prof. dr Sava Simić (1896-1982)
was born in Noćaj, a village in Mačva. He graduated from Medical Faculty in Zagreb in 1926. From 1929 to 1932 he was a resident in surgery in Vienna. He was named a Full-time Professor of surgery in Belgrade in 1954. He worked generally within all fields of surgery, but is considered to be the founder of oncologic surgery in Serbia. He introduced new diagnostic and therapeutic methods in treatment of malignant tumors. Under his management, the original Surgery Department evolved in the Clinical Department of Surgery, later to Surgical Oncology Clinic of IORS. He started radical operations of breast cancer by Halsted and radical operations of rectal cancer by Miles. He was one of the first to do bilateral adrenalectomy for advanced breast cancer. He retired in 1969.
prof. dr Ivo Popović Đani (1915-1986)
was born in Jerome, Arizona, USA. He graduated from primary school in the USA and finished the high school in Peć, Serbia. He enrolled Medical Faculty in Zagreb, Croatia in 1935, but he graduated in Belgrade, Serbia. He finished his specialist training in surgery and urology in the 1949 in Belgrade. At the department of surgery of Belgrade’s Medical faculty, he was elected full-time professor in the 1967. He was the Director of Institute for oncology in Belgrade from 1968 to 1971. He worked in field of surgery and urology and was a pioneer in many surgical specialties. He introduced a number of new diagnostic methods (aortography, splenoportography, retroperitoneal pneumography, intravenous cholecystography etc). He organized modern Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation and created a new Intensive care unit. In treatment of malignant tumors, he conducted some rather radical procedures of neck, lung and soft tissue tumors, as well as the tumors of gastrointestinal localization. He was a member of International society of surgeons, member of honor of Mayo Clinic Management, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Surgery and Postgraduate medicine journals. In 1973, he was named a full-time member of Association for Science of Montenegro, which was renamed to Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts (CANU) in 1976.
prof. dr Dragoslav Milićević (1921-1978)
was born in Veleš, Serbia. He graduated from Belgrade’s Medical Faculty in 1949. Since 1950 he worked at the Department of Surgery of the Institute of Oncology in Belgrade where he finished his specialist training in general surgery. He was named Assistant at Medical Faculty of Belgrade in 1965, Docent in 1972 and Associate Professor in 1973. Since Professor Milićević worked in the institution specialized for the malignant tumors, his papers were enlightening that problem. He dealt with experimental carcinogenesis, as well. He published 59 papers before being named Associate Professor. He died in a car crash on April 8th 1978.
prof. dr Triva Litričin (1915-1978)
was born in Bašaid, Banat, Serbia. He graduated from Medical Faculty in 1942 and finished his specialist training in surgery in 1948 when he was named Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Surgery. He was named Docent in 1958, Associate Professor in 1966 and a Full-time Professor of surgery in 1973. Since 1972 he worked as a Head of Department of Surgery of Institute of Oncology in Belgrade.
prof. dr Radmilo Tomin (1925-2011)
was born in Sivac, Serbia. He graduated from Belgrade’s Medical Faculty in 1953 and later started working at Department of Surgery of Institute of Oncology in Belgrade. He was named Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Surgery in 1955. He was head of Clinical Department for Breast Disease. He was named Full-time Professor in 1983. From 1984 to 1990 he was the Head of Department of Postgraduate studies in Oncology at Belgrade’s Medical Faculty. He published 124 papers, of which 14 in international journals. He is credited with introducing the TNM classification of malignant breast tumors, abandoning operations by Halsted and introducing modified radical mastectomies. He took part in the creation of protocols for malign breast tumors and melanoma treatment.
prof. dr Milan Dragović (1933-2009)
was born in Andrijevica, Montenegro. He graduated Belgrade’s Medical Faculty in 1960, and passed a specialist exam in 1967. Upon completion of specialization, he worked in the surgical department in Ivangrad. Two years later he transfered himself to the Oncology Institute in Belgrade, where he became Assistant Professor at the Belgrade’s Medical Faculty Department of Surgery, and worked with Professor Ivo Popović Đani. In 1971 he left the Oncology Institute, and started working in surgical department of KBC "Dr Dragisa Mišović". He was named Full-time Professor in 1989. He was engaged in the abdominal and endocrine surgery, as well as oncological surgery of the breast. He greatly contributed to the development of laparoscopic surgery in the whole of Yugoslavia. With much enthusiasm he dealt with experimental surgery. He is the author of several books, intended for students, residents and specialists. He was also a member of CANU.
prof. dr Slobodan Nikolić (1929-2011)
was born in Petrovac na Mlavi, Serbia. He graduated from Belgrade’s Medical Faculty in 1956. In 1961, he was entitled Assistant Professor of Medical Faculty and in 1984 he became a Full-time Professor. During his career, he published over hundred scientific papers, in both domestic and international journals. His most prominent work was related to intra-arterial chemotherapy in the treatment of malignant tumors, a method himself introduced. He was also the first to use criotheraphy as a new method in the treatment of precancerous lesions. He was awarded the National Service Medal with gold star and is the holder of a Labor Medal with Golden Wreath.
prof. dr Milan Ostojić (1932-1994)
was born in Belgrade, where he graduated from Medical Faculty in 1960. He finished his specialist training in general surgery in 1968. He was named Assistant Professor at the Belgrade’s Medical Faculty in 1989.