State-of-the-art lectures

To honor the past and the contribution of personalities who have given a lot to the building and advancement of surgery in our country, in different times and ways, the Kosova College of Surgeons has decided to establish state-of-the-art lectures. These lectures are named after the most contributing personalities and the lecture or presentation that falls into this category is called a named lecture. Each year for the KCS Clinical Congress, the named lectures of that Congress will be determined.
So far, we have 26 state-of-the-art lectures in 26 different surgical disciplines. Other lectures may be added to this number in the future.

“The Founding President of KCS, Prof. Dr. Rifat Latifi, for Global Health” 

This lecture is named after Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, FICS, FCKS, Chair and Tenured Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College, Director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the International College of Surgeons (ICS), Founder and Chairman of the Kosova College of Surgeons and Editor-in-Chief of the Kosova Journal of Surgery, Minister of Health of the Republic of Kosova (November 16, 2021 – October 6, 2022).

This lecture is dedicated to developments and advances in surgery and health at the global level. Consequently, the lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Dr. Russell J Andrews, “Global Surgery and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Health Care for 2030”.

 “Dr. Adem Ademi for Emergency Surgery” 

This lecture is named after Dr. Adem Ademi, a Surgeon, who specialized in Zagreb. In 1981, he was appointed Chief of the Surgery Department at Mitrovica Hospital where he worked until 1992. During the war in Kosova, Dr. Ademi was among the first initiators in the preparation of the Military Hospital. He was assigned to the Shala area. However, due to the impossibility of circulation, the specialists didn’t always stay in the area of Shala. Dr. Ademi was stationed in the mountains of the municipality of Zubin Potok, where he was kidnapped together with a group of 23 intellectuals of various profiles. Since April 19, 1999, he has been registered as missing.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Hubert Hauser, Prim. ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. med., “Emergency Surgery in Acute Abdominal Trauma”.

“Prof. Dr. Riza Binishi for General Surgery” 

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Sci. Riza Binishi, a General Surgeon. Throughout his career as a surgeon, he was elected Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Surgical Clinic. Meanwhile, the academic career of Prof. Dr. Sci. Riza Binishi includes the position of Assistant, full Professor, and finally, the position of Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, and as such he retired. The commitment of Prof. Dr. Sci. Riza Binishit remains not only professional and scientific but expanded where it was most needed. As a highly experienced surgeon, he was called by the Kosova Liberation Army to the Operative Zone of Drenica, precisely in the village of Likoc.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Dr. Alberto R Ferreres, MD, Ph.D., JD, MPH, FACS (Hon.), “Management of Pancreatic Necrosis”.

“Qamil Haxhija for Leadership in Opthalmology” 

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Qamil Haxhija, an Ophthalmologist. In 1971, Dr. Haxhija was elected Head of the Eye Department of the General Hospital of Pristina. With the opening of the Faculty of Medicine in Pristina, he was elected the first Director of the Eye Clinic. For a while, he also held the position of Head of the Department of Ophthalmology in Pristina. Dr. Qamil Haxhija was co-author of the main textbook on Ophthalmology, for Medical students at the level of Yugoslavia, edited by Milan Blagojevic and Olga Litricin. He has had numerous scientific and professional presentations and publications in the field of Ophthalmology.

The lecture selected for the featured lecture was that of Barbara Cvenkel, MD, Ph.D., “Surgical Tips to Improve the Outcome of Filtration Surgery.”

“Prof. Dr. Talat Pallaska & Prof. Dr. Besim Sllamniku for ORL
Surgery”

This lecture is named after Dr. Tallat Pallaska. He specialized in ear, nose, and throat diseases in 1964 in Belgrade, at the Otorhinolaryngology and Cervical Surgery Clinic. In this year he returned to Pristina and was elected Head of the ENT Department at the General Hospital. For many years he led the department, educating young Albanian cadres about ear, nose, and throat diseases. In 1972, he was elected Director of the General Hospital in Pristina, where he received the title “Primarius” for his merits. Talat Pallaska was the instigator and activist of the opening of the Faculty of Medicine in Pristina, which began work in 1969. He has published more than 85 scientific papers.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Arsim Thaqi, MD, “Treatment of CSF- Fistula Cerebrospinal Duraplastic Fluid Leak”.

