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Professor dr Laza Stanojević

Proffesor dr Laza Stanojević (1861-1951), was born in Sombor in 1861 and died in Sremska Kamenica in 1951. After being the Head of Mental Hospital Stenjevac, close to Zagreb, he was appointed the first director of the newly instituted Clinic of Mental and Nervous Diseases, School of Medicine, Belgrade, on October 10, 1923.

Academician Professor Dr Vladimir F. Vujić

Academician Professor Dr Vladimir F. Vujić (1894-1953),was born in Belgrade, in 1894, in bourgeois family. He started his medical studies in Paris in 1913, but soon after that he moved to Vienna. Being driven by patriotism, he voluntarily joined military corps in the Balkan Wars and World War I. During the entire World War I, he was in military medical corps as. He was in retreat with Serbian military corps over Albania to Greece. After the War was over, he went to Prague, where he completed his medical studies in 1923. He successfully had the mastery of Germany, French and Check, and to lesser extent, Italian and Greek. Prof. Dr. Vladimir F. Vujic studied medicine in Paris and Prague, and he completed his specialist training in neurology and psychiatry in Vienna, in 1925, at the Clinic headed by Professor Julius Wagner-Jauregg, a Nobel Prize winner for medicine, i.e. pyretotherapy of progressive paralysis in 1927.

Professor dr Uroš Jekić

Profesor dr Uroš Jekić (1896-1980),was born in village Paklenja close to Raska, on December 1896. He completed the elementary school in his native place and six classes of secondary school in Belgrade. The winds of war flew away the student Jekic over the wasteland of Albania to France, where he, together with a group of students from Serbia, finished the seventh and eighth grade and graduated from the secondary school. He started his medical studies in Bordeaux immediately after G.C.E. He graduated from the Faculty in 1923.

Yet during his medical studies, young Jekic had the affinity towards problems of human psychic, and, accordingly, his doctoral thesis, which he defended in Bordeaux in 1923, was related to respective field: “Le cacodylate de soude à hautes doses. Résultats thérapeutiques dans les états dépressifs mélancoliques”. As Prof. Dr. Peter, a distinguished psychiatrist from Bordeaux, noticed such affinity of his, he advised him to dedicate himself to neuropsychiatry.

