Steven Pavletic, M.D. MS

President of the Association of Croatian American Professionals (ACAP) and Medical Oncologist, Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Steven Zivko Pavletic M.D, MS is a Medical oncologist, clinical investigator and head of the Graft-versus Host and Late Effect Section of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Cancer Research, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has published more than 300 papers and is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.  Dr. Pavletic is the recipient of the NCI director’s Individual Merit Award and serves in leadership roles of US professional organizations in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation. Since 2018, he has been a corresponding member of the Croatian National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Pavletic founded the Croatian professional club in Washington DC “Hrvatska Ura”.  He is the President and cofounder of ACAP and chairs the Medical and Health Sciences Section.

Presentation title: Travel to get health – US and Croatia parallels

Health care systems in the US and Croatia are very different. The healthcare sector is one of the most robust parts of the US economy. The strength of innovation is evident by the fact that 102 out of 166 Nobel prize winners in medicine are from the US. Croatia has a glorious history in the preventative health care spearheaded by the late Dr. Andrija Štampar, the first president of the WHO (1948). The US attracts affluent medical tourism patients from abroad offering the most sophisticated healthcare services. Key reasons for patients who travel to Croatia are lower costs of certain specialized, mostly outpatient services, plus an attractive cultural and touristic experience. Other areas of opportunities in Croatia include retirement and long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centres, spas and medical wellness programmes. Another variant of travel for health includes the academic medical tourism. Croatian professionals’ diaspora organizations could play a major role in building such programmes in the health tourism sector.