PLENARY SPEAKERS

Prof. Jon Snaedal

President 2017-2019, International College of Person Centered Medicine.
Former President, World Medical Association.
Professor of Geriatric Medicine, National University, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Professor Snaedal is an international expert on geriatric medicine, person-centered care for dementia, and medical ethics.
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Prof. Paul Glare
Professor of Medicine, Chair of Pain Medicine, and Director of the Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Formerly Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Chief of Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Professor Glare is an international expert on pain medicine and palliative care
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Prof. C. Ruth Wilson
Vice-President for North America, World Organization of Family Doctors
Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics,
Queen´s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada.



Prof. Veljko Đorđević
Veljko Đorđević is professor at the University of Zagreb Medical School. He finished elementary and high school in Osijek, and in 1975 he studied medicine in Zagreb. In 1981 he become specialist in psychiatry and in 2005 in social psychiatry.
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Prof. Eduard Vrdoljak
Prof. Eduard Vrdoljak, MD, PhD is a full time professor at the University of Split Medical School and head of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Clinic of the Clinical Hospital Centre Split.
President of the County Cancer League - Split
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INVITED SPEAKERS

Professor Marina Ajduković

Professor Marina Ajduković, PhD psychologist, is Head of the Chare for Social Work, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law, and University of Zagreb. In her teaching career she has developed and introduced a number of courses at the Department of Social Work and Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb, and at the Departments of Psychology in Zagreb and Osijek.
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Prof. James Appleyard
President 2013-2017, International College of Person-centered Medicine
Vice President, International Association of Medical Colleges
Former President, World Medical Association, London, United Kingdom.

Professor Appleyard is an international expert on pediatrics, medical education and ethics in health.
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Dahna Arbanas
Dahna Arbanas works as a clinical pharmacist in a community pharmacy.

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Goran Arbanas
I studied at the Medical School Zagreb, and I have finished my residency programme in psychiatry, and subpecialty residency programme in psychotherapy in Zagreb.
My PhD thesis was on „PTSD and metabolic syndrome“, in 2013. I become a consultant in psychiatry in 2012.
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Prof. Igor Aurer
Dr. Aurer graduated from the Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He finished his internship, residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of California, Los Angeles.
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Zdenka Aurer
Zdenka Aurer graduated from the secondary Nursing school in Vinkovci, worked as a registered nurse at the Medical Emergency Department, University Hospital Centre (UHC) Zagreb; Croatian Institute for Transfusion Medicine; and the Department of Cardiology, UHC Zagreb.
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Ivana Bakija, dr. med.
Psychiatrist, works in Psychiatric Hospital „St. John“, Zagreb, head of Department for acute psychiatry.
She works as a biological psychiatrist, but studies social psychiatry and works on her doctoral thesis.


Latinka Basara
Clinical and health psychologist and psychotherapist. Graduated psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia.
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Branko Bazdan
Health Systems Manager at Effectus Finance and Law School - University of Zagreb - 2016.
Numerous domestic and international educations on health care systems, palliative care, medical law, pension insurance, health insurance, communication skills, etc. from 1999. to present.
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Miroslav Bekavac-Bešlin, Ph.D.
Clinical Hospital „Sestre milosrdnice“ Zagreb
Hepato-billiary& Minimally Invasive Surgery Chief of dpt.
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Ivica Belina
President of Coalition of Associations in Health care.
Faculty for Education and Rehabilitation, University of Zagreb, Department of Rehabilitation for the title of professor of special education-rehabilitator.

Dr. Vedran Bilić
Dr. Bilić graduated from the Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He completed his specialization in Psychiatry, sub specialization in Psychotherapy and education from Autogenic training at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb.
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Sandra Bival Msc
Sandra Bival, Msc is working as a dietitian/nutritionist at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University Hospital Centre Zagreb. She graduated from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology of the University of Zagreb.
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Ass. prof. Vlatka Boričević Maršanić
Dr. Boričević Maršanić is a head of Psychiatric Hospital for Children and Adolescents, in Zagreb.
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Biserka Blažeka
Graduated economist, retired, mother of three children, grandmother of five grandchildren.
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Ana Bogdanić
I graduated psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Humanities and Social Sciences and Economics at Faculty of Economics and Business, Zagreb, Croatia.
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Prof. Michel Botbol
Board Director, International College of Person Centered Medicine.
Chair, Psychoanalysis Section, World Psychiatric Association.
Zonal Representative for Western Europe, World Psychiatric Association
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Brest, France

