Center of Excellence


Damir Vrbanec, M.D

Specialization in internal medicine, 1980-1984 /Hospital “Sisters of Mercy”/, Zagreb Cancer Research Assistant, Nuclear Medicine and Oncology Departement, Sisters of Mercy, University Hospital, Zagreb 1985-1989.
Assistant Lecturer, Departement of Pathophysiology, Medical Faculty University of Zagreb, University Hospital Rebro, 1989-1993 .
Assistant Professor, Departement of Pathophysiology, 1993-1998.
1998. Professor of Medicine.
Since 2002. the head of the Departement of Medical oncology, Oncology, University Hospital Rebro.
Education (Academic Degrees):
M.D: Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, 1978.
Specialization in internal medicine, 1980-1984 /Hospital “Sisters of Mercy”/
M.S. in Experimental Biology and Medicine, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Zagreb 1980.PhD in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb 1982.
1987-1989 and 1994. Scholarship Foundation “Alexander von Humboldt” – stay in the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg / Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Department of oncology, University Hospital Eppendorf/.
Board of Internal Medicine 1984
Board of Medical Oncology  1998
Professional Experience
Head of the Departement of Medical oncology, Oncology, University Hospital Rebro Zagreb.
National Coordinator of Medical Oncology, Ministry of Health
Research Interest:
breast cancer, gastrointestinal tumors, immunooncology, chemo-hormonal therapy of solid tumors, immunotherapy, target/biological/ therapy, clinical and experimental oncology, oncogenes and growth factor.
Publications (see )
Participation in Important Organisation :
President of Croatian Society of Medical Oncology
Member of Scientific Board COCOG (Central European Cooperative OncologyGroup)
Member of the Board SEEROG / South Eastern European Research Oncology Group Member of Editorial Board of Journal MEMO / Magazine of European Medical Oncology /  Springer Verlag.
European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
European School of Oncology – ESO
Croatian Medical Society
Croatian Society of Medical Oncology
European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
Croatian Association for Cancer Research (EACR)

Luka Simetic

MD., internal medicine specialist, medical oncologist

Date of birth: 11.12.1979.

Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1979. Graduated in 2004. at Zagreb Medical School,  University of Zagreb, Croatia.  Finished medical training in internal medicine in 2012 then specialization in medical oncology in 2014. Active member of University Hospital Center  Zagreb multidisciplinary teams for melanoma and sarcoma treatment. Rece ived fellowship  in melanoma and sarcoma treatment, University hospital center Eppendorf, Hamburg. Special interests are immunooncology, targeted therapy, management of side effects. Co-investigator in international melanoma and GI studies.

Currently working as a medical oncologist in UHC Zagreb (Croatia) as a specialist in melanoma and sarcoma treatment.

Natalija Dedić Plavetić

is a Medical Oncologist at the Department of Oncology at University Hospital Centre Zagreb (UHC), Croatia from 2009. Currently, she is the Deputy Head of Oncology Outpatient Clinic at UHC Zagreb. Since 2016 she has been working as Assistant Professor at Department of Pathophysiology, Medical School of Zagreb, and University of Zagreb.

Dr Dedic Plavetic earned her medical degree at the University of Zagreb and completed Postgraduate study of Biomedicine at Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb and got her PhD in breast cancer in 2011. She is board certified in medical oncology in 2009 and internal medicine in 2003.

Dr Dedic Plavetic’s research interests include biology of solid tumors, hereditary cancer syndromes, breast cancer, prognostic and predictive markers of response to systemic therapy in breast cancer, cell signal transduction pathways and mechanisms of therapy resistance.

She is actively involved in a phase II-III breast cancer clinical trials ongoing and participated in GI tumors clinical trials in the past. Dr Dedic Plavetic has authored several original papers and book chapters, and over 50 publications and abstracts. She regularly participates in local and national presentations and forums. Dr Dedic Plavetic holds various professional memberships, including ESMO, Croatian Medical Association, and Croatian Society for Medical Oncology.