|Military Medical Academy|
Military Medical Academy Building
|Location||Crnotravska 17, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia|
|Affiliated university||University of Defence|
|Opened||2 March 1844|
|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.It is known for its high standard in medical practice and is generally considered to be the best medical institution in the country.
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.
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.
In 2007, the Military Medical Academy was functionally integrated into the National Health System thus providing health care to civilians also.This agreement was made between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. In 2011, the Military Medical Academy became integral part of newly established University of Defence, together with Military Academy.
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.
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.The construction was finished in 1981 and the hospital officially moved into a new building and began operations on 1 January 1982.
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.
The Military Medical Academy bears many decorations, awards, recognitions and letters of thanks of which the most significant are the following:
|No.||Portrait||Name||Term of office||Military|
|Principality of Serbia|
|1||Karlo Beloni||1844–1873||Armed forces of the Principality of Serbia|
|Kingdom of Serbia|
|2||Josif Holec||1882–1884||Royal Serbian Army|
|Kingdom of Yugoslavia|
|6||Čedomir Đurđević||1920–1922||Royal Yugoslav Army|
|Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia|
|13||Ivica Pavletić||1944–1945||Yugoslav People's Army|
|14||Vojislav K. Stojanović||1945|
|Serbia and Montenegro|
|24||Jovan Bjelić||1992–1996||Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro|
|Republic of Serbia|
|28||Miodrag Jevtić||2006–2011||Serbian Armed Forces|
| Zoran Šegrt |
| Dragan Dinčić |
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