Prof. Botbol is a world recognized child psychiatrist and an expert on person-centered diagnosis and the teaching of clinical empathy.
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Lovorka Brajkovic, PhD, Assistant Professor
Lovorka Brajkovic, PhD, Assistant Professor, licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. Graduated psychology at Department of Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
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Prof. Marijana Braš
Prof. Marijana Bras, M.D., PhD, psychiatrist and Head of Department of Psychological Medicine of the Clinical Hospital Zagreb and member of the Faculty at the School of Medicine University of Zagreb.
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Diana Butković, PhD, M.D.
Specialist in Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Subspecialist in Pediatric Intensive Care Children’s Hospital Zagreb, Head of Clinical Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology, Reanimation and Intensive Care
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Fredy A Canchihuaman, MD MPH PhD
Advisor to the Director, National Institute of Health of Peru
Secretary General, Peruvian Association of Person Centered Medicine
Professor of Research, Public Health and Ethics, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
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Venija Cerovečki, MD, PhD
Venija Cerovečki, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb and a practicing family physician at Zagreb-Centar Health Center.
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Antonia Čuturić
I am 23 old and live in Zagreb. I graduated from high school for nurses and immediately enrolled in University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb, nursing course.
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Hrvoje Cvitanović MD
Hrvoje Cvitanović MD is a board certified clinical dermatologist, chief of staff at the Department of dermatolgy and venerology in General hospital Karlovac.
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Damir De Zan
Specialist is psychiatry and psychotherapist, subspecialist of children and adolescent psychiatry. He’s an individual, group, family and psychodrama psychotherapist.
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Marina De Zan
She is a family medicine practitioner at the Zagreb-West Health Center. She is educated in family psychotherapy and the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions.
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Krešimir Dolić
He's subspecialist in neuroradiology and works at Clinical Department of Diagnostic and interventional Radiology, University Hospital Split, Croatia.
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Jozo Dubravac
Professor of Psychology with experience in human resource management
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Neda Ferenčić Vrban, MD
Specialist of School and Adolescent Medicine, Secretary General of the Croatian Cancer League.
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Julijana Franinović Marković
Julijana Franinović Marković MD.PhD.MrSc. neurologist
Head of Salus Policlinic Pula
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Jozefina Franjković
I graduated from Medical School in 1973 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the same year, I entered the School Religious Community of the 3rd Order of St. Francis in Sarajevo.
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Dr. sc. Tesfamicael Ghebrehiwet
Board Director, International College of Person Centered Medicine.
Consultant, Nursing and Health Policy.
Former Officer, International Council of Nurses Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Ghebrehiwet is an internationally-recognized expert on nursing and health policy, team care collaboration, and inter-professional health education.

