The Medical Team of the Cell Therapy Institute comprises specialists with clinical experience gained among others in theChair of Neurology and Neurosurgery of the Faculty of Medical Sciences in the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.
Monika Barczewska, Ph.D. - Medical Team Director, physician responsible for treatments and supervision
Doctor of medical sciences, neurosurgeon, deputy Head of the Chair of Neurosurgeryin the University Teaching Hospital in Olsztyn, Assistant professor at the Medical Department of Collegium Medicum at the Chair of Neurosurgery in the Warmia and Masuria University.
Dr Barczewska graduated from the II Medical Department of the Medical University in Warsaw and received a medical degree in 1988, and has a second degree specialisation in neurosurgery. She was granted the Degree of Doctor of Medicine in 2003 by making a lecture entitled Results of treating brain cancer using brachytherapy in clinical appraisement and in imaging of the proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H MRS) in the Military Institute of Medicine. She completed many post-graduate education courses, and is a holder of numerous certificates, among others AOSpine Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Symposium and “Expanding Horizons in Problem-Based Learning in Medicine, Health and Behavioural Sciences”.
She commenced her professional career in the Department of Neurosurgery in the Independent Public Central Clinical Hospital at ul.Banacha in Warsaw, where she worked for12 years (1988-2000). In the years 1996 - 2000 Ms Baczewska worked in the Department of Neurosurgery of the Medical Academy in Warsaw as physician, but also as lecturer in neurosurgery and neurotraumatology. Then as senior assistance and deputy chief of the Department of Neurosurgery, she worked for the University Teaching Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw. Concurrently she commenced work with the Independent W. Orłowski CMKP Hospital in Warsaw as Consultant in neurosurgery. In 2008 Ms Barczewska took up work as neurosurgeon in the University Teaching Hospital in Olsztyn, where she is still working today. She is also working as assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the Medical Department of Collegium Medicumof the Warmia and Masuria University.
- author and co-author of numerous publications
- participant of many scientific conferences
- deployment of epidural stimulation of the spinal cord in the cervical spine to wake patients being in the Minimal Unconsciousness State
- deployment of contemporary teaching methods for students in the faculty of medicine
- deployment of modern procedures and development of the operation of the Neurosurgery Department of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw, recognised among others in ranking of the “Wprost” weekly (in 2004 and in 2005) as the best centre in Poland in treatment of brain cancer, leading position in treatment of degenerative disc disease and epilepsy
- deployment of the epidural stimulation of the spinal cord method in treatment of acute forms of angina pectoris in Poland
- deployment in Poland of the percutaneous laser disc decompression (PLDD) as minimally invasive treatment of lumbar hernia
- deployment of modern surgery methods of cervical discopathy using movable and
non-movable disc prostheses.
Tomasz Siwek, Ph.D. – physician qualifying Patients to Therapy
Doctor of medical sciences, neurologist, Assistant in the Warmia and Masuria University in the Medical Department of Collegium Medicum in the Chair of Neurology, Head of the EEG and EMG Laboratories in the University Teaching Hospital in Olsztyn. Mr Siwek graduated the Medical Academy in Lublin and received the doctor’s diploma in 1994, and has gained second degree specialisation in neurology. In the years 1996-2001 he worked for the Provincial Specialist Hospital in Biała Podlaska as Assistant in the Ward of Neurology. Afterwards in the years 2002-2009 Doctor Siwek worked as deputy chief of the Neurology departmentof the County Hospital in Biskupiec. In 2009 hestarted employment in the University Teaching Hospital in Olsztyn,where he has been working as Coordinator of the Clinical Neurology Ward since 2011. Currently Mr Siwek is head of theEEG and EMG Laboratories.
Dr Siwek is a holder of EEG certification of the Polish Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and has considerable experience in phase I/II and III clinical trials.
Mariusz Sowa, MD – physician responsible for treatments and supervision
Doctor of medical sciences, neurosurgeon, Assistant in the Medical Department of Collegium Medicumin the Chair of Neurosurgery of the Warmia and Masuria University.
Team of Researchers
Stanisław Maksymowicz, PhD – Head of Researchers’ Team, responsible for examination of patients with the use of the scale of ALSFRS and life quality
Researcher of rare diseases, living quality, problems of communication and health protection system. Clinical sociologist. Assistant professor in the Medical Department of Collegium MedicumUWM in Olsztyn, member of the Polish Sociological Association, lecturer on sociology of health and medicine and of communication for students of medical faculties. His research work takes up issues of clinical sociology, including the quality of life and functioning of patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, health behaviour, medical humanisation and communication. Author of publications pertaining among others to the aetiology of SLA, social context of using embryo stem cells, pharmaceutical care. Expert of the Jagiellonian Club and New Confederation for Health Issues.
Agnieszka Rakowska, MA – neurologopedist responsible for the study of dysarthria and dysphagia, in which patients are subject to Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment.
Specialist in clinical neurologopedics – she obtained the title of a specialist in 2014. A graduate of the University of Gdańsk and the Neurologopedics, SWPS in Warsaw. Coordinator of the Laboratory of Cognitive Functions at the University Clinical Hospital in Olsztyn. She obtained an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) certificate. She works in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University Clinical Hospital in Olsztyn and also at the “Budzik” (Alarm Clock) Clinic for Adults. She is also a PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine at UWM Collegium Medicum in Olsztyn – her PhD thesis: "Clinical assessment of articulation disorders in patients with diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ". She is a member of the Polish Neurologopedic Society, an author of "A Logopedic Guide for Patients with ALS" and many scientific publications in the field of neurology. Her research interests include, inter alia, verbal communication disorders and swallowing disorders in the course of motor neuron diseases.
Kamila Jezierska, MA - psychologist
Graduate of psychology of the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, specialisation of clinical psychology and postgraduate studies of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Ms. Lewicka has completed diverse training courses relatedto neuropsychological diagnosis and therapy of adults. She participated in numerous research conferences. Ms. Lewicka gained her professional experience in work and during internship as psychologist among others in the Voivodship Psychiatric Treatment Complex in Olsztyn, Detention Centre, in the University Teaching Hospital in Olsztyn and as head of socio-therapeutic centre for difficult youth of the Radosne Dzieci Foundation. Ms. Lewicka regularly delivers training courses and workshops, and at times delivers lectures in selected high schools.
Radosław Koczkodan, MA - physiotherapist
He is a graduate of the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw at the Faculty of Rehabilitation. He is a physiotherapist at theDay Social Welfare Homein Olsztyn, where he works with people suffering from multiple sclerosis and also in Warmia Medica Rehabilitation and Training Centre. He is an employee of the Olsztyn High School, where he runs practical classes on Functional Diagnostics and Rehabilitation Programming.
He is continuously improving his qualifications through participation in certified courses, including: Methods of therapeutic management of neurological lesions, which are based on the Bobath Concept, Kinesiology Taping, McKenzie Therapy Models A, B, C, D, Rehabilitation Taping, Fascial Distrortion Model, Advanced therapy of trigger points, Deep Tissue Massage.
He is a co-author of numerous expert publications.