In 1924, upon his return to country, he started his specialist training in neuropsychiatry in General State Hospital in Belgrade. Upon completed residency, he worked in the Mental Hospital in Topionica, near by Nis, until 1945. He was a secondary doctor, primarius (senior consultant), head of department and finally, director. During two decades, as long as he used to work in this hospital, he could see the loneliness of these miserable people. He believed that it was of great importance for these patients and their psyche to be surrounded by nature, because monotonous patient’s outfit, grayness of rooms they stayed in, and humdrum existence weakened their interest for the outer world and living in general. Bearing all this in mind, Dr. Jekic believed that these miserable people would be refreshed surrounded by nature like “moisture wakes up plants fallen by dryness”. He wanted to bring patients into state of appropriate human relations. Therefore, he had a big farm built in Topionica where working therapy was applied with the intent to make life easier for several hundred patients. Not only did he understand these patients, he deeply cared for them. He dedicated his whole life to those who suffered. During occupation of our country, he was arrested several times by German occupier and police in Nis. His two brothers were slain by occupier and the only son was killed in partisan action in 1944. In September 1944, Dr. Jekic joined the partisan ranks.
He was a Minister of Health of the first government in Serbia in 1945. After being detached from his patients for three years, he returned to neuropsychiatry. Namely, in 1949, he started working at the Clinic of Neuropsychiatry of the School of Medicine, in Belgrade. In the same year, he was elected extraordinary (part-time) professor at the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, and a full professor in 1958. In 1953, after professor Vladimir Vujic died, he was appointed a Director of Clinic of Neuropsychiatry, discharging his duty until his retirement in 1968. In the same year (1953), he was elected a Head of Department of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Under the management of Professor Dr. Uros Jekic, regular workshops for training of residents were introduced. A large number of doctors started been engaged in subspecialties, both in neurology and psychiatry, thus deepening and evolving specific fields. Moreover, there was an abrupt increase of residents and specialists trained and developed at the very Clinic, and the Clinic became the educational center and educator of personnel with the intention to expand neuropsychiatric service throughout SR of Serbia.
When our country was liberated, Professor Dr. Uros Jekic, known as public figure as well, was the first Minister of health in the Republic and one of the most active members of the Serbian Medical Society (SMS). For his merits for SMS development, he was elected an honorary president for life. Several years, he was a president of the SMS Section of Neuropsychiatry, founder and president of the Mental Hygiene Society as well as Forensic Board of the School of Medicine, a president of the Chief Board of Red Cross of Serbia for a long time. As of 1953, he was a chairman of the Psychiatric Commission of the Council for People’s Health of Serbia. He was an ideological initiator of struggle against alcoholism in our country. One of the essential merits of Professor Dr. Uros Jekic was his active contribution to general adoption of mental hygiene principles and consequent humanization of human relationships in inpatient facilities and medical institutions. Since 1948, he was a President of the Red Cross of Serbia. Professor Dr. Uros Jekic was a President of the Serbian Medical Society from 1949 to 1954.
Having realized that alcoholism is huge medical and social problem, Professor Jekic was, almost all his active life, dedicated to fight against this evil. Even the Red Cross of Serbia, with him as president, was engaged in this struggle. Within the Red Cross Organization, he founded the Anti-alcoholic Clinic providing the counseling and support. His activities in alcohol abuse control were highly appreciated by the World Health Organization in fight against alcoholism. He wrote a large number of professional and popular articles on alcoholism and delivered many lectures at the Kolarac University, in student’s organizations, schools and companies.
Together with his collaborators, he did a lot on improvement of forensic-psychiatric discipline and connection of judicial organs and psychiatric profession. He represented psychiatric profession at international congresses several times, especially when social psychiatry, psychopathology, criminal psychopathology and alcoholism were the topics.
His relation with students was quite amicable. He was extremely patient with students at exams. He never gave a failing grade. But he really wished that every student understood and mastered neuropsychiatry as good as possible.
Upon his retirement, he used to drink black coffee in his sitting room as early as 6 o’clock every morning. Various world journals were spread on table in front of him, but, unfortunately, he could not read them because of the impaired sight. His wife browsed them through and read some interesting articles to him. Among numerous journals, there was a journal of the School of Medicine in Bordeaux sent by its authorities on regular basis. It was the token of appreciation by this University where professor completed his medical studies for a long time now, in1923. In the park near-by, passers-by could see a man with grey hair in the advanced years, with thick-lens glasses, carrying himself upright while taking regular afternoon slow walks. His impaired vision allowed him only such pleasure. He was a man with high moral values, radiating with humanity, noble-mindedness and especially modesty.
He passed away in year of 1980 in Belgrade.


Akademik Profesor Dr Jovan D. Ristić
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Akademik Profesor Dr Jovan D. Ristić (Beograd, IX 1912- 2001), lekar, specijalista neuropsihijatar; diplomirao je na Medicinskom fakultetu u Beogradu gde je završio i specijalizaciju; bio je redovan je profesor Medicinskog fakulteta Univerziteta u Beogradu, najbliži saradnik i direktni naslednik profesora dr Vladimira Vujića. Školovao se u Parizu (1941. godine u bolnici Salpetrier), Londonu (gde je proučavao elektroencefalografiju), Beču (Universit /its Nervenklinik) i Sjedinjenim američkim državama; Prof. Jovan Ristić je perfektno vladao sa ova tri jezika.

