Brief history of the department

The University of Debrecen was established in 1912 which was followed by the foundation of the Department of Pathology int he year 1921.

Its first director was Ferenc Orsós who was also responsible for the Institute of Forensic Pathology at the same university. During his 14 year period Orsós became the Dean of the Faculty and later the President of the University. He was elected for a membership of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

As the next director, Ödön Borsos Nachtnébel was active for more than 8 years. In addition to the existing routine and educational work he initiated research projects on the fields of neuro- and renal pathology as well as general oncology.

Béla Kellner took over the direction from 1947 with a major focus on experimental research regarding tumor progression and biological effects of anti- tumor drugs. He also became a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

During his long period (1954-1978) Pongrác Endes had a fundamental influence on the further development of the department. In addition to the significant improvements in the routine diagnostic activities, a renowned research group for the study of renal disease and hypertension was established. He described new observations on the juxtaglomerular apparatus by the use of modern histochemical and morphometric methods. However, he reached his nationwide reputation as a clinical pathologist. His main work, written in Hungarian, was a pathology textbook in two bands which was released five times over 13 years and still count to the classicals of the pathology literature in Hungary

Between 1978 and 1998 Szabolcs Gomba took over the direction and performed high-level teaching and diagnostic work. The method of immunohistochemistry was introduced which opened a completely new area both for routine and research. Prof. Gomba was vice-dean responsible for educational affairs for over 6 years and is still one of the most popular teachers at the university.

From 1998 Zoltán Nemes focussed on the histopathology of the lymph nodes that was extended with state-of-the-art immunohistochemistry studies. During this period aspiration cytodiagnostics was introduced and a laboratory for molecular diagnostic studies was established. His practical histology atlas offers an easy-to-use summary on basic histopathological phenomena. 

Gábor Méhes took over the direction of the department in July 2007.

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