Anica Bitenc Travelling Fellowship

In 1982 the COA received an offer from one of their members, Dr. Igor Bitenc, to sponsor an annual travelling fellowship for a young orthopaedic surgeon from the then Yugoslavia. This Fellowship was named in memory of Dr. Igor Bitenc’s late mother, Mrs. Anica Bitenc. Funding for this Fellowship is sourced by an annual endowment from Dr. Igor Bitenc and is managed by the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation.

Dr. Bitenc, 1925-2014

Dr. Bitenc was born in 1925 in Slovenia and came to Canada in 1953. The following year, he began his residency at Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital and then elected to stay in Quebec to practice as an orthopaedic surgeon. It was in 1982 that he offered to sponsor an annual Traveling Fellowship for a young orthopaedic surgeon from Yugoslavia. Read more.

Anica Bitenc Fellows

The first Fellow completed his Canadian itinerary in 1985. The COA now hosts one Fellow per year on a rotational basis from Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. The Anica Bitenc Fellow visits various orthopaedic centres across Canada during his or her tour, and is invited to attend the COA Annual Meeting.

Previous Fellows include:

1985Dr. Ranko BilicCroatia
1986Dr. Goran ErceganSerbia
1989Dr. Rastko Stok and Dr. Zoran BlagojevicSlovenia and Serbia
1990Dr. Miroslav LazarovMacedonia
1991Dr. Davor Popovic 
1997Dr. Domagoj DelimarCroatia
1998Dr. Drago DolinarSlovenia
1999Dr. Nenad Vladimir AtanasovMacedonia
2000Dr. Robert KolundzicCroatia
2001Dr. Robert KosakSlovenia
2002Dr. Hrvoje KlobucarCroatia
2003Dr. Dragan SavicYugoslavia
2005Dr. Borut Pompe, Dr. Goran BicanicSlovenia, Croatia
2006Dr. Alexsandar LeslSerbia & Montenegro
2007Dr. Klemen StrazarSlovenia
2008Dr. Denis TrsekCroatia
2009Dr. Vladimir HarhajiSerbia
2010Dr. Blaz MavcicSlovenia
2011Dr. Marko BergovecCroatia
2012Dr. Nemanja SlavkovicSerbia
2013Dr. Gregor RecnikSlovenia
2014Dr. Tomislav SmoljanovicCroatia
2015Dr. Predrag RasovicSerbia
2016Dr. David MartincicSlovenia
2017Dr. Ivan BohacekCroatia
2018Dr. Tomislav PalibrkSerbia
2019Dr. Robi KelcSlovenia
2020Dr. Damjan DimnjakovicCroatia