“Prof. Dr. Talat Pallaska & Prof. Dr. Besim Sllamniku for ORL
Surgery”

This lecture is named after Dr. Besim Sllamniku, an ENT Surgeon. In 1974, he performed the first total laryngectomy in Kosova. In 1976 he spent 6 months at the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden where he completed part of his doctoral dissertation. In 1987-1988 he spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Washington, USA. During that period he published more than 130 professional and scientific publications. His first book was Otorinolaringologija – and it was published by the Department of ENT Zagreb. Dr. Sllamniku was a Professor in ENT – head and neck surgery, and from 1999-2015 he was the president of the Oncology Association of Kosova.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Arsim Thaqi, MD, “Treatment of CSF- Fistula Cerebrospinal Duraplastic Fluid Leak”.

“Ass. Prof. Dr. Adnan Shabani for Plastic Surgery”

This lecture is named after Ass. Dr. Adnan Shabani, Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic surgeon. On May 1, 1978, he founded the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Prishtina, and from that time until June 15, 2003, he was Chief of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Prishtina. In 1978, he was chosen as an Assistant in the subject of General Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine in Prishtina. From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Adnan Shabani was the Head of Outpatient Service at the Surgery Clinic in Pristina. He is the author and co-author of over 20 scientific papers.

The lecture selected for the featured lecture was that of Lars-Peter Kamolz, MD, “Research Trends and Performances of Breast Reconstruction: An Overview.”

“Prof. Dr. Muharrem Gashi for Thoracic Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Muharrem Gashi, a General and Thoracic surgeon. In 1969, he was appointed Chief of the Department of Surgery, then of the Medical Center in Gjilan. In 1970, he was elected Assistant of General Surgery at the Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine in Prishtina. At the beginning of 1974, the Department of Thoracic Surgery was established in Kosova for the first time and Prof. Dr. Muharrem Gashi was appointed as Chief. He managed to draft 4 texts for postgraduate students and for doctors. Also, he has published more than 130 scientific and specialist works. Prof. Dr. Gashi published the book “Mediastanium Tumors” in 2012.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Dr. Tomaž Štupnik, “Learning VATS by Stimulation”.

“Prof. Dr. Safet Beqiri for Lung Cancer Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Safet Beqiraj. He worked in the Department of Thoracic Surgery in Pristina from 1984 to 1988. In June 1999, he returned to the Clinic of Surgery, to the Department of Thoracic Surgery, and was the first leader of the Emergency Center. Besides others, Dr. Beqiraj was also elected Vice-Dean for Health and Specialization at the Faculty of Medicine, Pristina. During the years 2001-2002, he was the Executive Director at UCCK. From 2003, he worked at the Clinic of Dr. Horst-Schmidt in Wiesbaden, Germany. From 2009 onwards he was head of Thoracic Oncology Surgery at Kerckhoff Klinik gGmbH, Bad Nauheim, Germany.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Prof. Dr. Fadil Gradica, “Lung Cancer New System TNM Classification”.

“Dr. Jashar Dula for Maxillofacial Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Jashar Dula. He was the first Maxillofacial Surgeon, Assistant, in the subjects of Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Surgery, and full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine. Prof. Dula founded the Maxillofacial Hospital Service in Kosova. During his activity and academic career, despite the tireless work in the clinic and lecturing at the Faculty, he has participated in national and international congresses and conferences with over 50 scientific papers. In 2005 and 2012, he was awarded recognition by the Association of Dentists of Kosova for his contribution to the development of Kosovar Dentistry.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Dr. Alban Olluri, “Fibrosarcoma of the lower jaw”.

“Dr. Shpetim Robaj for Anesthesiology”

This lecture is named after Ass. Dr. Shpetim Robaj, Anesthesiologist. After completing his specialization, he started working at the Surgery Clinic, where he was selected as an Assistant in the subject of General Surgery in the field of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation at the Faculty of Medicine in Prishtina. When Kosova most needed support, during 1998, Dr. Robaj, together with his colleagues, began to provide health care to KLA fighters and the civilian population, first in Drenica and then in other war zones, did surgeries, and supplied necessary materials.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Prof. Assoc. Dr. Antigona Hasani, MSC, Ph.D., “New aspects of the old medicine: Postoperative analgesia with systemic Lidocaine”.

