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Global public health/public health/healthcare

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2018-2019

Doctors Without Borders, Operational Centre Brussels, Belgium

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH UNIT IN LUXEMBOURG (LuxOR) AND OPERATIONAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR FOR OPERATIONAL CENTRE IN BRUSSELS

Main activities and responsibilities  

  • Overall Medical Department coordinator with regard to guiding global policy and strategic aspects of operational research
  • Member of the MSF-Luxembourg management team as LuxOR director
  • Management and support to the human resources of LuxOR in Brussels and Luxembourg
  • Organisation of the global strategic orientation and coordination between different sectors ad individuals working within dynamic and diverse portfolio of operational research and related medical data collection/analysis needed for the research
  • Coordination the capacity building activities
  • Organisation of Operational Research Day
  • Organisation and conceptualisation of strategic retreats

 Main achievements 

  • New strategic directions of operational research proposed 
  • Detailed overview of the current organisation’s stage of operational research and the key challenges 
  • Reorganisation of LuxOR proposed 
  • Promotion of the LuxOR within Medical Department in Brussels and in Luxembourg including positioning the unit as an integral part of Luxembourgish society
2002 – 2014

Institute of Public Health of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

HEAD OF HIV, HEPATITIS, STI & TB DEPARTMENT (2007-2014), EPIDEMIOLOGIST (2005-2014), TRAINEE IN EPIDEMIOLOGY (2002-2005)

Main activities and responsibilities  

  • Design, management and monitoring and evaluation of HIV, hepatitis, STI and TB surveillance, including data collection and databases and coordination of the activities in Autonomous Province of Vojvodina 
  • Design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of preventative programmes and coordination of the activities in Autonomous Province of Vojvodina 
  • Management of an NGO network (Vojvodinian HIV Network) and collaboration with NGOs and decision-makers 
  • Collaboration with MoH, provincial authorities, local self-administration, humanitarian organisations, schools, professional associations, hospitals, healthcare institutions, private practice, companies, NGOs 
  • Development of strategies, policies and legislation 
  • Development of technical reports on communicable diseases 
  • Outbreak investigation and control 
  • Pandemic preparedness and response 
  • Regular field visits and supervision of disease surveillance and reporting, immunisation coverage, cold chain and infection control practices 
  • Management of HIV and hepatitis laboratory 
  • Editor-in Chief of Vojvodinian Epidemiological Monthly (2003-2008) 
  • Continuous medical education: Communicable Disease Surveillance in Primary Health Care (2007) 
  • Training in surveillance, voluntary counselling and testing, prevention and control of professional exposure to blood borne infections, immunisation and infection control, postgraduate GP training in surveillance and disease reporting 
  • Supervision of procurement of laboratory equipment and donations 
  • Board of Ethics, chairman, 2007-2009. 
  • Committee for Security on Work, member. 2008-2009 
  • Committee for Donations, member, 2008-2009
  • Team for Project Development, member, 2008-2009
  • Executive Board of the Union of Healthcare Workers,. member, 2010-2014
  • Supervisory Committee of the Union of Healthcare Workers, member, 2010-2014

Main achievements 

  • Introduction of second generation of HIV surveillance 
  • Development and introduction of hepatitis surveillance, including second generation surveillance and laboratory surveillance 
  • Development and introduction of surveillance of professional exposure to blood borne infections 
  • Expanding HIV, hepatitis and STI voluntary counselling and testing services, including outreach 
  • Establishment of HIV, hepatitis, STI and TB Unit
  • Introduction of new diagnostic tests for HIV and hepatitis, including confirmatory tests, monitoring and supervision of the laboratory 
  • Introduction of ISO standards to the laboratory 
  • Effective management of large outbreaks (e.g. measles, norovirus, hepatitis B and C, salmonellosis, shigellosis) and those of higher importance (e.g. anthrax, meningitis, brucellosis) 
  • Establishment of the Injury Prevention Unit and injury surveillance system 
  • Development of technical reports on communicable diseases 
  • 65 technical (annual surveillance) reports developed, plus many periodical reports 
  • Projects: i) Psychosocial Support to People Living with HIV in Novi Sad, Regio Emilia Romagna, Italy / City of Novi Sad / Red Cross of Novi Sad / Ecumenic Humanitarian Organisation / Youth of JAZAS Novi Sad / Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre ii) HIV prevention in Novi Sad (2004-2014), City of Novi Sad; iii) Support to hard-to-reach populations in Novi Sad, City of Novi Sad;
    iv) Prevention of Mother-to-Child transmission, UNICEF,  v) Establishing monitoring and evaluation system of the national HIV response in Serbia, UNAIDS, vi) Knowledge and attitudes of healthcare workers in Serbia about HIV (2006),  Economic Institute / Institute of Public Health of Serbia, vii) Early warning and response system for detection of outbreaks, World Health Organisation/Institute of Public Health of Serbia.
2000 – 2002

