Dr Vlado Popović
I was born on May 21 st , 1981, and now I live in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Foča, at the University of East Sarajevo, in 2006, with an average grade of 9.42. I completed my specialization in neurosurgery at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, from 2007 to 2013, with excellent results. From 2014 to 2018, I worked as the Head of the Neurosurgery Department of the Special Hospital “Vaso Cukovic” in Risan. Since 2018, I am appointed as the director of the hospital. Married, father of two daughters, Dunja and Una, a massive Partizan fan. I spent six most beautiful years studying in Foča, a town to which I still gladly return, and where, even after so many years, I feel at home!
Dražan Erić, PhD
I was born in 1978 in Sarajevo. I finished my primary school in Podlugovi, and I finished a grammar school in Brčko. I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine Foča in 2003 as the best student in generation with average grade 9.59. I was chosen as the first student vicedean of the University in East Sarajevo in 2000. I was awarded best student of the Republic of Srpska in 2001 by the President. I was a founder and the first president of the Students’ Association at the Faculty of Medicine Foča. I enrolled in postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine Foča, and I defended my master thesis “Anatomical characteristics of the arterial vascularization of the palm” in 2008. I became a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 2009, with great success. I defended my doctoral thesis “Reconstruction of the lower leg with neurocutaneous flaps – anatomical and clinical study” in 2013 at the Faculty of Medicine Foča. I was appointed assistant professor of surgery at the Faculty of Medicine Foča in 2014, and I became associate professor in 2019. My team and I were the first in the Republic of Srpska to perform a complex microsurgical operation on hand replantation in 2015. I was the President of the Medical Association of the Republic of Srpska, a member of the Council for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Government of the Republic of Srpska, and I am currently Vice President of the National Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I became the honorary professor at the Department of Surgery at Rajiv Ghandi University of Health Sciences, Navodaya Dental College and Hospital, Raichur, Karnataka in India. Since 2018, I have been workig as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Consultant at Al Emadi Hospital in Doha, Quatar. I have won many awards for my work, including: Večernjak’s Seal for Person of the Year in Science in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2015, the Arab Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Award, the Charter of the Municipality of Foča, the Plaque of the University of East Sarajevo. Since 2018, I have been living and working in Qatar.
Dr Pavlović Dragana
Dear students, future colleagues! I am Dragana Pavlović (Dragičević). I currently live and work in Saint Petersburg, in Russia. I enrolled the Faculty of Medicine Foča after finished highschool of economics – which means that I absolutely did not possess any medical background. Systematized teaching and wonderful professors, whose lectures and pedagogical approach inspired us to become good people and good doctors, and, at the same time, helped many of us to graduate from the Faculty of Medicine and become ready to affirm ourselves in the most incredible jobs and environments, as well as to continue our life-long learning process. While I was still studying, I had the opportunity to work as a student demonstrator at the Department of Pathology; I was involved in the HIV prevention project; I was the TEMPUS programme participant of a summer surgical practice in Heidelberg… The wide range of my interests altogether with the Faculty of Medicine in Foča, provided an excellent basis for my further development, both practical and scientific. The acqired knowledge helped me to responsibly grapple with clinical practice and help people in my country. The desire to continue my studies took me to St. Petersburg, where I learned Russian and completed my postgraduate studies. I worked in the sector of preclinical and clinical research, then in the scientific-methodological sector of the University Hospital #40 in St. Petersburg, as the clinical base of St. Petersburg State University. I practice as a specialist in the field of somnology, neurophysiology. The ability to meet every challenge in medicine is the result of the quality of the theoretical base, which I have gained thanks to my professors at the Faculty of Medicine in Foča, then St. Petersburg. We became a Covid hospital during the pandemic, so I have established myself in the area of biostatistics. Because of the reasons above, I wish you to dream big and to achieve your goals and dreams! The point in which your ambitions and acquired knowledge meet is the very point of your professional and private success! All the best in your future studies, life and work! I am completely sure that your sincere intentions to make this world a healthier and happier place to live will come true!