“Prof. Dr. Ali Zatriqi for Surgical Oncology”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Ali Zatriqi. As a professional surgeon in Kosova, he’s the first that started dealing with Oncology and Immunology. He formed the Ward, the Ambulance, and the Oncology-Immunology Laboratory, the only one in the region, near the Clinic of Surgery and Orthopedics. In 1977, he created the conditions for tissue and organ transplantation. He left the book of War Surgery, General and Special Surgery, of about 1500 pages. As a connoisseur of foreign languages, he published 200 scientific papers in English, French, Serbian, and Russian.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Dr. Përparim Limani, MD, Ph.D., FACS, FEBS, “Multimodal therapeutic strategies in advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer”.

“Prof. Dr. Bajram Rexhepi for Combat Surgery”

This lecture is named after Dr. Bajram Rexhepi, a Surgeon and Albanian politician from Kosova. He worked as a general surgeon and endoscopic specialist in the regional hospital of Mitrovica until 1990. After that, he became the Leader of the shadow government in the city and was elected as the representative of Mitrovica in the Assembly of Kosova. During the 1999 war with Serbia, Rexhepi joined the KLA and spent three months in the mountains serving as a doctor in the operational area of Shala. The Assembly of Kosovo elected Bajram Rexhepi as the first Prime Minister of Kosova. Rexhepi left politics in 2014 to continue his career as a surgeon.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Michael Sutherland, MD, MBA, FACS, “Damage Control Resuscitation in Trauma”.

“Dr. Hajrullah Saraçi for Intensive Medicine”

This lecture is named after Dr. Hajrullah Saraçi, who completed his studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Pristina. After graduating, Dr. Saraçi worked as a general practitioner until he left for Germany to return. After returning from Germany, he specialized in Anesthesia and Reanimation. Dr. Hajrullah Saraçi was an Anesthesia and Reanimation Specialist and Executive Director of the “Sheikh Zayed” Hospital (in Vushtrri) from 2015 to 2019. Then, from 2020 to 2021 he was again the Executive Director of this hospital. On April 21, 2021, he passed away in Pristina after a severe and short illness.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Prof. Dr. Rudin Domi, “The role of the Anesthesiologist in Perioperative Medicine”.

“Prof. Dr. Muhamed Guguli for Breast Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Muhamed Guguli, a General surgeon. In 1969, he was elected Chief of the Surgery Department at Prizren Hospital. With the opening of the Faculty of Medicine in Pristina, he was elected Assistant of the Surgery course and began working in the Thoracic Surgery department in 1976. In 1982, he was elected a docent of the course, while in 1987 he received the title of Associate Professor. He has participated in many congresses and seminars, publishing 58 scientific papers as author and co-author, as well as a monograph entitled “Bronchological examination and surgical treatment of bronchiectasis”.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Maria Castaldi, MD, FACS, “Establishing an Integrated Breast Health Center- Providing Comprehensive Quality Care”.

“Prof. Dr. Sadete Mekuli for Gynecological & Obstetric Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Sadete Mekuli, Gynecologist and Obstetrician. On April 1, 1954, she started working as a gynecologist and obstetrician at the Prishtina Hospital. Meanwhile, from 1960 to 1962 she was Head of the Gynecology and Obstetrics ward at the Hospital of Pristina, a role she returned to in 1968. In 1963, for political reasons, she became the Head of the Dispensary, within the Health House of Pristina. Prof. Dr. Sadete Mekuli participated in establishing the Association of Doctors of Kosova and directed the publication of “Praxis Medica”, a medical journal. Among others, Prof. Dr. Mekuli has published 31 articles in the medical journal.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Alban Y. Neziri, Prof, MD, DSci, Ph.D., FCKS, “Principles of Gynecologic Oncology Surgery, Part 1: Anatomy and Surgical Techniques.”

