Team of Experts -> Assoc. Prof. Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University. of Zagreb, School of Medicine and senior Consultant at Children’s Hospital, Paediatric. Orthopaedic Department, Zagreb, Croatia.

Staff member of the “St. Catherine” Special Orthopaedic Hospital, Zabok, Croatia.


  • University of Zagreb, Zagreb
  • Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, UK
  • Felix Platter Spittal, Basel, Switzerland
  • Hospital for Joint Disease, New York NY
  • European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS) - President 2017/2018
  • International Federatio of Pediatric Orthopaedic Societies (IFPOS) - President 2016-2017

President of Croatian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society 2006-2014.,

EPOS councillor 2009-12 IFPOS Board member 2011-2015.

The founding member of Croatian Society for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (1998).

President of LOC of 29th Annual EPOS Congress, Zagreb, 2010.

President of LOC of 11th International Conference on Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Dubrovnik, 2011.

Member of Scientific Committee of 12th I.C. on Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Wilmington, DE, USA 2014. and 13th I.C. on Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Oslo, Norway 2017.

EPOS Reading Committee Chair 2013-2016.;

Programme Co-chair (with Antony Stans) - EPOSNA Barcelona 2017.

48 publications indexed (CC, PubMed, Scopus WoS) are cited 157 times and H-index is 6. He is editor/co-editor of two books. Author of 17 book chapters (in Croatian). As invited faculty and/or moderator on more than 50 international Congresses and Courses. He was editor in chief of “Lječničke Novine” of Croatian medical Association for seven years. Editorial Board member and reviewer: Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics B (2013-), Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics; Liječnički Vjesnik (1996-), Pediatrica Croatica (2008-). In addition, he is reviewer for five international scientific journals. His humanitarian work/mission was with Children’s United Rehabilitation Effort in San Pedro Sula (Honduras), 2008. His work in Croatian Medical Association he was awarded with the special recognition and the medal “Ladislav Rakovac”.

As paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, he surgically treated more than five thousand children. Apart from Croatia he did surgery in Poland, UK, Austria, USA and Honduras.

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Testimonial - Karlo Mandić
Karlo Mandić
Extraction of the existing implant and fixation with a longer implant at a more favorable angle for the purpose of epiphysiodesis of the femoral head growth plate

In late 2020, I started to feel pain in my leg. The examination revealed that it was femoral head epiphysiolysis and that I needed surgery. After surgery in one health institution, I was on crutches for as long as two months. Taking into consideration that I walked for a long time with the help of crutches, we decided to go to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital for the second opinion of Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedics Surgeon, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. During the examination, Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D. concluded that the the fixation implant is too short and placed at the wrong angle, so that I could no longer do sports, which is very important to me. Based on this examination, I decided on another operation in St. Catherine to be able to play sports again. The operation went well, without any problems, and my recovery was very fast, so I returned to my usual activities and trainings with minimal exercise. One month after surgery at the check-up examination, dr. Antičević confirmed to me that there are no more restrictions and that I can play sports again without any problems. I was very happy and I would recommend St. Catherine hospital and Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D. to everyone with similar problems.

The patient underwent extraction of the existing implant and fixation with a longer implant at a more favorable angle for the purpose of epiphyseodesis of the the femoral head growth plate. The surgery was performed by Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedics Surgeon, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon with the operating team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.



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