Professor Jānis Gardovskis
Rector of Rīga Stradiņš University
from 2008 until present
Professor Jānis Gardovskis is a well-known surgeon, a scientific and academic activist, who has introduced many innovative surgery methods in Latvia, and manages various scientific projects in Latvia and abroad. He is also the scientific editor of the “Latvian Journal of Surgery”.
Professor Jānis Vētra
Rector of Medical Academy of Latvia / Rīga Stradiņš University
from 1992 to 2007
Jānis Vētra (b. 1959) is a medical doctor who was granted the degree of a habilitated doctor in 1993 and the title of a professor in 1998. He graduated from Rīga Medical Institute in 1983, and worked as a scientific assistant at the Scientific Research Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics afterwards becoming the Rector of Medical Academy of Latvia (1992-2007). Previously, he had also taken the position of the Director of the Institute of Anatomy and Anthropology of the Medical Academy of Latvia (1997-2001) and served as MP in the 7th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia. He is also the chairman of the Association of Anatomists, Histologists and Embryologists of Latvia and head of the Rector's Council of Latvia (2009).
Professor Vladislavs Korzāns
Rector of Rīga Medical Institute / Medical Academy of Latvia
from 1963 to 1992
Vladislavs Korzāns (1931-2002) was a biochemist, a doctor of medicine (1969) and a professor (1970). He graduated from Rīga Medical Institute in 1954 and was the head of the Department of Biochemistry from 1954 until 1973. He was the Vice-rector for Education from 1961 until 1963 when he became the rector of Rīga Medical Institute, serving until 1992. Additionally he was also the head of the Department of Medical Biochemistry from 1973 until 2002. The majority of his research was devoted to parenteral nutrition and myocardial infarction in functional biochemistry.
Professor Vasīlijs Kalbergs
Director / Rector of Rīga Medical Institute
from 1958 to 1963
Vasīlijs Kalbergs (1893-1983) was an anatomist and a doctor of medicine (1939) who graduated from the University of St. Petersburg in 1918 and 1st Medical Institute of Leningrad (presently St. Petersburg) in 1925. Additionally he continued his education and work at the 2nd Medical Institute of Leningrad (1925-1941), Naval Medical Academy (1941-1943), Medical Institute in Stalingrad and eventually began working as the head of the Department of Human Anatomy of Rīga Medical Institute (1950-1973, and as a consultant 1973-1982). He was also the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1950-1958) and served as rector of Rīga Medical Institute from 1958 until 1963. In addition to that, he also was the chairman of the Scientific Association of Anatomists, Histologists and Embryologist. The majority of his research was devoted to the study of morphology of the vegetative nervous system.
Professor Ernests Burtnieks
Director of Rīga Medical Institute
from 1950 to 1958
Ernests Burtnieks (1898-1958) was a GP, a physiotherapist, a doctor of medicine (1949) and a professor (1949) as well as an acknowledged scientist and medic in the Soviet Union. He graduated from the 1st Medical Institute of Leningrad (presently St. Petersburg) in 1926 and worked as the scientific associate and vice-director at the Tuberculosis Hospital in Leningrad. After returning to Latvia, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Latvia and head of the Department of Diagnostics and Propedeutics of Internal Diseases and head of the Clinic (1947-1950). He was also among the founding members of Rīga Medical Institute and its director from 1950 until his death in 1958. Additionally he also worked as the Head Doctor of the Clinical Hospital of the Republic, and since 1952, as the chairman of the Scientific Association of Latvian GPs. His research mostly concentrated on the study and treatment of lung TBC.