A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Ivan Ciric

Professor of neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical School

Ivan S. Ciric was born on December 15, 1933 in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Ciric grew up in Sremski Karlovci. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Belgrade and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cologne, Germany. Dr. Ciric trained under Professor Wilhelm Tonnis at the University of Cologne from 1961 to 1963 and under Dr. Paul Bucy at Northwestern University Medical School from 1963 to 1967. That year he received additional training in stereotactic surgery under Dr. Claude Bertrand and in pituitary surgery under Dr. Jules Hardy at the Notre Dame Hospital in Montreal. Dr. Ciric is 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 where he holds the Bennett - Tarkington Chair of Neurosurgery.

Upon joining the staff of The Evanston Hospital and the Northwestern University faculty in 1967, Dr. Ciric introduced microsurgical techniques in the treatment of various neurosurgical disorders. Over the years, he has developed special interest in the microsurgery of pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, cerebral gliomas and of various spinal disorders.

Dr. Ciric's research interests have been in the developmental anatomy of the pituitary gland capsule, of pituitary tumors, of craniopharyngiomas and of colloid cysts. He also studied the vertebral venous circulation in primates. His clinical research include studies on the role of surgery in the treatment of malignant cerebral gliomas, with emphasis on the immediate and long term outcomes of gross total removal of these tumors and studies of lateral recess stenosis as a component of the spinal stenosis syndrome. Dr. Ciric also collaborated in studies evaluating the utility of various imaging modalities as they became available including radionuclide scans, computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of various intracranial and spinal disorders.

Dr. Ciric's extracurricular interests include athletics, reading and travel. Dr. Ciric and his wife Anne have three children, Alexandra, Katherine, and Stephen.

Medical School:

  • MD, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Postgraduate:

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Cologne, West Germany

Internship:

  • University of Belgrade Hospitals and Clinics

Residency:

  • General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Hedwig Clinic and Hospital, Mannheim, West Germany
  • Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cologne, West Germany
  • Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital
  • Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University, Veterans Administration Research Hospital
  • Neurological Surgery, Montefiore Hospital, New York City
  • Neurological Surgery, Notre Dame Hospital, Montreal, Canada

Honors and Awards:

  • Member, Council of Affiliate Societies, Illinois State Medical Society, 1978-1979.
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Chicago Neurological Society, 1975-1976.
  • Vice-President, Chicago Neurological Society, 1976-1977.
  • President, Chicago Neurological Society, 1977-1978.
  • Selected to serve on the Impartial Medical Testimony Panel, March, 1981.
  • Editorial Board, Surgical Neurology, 1981-1990.
  • Editorial Board, Neurosurgery, 1992-present.
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Central Neurosurgical Society, 1984-1985.
  • Vice-President, Central Neurological Society, 1985-1986.
  • President, Central Neurological Society, 1986-1987.
  • Guest examiner, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1989, 1996.
  • Advisory Board, Chirurgia Neurologica, 1990-present.
  • Participant, Glioma Outcomes Project.
  • Holder of Arlene and Marshall Bennett and Joseph A. Tarkington Chair in Neurosurgery, Evanston Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem, 1988-present.
  • Selected as Master of Neurosurgery at the Congress of Neurological Surgery, San Diego, CA, September 30-October 4, 2001.
  • Moderator, Inter-Urban Neurological Society, 1995-present.

Professional Memberships/Affiliations/Activities:

  • (1968-present) American Medical Association and Its Affiliates
  • (1968-present) Chicago Neurological Society
  • (1969-present) Central Neurological Society
  • (1969-present) Inter-Urban Neurological Society
  • (1969-present) Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • (1970-present) Illinois Neurosurgical Society
  • (1971-present) American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • (1972-present) Chicago Surgical Society
  • (1975-1985) Institute of Medicine of Chicago
  • (1976-present) Neurosurgical Society of America
  • (1979-1985) Societe Internationale de Chirurgie
  • (1980-present) Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • (1980-present) American College of Surgeons
  • (1981-1985) Midwest Bio-Laser Institute
  • (1983-present) International Society of Pituitary Surgeons
  • (1984-present) Laser Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • (1991-present) Charles McMicken Society, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • (1992-2000) The Society of Surgical Oncology, Inc.
  • (1993-2000) Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery, Inc.

From: NorthShore Research Institute


People Directory

John Dapcevich

John Evan Dapcevich (born September 26, 1926) is a retired state official in Alaska.

Dapcevich was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in 1926 to Sam and Stana Dapcevich, immigrants from Montenegro, where his father worked in coal mines. The family moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1928 living with a Serbian community, with John entering school years later. He moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1960 where he served six terms as Mayor during a span of 20 years. During his time in office, Dapcevich successfully unified the city of Sitka city with various borough governments. Upon his retirement in 1995, he moved back to Juneau.

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Publishing

The Church at Prayer

by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra

Publisher’s note

Many readers of the addresses of Elder Aimilianos, which have been published in the five-volume series, rchimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instructions and Discourses (Ormylia, 1998-2003), have frequently expressed the wish for an abridged and more accessible form of his teaching. In response, we are happy to inaugurate a new series of publications incorporating key texts from the above-mentioned collection. Other considerations have also contributed o this new project, such as the selection of specific texts which address important, contemporary questions; the need for a smaller, more reader-friendly publication format; and the necessity for editing certain passages in need of clarification, without however altering their basic meaning.

Above all, the works collected in this volume reflect the importance which the Elder consistently attached to prayer, spirituality, community life, worship, and liturgy. Thus the experientially based works "On Prayer", and "The Prayer of the Holy Mountain", which deal primarily with the Prayer of the Heart, appear first, followed by the summary addresses on "The Divine Liturgy", and "Our Church Attendance". These are in turn followed by the more socially oriented discourses on "Our Relations with Our Neighbor", and "Marriage: The Great Sacrament". Finally, the present volume closes with the sermons on "Spiritual Reading" and "The Spiritual Life", which in a simple and yet compelling manner set forth the conditions for "ascending to heaven on the wings of the Spirit".

It is our hope that The Church at Prayer will meet the purpose for which it is issued and will serve as a ready aid and support for those who desire God and eternal life in Him.