Biography of Izidor Papo
Izidor Papo graduated from medical school in Zagreb in 1937 and worked as a doctor at the state hospital in Sarajevo up to 1941. He joined the national liberation movement in 1941 and the partisan army in 1942 as doctor of the Mostar battalion, head of the 3rd division and partisan army supreme command surgical staff. He became a member of the communist party in June 1943. Papo graduated from the military medical academy in Leningrad in 1947 and became chief army surgeon and head of the army medical academy surgical department in Belgrade.
After the war, Papo turned to heart, lung and respiratory system surgery. His greatest achievements were in heart surgery. He performed some 2,000 open heart operations and gave some 400 of his patients artificial heart valves. In 1953 Papo was appointed part-time professor of the medical academy and went on to become a regular professor in 1956. He became a correspondent member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) in 1961 and a regular member in 1968. He was also a correspondent member of the academy of Bosnia and Peru, a member of the French surgical academy and many international associations. He won the AVNOJ (the Antifascistic Council for the People's Liberation of Yugoslavia) and Belgrade October awards. He also received a number of Yugoslav and foreign decorations.
(October 20, 1996 Vreme News Digest Agency No 263).
This biography was found on the website: http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/serbian_digest/263/t263-6.htm
We thank Andre Trombeta for information submitted.