Obituary - Professor Ivan Ćirić

Ivan S. Ciric

Professor of neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical School



Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great sadness that we heard that our dear friend, Professor Ivan Ćirić, passed away on November 12th, 2021.

We have lost a devoted neurosurgeon and faithful friend, a mentor for many neurosurgeons, an Honorary Member of our Society, and a member of our family.

Ivan Ciric was born on December 15, 1933, in Vienna, Austria. He grew up in Sremski Karlovci, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Belgrade and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cologne, Germany. Upon joining the staff of The Evanston Hospital and the Northwestern University faculty in 1967, Dr. Ciric has developed a special interest in the microsurgery of pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, cerebral gliomas, and various spinal disorders. He performed the first microscopic transsphenoidal surgery in the USA in 1968.

Dr. Ciric was Professor of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University Medical School, Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at the Evanston Hospital. His dedication, kindness, great human qualities, and sense of responsibility made him esteemed by all. He paid great attention to the development of neurosurgery in Serbia, and he was a visiting professor at the universities of Novi Sad, Kragujevac, and Belgrade.

For those of us who knew him a little closer – he will always be remembered as a high-profile neurosurgeon and as a gentle and generous inspiring person and friend.

Our sincere condolences to his family.

On behalf of the Serbian Neurosurgical Society

Prof. Dr. Lukas Rasulić, SNSS President

Prof. Dr. Petar Vuleković, SNSS Executive Committee Member & Educational Committee President

June 2024