Marina Grubić, PhD
She graduated in psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb.
Since 1986 she has been working at the Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Center Zagreb as clinical psychologist in the field of pediatric psychology.
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Marijana Jazvić
Specialist in radiology and oncology, Clinic for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine KBC Sestre milosrdnice, Zagreb.
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Dr. Saša Jevtović
Dr. Jevtović graduated from the Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He finished his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in psychotherapy at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb.
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Prof. Davor Ježek
Davor Ježek has a double appointment: he is a full professor at School of Medicine University of Zagreb; he is also acting as a Head of Testicular Biobank at Dept. of Transfusion Medicine and Transplantation Biology, University Hospital Centre "Zagreb".
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Prof. Antonio Juretić
Prof. Antonio Juretić, MD, PhD, works as a full professor of Clinical Oncology at the University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, and at Zagreb University Hospital Center, Department of Oncology, Zagreb, Croatia.
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Zvonimir Kalčik
Zvonimir Kalčik, Master of Kinesiology and a doctoral student at the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb, currently works as a Deputy Head of “The house of Croatian Veterans”, the first center in Croatia for Croatian veterans.
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Dubravka Kalinić
Dr. Dubravka Kalinić, graduated from the Medical School, University of Split, Croatia. Since 2007-2010. she worked as researcher assistant at Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče, Zagreb.
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Jasna Karačić
She's a president of the Croatian Association for the Promotion of Patients Rights. She is Ph.D. researcher in evidence based medicine at Medical School, She graduated in forensic sciences, with the topic of child psychiatry.
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Dr. Nataša Klepac
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Clinical University Hospital Zagreb, Medical School Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.
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Bojana Knežević
Bojana Knežević, MD, PhD, Specialist of Occupational Health and Sports Medicine, works at University Hospital Centre Zagreb as a Head of Department of Quality Improvement in Healthcare.
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Martina Knežević
Martina Knežević has graduated psychology at Croatian Studies where she currently works and received a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the Centre for Postgraduate Study, University of Zagreb.
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Mirjana Kujundžić Tiljak, MD, PhD
Medical doctor, specialist of social medicine and organization of health care, professor of biostatistics, Head of Chair for medical statistics, epidemiology and medical informatics at School of Medicine, University of Zagreb and acting director of Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb.
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Prof. Zvonko Kusić
Present functions:
- Doctor of Medicine (graduated and received the doctorate from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb); specialist in nuclear medicine and radiotherapy
- President, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Chairman, Croatian Thyroid Society
- Chairman, Thyroid Diseases Reference Center
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Marina Letica Crepulja, M.D., Ph.D.
Marina Letica Crepulja, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka (MEDRI), Department of psychiatry and psychological medicine and specialist of psychiatry, subspecialist of forensic psychiatry at University Hospital Center Rijeka (KBCRI). She is accredited cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist by European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies and Croatian Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.
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Dinko Lupi
Dinko Lupi is medical doctor, engaged in the pharmaceutical sector after working as radio and daily newspaper journalist for many years. Today he is first-line manager employed in Servier, the independent foundation for innovative medicine development. In his work, lectures and in his public activities, he is making efforts to put the diseased person and their rights in the focus. His area of interest is corporate responsibility of pharmaceutical industry.

Srećko Matić
Doctor of dental medicine. Director of Health Center Ljubuški, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Author and co-author of numerous articles and manuals in palliative medicine.

Srebrenka Mesić
Srebrenka Mesić was born in 1962 in Osijek. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zagreb in1986. In 1994 she graduated from the postgraduate course of permanent training of the physician of the 1st category of "Ultrasound of the abdominal organs", and in 2010 she finished the postgraduate specialist study " Occupational and Sports Medicine".
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Tomislav Meštrović, MD, PhD
Specialist in general and vascular surgery, Teaching assistant at the Department of Surgery, Zagreb University Medical School
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Prof. Juan E. Mezzich
Former President and current Secretary General, International College of Person Centered Medicine; Editor, International Journal of Person Centered Medicine.
President 2005-2008, World Psychiatric Association
Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA.

Prof. Mezzich is an expert on the conceptualization, measurement and building of person centered medicine, and an international expert on psychiatric classification and person-centered diagnosis.
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Prof. Alma Mihaljević Peleš
University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Croatia
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Prof. Davor Mijatović
Born in Zagreb on November 6, 1964. He finished primary and secondary school in Zagreb.
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Dr. Helen Millar
Board Director, International College of Person Centered Medicine
Former Treasurer of the Worl Federation for Mental Health.
Consultant Psychiatrist, Dundee University Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Dr. Millar is an international expert on comorbidity in psychiatry and general medicine and on person-centered care for people experiencing complex chronic conditions

