Prof. MUDr. Pavel Pafko, DrSc. (*3rd July 1940 Bratislava) is a Czech abdominal and thoracic surgeon, in 1992-2010 the head of the 3rd Surgical Clinic of the 1st Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague and University Hospital in Motol.
He became widely known in December 1996 when he surgically removed a lung tumour from the President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel. In December 1997, he and his team performed the first ever successful lung transplantation in the Czech Republic.
In 2013, the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman awarded him the Medal of Merit. In 2016, he was knighted as a Knight of the Czech Medical Chamber and in 2020 he received the Arnošt Lustig Award, which is awarded annually to personalities who have made a significant contribution to the development of society-wide values.
Healthy Performance. Health. Performance. Efficiency. Balance. Do these terms belong together? How do we achieve one without depriving ourselves of the other? We will talk about these topics with professor Pavel Pafko.
Professor Pavel Pafko is an exemplary combination of two elements – health and efficiency. What are the most significant changes in the approach to our health or full performance from his practice? How is the concept of work-life balance changing and why we no longer have to be successful only at the cost of our own health? And what recipe does Pavel Pafko himself have for his vitality?
During the discussion we will talk about health and performance as areas that do not have to exist only at the expense of each other, as it seemed in the past, but instead as areas that not only coexist, but can directly support and build on each other. We will touch on this topic from a medical, psychological and philosophical perspective.
The discussion will be moderated by Martin Vasquez.