scientist in whose laboratories RSU staff has received training. In Latvia several times he has organised seminars and international conferences on AIDS problems. Scientist P. Leinikki is the author of over 140 scientific articles and part of them are universally recognised inventions in virology.
 
Valdis Jākobsons (Latvia)
The Chairman of the Board at JSC Grindeks. V. Jākobsons is also the Chairman of the Board of the Latvian and Japanese Taiho Foundation, he has been awarded the Order of the Three Stars.

Doctor Honoris Causa 1993

N. D. Rydell (Sweden)
Scientist
Honorary degree awarded for major contribution in the enhancement of collaboration of Sweden and Latvia in the field of medicine.
 
Göran Annerut (Sweden)
Professor
In 1990 he participated in signing the co-operation agreement between Umeå University and RSU. Latest donation by Professor G. Annerut — compilation of study diapositives as well as books. G. Annerut passed away on 22 July 1995.

Doctor Honoris Causa 1990

Armin Andree (Germany)
Professor, Supreme councillor in the field of medicine, Doctor of Medical Science, Director of the Dental School at the University of Rostock, Head of Maxillofacial Surgery and Surgical Dentistry Clinic
Honorary degree awarded for outstanding work in the field of face and jaw surgery and dentistry, and for over 10-year-long collaboration with RSU Dental Clinic.