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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Professor of surgery with 30 years experience in healthcare.

Skill in providing wide range of surgical procedures in the field of visceral surgery using open and minimally invasive approach.

High volume surgeon with more than 350 surgical and more than 300 endoscopic procedures performed annually. Professionally trained in advanced minimally invasive (laparoscopic and thoracoscopic) surgery of the upper digestive tract with experience ensuring high standards of culturally competent care for a wide variety of patients with diverse needs.

Leader in the filed of minimally invasive surgery.  Consultant in the field of upper digestive and bariatric surgery in several University and Community Hospitals in the region. Surgeon with busy private practice.

High-performing manager with more than 10 years of Managerial experience in hospital environment.

Experienced lecturer with 20 years of teaching experience in the field of medicine, surgery and management in medicine.

President of the National Society of Endoscopic Surgeons. Advisory board member at the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia. EAES (European Association for Endoscopic Surgery) E&T (Education and Training) Committee member.

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WORK HISTORY

2018
Advisory Board Member
University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia
2014
Head of the Bariatric Surgery
University Hospital for Digestive Surgery, Clinical Center of Serbia
2012
Professor of Surgery
University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia
2012
Professor of Management in Medicine
University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia
2010
Assistant Director of the Hospital
University Hospital for Digestive Surgery, Clinical Center of Serbia
2010
Head of the Department for Minimally Invasive Upper Digestive Surgery
University Hospital for Digestive Surgery, Clinical Center of Serbia
2008
Head of the Emergency Surgical Team
Emergency Center, Clinical Center of Serbia
2000
Board Certificied Visceral Surgeron
University Hospital for Digestive Surgery, Clinical Center of Serbia
1994
Board Certified General Surgeon
Surgical Clinics, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia

EDUCATION

2021

Post-Graduate Studies in Medical Oncology

University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

2009

MSc in Healthcare Management

University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

2002

PhD in Surgical Oncology

University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

2000

Board Certified Visceral Surgeon

University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

1995

MSc in Surgical Oncology

University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

1994

Board Certified General Surgeon

Surgical Clinics, Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia

1988

Medical Licence

University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

SURGICAL EDUCATION ABROAD

2019

Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery Course with Cadaver Lab and Live Surgery Cases

Ayhan Kuzu; University of Ankara, Turkey

2011

Master Course TME

Covidien Training Center Erlancourt, France

2011

Single Incision and Reduced Port Surgery Training Course

Vienna, Austria  

2010

LEES Training Course

Olympus Training Center Hamburg, Germany    

2009

Minimal Invasive Surgery of the Incisional and Umbilical Hernias

Tim Tollens; Bonheiden, Belgium

2007; 2009

Minimal Invasive Surgery of the Esophagus

James D. Luketich; Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA, USA  

2004; 2010

Bariatric Surgery

Karl A. Miller; KH Hallein, Austria

2004

Training Course in Advanced Laparoscopic Procedures

Center for the Experimental and Microsurgery, University “Victor Babas” Temisuara, Romania

2002

Digestive and Oncologic Surgery

Hitoshi Katai; National Cancer Center Hospital, Japan

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Scholarship of the Serbian Government Scientific and Art Foundation, 1989 – 1991

Original surgical technique: The use of Autologous Fascia Lata Graft in the Laparoscopic Reinforcement of Large Hiatal Defect; Published in BMC Surgery 2015 2015; 15(1):8 and Srp Arh Celok Lek. 2014(7-8):424-430

First procedure performed worldwide: Non-active implantable device (RefluxStop®) treating acid reflux with a new dynamic treatment approach: 1-year results; Published in BMC Surg. 2020 Jul 20;20(1):159

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSES FACULTY

October 21-22, 2021.

Laparoscopic Gastrectomy Cours, with live surgery case

Clinical Center of Serbia, University Hospital for Digestive Surgery in Belgrade. President: Milos Bjelovic

October 14, 2021.

Panelist at the UGI (Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland) Congress 2021.

RefluxStop, a new innovation in the treatment of GERD, 3-year follow-up results

October 03, 2021.

Panelist at the WEBINAR – XL TMD 2021.

Surgical treatment of Obesity

Laparoscopic gastrectomy, new standard in the surgical treatment of gastric cancer

May 13, 2021.

Chai at the EAES FORWARD Program Live Streaming WEBINAR; Minimally Invasive HBP Surgery

April 09, 2021.

Panelist at the WEBINAR - World Hearing Day 2021: Hearing care for all

Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease

November 25, 2020.

Panelist at the EAES FORWARD Program Live Streaming WEBINAR

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Neoplasms

November 04, 2020.

Panelist at the EAES FORWARD Program Live Streaming WEBINAR

Bariatric Surgery

October 21, 2020.

Panelist at the EAES FORWARD Program Live Streaming WEBINAR

Diagnosis and Treatment of Benign Esophageal and Gastric Disorders

July 9, 2020

Panelist at the Medtronic WEBINAR

Managing Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) during a Pandemic, impossible Mission?  In co-organization with Websurg – IRCAD France

December 30, 2019.