Proffesor dr Srboljub Stojiljković

Proffesor dr Srboljub Stojiljković (1922-1974), rborn in village Dubnica near Vranje, from housewife mother and father who was a teacher. He completed elementary school in his native place and high school in Skopje. He enrolled the School of Medicine in Belgrade in 1940 as the scholarship holder of the Army and Navy Ministry. During occupation, he volunteered as medical student. He was in the Army from 1944 to 1946, when he was demobilized to continue his studies. He graduated from the Faculty in 1949, having worked three years as undergraduate assistant at Department of Physiology. He started working at the Clinic of Neuropsychiatry in 1950, and passed his Board Examination summa cum laude in 1954. In the same year, he was appointed a teaching assistant, associate professor in 1957, extraordinary (part-time) professor in 1964 and full professor in 1969, when he became a Head of Department of Psychiatry and elected vice-dean of the School of Medicine. Since 1972, he was a Director of the Clinic of Neuropsychiatry and was reappointed vice-dean of the School of Medicine.

Prof dr Sci. med Dr Maksim Šternić

Prof dr Sci. med Dr Maksim Šternić (1921-1999), was born in Belgrade at Varos kapija (City Gate), in a part of the city he loved most in his life and came back in some difficult moments of his life. He derived from decent, old bourgeois family whose three earlier generations were born in Belgrade. In his home town, he finished the elementary school “Kralj Petar I” (“The King Peter I”) and the First Boys’ High School. In his early youth, he developed a series of positive features that he cherished throughout his life, and therefore, he grew up into mature, decisive and courageous person. He enrolled the School of Medicine in 1940, but had to discontinue his medical studies because the World War II began. He continued his studies not before 1945, after the liberation of country.

Prof Dr Sci. med Dr Jakov Smodlaka

Prof Dr Sci. med Dr Jakov Smodlaka(9/4/1922 in Belgrade, 3/11/1984) finished elementary and secondary school in Belgrade. He enrolled the School of Medicine in Belgrade in 1940, and continued with his studies in 1945, after the World War II. He stayed in Italy in 1942/43 since he had been coercively moved out from Dalmatia. In the first half of 1944, he joined the NOB – National Liberation War. He graduated from the Faculty in 1945. He started his specialist training in internal medicine at the Forth Clinic of the Internal Diseases. In April 1952, he was appointed head of Department of the Internal Diseases in Pec, and thereupon till the end of 1953, he was a director of Djakovica Hospital. He started the specialist training in neuropsychiatry in January 1954 as a physician of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic in Belgrade, and he passed Board Examination with top grades in April 1959.

Prof Dr Sci. Dr Lević M. Zvonimir

Prof Dr Sci. Dr Lević M. Zvonimir was born in Vrnjacka Banja on August 4, 1936. He graduated from the School of Medicine in Belgrade in 1961; he became a specialist in neuropsychiatry in 1967, and a full professor of neurology in 1987. He defended his master’s thesis under the title “Neurophysiological aspects of the effects of neuroleptics and anti-Parkinsonian drugs”, gaining the master’s degree in 1973. He was awarded doctor’s degree (“Criteria of the assessment of multiple sclerosis malignancy gradus”) at the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade in 1975. He particularly studied the problems of multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. He completed his advanced training in the National Hospital for Neurologic Diseases, Queen Square, London (six months in 1976), where he studied multiple sclerosis immunology.

Academician Professor Dr Vladimir S. Kosti

Academician Professor Dr Vladimir S. Kostić (1953),a full professor of neurology at the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, a director of the Institute of Neurology, Clinical Center of Serbia, focuses his professional and research interest on degenerative CNS diseases, before all etiopathogenesis and treatment.
He graduated from the School of Medicine in 1978. He passed Board Examination in May 1985. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade (majoring in Neurobiology) in 1980 upon defending his master’s thesis under the title “In vitro study of energetic condition of brain capillaries.” He defended doctoral thesis “The study of prostaglandin metabolism in brain ischemia” at the School of Medicine, Belgrade, in 1986.


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