He was born on 3 August 1971 in Belgrade. After finishing high school, he enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, which he completed in the academic year of 1996/97. In the following year, he completed his internship at the Clinical Centre of Serbia, after which he started residency in the specialty of general surgery at the Faculty of Medicine and passed the specialist exam in 2003. During the studies, but also after their completion, he participated in the development of several scientific research papers as an author and co-author.

 

He enrolled in doctoral studies in the field of medical epidemiology in 2008 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, and defended his doctoral dissertation in 2015.

 

He did a specialised course in hepatobiliary surgery in London in 2001 at the Hammersmith Hospital, where he did advanced training in 2006 as well. At the King's College in London, he completed a specialist transplant surgery course in 2011, and during 2012/13, he did training in the field of liver transplant surgery at Merkur Clinical Centre in Zagreb.

 

In 2012, he was elected clinical assistant for the subject of surgery at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade.

 

He was employed at the Clinic for Emergency Surgery of the Emergency Centre of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, and from 2010, he was Head of Intensive Care Unit at the Department of Surgery I. He was Director of the Emergency Centre of the Clinical Centre of Serbia and Assistant Director of the Clinical Centre of Serbia for Medical Affairs since August 2012. He was appointed Head of the Transplantation Department in 2013.

 

During the performance of his duties as the director of the Emergency Centre of the Clinical Centre of Serbia, he established the Department of Liver Transplantation and led a team that performed the first liver transplantation at the Emergency Centre. He founded a multidisciplinary oncology concilium, established the Department for Voluntary Blood Donation, and the Trauma Centre of the Emergency Centre on Mount Kopaonik. With his personal dedication, he contributed to the procurement of necessary medical equipment at the Emergency Centre.

 

He was elected Minister of Health on three occasions: on 27 April 2014, on 11 August 2016 and on 29 June 2017.

 

Married, father of two children.

Zlatibor Loncar