03rd October, 2019
Professor Dr.med.habil. Vytautas USONIS
Vilnius University Clinic of Children Diseases,
LT-08406 Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone, +370 5 2492414, Fax +370 (5) 2720368, mobile +370 (618) 70749
Professor of the Vilnius University Clinic of Children Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University
Consultant in paediatric infectious diseases, Vilnius university children hospital, affiliate of Vilnius university hospital Santaros klinikos
Previous Professional Experience
1974 Graduated (cum laude) from Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine (physician-paediatrician)
1974-1978 Assistant lecturer, Dept. of Infectious diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University
1978-1981 Postgraduate student, 2nd Moscow Institute of Medicine, Dept. of Children’s Infectious Diseases (Mentor – N.I.Nisevich)
1981 PhD thesis defended at the 2nd Moscow Institute of Medicine
1981-1988 Assistant lecturer, Dept. of Infectious diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University
1988-1989 Associate professor, Dept. of Infectious diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University
1990 Dr. Habil. of Medicine thesis, defended at the Institute of Medicine, Riga, Latvia
1990-1994 Professor, Head of the Vilnius University Clinic of Children’s Infectious Diseases
1994-2002 Professor, Vilnius University Centre of Paediatrics
2002-2009 Professor, Head of the Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine Centre of Paediatrics
2009-2019 Professor, Head of the Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine Clinic of Paediatrics
Since 2019 – Professor, Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Centre of Paediatrics
1978-1981 Postgraduate studies (PhD), 2nd Moscow Institute of Medicine, Dept. Children’s Infectious Diseases (Mentor – prof. N.I.Nisevich)
1984-1985 DAAD fellowship, Dept. of Med. Virology, University Clinic, J-W Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (Mentor – prof. H-W. Doerr)
1996 Salzburg-Cornell seminars in infectious diseases and epidemiology, Salzburg Austria
2001 Advanced course on vaccinology (ADVAC II), Merieux Foundation, Annecy, France
2004 Oxford course on Paediatric infectious diseases
Certificate of the Good Clinical Practice
Regularly – speaker at national and international scientific meetings or training events.
President of the UNICEF National Committee of Lithuania from 1997 to 2003, retired after 2 terms.
Lithuanian Paediatric Society – President from 1998 to 2007 (retired after 2 terms according to the Constitution of the Society), Board member
European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID), Board member 2005-2008; member of the ESPID Educational Committee (2008-2014)
Chairman, National Committee for Poliomyelitis Eradication Certification in Lithuania
Chair of the Board, Baltic Immunoprophylaxis Association (BALTIPA) since 2009
Member of the several international vaccination advisory and working groups
Member of the Editorial Board of national and international scientific journals
Scientific interests, teaching
Paediatrics, paediatric infectious diseases, vaccinology. Leading professor, course of Paediatric infectious diseases for medical students at the Vilnius University; leading professor, course of Paediatric infectious diseases for postgraduate physicians at the Vilnius University; course of vaccinology for postgraduate physicians at the Vilnius University.
Tutor, Oxford University Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases (2007-2015)
Lecturer and speaker at different national and international training and scientific events.
Principal investigator or study co-ordinator in more than 20 completed clinical studies in the area of children and adults vaccination, paediatric infectious diseases.
Previous expert experience, reviewing
Evaluator of EU scientific projects. Expert in WHO European region activities. Expert in European Centre for the Diseases Control (ECDC) activities. Expert in evaluation of the scientific projects funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.
Reviewer for national and international journals of medicine.
International scientific projects
EUROHEP.NET – Surveillance and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Hepatitis, 1998-2002. EU project, headed by Pierre van Damme (Belgium). V.Usonis – scientific co-ordinator of working packages in Lithuania.
EuroRotaNet – The European Rotavirus Network, international European project, 2007-2013, headed by Iturriza-Gomara (UK). V.Usonis – scientific co-ordinator of working packages in Lithuania.
NeoMero – Efficacy, pharmacokinetics and safety of meropenem in infants below 90 days of age (inclusive) with clinical or confirmed late-onset sepsis: a European multicenter randomised phase III trial, 2009-2015. EU project, headed by Carlo Giaquinto (Italy). V.Usonis – scientific co-ordinator of working packages in Lithuania.
ARPEK – The Antimicrobial Resistance and Prescribing in European Children, 2010-2013. EU project, headed by Mike Sharland (UK). V.Usonis – scientific co-ordinator of working packages in Lithuania.
More than 150 publications on paediatric infectious diseases published in English, Russian and Lithuanian languages including 58 publications referred by Thomson Reuters web of Science  ( h-index = 19), few more papers are accepted or under reviewing. Textbooks and chapters on paediatric infectious diseases in textbooks, vaccine preventable diseases and vaccinology, rotavirus infection, paediatric HIV infection.
Lithuanian – mother language
English – fluent
Russian – fluent
German – „survival“