Lea Milutinović
I was born in 1993. I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. I work as a Doctor of Medicine at the Zagreb Health Center.
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Maja Miljanović, PhD, MA psychologist
Psychologist with working experience in different clinical fields (psychiatry, pediatric and adult oncology and hematology, adolescents behavioral disorders); expert in psychodiagnostics, psychological counselling, CBT, SPSS. PhD from School of Medicine Zagreb; Cochrane volunteer.
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Prof. Ninoslav Mimica
Professor Ninoslav Mimica, MD, MSc, DSc, Primarius, IFAPA, psychiatrists, professor of Psychiatry at School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia
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Eva Pavić, univ. spec. dipl. ing.
Eva Pavić, MSc , University specialist of Food Quality and Safety. She is Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at University Hospital Centre Zagreb and she works as Lecturer at University of Applied Health Studies.
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Ass. Professor Sanja Pleština, MD, PhD
Specialist in internal medicine - pulmologist and medical oncologist
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Josip Podobnik
Josip Podobnik, psychiatrist, consultant; b. Rogoznica-Sibenik, Apr. 12, 1961; MD
Cert. psychiatrist, 2002.; cert.forensic psychiatrist 2007; cert. subspecialist in child and adolescent psychiatry 2010; postgrad. Biomedicine and Health, candidate PhD;
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Prof. Drago Prgomet
Professor of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, at the Medical schooll Zagreb and Chief of the ENT and Head and Neck Department in Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb.
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Jure Pupić-Bakrač, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine, University Clinical Hospital Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina
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Igor Pureta
Master of Economics, Business Administration Manager at the University of Durham, United Kingdom. Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Economics, University of Osijek.
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Tanja Pureta
Master in Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Specialist (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University in Zagreb, Croatia), certified NLP Trainer and HNLP Coach (2004. at Neuroenergetics Institute, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA), 8-year’s working experience in two respectable international organizations: Pliva JSC (pharmaceutical industry) as Marketing Specialist from 1994-1997., and IBM Croatia Ltd. (subsidiary of IBM Corporation) as Integrated Marketing and Communications Manager from 1997-2002.
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Asst. prof. Dario Rahelic, MD, PhD, FACE, FRCP Edin.
Assistant professor Dario Rahelic, MD, PhD, FACE, FRCP Edin. is a specialist of internal medicine, endocrinologist and diabetologist. He is the Head of Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Pharmacology at Dubrava University Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia.
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Vesna Ramljak
Department for tumors, CHC "Sestre milosrdnice" Zagreb
Specialist in clinical cytology
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Vesna Ramljak, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Ramljak graduated from Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is Clinical cytology specialist. Dr. Ramljak received her PhD in 2010. from Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Zagreb.
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Salman Rawaf
Professor Salman Rawaf qualified in medicine with training in paediatrics and public health.
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Prof. Ihsan M. Salloum
Board Director, International College of Person Centered Medicine
Chair, Section on Classification and Diagnostic Assessment, World Psychiatric Association
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami, Florida, USA

