Prof. Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D.
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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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 would like to thank our surgeon Dr. Darko Antičević for an amazingly done job, and to the anesthesiologist who was present all through the surgery. Thank you to all the doctors o...
I would like to express my outmost gratitude to the entire St. Catherine Specialty Hospital staff in Zagreb for giving us an amazingly warm welcome. I didn’t even feel like I was i...
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.
I would like to thank our surgeon Dr. Darko Antičević for an amazingly done job, and to the anesthesiologist who was present all through the surgery.
Thank you to all the doctors of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, and the entire medical staff for their professional and dedicated work. We would also like to thank Natalija Zalović, our interpreter for being an outstanding human and giving us support during those trying times, for being available to us at all times and for translating everything for us. We are very satisfied with everything.
Once again, thank you! May God bless you all!
I would like to express my outmost gratitude to the entire St. Catherine Specialty Hospital staff in Zagreb for giving us an amazingly warm welcome. I didn’t even feel like I was in another country. My daughter Aslana was treated amazingly, and all the preoperative procedures were done with great care. The surgery was a success! Aslana now feels really good, and I’m now able to see my child enjoying her everyday life again!
I know true meaning of life now!
I would specially like to thank our surgeon for treating us with such care. Every day after the surgery, he inquired about Aslana’s health, and we stayed in touch with him throughout all that period. After the surgery, our daughter received lots of presents and she was so happy about that. Even to this day, she can’t stop telling everybody about her experiences.
Also, I’d specially like to thank Natalija Zalović, our coordinator for treating us with such care, all her efforts were priceless!
Thanks to her, we were able to come to Croatia for surgery. She dealt with all our visa issues, and was a tremendous support to us in everything! When some issues occurred, she was always there for us to help and console us. She is such a big hearted and warm person!
Thank you and good luck with everything!
We loved your hospital. It’s very comfortable and up to every standard. We were pleasantly surprised by the medical staff. The nurses are very caring, professional and kind.
My child had two surgeries done in the hospital, and both went really well. We truly trusted your doctors’ great potential from the get go, and found comfort in knowing that we’re putting our child’s care in trust of such professionals.
I’m very happy that all our expectations came true. Your doctors are top quality. Your hospital provided us with an interpreter (Natalija Zalović) who was always available to us, 24/7, during our stay in Croatia, and she was always ready to help. She helped us with all the necessary documentation required for our coming to Croatia.
I would also like to thank your administrative department for doing such a great job.
I give you ten out of ten.
Scientific paper in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
The scientific paper of our Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in a well-known scientific journal
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Research by prof. Darko Antičević published in "Current Opinion in Pediatrics” with Impact Factor of 2,3
In total, this is the 12th paper published by St. Catherine's physician in journals indexed in CC in 2019.
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One of the most complex orthopedic interventions on the lower extremities in a child suffering from brittle bone disease was performed in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital
Right after the surgery, Mrs Alla Rotar from Russia, a mother of a child who underwent this complex surgery at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, said: "Because of this world-renowned hospital's excell...