Primary Health Care Centre Backi Petrovac, Serbia

PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN

Main activities and responsibilities  

  • General and family medicine 
  • Urgent medical care 
  • Disease prevention (immunisation)  
  • Community health 

 

Academic

2016- present

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

LECTURER AT THE INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT (2016-2018)

Main activities and responsibilities  

  • Member of the Graduate School Board 
  • Member of the Learning and Teaching Panel 
  • Member of the Researcher Enhancement and Development team 
  • Coordinator of PhD programme at the Institute for Global Health and Development 
  • Coordinator of Global Public Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Research Development and Proposal Writing modules 
  • Lecturer in Global Health and Social Policy, Researching Global Health and Development, Learning Methodologies and
  • Independent Study 
  • Research in global health and development 
  • Supervision of MSc (9 students) and PhD students (3 candidates) 
  • Examination boards (2 PhD candidates) 
  • Student admission tutor

HONORARY ASSOCIATE LECTURER

(2018-2021)

  • Supervision of PhD students (3 candidates)

Main achievements 

  • 1 PhD thesis awarded, 7 MSc dissertations defended, 2 independent studies completed 
  • 17 research papers published 
  • Research projects: i) Designing and Evaluating Provider Results-Based Financing for Tuberculosis Care in Georgia: Understanding Costs, Mechanisms of Effect and Impact, Medical Research Council / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom / Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwer, Beligum / Curacio International Foundation, Tbilisi, Georgia / London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Banjul, The Gambia; ii) Increasing Capacity in Research in Eastern Europe (ICREATE), NIH / University of Iowa, USA, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; iii) Implement and Evaluate Interventions Contributing to Strengthen Adherence to TB Treatment in Pilot Site – Latvia, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control / University of Latvia / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom / Riga University Hospital, Riga, Latvia 
2002 –2014

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine, Novi Sad, Serbia

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HEAD OF EPIDEMIOLOGY DEPARTMENT, COORDINATOR OF RESEARCH MODULES AND PhD MODULES

Main activities and responsibilities 

  • Curriculum design and coordination of Epidemiology, Introduction of Research Methods (undergraduate), Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Epidemiology specialisation (postgraduate) courses 
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching: epidemiology (medicine, nursing), public health (dentistry), introduction to research methodology (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, medical rehabilitation, special education and rehabilitation), nursing in emergencies (nursing), communicable disease epidemiology, non-communicable diseases epidemiology, research methodology, principles of public health (PhD programme), surveillance (residency training in epidemiology, pulmology and occupational medicine), epidemiological methods, epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (training in epidemiology) 
  • Supervision of MSc (4 students) and PhD students (8 candidates) and undergraduate (12) students 
  • Examination boards for undergraduate students graduation papers (6 students), PhD (3 candidates), epidemiology specialisation (5 candidates) 
  • Student examinations – oral (several hundreds of students) and written (several thousands of students), preparation of exams, multiple-choice questions and essay topics, marking 
  • Continuous medical education: arbovirus infection, health communication skills, modern aspects of hepatitis B, modern aspects of hepatitis C, modern epidemiological methods, voluntary counselling and testing, concepts of a modern communicable disease surveillance, professional exposures to bloodborne infections, epidemiology of HIV infection, surveillance system for professional exposures.
  • International collaboration (University of California Berkeley, University of Iowa, University of Trnava, Babes-Bolyai University, University of Zagreb, Nofer Institute…) 
  • Research in mental health, injury prevention and blood-borne infections: 
  • Management and administration of Epidemiology Department and research modules.