“Prof. Dr. Emine Gashi for Gynecological & Obstetric Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Emine Gashi, a Gynecologist and Obstetrician. After graduation, she returned to her hometown and was employed as a doctor at the General Hospital in Prizren. Then Prof. Mekuli was employed in the Department of Gynecology at the General Hospital of Gjilan until 1971. In the same year, she was selected as an Assistant in the Gynecology and Obstetrics course at the Faculty of Medicine, Prishtina. In 1974, she was appointed Chief of the Obstetrics Department of this Clinic, where she worked until August 2000.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Dr. Mr. Zef Ndrejaj sci, “Incidence of cervical cancer patients who underwent total abdominal hysterectomy or Wertheim-Meigs radical hysterectomy – a five-year retrospective study”.

“Prof. Dr. Rifat Latifi – Advances in Trauma, Telemedicine, and Technologies”

This lecture is named after Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, FICS, FCKS, Chair and Tenured Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College, Director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the International College of Surgeons (ICS), Founder and Chairman of the Kosova College of Surgeons and Editor-in-Chief of the Kosova Journal of Surgery, Minister of Health of the Republic of Kosova (November 16, 2021 – October 6, 2022).  Prof. Latifi is a true clinical master, educator, researcher in surgery, and the embodiment of an academic surgeon.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Mark Bowyer, MD, FACS, DMCC, FRCS (Glasg), Col (retired), USAF, MC, “Transforming Trauma Training: Today and Tomorrow”.

“Prof. Dr. Hajredin Ukelli & Ass. Prof. Faik Kafexholli for Paediatric Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Hajredin Ukelli, a Pediatric Surgeon. As the founder of Pediatric Surgery in Pristina, he led the Department where complicated surgical interventions are performed in this field. During the period from 1986-1996, he served as the Head of the Department of Surgery. He has participated in many professional meetings, symposia, and congresses and has published over 70 scientific papers. Prof. Ukelli has published three books: “Early detection and treatment of frequent congenital abnormalities of the locomotor system”, “Indications for surgical intervention in fractures of the diaphyses of the long bones of the lower extremities in children”, and “The most frequent surgical diseases in children”.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Paddy Dewan, Ph.D., MD, MS, MMedSc, FRCS, FRACS, “Pediatric Complex Urology in Kosova”.

“Prof. Dr. Hajredin Ukelli & Ass. Prof. Faik Kafexholli for Paediatric Surgery”

This lecture is named after Ass. Prof. Faik Kafexholli, Pediatric Surgeon. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje in 1968, then started working as a doctor in Prizren. He also worked in Has and in other places. In 1994, he moved to the Surgery Clinic in Pristina, in the Department of Pediatric Surgery. He finished his specialization in pediatric surgery in 1978 in Belgrade. Then he returned to continue working in the Department of Pediatric Surgery in Pristina until he retired in 2004. It is worth noting that in the circumstances of the war in Kosova, in 1998-1999, Ass. Prof. Faik Kafexholli, goes without hesitation to the operational area of Llapi, helping the residents of that area.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Paddy Dewan, Ph.D., MD, MS, MMedSc, FRCS, FRACS, “Pediatric Complex Urology in Kosova”.

“Ass. Dr. Bedri Bakalli for Orthopedic Trauma Surgery”

This lecture is named after Ass. Dr. Bedri Bakalli – the first Albanian doctor in the field of Orthopedics and Traumatology in Kosova. In 1976 he was appointed Head of the Department of Traumatology of the locomotor system, a task he exercised regularly and successfully until his retirement at the end of 2007. From 1976 he was an Assistant/lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, on the subject of Orthopedics and Traumatology, until 2007.

During his career, he performed over 5,000 major surgical interventions in the locomotor system and countless conservative interventions. Being among the first orthopedists in Kosova, he also had the task of passing on knowledge and skills to future generations of orthopedists who were formed over the years in Kosova.

“Prof. Dr. Agron Pustina for Pediatric Orthopedics”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Agron Pustina, an Orthopedist. After completing his specialization, he moved to the Orthopedic Clinic in Pristina, where he was also included in the teaching process, starting his academic career as an Assistant, then Docent, Associate Professor, and Ordinary Professor. Prof. Dr. Agron Pustina was one of the founders of the Department of Orthopedics, and at the same time, the leader of the Orthopedics Clinic at UCCK. He was the Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at the UCCK and one of the founders of the Orthopedic Association of Kosova.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Prof. Dr. Cen Bytyqi, MD, Ph.D., “Operative Treatment of late neglected DDH in Children from 6 to 13 years”.

