Team of Experts -> Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D.

Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D. is an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in the field of spine surgery, especially in deformities and reconstructive spine surgery.

He was born in Zagreb where he graduated at School of Medicine University of Zagreb in 1975. In 1976 he started residency in Orthopaedic surgery in General hospital Maribor, Slovenia. In 1981 he continued residency in Department for Orthopedic Surgery University Hospital Centre Zagreb. After finishing his residency in 1982, he started his education in spine surgery. In 1983 one month in Istituto ortopedico Rizzoli, Italy (Prof.dr Romolo Savini). In 1985 AO course in spine surgery in  Davos,  Switzerland. The same year 6 month education in scoliosis surgery (German scoliosis center, dr Klaus Zielke,  Bad Wildungen, Germany). In 1987 Institute Callot (dr. Yvves Cotrel, France). In 1987 Center for experimantal surgery (Prof. Dr R.A. Dixon, Leeds, Great Britain). In 1991 is the guest of EAMDA president (Ulm, Gemany) for neuromuscular disorders.

In 1995 Course in surgery of upper cervical spine (Basel, Switzerland). In 1997 American Academy of orthopaedic surgeons, instructional courses. July 1998 Minimaly invasive course in spinal surgery, Tutlingen, Germany.  November 1999, University  center  for paediatric orthopaedic and spinal surgery (Utrecht the Netherlands).

In 1984 he defended his Master of Science Thesis on the topic of Moire topgraphy. In 1988 reached Ph.D. degree on the Thesis: „Experimental and Clinical possibilities in Scoliosis surgery“.

The same year becomes Head of the Children department in University hospital of Orthopaedic surgery, Šalata, Zagreb.

In 1989 he was elected as President of Yugoslav group for Scoliosis and Kyphosis Studies.

In 1991. becomes an Assistent Professor at Medical school Universitiy Zagreb.

In may 1991, organized 12th biennial Congress on Scoliosis and Kyphosis with international participaton.

In May 1999 organizes Course of minimally invasive spine surgery with international participation.

In 2000 is consultant of Ministry of Health in creating algorythm of back pain treatment.

In November 2000, consulting Professor of University hospital Koševo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2003 University Professor at Medical School University of Osijek, and Associate Professor University of Zagreb.

In 1995 starts as the Head of Depatment of orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology in „Dubrava“ Universitry Hospital, Zagreb.

In 2009 he developed an instrumentation for anterior spine surgery. („VKM“: Vladimr Kovač – Moreau, Neuro France Implants).

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Testimonial - Karla Colnar
Karla Colnar
Scoliosis surgery

„In 2020 I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a deformation of the spine. At that time, the degree of scoliosis was such that it was necessary to be treated with an orthosis. After some time, it got worse despite orthotic treatment and on the recommendation of my orthopedist, I was referred for further consultation. Through acquaintances, my parents and I heard about Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., as the greatest Croatian expert in the treatment of children's scoliosis and spinal deformities. We did the first examination shortly after the first contact with the doctor and he recommended the surgery. Prof. Kovač was honest and objectively explained to us what kind of surgery it was and what the risks were, which particularly impressed us. Shortly after our conversation, we decided to have surgery. Prof. Vladimir Kovač recommended treatment at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital as one of the top institutions that can perform preoperative preparation and postoperative care, as well as the operation itself, at the highest level. We arrived at the hospital the day before the operation and stayed in the hospital suite, which was spacious and pleasant to stay in. The surgery was already on the second day and almost completely painless, and I was sitting on the second day after the surgery and on the third day I was already walking. After seven days I was discharged for home treatment. The whole experience was beyond all our expectations. All this would not have been possible without the great experience, knowledge and expertise of prof. Vladimir Kovač and his team who performed the operation flawlessly. The service itself, from the first to the last day of hospital stay, was at the highest level. We were especially impressed by the care and concern of the medical team on the 3rd floor of the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital and all the physiotherapists to whom we can only say a big thank you for everything. We would especially like to thank prof. Dr. Vladimir Kovač for his care, approach to the patient, professionalism and expertise. At the same time, all praise to the team of the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital for the extremely professional service, kindness, warm approach and smile they had at every step. We sincerely want to recommend the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital.“

The patient underwent scoliosis surgery. The procedure was performed by Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon.


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