Prof. Tomasz Karski MD PhD – I was born on 2nd January 1939. In the years 1956 – 1961 I studied at Medical University in Lublin. I received medical doctor certificate in 1961. From 1961 to 1963 - practicum in Medical Departments. During the studies I was active for 3 years in Students Scientific Orthopaedic Association and later after graduation I was the assistant - teacher for young students generation.
In 1967 and next in 1971 I passed specializations degrees - first and second degree - in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology of movement apparatus. In 1972 I received the title “doctor degree” and in 1982 after habilitation (colloquium before Medical University Council) I passed consecutive degrees to receive PhD degree and later assistant professor title. In 1993 I was awarded by full professor degree and title by President of Poland.
Since 1st October 1995 (till - I be retired in 2009) I was the Head of Chair and Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation of Medical University in Lublin/Poland, in the biggest Paediatric Hospital in Eastern Poland Region (in Polish: Uniwersytecki Szpital Dzieci?cy in Lublin).
I was a member of Polish Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association (PTOiTr) since 1963. For 12 consecutive years I was Secretary of Lublin Section of the Polish Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association, for 4 years I was Vice-President of the Section of POTA and for 4 years I was a President of the Lublin Section of this Association. I worked in Editorial Board of Polish Hand Surgery, of Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics part-B, of Biblioteka Ortopedii Dzieci?cej (Pediatric Orthopaedics Library) and of Journal Locomotor System - „Pohybové ústrojí“ (Czech Republic). I was a member of EPOS since 1985 and of Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT) since 2002.
I was 36 times awarded by the Rector of Medial University of Lublin for my scientific and educational achievements. I received three times awards from the Ministry of Health of Poland (1975, 1986, 1993). I was awarded with medals: "Przyjaciel Dziecka" (1978r.), "Medal Pami?tkowy Sze??dziesi?ciolecia TPD” and „Mi?dzynarodowego Roku Dziecka" (1979r.), Z?ot? Odznak? TWK (1984r.), Z?oty Krzy? Zas?ugi (1987r.), Medal im. dr Henryka Jordana (2000r.) and Krzy? Kawalerski Polonia Restituta (2000r.) and Medal Komisji Edukacji Narodowej (2003r.). Since 1996 I am a Honorary Member of Hungarian Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association, since 2003 of Slovak Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association and since 2009 of Czech Republic Purkynie Society.
I described the aetiology of the so-called idiopathic scoliosis (1995-2007) and I described a new rehabilitation treatment of this spine deformity. In the year 2001 I described in new classification of two groups of scoliosis – “S” deformity in I epg and “C” II/A & “S” II/B epg group. In 2004 I described “I” scoliosis (only stiff spine) in III epg group. In new (Karski’s 2001-2004) classification there are 3 groups and 4 types of scoliosis:
– “S” I epg (etio-patho-genetical) scoliosis, influencing factor walking and permanent standing ‘at ease’ on the right leg. Two curves. Rip gibbous on the right side. 3D. Stiff spine. Progression.
– “C” II/A epg and “S” II/B epg scoliosis, influencing factor permanent standing ‘at ease’ on the right leg. General flexibility in “S” II/B epg. 2D. Spine is not stiff but flexible. No progression or slight.
– “I” III epg scoliosis. 2D. Stiff spine, minimal or not curves. No progression. This type of scoliosis was not admitted to the group of scoliosis till 2004 (T. Karski).
I have published many articles in numerous polish and foreign journals and also in four books about scoliosis (2000, 2002, 2003, 2011). My observations about scoliosis has been published by International Research Society for Spinal Deformities (IRSSD), after Congresses in Athens - 2002, in Gent (Belgium) - 2006 in Liverpool – 2008 and in Pozna? (Poland) in 2012 and during SICOT Congresses in Egypt (2002), in Cuba (2004), in Istanbul (2005), in Morocco (2007). I had to publish my articles in Pan Arab Journal of Orthopaedics and Trauma (two articles), next in China. In the years 2009 – 2017 I published many articles (36) in USA, Canada, Spain, Czech Republic, two in Poland.
My scientific interest is paediatric orthopaedic surgery and specially: dysplasia of the hips - DDH, congenital feet deformities, torticollis (wry neck) , cerebral palsy (CP), genua valga, crura vara – Blount disease, since 1984 (after the scholarship stay in Invalid Foundation Hospital in Helsinki – Finland) – spine deformities (scoliosis) and more others.
I am author of 7 original orthopedic devices. I am author or co-author of 450 + 36 publications in medical literature Polish and in abroad (in English, in German and in Spanish) and I am the author of 5 books. I am retired from 2009. In the time 2009 - 2016 I have publish 36 article in USA, Spain, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, China, Egypt.