Zbigniew Nawrat



Family name: Nawrat; First name: Zbigniew

Date of birth: 28 Apr 1960; Nationality: Polish;


1984 Master of Physics, specialty – Theoretical Physics in University of Silesia, Katowice.

1996 PhD (in medicine – in the field of artificial heart), Medical University of Silesia, Katowice.

2013 Habilitation (in medicine – in the field of surgical robotics), Medical University of Silesia.


1. Medical University of Silesia, Katowice (MUS), Department of Cardiac Surgery, Transplantation and Endovascular Surgery, School of Medicine with the Division of Dentistry in Zabrze; Assistant professor.

2. Professor Zbigniew Religa Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development (FRK), Zabrze; Director of the Institute of the Heart Prostheses (IHP), Professor IHP.


1984-1989 Medical University of Silesia, Department of Biophysics in Zabrze; Assistant.

1988-1999 Artificial Heart Lab, Department of Cardiac Surgery, MUS; Assistant.

1991-1995 Artificial Heart Lab, FRK, specialist.

1999-2007 Department of Mechanical Support of Circulatory Systems, MUS, Assistant.

1995-2012 founder and head of the Biofluid Laboratory (1997 Biocybernetics Lab), HPI, FRK.

1998-2007 Deputy Director of IHP, FRK.

2007- current  Director of IHP, FRK.

1998-2001 Chairman of the Board (CEO) FRK MultiService Sp. z  o.o.

2014-2015 Connectmedical Sp Z O O – science officer of the project SnowCookie in the final of the competition on INTEL “Make it wearable” 2014.


Nawrat passed training „Preparing to work as a project manager,” 16.01-07.05.2008, made by Department of Organization and Management, Silesian University of Technology.

As a finalist „Make It Wearable” Intel’s 10-week course (2.08-14.10. 2014) MBA type by Lean Launch Lab University of California at Berkeley (Product Development, Business Model, Engineering).

The most important awards and prizes are:

1993 Award of the Minister of Health for the clinical implementation of the Polish ventricular heart assist devices.

1997 Award of the International Organization of Artificial Organs for the best work in the world for the region and Eastern Europe, Providence, RI, USA: Congress ISAO, Providence ’97.

2007 Honorary Golden Engineer awarded by Technical Overview Magazine.

2007 Medal for achievements in the field of technological innovation – International Exhibition of Economic and Scientific Innovations, INTARG.

2008 Winner of the award named St. Kamil (award community of Zabrze town).

2008 For the product: Robin Heart Vision – Innovation.

2008; For the Institute: 2008 brilliant leader of Polish Health Care System.

2011 Prof. Zbigniew Religa award for implementation in clinical practice in Poland mechanical artificial ventricles pneumatic type POLVAD-Religa saving the lives of patients with severe heart failure.

2011 – he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polish Rebirth by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.

2014 Finalist of “Make it wearable” by INTEL (project SnowCookie – first distributed device type wearable devices for skiers – the use of microcomputer EDISON) team Marcin Kawalski (med. doctor), Piotr Lukasik (design) and Zbigniew Nawrat (researcher).


1. 2004-2008 Doctorate in Engineering – Vera Zasulich Pérez Ariza, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia. Theme about surgical robot (force feedback) based on Robin Heart. Supervisors: Luis Benigno Gutiérrez; International: Zbigniew Nawrat.

2. 2015 – …; Carolina Giel-Kroczek, Doctorate in Public Health Service, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. Theme about medical & health service robots & market. Supervisor: Zbigniew Nawrat.

3. 2016 – … Lukasz Lipka, Doctorate in electronic engineering, Technical University of Silesia, Gliwice. Theme about robotic sensors + about 20 Master’s work of Universities or Polytechnic students.