Experts’ assistance for a new procedure: Use of the RefluxStop device in the management of GERD

University Hospital of Charité in Berlin, with Prof. Matthias Biebl

September 24, 2018

Experts’ assistance for a new procedure: Use of the RefluxStop device in the management of GERD

Inselspital, Bern University Hospital with Dr Yves Borbely

September 04, 2018

Experts’ assistance for a new procedure: Use of the RefluxStop device in the management of GERD

Hirslanden Hospital, Surgical Center Zurich with Prof. Dr Otmar Schob

July 02-03, 2018

Clinical Expertise, with live surgery cases. Laparoscopic radical gastrectomy for Cancer

Clinical Center of Serbia, Hospital for Digestive Surgery in Belgrade. President Milos Bjelovic

April 27, 2018

Digest on Gastroenterology and Minimally Invasive Surgery: From GERD to Adenocarcinoma

Belgrade, President Milos Bjelovic

January 19-20, 2016

Clinical Expertise, with live surgery case. Total Minimally Invasive Esophageactomy for Cancer

Clinical Center of Serbia, Hospital for Digestive Surgery in Belgrade. President  Milos Bjelovic

December 11, 2015

ESGAR/ESCP Workshop on GI tract tumour - a multidisciplinary approach

Clinical case based discussions

December 10, 2015

ESGAR/ESCP Workshop on GI tract tumour - a multidisciplinary approach

Lecture: Surgical treatment of the oesophageal cancer

March 15-19, 2014

Clinical Expertise, with live surgery cases. Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery

Clinical Center of Serbia, Hospital for Digestive Surgery in Belgrade. President Milos Bjelovic

March 1-2, 2010

Abdominal Wall Defects; Open and Laparoscopic Treatment. Second International Course

S.Camillo Hospital, Trento, Italy; March 1-2, 2010. President Giusto Pignata

Live surgery: Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Serbian Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, President

Serbian Group for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors, Member of the Expert Team

Serbian Association for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, Board Member

Serbian Society for Bariatric Surgery, Board Member

New Frontiers in Medicine, University of Belgrade, School of Medicine, Member of the Organizing Committee

The International Federation for Surgery of the Obesity (IFSO), Communication Committee Member 

The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), National Delegate   

The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), E&T Committee member

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Examiner at the UEMS Minimally Invasive Surgery Board Exam 2021.

External Examiner for the BST and HST Assessment in General Surgery. University of Malta, Mated Dei Hospital 2019.

Principal Investigator (PI) in the academic (non-commercial) clinical trials

The use of autologous fascia lata graft in the laparoscopic reinforcement of large hiatal defect

The efficiency and effectiveness of minimally invasive esophagectomy in the treatment of esophageal cancer

Laparoscopic esophageal lengthening procedure in the patients with secondary short esophagus

The effectiveness of laparoscopic radical gastrectomy for the treatment of stomach neoplasms

The effectiveness of the citoreductive surgery and HIPEC in serosa positive gastric cancer

HRQoL of the patients with functional gastrointestinal dissorders

Co-investigator in the Regional Project for Labor Relations and Social Dialogue in South-East Europe. Project entitled The Performance of Public Health-care Systems in South-East Europe; A comparative qualitative study was organized and funded by the Fridrich-Ebert-Stiftung during the 2012 and 2013; and published in 2014.

Principal Investigator (PI) in the commercial clinical trials

Prospective, Single-blind, Randomized, Phase III Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy Study of Fibrin Sealent Grifols (FS Grifols) as an Adjunct to Hemostasis During Soft Tissue Open Surgery

Prospective, Single-blind, Randomized, Phase III Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy Study of Fibrin Sealent Grifols (FS Grifols) as an Adjunct to Hemostasis During Parenchymous Tissue Open Surgery

The DIAMOND® for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes: Can blood Triglycerides level be the predictor for therapy efficiency ? A Multicentre, Prospective, Semi-randomized Study

Evaluation of Safety and Effectiveness of the RefluxStop device in the management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Co-investigator in the projects funded by Serbian Ministry of Sciences

Synthesis, development, technology acquisition and application of nanostructured multifunctional materials with predefined properties

Local neuroendocrine immunological axle on inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) – Molecular, biochemical and immunohistochemical studies

Regulatory peptides, cytokines and growth factors; neuroendocrine immunological axis in ontogenesis, oncogenesis and inflammation of the digestive system

Editorial Board Member

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology 2011 – 2015

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology 2016 – 2019

Reviewer

Surgical Endoscopy

European Journal of Surgical Oncology

Journal of Investigative Surgery

American Journal of Translational Research

VSP

Serbian Archives of Medicine

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Bracale U, Corcione F, Pignata G, Andreuccetti J, Dolce P, Boni L, Cassinotti E, Olmi S, Uccelli M, Gualtierotti M, Ferrari G, De Martini P, Bjelović M, Gunjić D, Cuccurullo D, Sciuto A, Pirozzi F, Peltrini R. Impact of neoadjuvant therapy followed by laparoscopic radical gastrectomy with D2 lymph node dissection in Western population: A multi-institutional propensity score-matched study. J Surg Oncol. 2021 Aug 25. doi: 10.1002/jso.26657. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34432291.