Main achievements 

Modernisation of Epidemiology and Introduction to Research Methods curricula and curricula for postgraduate courses 

Introduction of written exams 

3 PhD theses, 1 MSc dissertation, 1 epidemiology specialisation, 12 undergraduate papers successfully defended 

43 research papers published 

Research projects: i) Mental health service delivery to older people in four countries from the Central -East Europe region: Albania, Moldova, Romania and Serbia – Does the resource allocation meet the actual and future needs?, NIH / University of California, Berkeley / State Medical and Pharmaceutical University Nicolae Testemitanu, Chisinau, Moldova / WHO Country Office Moldova / University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova Dolj, Romania / Spiru Haret University Bucurest, Romania / Institute for Gerontology, Belgrade, Serbia / Univeristy of Belgrade, Serbia / University of Bucurest, Romania, Kristal University, Tirana, Albania; ii) Improve the Mental Health Referral System in Oncology Care (IMeRS), NIH/University of California, Berkeley / Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania; iii) Informal Work-Related Injuries in Backi Petrovac Municipality, Serbia; WHO Geneva / Monash University Melbourne, Australia / University of Melbourne, Australia; iv), v) Causes of Under-Diagnosis of Depression in South-Eastern European Countries; NIH / University of California, Berkeley / Tirana University Hospital Centre, Tirana, Albania / University Multi-profile Hospital for Active Treatment in Neurology and Psychiatry St. Naum, Sofia, Bulgaria/ Trigru Mures University/ State Medical and Pharmaceutical University Nicolae Testemitanu, Chisinau, Moldova / WHO Country Office Moldova; v) General Hospital Emergency Departments and Mental Health Clients – Need for Evaluations – User and Care Givers Perspective, NIH / University of California, Berkeley / Tirana University Hospital Centre, Tirana, Albania / University Multi-profile Hospital for Active Treatment in Neurology and Psychiatry St. Naum, Sofia, Bulgaria/ Trigru Mures University/ State Medical and Pharmaceutical University Nicolae Testemitanu, Chisinau, Moldova / WHO Country Office Moldova / University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova Dolj, Romania / Spiru Haret University Bucurest, Romania / University Dimitrie Cantemir, Tg Mures, Romania; vi) Mental Illness stigma in South Eastern Europe – the Present and the Future in the Terms of Research Priorities, NIH / University of California, Berkeley / Tirana University Hospital Centre, Tirana, Albania / Medical University Pleven, Bulgaria/ Trigru Mures University/ State Medical and Pharmaceutical University Nicolae Testemitanu, Chisinau, Moldova / WHO Country Office Moldova / University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova Dolj, Romania; vii) Evaluation of Blood Borne Infections in Central and Eastern European Hospitals,  NIH / University of Iowa; viii) Professional Exposures to Blood Borne Infections among Health Care Workers in AP Vojvodina, NIH / University of Iowa; ix) Training of Health Care Workers in HIV and Hepatitis Prevention, NIH / University of Iowa; x) Development of Road Traffic Injuries Surveillance System (2006), NIH / University of Iowa, USA.

2020-2021

EHESP School of Public Health, Rennes, France, EUROPUBLICHEALTH+ Masters programme

VISITING PROFESSOR

Main activities and responsibilities 

  • Actively participating in the Master course activities 
  • Performing teaching/research/student tutoring activities 
  • Establishing the programme with the academic coordinator of the integration module 
  • Bringing concrete added value to the course and students (through teaching specific classes, leading and participating in seminars or workshops, monitoring and tutoring student research/project activities, participating in thesis reviews, preparing new teaching modules, etc.) 
  • Contributing, after the visiting scholar activities, to the promotion and dissemination of the Erasmus+ Programme in general, and the concerned EMJMD in particular, in the HEI and country of origin.

Main achievements 

  • Successful delivery of the module in two consecutive years with the focus on boarder health. 
2019-2021

Polonia University, Czestochowa, Poland

VISITING PROFESSOR

Main activities and responsibilities 

  • Establishing connections with the researchers from other countries 
  • Stimulating students to publish their research results 
  • Exchanging ideas for potential research 
2021-present

University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, Lethbridge, Canada

RESOURCE PERSON FOR THE COURSE HEALTH SYSTEMS WITH A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Main activities and responsibilities 

  • Contribution to the module Health Systems with a Global Perspective 
  • Communication with students, sharing practical experience, and recommendation of the relevant resources.

Main achievements 

  • Sensibilisation of the students for learning about and researching health system challenges in Central and Eastern Europe. 
2017-present

University of Trnava, Trnava, Slovak Republic

MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL FOR INTERNAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION (2021-PRESENT), MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF PhD STUDIES TUTORS (2017-PRESENT)

Main activities and responsibilities

  • Reviewing quality assessment reports related to public health programmes and providing feedback
  • Attending meetings of the Concil for Internal Quality Assessment in Higher Education and approving the assessments
  • Interaction with the University representatives and the Council members

Main achievements

  • Successful accreditation of public health related university programmes