Academic teacher (assistant) of biophysics in Silesian Medical Academy (1984-1989) and next (2000-now) assistant professor teaching first in Poland subject named „artificial organs” for medical students (300-500 students per year) and „innovation in medicine” for PhD students (2015-now) in Medical University of Silesia, Zabrze, Poland + each year from 2000 several courses about „medical apparatus, artificial organs and robotics” for students of medical physics from the University of Silesia, Katowice. Poland from Medical University of Silesia, Zabrze, Poland + 7-15 Feb 2009 Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin – Artificial organs and medical robots: Course for PhD students.


President, initiator – dozens of conferences: 2000-2016 = 14 conference BioMedTech Silesia, 100-500 participants each, POLAND;

2000-2016 =14 conferences Medical Robots (one of the first and the world’s oldest specialized conferences in the medical robotics field), about 200 participants each, POLAND;

2000-2016 Surgical Workshops, 15 times the average of 200 people each;

2014-2016 ISMR Academy of International Society for Medical Robots (school for robot creators) – about 25 per year, Zabrze, POLAND;

e-ICT Quality – 2 conferences, about 100 participants each; International Surgical Workshop for Stiff Flop project – participants 40.


1) ESAO, XLIII Annual Congress of the European Society for Artificial Organs Sept 14-17.09. 2016 Warsaw Poland.

2) International Forum on Innovative Technologies for Medicine 29-31 May 2007 Bialystok.

3) ITMED 7 Dec 2013 Bialystok; ITMED 4-6 Dec 2014; ITMED 3-5 Dec 2015 Supraśl,POLAND.

4) 1-3 March 2012 The First International Congress of the Polish Society for Surgery robots, session “Creators of Robot” ,Wroclaw POLAND.

MEMBERSHIP on the Boards of Scientific Journals

1) Member of the Editorial Panel for Expert Review of Medical Devices; Future Science Group Unitec.

2) Member of Editorial Board CardiacSurgery&Thoracic Surgery of Poland. TERMEDIA ; Editor (and founder) Medical Robotics Reports – www.medicalroboticsreports.com; Other Member of the Competition Chapter Leaders of Health (National Health System) since 2008.

Memberships of Scientific Societies

1) ESAO European Society for Artificial Organs / member for twenty years.

2) Polish Academy of Sciences both; Section Biomechanics Engineering Sciences Committee / Associate Member 3 cadence and Committee materials science, a team of Biomaterials – a member of the 2 cadence.

4) ISMR International Society for Medical Robotics-founder, president 2 cadence.


Grants – a total of 16, as a initiator, leader, manager or a main contractor, operating range: membrane technology, prosthetic hearts, prosthetic heart valves, use of computer simulation methods for operations planning, construction and testing of surgical robots (including 4 European projects).


Z.Nawrat is co-author of nine patents associated with robots and medical instruments PL 208 988, PL 208 430, PL 208 432, PL 208, PL 208 693, PL 217 349, PL. 220015, PL. 220329, PL. 409735 and 5 utility models W-123845, W-123846, W – 123846, W – 124541 and e-00090358-D (RCD). Another 6 patent applications waiting for decisions.

SCIENCE achievements: bibliometry of alma mater www.sum.edu.pl recorded a total of 300 different materials published. Zbigniew Nawrat published 7 books (editor or co-editor) including the first Polish monograph Medical Robots – available www.frk.pl.

Zbigniew Nawrat was and has been a member of several boards of scientific conferences, scientific institutions or associations. He was repeatedly an expert in the development of bioengineering and robotics in Poland (four projects Foresight). He participated in the work of the Regional Innovation Strategy of Silesia and prepared many studies the topic of innovation development, among others, within the framework of the Observatory (a network of Regional Observers Specialist). He also organized a network of excellence BioMedTech Silesia. He supports innovative attitudes of young people by organizing conferences, meetings and scientific circles. He was involved as an expert and member in 3 major projects, scholarships for PhD students (Regional Fund for the Doctoral Fellowships) using European funds. This is largely thanks to his activity that Poland is a country with great possibilities and aspirations in the field of medical robotics.

He is a founder and currently a president of the International Society for Medical Robotics and editor of the journal Medical Robotics Reports.