Bracale U, Merola G, Pignata G, Andreuccetti J, Dolce P, Boni L, Cassinotti E, Olmi S, Uccelli M, Gualtierotti M, Ferrari G, De Martini P, Bjelović M, Gunjić D, Silvestri V, Pontecorvi E, Peltrini R, Pirozzi F, Cuccurullo D, Sciuto A, Corcione F. Laparoscopic gastrectomy for stage II and III advanced gastric cancer: long‑term follow‑up data from a Western multicenter retrospective study. Surg Endosc. 2021 Apr 20. doi: 10.1007/s00464-021-08505-y. Online ahead of print

Bjelović M, Harsányi L, Altorjay Á, Kincses Z, Forsell P; Investigators of the RefluxStop™ Clinical Investigation Study Group. Non-active implantable device treating acid reflux with a new dynamic treatment approach: 1-year results: RefluxStop™ device; a new method in acid reflux surgery obtaining CE mark. BMC Surg. 2020;20:159.

Milosevic M, Stojanovic DB, Simic V, Grkovic M, Bjelovic M, Uskokovic PS, Kojic M. Preparation and modeling of three-layered PCL/PLGA/PCL fibrous scaffolds for prolonged drug release. Sci Rep. 2020;10:11126.

Milosavljevic V, Veselinovic M, Tadic B, Galun D, Ceranic M, Eric D, Bjelovic M. Laparoscopic Management of Initially Unrecognized Splenic Hydatid Cysts: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Medicina (Kaunas). 2019;55:771.

Oesophago-Gastric Anastomosis Study Group on behalf of the West Midlands Research Collaborative. International Variation in Surgical Practices in Units Performing Oesophagectomy for Oesophageal Cancer: A Unit Survey from the Oesophago-Gastric Anastomosis Audit (OGAA). World J Surg. 2019;43:2874-84

Bjelović M, Ayguasanosa J, Kim RD, Stojanović M, Vereczkei A, Nikolić S, Winslow E, Emre S, Xiao G, Navarro-Puerto J, Courtney K, Barrera G. A Prospective, Randomized, Phase III Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Fibrin Sealant Grifols as an Adjunct to Hemostasis as Compared to Cellulose Sheets in Hepatic Surgery Resections. J Gastrointest Surg. 2018;22:1939-49

Sladojevic M, Bjelovic M, Ilic N, Mutavdzic P, Koncar I, Dragas M, Markovic M, Davidovic L. Open Surgical Treatment of Secondary Aortoesophageal and Aortobronchial Fistula after Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair and Esophagocoloplasty in a Second Procedure. Ann Vasc Surg. 2017;44:417.e11-417.e16

Bjelovic M, Polovina S. Surgical treatment of obesity – from bariatric to metabolic surgery. Belgrade:CIBID; 2016.

Bjelovic M, Babic T, Spica B, Gunjic D, Veselinovic M, Trajkovic G. Could hybrid minimally invasive esophagectomy improve the treatment results of esophageal cancer? Eur J Surg Oncol. 2016; 42:1196-201

Bjelovic M, Babic T, Dragicevic I, Corac A, Trajkovic G. The Burden of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease on Patients’ Daily Lives: A Cross-Sectional Study Conducted in a Primary Care Setting in Serbia. Srp Arh Celok Lek. 2015; 143:676-80.

Bjelovic M, Babic T, Gunjic D, Veselinovic M, Spica B. Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy for Cancer: Single Center Experience after 44 Consecutive Cases. Srp Arh Celok Lek. 2015; 143:410-5.

Bjelovic M, Babic T, Spica B, Gunjic D, Veselinovic M, Bascarevic V. The use of autologous fascia lata graft in the laparoscopic reinforcement of large hiatal defect: initial observations of the surgical technique. BMC Surg. 2015; 15:22.

Bjelovic M, Babic T, Gunjić D, Veselinović M, Spica B. Laparoscopic repair of hiatal hernias: experience after 200 consecutive cases. Srp Arh Celok Lek. 2014; 142:424-30.

Bjelovic M, Spica B, Gunjic D, Skrobic O, Babic T, Pesko P. [Laparoscopic myotomy in achalasia cardia treatment: experience after 36 operations]. Srp Arh Celok Lek. 2013; 141:475-81.

Bjelovic M, Micev M, Spica B, Babic T, Gunjic D, Djuric A, Pesko P. Primary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the stomach in an adult woman: a case report and review of the literature. World J Surg Oncol. 2013;11:35

Ostale publikacije su dostupne na  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=bjelovic+m&sort=date&size=50

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