Dragan Primorac

Prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., PhD

Professor. Dragan Primorac is a pediatrician, geneticist and forensic expert. Professor Primorac is the first recipient of the title “Global Penn State University Ambassador”. Currently he serves as the Chair of the International Affairs Committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and as the President of President of the Board of Trustees of the St. Catherine Hospital, He is professor at Eberly College of Science, The Pennsylvania State University and Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven, in the United States and as professor at Medical Schools in Split, Rijeka and Osijek as well as at Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, in Croatia. In addition, he is a visiting professor at the College of Medicine and Forensics, Xi’an Jiaotong University, People’s Republic of China. He co-founded The Department of Forensic Sciences at the University of Split, Croatia and in 2016. he initiated the establishment of a Regiomed Medical School in Bavaria, Germany.

Professor Primorac is a member of the International Consortium for Personalized Medicine Executive Committee (IC PerMEd) established by The European Commission. He is the co-founder and the President of The International Society of Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) (www.isabs.net) as well as on Nobel Spirit, a discussion panel at the ISABS conferences, where the Nobel Laureates discuss the future of science, inovation as well as issues of global concern.

In addition, he is the President of The Croatian Society for Human Genetics, The Croatian Society for Precision (Personalized) Medicine and The Croatian Cluster of Competitiveness for Personalized medicine

Earlier in his career he gained his knowledge and experience working at The University of Connecticut, Health Center, Department of Pediatrics, Farmington, Connecticut; The University Hospital St. Christopher’s, Allegheny University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Rockville, Maryland; The Analytical Genetic Testing Center, Inc., Denver, Colorado; Roche Molecular Systems, Alameda, California and Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory, Meriden, Connecticut, all in the United States.

He authored close more than two hundred scientific papers and abstracts in clinical and molecular medicine, regenerative and personalized medicine, genetics, population genetics, genetic legacy of Homo sapiens, forensic sciences, science and technology policy, etc. Prof. Primorac is one of the pioneers in DNA identification of skeletal human remains found in mass graves. He was also pioneering the integrative concept of personalized medicine in clinical practice. His additional interests are in the field of population genetics, metabolic bone and cartilage disorders, sports medicine as well as in personalized and regenerative medicine. Prof. Primorac was invited speaker at more than 100 conferences all around the world. His work was published in most cited journals including Science and Nature and his papers have been cited close to 4900 times (Google Scholar) while h-index is 29. Currently, he is a team leader of the Croatian partner in the international consortium within EU FP7 project entitled “Multi-dimensional OMICS approach to stratification of patients with low back pain”, worth 7.6 million euros.

Prof. Primorac received 21 domestic and international awards. He is currently honorary citizen of five cities in and outside of Croatia. Several renowned media outlets, both electronic and print, have reported on the results of his work, such as the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Wall Street International, JAMA, Lancet, Science, NBC, Channel 8 (Connecticut TV Station) etc.

From 2003 to 2009 he served as Minister of Science, Education and Sports of The Republic of Croatia. According to the International Republican Institute survey of October 1, 2007, he was rated as the most successful minister in the Croatian Government with 31% approval rate. The award for numerous efforts made by minister Primorac and his team on the Croatian educational system was the survey of the Newsweek (August 16, 2010) which rated Croatian education system 22nd in the World, ahead of 12 countries from the G20 group.


Work Experience

Chief of department, Ulcinj

Since 2013 Emergency medicine centre of Montenegro 


Since 2013 RENOVA clinic, Belgrade, Serbia 

Medical director

Since 2011 B.L.A & Co doo, Belgrade, Serbia


Fellow, Department of Extra Corporeal Blood Management

 2009 Catharina hospital Eindhoven, The Netherlands 

Medical License General medicine

 2008 Montenegro 

Fellowship, Clinical genetics and intercellular signaling

 2008 Hospital das Clinicas, HCUFPR Curitiba, Brazil


Follicular fluid thyroid autoantibodies, thyrotropin, free thyroxine levels and assisted reproductive technology outcome.

2018PloS oneRead it here Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio, Monocyte-to-Lymphocyte Ratio, Platelet-to-Lymphocyte Ratio, and Mean Platelet Volume-to-Platelet Count Ratio as Biomarkers in Critically Ill and Injured Patients: Which Ratio to Choose to Predict Outcome and Nature of Bacteremia?  2018

Mediators of inflammation

Read it here

Choose language »