Prof. Goran Mrak, M.D., Ph.D.
Prof. Goran Mrak, M.D., Ph.D. is a neurosurgeon with extensive national and international experience in the field of adult and pediatric neurosurgery. Right after graduating from the Medical School of the University of Zagreb in 1993, he completed his internship in the Varaždin General Hospital. Following this, he got a neurosurgical residency at Rebro Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, which he completed in 2000.
Two years later, he got his master’s degree after completing his thesis titled “Hidden Spinal Dystrophy - Tethered Cord Syndrome” at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of Zagreb. In 2010, at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the impact of high energy ultrasound on the tissue of intervertebral disc. From 2004 he has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. In 2011 he became an Associate Professor at the same department. In 2010, he became the Head of Cerebrovascular Surgery Department at the Neurosurgery Clinic at Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, and from 2015, he has been the head of the Neurosurgery Clinic at Rebro Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb.
During his rich scientific and professional career, Prof. Goran Mrak has completed numerous international courses from various fields of neurosurgery and has held a series of lectures at more than 50 international and local congresses and courses. In 2011 he was on a subspecialization in cerebrovascular and skull surgery at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, USA, and has gained further education in Germany, France, Great Britain and several medical centers in the US. So far, he has worked at the Royal London Hospital in London, Queens Medical Center at Nottingham University Hospital and Cardiff & Vale University Hospital in Cardiff, Wales. From 2014, he has been licensed by the General Medicine Council (GMC), which grants him a permission to work independently in the UK. He is an author of numerous scientific papers published in internationally indexed journals, as well as of several chapters in professional books. Prof. Goran Mrak, M.D., Ph.D. is a member of Croatian Medical Association, the Croatian Neurosurgical Society, Croatian Skull Base Society, European Skull Base Society, EANS, the Vascular Section of EANS, and WFNS.
With over 4.000 neurosurgical operations, he is an international expert in cerebrovascular surgery (aneurysms, arterial malformations, and bypass surgery), epilepsy surgery, brain tumor and skull base surgery, awake brain tumor surgery, pediatric and spinal surgery. He has been the initiator of epilepsy surgery in the Republic of Croatia and has so far performed over 200 neurosurgical epilepsy operations and over 500 operations of cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. He has also had a crucial role in implementing extra-intracranial bypass surgery as a standard procedure for the treatment of complex brain tumors, aneurysms and occlusive cerebrovascular diseases.
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My search for a chronic pain diagnosis took two years. The pain was unbearable and incurable because my diagnosis was unknown. I came to St. Catherine Hospital on the recommendation of a friend - initially at prof. Goran Mrak, M.D., Ph.D., neurosurgery specialist, and then I continued the treatment with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care. Doctor Marin Lozić doesn't give up on an unusual diagnosis and he will do everything he can to make your life easier. I am still on that healing journey with him. Step by step, it is getting easier for me and I hope that soon all the pain will become a part of my past. I want to thank Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D. from the bottom of my heart for everything. I will continue to travel 1.100 kilometers every 15 days to get his help and support. Also, I would like to praise the extremely kind and helpful staff of St. Catherine.
In the photo with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care