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Professor VINKO FRANČIŠKOVIĆ, Ph.D. (1919-1984), academician

Professor Vinko Frančišković completed his medical studies in Padua in 1943, after which he spent next two years in partisan medical units. He became a specialist in surgery and urology in Belgrade.

From 1952 to 1954 he worked at the Military Hospital in Lovran. From then on (1954-61) he was the head of the surgical department at Pula Military Hospital. From 1961 to 1983 he was in charge of "Dr. Zdravko Kučić" surgical department in Rijeka and in 1962 turned it into a leading clinical institution.

He founded the Dialysis Center, which performed the first successful kidney transplantation in Croatia in 1971. By performing more than 250 transplantations, he also helped develop transplantation programs in Zagreb, Sarajevo and Skopje. He was a full professor and dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka (1979-83), and a full member of Academy of Sciences since 1981.

"Fisso lo squardo a lontani orizonti giungesti al porto ove pace e letizia eterna" is the epitaph written on his grave.

Vinko Frančišković
Kozala Cemetery
WDEC 2021

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