MD, PhD, Professor in the Clinic of Infectious Diseases and Dermatovenerology
Institute of Clinical Medicine, Medical Faculty, Vilnius University
Infectious diseases specialist and head of the Centre of Infectious Diseases of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros klinikos
She graduated from Vilnius University Medical faculty in 1989 and finished her residency in gastroenterology in 1993. From 1996 she is working in the Vilnius University Hospital and from 1997 in Vilnius University, from Jun 2016 she is a Professor of Vilnius University. During her PhD studies she got clinical training in infectious diseases in Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge University hospital, Stockholm, Sweden (1999-2003). In 2003 she defended her thesis in field of treatment of chronic viral hepatitis C. In 2004 she received license for medical practice in infectious diseases and gastroenterology. She attended the postgraduate courses on Travellers’ Health held in Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel, Swiss; course on Hepatology in Hepatobiliary school, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Zalcburg – Cornell Seminars on Infectious Diseases in Salzburg, Austria and international exchange program on chronic hepatitis C, in the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. During her professional career she also participated in clinical training and preceptorship programs in University hospitals in Sweden, Germany, France, Spain and USA. On 2010 in Boston, US, she passed the Certificate of Knowledge Examination developed by an international panel of travel medicine experts of International Society of Travel Medicine and was granted a "Certificate in Travel Health™" which recognizes individual excellence in knowledge in the field of travel medicine, associated with pre-travel care and consultation.
She is a head of scientific projects, was involved in the coordinating committee of the Lithuanian consensus process of management of chronic viral hepatitis C and HIV infection. She is member of the steering group for the development of a National Viral Hepatitis Strategy. She is a member of the Independent expert group (NEG) at the National Immunoprophylaxis Program. Since 2012 is a member of Central European Vaccination Awareness group (CEVAG). Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has participated in the activities of an expert group under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and is a member of the Council of Health Experts established by the President of the Republic of Lithuania. From 2020 December 18 by the Prime Minister's Decree became a member of the Advisory board of independent experts group for the consideration and submission of proposals for the COVID-19 disease management. She has been co-principal and principal investigator in several clinical trials in treatment of influenza and viral hepatitis B and C and adult vaccination.
She is a member of Lithuanian Society of Gastroenterology, a board member of the Lithuanian Society of Infectious Diseases. She is a member of International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).
The main clinical practice and research areas of interest - acute and chronic viral hepatitis, influenza, tick born diseases, HIV and COVID infection, travel medicine, adult vaccination. She is a coauthor of several textbooks and educational books for students and specialists, thirteen ISI publications and several other scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals in Lithuanian and international reviewed journals.