“Prof. Dr. Gazmend Shaqiri for Vascular Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Gazmend Shaqiri, founder of Vascular Surgery in Kosova. He has published over 210 scientific papers, as well as the books: “Diseases of the arteries”, “Surgery of the heart and aorta”, “Medicinal manuals in daily practice”, “Emergency surgery – Injuries”, “Emergency surgery, General part”, ” Surgery, Acute Diseases, Special Section”, “Surgical Interventions” “Surgeon’s Diary”, “Anemia of the Body Parts – Peripheral Arterial Diseases”, while in March 2018, at the time when he was fighting against the serious disease that had advanced, published the book “Surgery of visceral blood vessels”.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Dr. Hassan Al-Thani, “Advances in Vascular Surgery”.

“Dr. Xheladin Deda in Ophthalmology”

This lecture is named after Dr. Xheladin Deda, a doctor, ophthalmologist, patriot, and docent. He is known as the first Kosovar Ophthalmologist, founder of the Eye Department in Kosova, and who laid the foundations for the formation of the Eye Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine. He managed to form a team of doctors and lay the solid foundations of the ophthalmology service in Kosova, on which the Ophthalmology Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine in Pristina was built. He was Head of the Eye Department at the old Hospital of Pristina, then also at the General Hospital, where he worked until the last days of his life.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Prof. Dr. Naser Salihu, “Challenges of Cataract Surgery”.

“Ass. Prof. Dr. Shefqet Meha for Neurosurgery”

This lecture is named after Ass. Prof. Dr. Shefqet Meha. He was the first Neurosurgery Specialist in Kosova. After specialization, he worked at the Surgery Clinic in Pristina and founded the Department of Neurosurgery. During this time, he was also a Surgical Assistant at the Faculty of Medicine in Pristina. Knowing the circumstances in which we were in the 90s, he leaves his job against his will from the Serbian regime. After the war, he again returned to the Clinic of Surgery and continued his work until his retirement, namely in 2001.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Roman Bosnjak MD, Ph.D., “Endonasal Endoscopic Approach for Invasive Parasellar Adenomas in Different Compartments of Cavernous Sinus”.

“Prof. Dr. Samedin Haxhijaha for Endoscopic Surgery”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Samedin Haxijaha. He was the Head of the Reception Service and Specialistic Ambulances, and an Assistant in the Department of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine in Prishtina. He founded the Service for Diagnostics and Endoscopic Therapy of the Digestive Tract of the Clinic of Surgery in Prishtina. Prof. Dr. Haxijaha has been the author and co-author of a large number of scientific works in the country and in the world and he inaugurated two original methods in surgery for the treatment of unguis incarnates halluces and atheroma.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Demetrius Litwin, MD, MBA, FRCSC, FICS, FACS, “Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy – Technique of Choice”.

“Prof. Dr. Ymer Aliu for Minimally Invasive Surgery

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Ymer Aliu, General Surgeon. He was the main founder of the Laparoscopic Center at UCCK near the Surgery Clinic. Prof. Ali was the Director of the Surgery Clinic within the UCCK and in that mandate, he carried out the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery project, one that is still working today. With the initiative of Dr. Ali, a polyclinic has been opened in the city of Presheva for the provision of surgical and gynecological services with doctors from Pristina. He has published over 27 scientific and professional papers in national and international scientific journals as author and co-author.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Prof. Dr. Arben Beqiri, “Advances in Minimal Invasive Surgery”.

“Dr. Musa Haxhiu for Scientific Research”

This lecture is named after Prof. Dr. Musa Haxhiu. He specialized in Lung Diseases. Meanwhile, he completed his postgraduate studies in the field of Cardiology. He was Dean and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Chairman of ASHA of Kosova. Prof. Dr. Haxhiu formed the Institute of Pathological Physiology, in which surgeons, gastroenterologists, and specialists from other branches of Internal Medicine began experimental work. Prof. Dr. Musa is undoubtedly the most cited expert in world scientific literature. He has published several university texts and over 400 papers, articles, and scientific lectures in all world-renowned journals.

The lecture selected for the named lecture was that of Ismail Dreshaj, “Musa Haxhiu: Doctor, Scientist, Teacher, and Friend”.

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