Prof. Dr. Stevan Baljosevic, a well-known Yugoslav and Serbian infectologist, has died at the age of 82 after a long and severe illness, his son Dr. Ivan Baljosevic confirmed for Kosovo online.
Baljošević was born on August 22, 1938 in Orahovac.
He received his doctorate in 1975 at the Medical Faculty of the University of Belgrade.
He completed his specialization in clinical immunology in Paris in 1975/76. years.
He has been teaching theory and practice since 1973 at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and then in Kruševac and Kosovska Mitrovica, where he moved from the University of Prishtina in 1999.
Due to his extensive knowledge of infectology and border medical disciplines, he was a mentor in the preparation of 11 master’s theses and 10 doctoral dissertations, which were successfully defended at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in Prishtina.
He has been dealing with infectious diseases all his working life.
He was the head of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract (1975-2000), the director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases of the Clinical Hospital Center in Prishtina (1976-2003) and the director of the Clinical Hospital Center in Prishtina (1993-1998).
As President of the Yugoslav Commission for UNICEF from 1984 to 1988, he participated in the implementation of global activities for the welfare of children in various fields, primarily in developing countries.
He confirmed his views on the general application of vaccination against infectious diseases, on the Yugoslav experience, on the basis of which the SFRY, FRY and Serbia received significant recognition at UNICEF assemblies in New York, Paris, Geneva and Rome.
He has written, presented and published 127 professional and scientific papers at professional conferences, symposia and congresses of infectologists, pediatricians, epidemiologists, internists, immunologists, rheumatologists and hepatologists in the country and abroad, as well as at congresses of the Balkan Medical Union and infectologists in European countries.
He was also a member of the Infectious Diseases Association of the French Language and the Balkan Medical Union, Secretary General of the Association of Physicians of Kosovo and Metohija, a member of the Board of the Serbian Medical Association, the Federation of Medical Associations of Yugoslavia and the Balkan Medical Union.
He was elected an associate member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Serbian Medical Association in 1985, and a full member in 1988.
He was also a member of the presidency of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
For his dedicated work in the Serbian Medical Association, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the university and social engagement, he received a Certificate of Appreciation, a diploma and a charter from the Serbian Medical Association, and in 2009 the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Serbian Medical Association.
He is the winner of the Medal of the Italian UNICEF, the Plaque of the Yugoslav UNICEF and the Plaque of the Association of Medical Societies of Yugoslavia. He is also the winner of the October Award of the City of Prishtina and the Vidovdan Award of the University of Prishtina for the spiritual and scientific upliftment of university thought.
On the occasion of 45 years of work of the Medical Faculty in Pristina, in 2014 in Kosovska Mitrovica, he received a letter of thanks for his contribution to the educational and scientific development of the Medical Faculty in Pristina.
He was also awarded the Order of Labor and the Order of Merit for the People of SFRY.
He left behind his son doc. Dr. Ivana, otorhinolaryngology specialist, daughter Biljana, professor of physics and granddaughter.
Stevan Baljosevic will be buried on Thursday, January 21, in Krusevac.