Doc. dr Maja Živković
Maja Zivkovic was born on August 21, 1981 in Nis. She is married to the prominent tennis coach of the Serbian national team, Nikola Zivkovic. They have two sons, Uros and Luka. She graduated with honours at the Faculty of Medicine in Nis in 2006 with an average grade of 10.00. She was selected as the best student of the faculty, as well as of the University of Nis, for that academic year. She got her PhD with the doctoral thesis on the topic of glaucoma, she passed the specialist exam in ophthalmology with the highest grade. As part of her professional development, she spent two months at the Athens Eye Hospital under the mentor dr Charalampos Livir Rallatos, one month at the University Clinic in Tubbingen, Germany under the mentor prof. dr Bartz-Schmidt, as well as one month at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. She completed her training in vitreoretinal surgery at MTS WETLAB in Sofia. She trained for a month at the prestigious American Bascon Palmer Institute at the University of Miami, her mentor was prof. dr Philip J Rosenfeld, who is a leading macular expert, creator of anti-VEGF therapy. As a recipient of the SOE – European Association of Ophthalmologists scholarship, she spent a month at the Institute of Vision and Optics of the University of Crete, her mentors were prof. dr I. Pallikaris and prof. dr G. Kymionis who are leading refractive surgeons and ones of the most influential ophthalmologists in the world. After that, she took an additional interest in that area and today her name is written in golden letters in the history of Nis medicine and especially ophthalmology as a doctor who, ten years ago, performed the first laser eye surgery south of Belgrade, all the way to Skopje, and even wider regionally. She has successfully performed hundreds of cataract surgeries.
Since 2007, she has been employed at the Clinic for Eye Diseases of the Clinical Center in Nis. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis. Her name stands behind the Maja Clinic in Nis, today the most modern eye hospital in the region. The story of the Maja Clinic began as a family idea in 1994 in the form of an office with accompanying optics, it represents the mission of her parents, which she continues to build on together with her brother. The result of this dedicated family work is a leading position among special hospitals for ophthalmology.
She is the author and co-author of over 60 papers that have been published in professional journals or presented at domestic and foreign congresses, where she is a frequent invited lecturer. She is the winner of the award of the Foundation of prof. dr Ljiljana Zergollern and prof. dr Kresimir Cupak for the best scientific work of young ophthalmologists at the ninth congress of CSCRS – Croatian Association of Ophthalmological Surgeons for Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She was a MEDIS AWARDS finalist for one of the two best works in 2017. In Turkey, she received a charter for special merits and contribution to the development of the eye profession.
She is a member of AAO – American Academy of Ophthalmology, ISRS – International Association for Refractive Surgery, SOE – European Society of Ophthalmology , ESCRS – European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and Serbian Glaucoma Society.
She is happy to participate in numerous humanitarian events, in the TV series Radna akcija with Tamara with the team of doctors at the Maja Clinic she contributed to saving the eyesight of socially vulnerable people.
She likes dessert wines, profiteroles and lilac. Her hobby is skiing. She likes singing with her friends at gatherings, she is someone who brings people together and creates a positive atmosphere. A smile is her biggest weapon, her warmth is her strength to solve even the most demanding situations, teamwork is something she likes to emphasize. You will always hear her saying that her family is a great support, and empathy for patients and love for ophthalmology are a recipe for business success.