Minister of Health
Born in 1959 in Uzice. She completed her secondary school in Moscow (USSR) in 1976, where she began her medical studies, and continued and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade in 1982 with an average grade of 9.6.
She completed her mandatory medical internship in 1983. She was employed at the Neurosurgery Clinic of the Clinical Centre of Serbia since 1984. She completed her specialisation in neurosurgery in 1989.
She defended her master's thesis at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Belgrade in 1987, and her doctoral dissertation at the same faculty in 1996. She has been a full professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade since 2009. She was registered in the register of court experts in 2007.
From 2001 to 2009, she was the head of the Department for Specialist Teaching in Neurosurgery and the head of the teaching base of the Institute of Neurosurgery for the subject "Surgery". From 2004 to 2021, she was the coordinator of the Basics of Clinical Practice course, as well as the deputy head of the Department of Surgery for regular classes. From 2015 to 2021, she was the head of the Department of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, as the first woman in this position. From 2018 to 2021, she held the position of vice dean for health activities at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. She is currently the vice dean for finance at the Faculty of Medicine.
As a project coordinator, appointed in front of the Ministry of Health, she carried out the procurement and import of Gamma-knife and X-knife in Serbia.
She was the head of the Neuro-Oncology Department of the Clinic for Neurosurgery of the Clinical Centre of Serbia from 2007 to 2015. From 2015 to October 2022, she was head of the Neuro-Oncology Centre of the Neurosurgery Clinic of the University Clinical Centre of Serbia, which has four departments: Day Hospital, Department of Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neuro Radiosurgery - Gamma Knife and Department of Radiosurgery – X Knife.
She was the director of the Institute of Oncology and Radiology of Serbia from 9 May 2019 to October 2022.
From 2006 to 2009, she was a consultant at the Health Centre in Uzice, and from 2009 to 2019, a consultant at the General Hospital in Zvornik (Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Since 2018, she has also been a consultant at the Spa "Dvorovi" near Bijeljina (Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina).
She is the author and co-author of more than 300 professional and scientific papers.
She was appointed president of the government’s Commission for Psychoactive Controlled Substances in 2014, a position she still holds today. From 2014 to 2018, she served as the president of the Commission for the Assessment of Health Technologies of the Ministry of Health.
Since 2017, she has been the president of the Association of Neuro-Oncologists of Serbia, and since 2018, the president of the Serbian Society for the Fight Against Cancer.
Since 2016, she has been active on social networks pointing out problems in everyday life, especially the departure of young people abroad.
Since 2018, she is the Vice-President of the Initiative Committee for the Formation of the Coordinating Body for Examining the Consequences of NATO Aggression in 1999 on the Environment and the Health of Serbian Citizens.
She is the President of the Management Board of the Together for Youth Foundation "Prof. Dr. Danica Grujicic" from November 2018 until now.
She is the recipient of several awards and certificates of appreciation for professional, scientific and humanitarian work, the most significant of which is the Order of the Star of Karadjordje, second class in 2020. She attaches special importance to Radio Belgrade 2's "Green Leaf" award for environmental activism in 2022.