Professor Salloum is an international expert on comorbidity, person-centered diagnosis, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder.
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Lea Skokandić
Lea Skokandić was born in 1983, in the city of Varaždin, Croatia. She graduated from the Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb in 2007 with majors in psychology. She enrolled into the Postgraduate doctoral study of psychology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Zagreb in 2008.
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Dr. Nela Sršen
Dr. Nela Sršen is reputable doctor, surgeon and a member of the team for a liver transplant in University Hospital of Padua (Italy) She was born in Metković, spent her childhood on the island of Hvar, went to primary and high school in Split, and she studied the medicine in Italy, at the University of Padua. After graduation she enrolled in the specialization in general surgery, during which she was in New York.
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Ass. prof. Jasminka Stepan Giljević
Specialist in pediatrics with sub specialization in pediatric hematology and oncology. She’s a head of Department for solid tumors in Clinic for child diseases and head of Referral Centre for solid tumors in children, Ministry of Health, Republic of Croatia.
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Ass. Prof. Ranko Stevanović
Ranko Stevanović, Assistant professor, PhD; senior research associate, medical doctor; specialist in family medicine; Croatian National Institute of Public Health
Ranko Stevanović is president of Croatian Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Health Economics (CSPHE), Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Head, General Manager
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Mario Stipčević
Mario Stipčević was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and graduated from the Medical School, University of Zagreb in year 2007. He finished residency in psychiatry in 2014., and works as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Daily hospital for treatment of adults at the Clinic for psychological medicine, University Hospital Center Zagreb.
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Ilona Sušac, MD
Specialist of oncology and radiotherapy. The Medical School she graduated in Zagreb and a two-year internship at University Clinic for Tumors in Zagreb. At the beginning of 2002. she became a permanent employee of the Polyclinic "Eljuga“.
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Marina Šagud
1982-1988; School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
1989-1990; Rotating internship, Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Zagreb
1991-1993; Postgraduate study in Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
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Mario Šekerija
Mario Šekerija is an epidemiologist currently working as the Head of the Croatian National Cancer Registry at the Croatian Institute of Public Health. He is also a post-doctoral researcher at Department of Medical Statistics, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics of the School of Public Health Andrija Štampar of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine.
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Ass. prof. Vesna Šendula-Jengić
Vesna Šendula-Jengić, MD, PhD, psychiatrist, subspecialist in forensic psychiatry, is a head of Psychiatric Hospital Rab and assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Rijeka Medical School and at University of Rijeka School of Healthcare Studies.
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Maja Šibenik, mag. psych.
Psychologist, Association of People with Disabilities Bubamara, Vinkovci, Croatia
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Mirna Šitum
Mirna Šitum was born in 1962 in Cista Provo. She graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb in 1985. She is a specialist in dermatology and venereology, with a subspecialty in dermatological oncology.
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Jasna Špiček Macan
Jasna Špiček Macan, M.D., PhD, specialist in anesthesiology, reanimation and intensive care; Head of Division for Anesthesia and Intensive Care and Head of Pain Unit at the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb.
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Dr. Sanja Štrbe
Dr. Štrbe graduated from the Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia in year 2006. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at University Hospital Center Zagreb and works as a psychiatrist at Department for psychosomatic medicine at Clinic for Psychological Medicine, University Hospital Center Zagreb.
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Božidar Nikša Tarabić, mag. psych.
PhD student, is an adviser at the University of Zagreb Rectorate. His field of interest include interdisciplinary and applied (practitioners) approach to human perception and behavior in the field of communication and cognition.
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Prof. Wim Van Lerberghe
Board Director, International College of Person Centered Medicine.
Former Director, Department for Health Systems Policies and Workforce, World Health Organization, Brussels, Belgium.

Professor Van Lerberghe, winner of the 2017 Paul Tournier Prize on Person Centered Medicine, is an international expert on person-centered health systems and public health.
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Prof. C. Werdie van Staden
Regional Editor for Africa, International Journal of Person Centered Medicine
Nelson Mandela Professor of Psychiatry and Philosophy, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Professor Van Staden is an international expert on philosophy, ethics, education and cultural studies in psychiatry and medicine.
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Tomislav Velić, univ. bacc. soc. act.
Social worker and president of the Association of People with Disabilities Bubamara, Vinkovci, Croatia
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Marija Vican, univ. bacc. soc. act.
Social worker and the secretary of the Association of People with Disabilities Bubamara, Vinkovci, Croatia
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Mirna Vrček
I was born in 1968 in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. After finishing my elementary school I entered the field of medicine by starting my education inThe Secondary Medical School. I got BSN title after studying in the The Zagreb School of Medicine.
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Anica Vrdoljak
Born and finished her education in Zagreb, librarian and teacher of music education; In 1979 she was employed at the National University Library in the Collection of Music and Audio Materials.
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Eduard Vrdoljak
Prof. Eduard Vrdoljak, MD, PhD is a full time professor at the University of Split Medical School and head of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Clinic of the Clinical Hospital Centre Split.
President of the County Cancer League - Split
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Sandra Vuk Pisk
Works in Psychiatric Hospital „St. John“, Zagreb, as a head of Department for integrative psychiatry.
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Aleksandra Weber, MD, PhD
Integrative Physician – Mediator – Consultant
Medical doctor trained in psychiatry and cardiology, experienced in business internationally as a manager (SANOFI), consultant (Bain & Co.), financial analyst (Allianz Asset Management), PR professional (de facto communications), mediator and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of professional career.
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Assoc. Prof. Lada Zibar
Assoc. Prof. Lada Zibar, MD, PhD is internist nephrologist at University Hospital Center Osijek and professor of pathophysiology at Faculty of Medicine University Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek, Croatia. She is also engaged in medical ethics, transplantation and medical statistics.
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