The Clinical Centre of the University of Debrecen has the largest capacity for patient care in the Eastern region of Hungary. The obligation of the Clinical Center of the University of Debrecen is to provide in-area care for in- and outpatients on the highest level of the Hungarian healthcare hierarchy (highest level of progressivity, providing care for more complicated and rare diseases) extends to the regions of Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties, as well as certain regions of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén population. The Center provides patient care on 1,700 beds, in 130 outpatient clinics and 49 diagnostics units. The multi-faceted nature of patient care is well illustrated by the fact that in terms of inpatient care specialized care is provided in nearly 60, while in terms of outpatient care and diagnostic services, in close to 80 professions. While keeping pace with the explosive development of technology, our Center serves patients on one of the most beautiful campuses of Europe. Patient care is executed in a modern environment with the use of dynamically developing facilities and up-to-date guidelines. The HCP operates a gastroenterology-hepatology unit with in- and outpatient specialty departments with direct accessibility for the intensive care unit. The entire multidisciplinary team is available at our HCP that is required for the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of the patients with rare liver diseases.
The University of Debrecen, as an elite research university, offers the widest range of programs in the country for students, who can study at an institution with outstanding academic values. As a University of National Excellence, the institution has training and research capacities and scholarly achievements in several disciplines, which contributes to its central role in the implementation of national strategy objectives.
MD, FEBG, DSc, internist, gastroenterologist, consultant hepatologist
Clinical Centre of the University of Debrecen
ERN Team and Contact
Istvan Tornai, MD, PhD, MedHabil, internist, gastroenterologist, consultant hepatologist, Substitute Representative
Nora Sipeki, MD, PhD, internist, gastroenterologist fellow Hungarian R-Liver Registry coordinator
Boglarka Balogh, MD, PhD student Hungarian CPMS coordinator
György Pfliegler, MD, PhD, MedHabil, Hungarian Representative, Member of the ERN Board of Member States,
Zsuzsanna Zadori study administrator
Particular rare liver disease expertise of the centre
Clinical Centre of the University of Debrecen provides both adult and pediatric in- and outpatient hepatology care for East counties of Hungary with a total population of around 1.2 million. Our Clinical Centre is also a tertiary care center providing advisory service to the general practitioners in the agglomeration and to the regional hospitals as well. Several patients and healthcare practitioners seek help at our Clinical Centre once they could not come to a diagnostic conclusion elsewhere. In Hungary, the estimated incidence of structural, metabolic, autoimmune and pregnancy-related liver disease or acute liver failure as well corresponds with international data. Accordingly, we provide complete health care for nearly 400 adult and pediatric patients suffering various kinds of rare liver diseases that bring quite a large experience to our practice. We have significant clinical activity yearly in all five main thematic groups of ERN Rare Liver. However, out of the main thematic groups, autoimmune liver diseases is one of the HCP’s main focus. The HCP has the capacity to attend patients throughout the full trajectory of the diseases: including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliation in the setting of acute and chronic care.
Contact Information for physicians/patients
Maria Papp, MD, FEBG, DSc,