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Ass. dr sci. med.
Rastko Živić
General surgeon, Endocrine surgery specialist
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Dr. Rastko Živić brings over 25 years of experience as a specialist in general and endocrine surgery, with a focus on surgeries of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. He is recognized as an expert in thyroid surgery and thyroid gland tumors, which form the core of his professional interests. He has been working as a general surgeon for 20 years and completed his Ph.D. in 2016 to further enhance his knowledge.

Throughout his career, he has worked in prestigious medical institutions, including the Center for Endocrine Surgery at the Clinical Center of Serbia and the oncological surgery department in a hospital in Hammelburg, Germany. At the “Dr. Dragiša Mišović” Clinical Hospital Center in Belgrade, he served as the head of the Department for Specialist-Consultative Examinations.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Outpatient surgical procedures
  • Thyroid lobectomy
  • Total thyroidectomy
  • Minimally invasive thyroid surgery
  • Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy

How this doctor can help:

Thyroid issues can cause a range of symptoms, including changes in weight, energy levels, mood, or a goiter that may make swallowing or breathing difficult. Dr. Rastko Živić approaches each patient with care, starting with a thorough history and physical exam to identify primary symptoms and potential changes in the thyroid gland.

After the initial evaluation, hormonal analysis and thyroid ultrasounds help determine the nature and extent of the issue. In some cases, a fine needle aspiration biopsy may be necessary, offering a more precise diagnosis without the need for surgery.

Once the test results are in, Dr. Živić discusses all treatment options with the patient. For cases requiring surgery, such as large goiters, cysts pressing on surrounding structures, or suspected malignancies, Dr. Živić uses minimally invasive thyroid surgery techniques. These techniques allow for quick recovery, minimal scarring, and reduced risk of complications. Thyroid surgery may involve a partial resection (lobectomy), removing only part of the gland, or total thyroidectomy, where the entire thyroid gland is removed. Special care is taken to preserve surrounding structures, such as the vocal cords and parathyroid glands, to minimize any postoperative issues.

Professional philosophy and approach to patient care:

“Not every change in the thyroid gland is cause for concern, and not every hormone imbalance requires surgery. However, when surgery is necessary, it’s important to know that most procedures are minimally invasive, recovery is quick, and patients can swiftly return to their daily activities. In the vast majority of cases, surgery completely resolves the issue, and further treatment is not needed.”