Spine surgery

Specialty Hospital St. Catherine is  a center of excellence for advanced imaging, spine surgery treatment of pain (pain management) and sports medicine. We cooperate with leading European, American and Israeli clinics and specialists. In the area of minimally-invasive spine surgery cooperation has been developed with experts from the United States (Caroline’s Pain Institute), in particular with one of the world’s leading experts on issues of treatment of pain Ph.D. Leonard Kapural.


Staff of the anesthesiology team is actively cooperating with the European (ESA, European Society of Anesthesiology) and American (IARs; International Anesthesia Research Society) Society of Anesthesiologists. Special cooperation is being developed in the field of treatment of acute and chronic pain as well as regional anesthesia and analgesia (European, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, ESRA, ASRA).


Partnering institution of the hospital St. Catherine for Radiology is a private Austrian diagnostic clinic “DIAGNOSTIKUM” (Vienna, Graz), which is an additional guarantee of quality of diagnostic health care services provided by Specialty Hospital St. Catherine.


Hospital St. Catherine is increasingly cooperating with experts from leading foreign clinics which guarantee the introduction of the highest standards and the latest methods and protocols in orthopedics, particularly in areas such as cellular, molecular and regenerative orthopedics, and tissue engineering.

Personalized medicine

Cooperation with universities

Permanent education and continuous improvement are set as goals for all employees of the St. Catherine hospital. In fact, Specialty Hospital St. Catherine is a teaching base of the Medical Faculty of the University of Osijek, University Department of Health Studies, University of Split and the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb. In addition to the professional sense, the physicians of the St. Catherine hospital are active scientists and lecturers at the Universities of Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Osijek.
Since 21st November 2015 our hospital has become a teaching base for the University “Sjever”, the youngest Croatian University with about 3,000 students.

Conferences and scientific projects

Due to the exceptional professional and scientific reputation, Specialty Hospital St. Catherine, in only one year of existence, became the co-organizer of some of the most prestigious scientific events such as, for example, the 1st European-American Spine and Chronic Pain Symposium and Workshops, which was held from 14th to 16th September 2012 in Bol on island Brač in cooperation with the World Institute of Pain and American Caroline Pain Institute, and one of the most important scientific meetings during 2013 – ISABS Eighth Conference on Forensic, anthropologic and Medical Genetics, which was held from 24th to 28th June 2013 in Split. In addition, the physicians of the Hospital of St. Catherine are actively involved in a range of local and international projects. For instance, the project of regeneration of cartilage with the help of tissue engineering financed by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Croatian project application of gene therapy in orthopedics.