Biological reconstruction unit, Head
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb
School of Medicine
University of Zagreb
1977-85 Elementary school in Zagreb, Croatia.
1980-81 Los Perales elementary school, Moraga CA, USA.
1985 High school in Zagreb.
1987 Three steps of Goethe Institute German language school in
1989-95 Medical school in Zagreb, MD degree.
1989 Elected a student demonstrator at the Institute of
Anatomy, School of Medicine in Zagreb.
1996 Started postgraduate studies in biomedical sciences.
1997 Master of Science degree.
1998 State exam (Licence).
2001 PhD degree
2003 Registered as Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery
FELLOWSHIPS (most important)
1999 AO Course in Davos, Switzerland: “Principles of operative
2002 EFORT travelling fellowship, Denmark
2004 ICRS travelling fellowship, USA
2007 Mini fellowship (1 month): Dept of Orthopaedics, Boston Medical Center, Boston University. Chairman Tom Einhorn
2011 ESSKA/AOSSM travelling fellowship, USA
2013 (elected) John Insall travelling fellowship, Knee Society, USA
TEACHING EXPERIENCE (most important)
1995→present Teaching medical students at the integrated course “Clinical Anatomy” during their second year of medical studies, University of Zagreb
2002 Taking part in a teaching course organized by Harvard Medical School, at Dubrovnik
2004→present Teaching foreign medical students anatomy (first year) and orthopaedic surgery (5th year), in English language
1991 Started working as a student in Laboratory for Mineralized Tissues with main interest in bone and articular cartilage regeneration and Bone Morphogenetic Proteins
1995→present Continuing work as a PhD student at Laboratory for Mineralized Tissues
1995 Appointed as teaching assistant at Department of Anatomy, Zagreb School of Medicine.
1998 Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
2003 Registered as an Orthopeadic Surgeon at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
2010 Appointed Head of the Biological reconstruction unit at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
English and good German.
MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC AWARDS
1991 UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB RECTORS AWARD for the best student work in school year 1991/1992 for the paper "The Influence of Reconstituted Basement Membrane on Articular Cartilage Healing in Rabbits."
1994 ESSKA BEST SCIENTIFIC POSTER AWARD (Berlin, Germany): Jelic M, Grgic M, Grgacic S, Pecina M, Vukicevic S: "Bone Morphogenetic Proteins Initiate Maturation of Chick Sternal Chondrocytes, Inhibit Longitudinal Bone Growth in Rats and Promote
Regeneration of Articular Cartilage Defects in Rabbits." (6th Congress of the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy in Berlin, Germany 18-22 April, 1994).
1995 "DRAGO PEROVIC" YEARLY AWARD for the best morphological work at the Medical School in Zagreb.
2002 AWARDED PRESENTATION at “Second European Conference on Bone Morphogenetic Proteins”
2003 “Jacques Duparc” Award, EFORT Conference, Finland Helsinki, 2003
2009 Hughston Award: together with the group of authors for the Saris & Vanlauwe paper published in AJSM in 2008.
2011 Awarded by School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, for continuous medical publications
ACTIVITIES (most important)
- YSOS club: one of the 3 cofounders (Young Scientists and Orthopaedic Surgeons)
- ICRS Communication committee (International Cartilage Repair Society)
- ESSKA Cartilage committee (European Society for Knee Surgery, Sports Medicine and
- Animal Welfare committee at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
- Ethical Committee at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
Croatian Institute of technology project (leader): “Articular cartilage regeneration with an autologous scaffold”
FP-7 European Project (partner): “Magnetic Scaffolds for in vivo tissue engineering”, acronyme “MAGISTER”. Grant agreement No: NMP3-LA-2008-214685
- “Characterized chondrocyte implantation versus microfracture in symptomatic cartilage defects of the knee: a randomized controlled trial”
- until 2008 subinvestigator, from 2008 investigator
- “Phase III protocol comparing a microfracture treatment to a Cartipatch chondrocyte graft treatment in femoral condyle lesions: a randomized controlled trial”
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