Military Medical Academy (Serbia)

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Military Medical Academy
Vojnomedicinska Akademija.png
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Military Medical Academy Building
Military Medical Academy (Serbia)
LocationCrnotravska 17, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Coordinates 44°45′51.9″N20°28′01.8″E / 44.764417°N 20.467167°E / 44.764417; 20.467167 Coordinates: 44°45′51.9″N20°28′01.8″E / 44.764417°N 20.467167°E / 44.764417; 20.467167
Funding Public hospital
Type Military hospital
Affiliated university University of Defence
Beds1,200 (2018) [1]
Helipad Yes
Opened2 March 1844;176 years ago (1844-03-02)
Lists Hospitals in Serbia

The Military Medical Academy of the University of Defence (Serbian : Војномедицинска академија, romanized: Vojnomedicinska akademija; abbr. VMA), is a military hospital center in the Banjica neighborhood of Belgrade, Serbia.


Founded in 1844, it is a part of the Serbian Armed Forces and is generally intended to serve the officers and soldiers, although it is open for civilians as well. [2] It is known for its high standard in medical practice and is generally considered to be the best medical institution in the country. [2]


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Vračar Military Hospital

The Military Medical Academy celebrates 2 March 1844 as its founding date. On that day, Prince Alexander Karađorđević signed a decree establishing the first "Central Military Hospital" on the foundations of the military hospital in Belgrade. [3]

In 1909 began the construction of a new building of the "General Military Hospital". with 400 beds available, in Vračar. It was planned to be the most advanced hospital in the Balkans.[ citation needed ]

The hospital, changed its name once again into the "Main Military Hospital" in 1930. It operated under the Health Department of the Defence Ministry of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.[ citation needed ]

In 1949, the hospital was renamed to the "Military Medical Academy", the name it bears to this date. In 1960, the Parliament of Yugoslavia passed an "Act on the Military Medical Academy as the top military medical, educational and medical research institution", which further contoured its supreme status in health system of Serbia and then SFR Yugoslavia.[ citation needed ]

In 1982, after five years of construction, the Military Medical Academy moved into new medical complex, one of the largest in Europe and the largest single hospital edifice in Serbia. [4] [5]

In 2007, the Military Medical Academy was functionally integrated into the National Health System thus providing health care to civilians also. [6] This agreement was made between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. [6] In 2011, the Military Medical Academy became integral part of newly established University of Defence, together with Military Academy. [7]

Annually, with 1,200 beds available (as of 2018), about 35,000 patients are hospitalized, about 20,000 surgical interventions are made and more than half a million specialist examinations are performed. [2]


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Military Medical Academy, October 2019
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Military Medical Academy as seen from outside the complex

Located on the Banjica hill area of Belgrade, the Military Medical Academy complex covers the area of 21 hectares (52 acres).

It was designed by the award-winning architects Colonel Josip Osojnik and Slobodan Nikolić. Their project won the competition in 1973. [8] The construction was finished in 1981 and the hospital officially moved into a new building and began operations on 1 January 1982. [8]

The hospital building itself is a 14-story building covering 180,000 square meters of space and divided in more than 60 different technical-technological units, which makes it the biggest single hospital edifice in Serbia. [8]

Awards and recognitions

The Military Medical Academy bears many decorations, awards, recognitions and letters of thanks of which the most significant are the following: [9]



No.PortraitNameTerm of officeMilitary
Flag of Serbia (1835-1882).svg  Principality of Serbia
1 Karlo Beloni 1844–1873 Armed forces of the Principality of Serbia
2 Josif Holec 1873–1882
State Flag of Serbia (1882-1918).svg  Kingdom of Serbia
2 Josif Holec 1882–1884 Royal Serbian Army
3 Dimitrije Gerasimović 1884–1902
4 Svetozar Arsenijević 1902–1909
5 Dr. Roman Sondermajer-WW1-Commanders-Serbian- Army.jpg Roman Sondermajer 1909–1912
Flag of Yugoslavia (1918-1943).svg  Kingdom of Yugoslavia
6 Čedomir Đurđević 1920–1922 Royal Yugoslav Army
7 Sima Karaganović 1922–1930
8 Sava Popović 1930–1933
9 Žarko Trpković 1933–1934
10 Milan Dimitrijević 1934–1936
11 Đorđe Protić 1936–1939
12 Vojislav Popović 1939–1941
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
13 Ivica Pavletić 1944–1945Logo of the JNA.svg  Yugoslav People's Army
14 Vojislav-Stojanovic.jpg Vojislav K. Stojanović 1945
15 Vojislav Dulić 1945–1949
16 Herbert Kraus 1949–1953
17 Salomon Levi 1953–1954
(16) Herbert Kraus 1954–1956
18 Ivo Kralj 1956–1958
19 Tomislav Kronja 1959–1971
20 Đorđe Dragić 1971–1979
21 Borivoj Vračarić 1979–1982
22 Vladimir Vojvodić 1982–1988
23 Mihajlo Đuknić 1989–1992
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro
24 Jovan Bjelić 1992–1996Seal of the Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro.jpg Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro
25 Aco Jovičić 1996–2001
26 Momčilo Krgović 2001–2002
27 Zoran Stankovic MC crop.jpg Zoran Stanković 2002–2005
28 Serbian Army Major General Miodrag Jevtic.jpg Miodrag Jevtić 2005–2006
Flag of Serbia.svg  Republic of Serbia
28 Serbian Army Major General Miodrag Jevtic.jpg Miodrag Jevtić 2006–2011Standard of the Serbian Armed Forces (front).svg  Serbian Armed Forces
29 Marijan Novaković 2011–2014
Zoran Šegrt
Dragan Dinčić
30 Miroslav Vukosavljević 2017–present

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