Kristina Žužul, MD, PhD is a Croatian dermatologist and award-winning scientist. She graduated from the University of Zagreb Medical School in English in 2014 as the best student in generation. This study program is the first one in the European Union to be awarded the prestigious CeQuint certificate based on a strict international evaluation.
During her studies, she participated as a demonstrator at the Department of Physics and Biophysics, in the activities of the Laboratory for Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy, and as a lecturer on topics related to quantum optics and lasers. A special filed of her interest is the implementation of laser technology in dermatology, which was also the topic of her graduation thesis – “The use of lasers in dermatology”.
For the academic year 2010/2011, she was awarded the Dean’s Award for the highest grade point average of 5.0, and the following year a scholarship for the top 3% of students at the University of Zagreb. In 2014, she received a medical license from the General Medical Council to work in the United Kingdom, where she continued her education. After completing an internship and passing a license exam, in 2015 she started a residency in dermatology and venereology at the Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb. In the same year, she enrolled in the post-graduate PhD Program “Biomedicine and Health Sciences” at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb.
She continues to further expand her education in the field of dermato-oncology – in 2016 she completed the International School of Dermatoscopy in Graz, and two years later the European School of Dermato-Oncology in Berlin. In 2018, the European Association for Dermato-Oncology (EADO) awarded her a fellowship for training at the Gemelli Clinic of the Catholic University of Rome, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with the world’s most prominent melanoma experts.
After completing the postgraduate specialist studies “Dermatology and Venereology” at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, she passed the specialist exam on October 23, 2019 at the Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb with an excellent grade, and obtained the title of specialist in dermatology and venereology. On November 20, 2019, she defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “The relationship between the severity of psoriasis and obesity based on the analysis of serum concentrations of TNF-alpha, IL-6, resistin, omentin and the amount of visceral fat”.
She is an author and co-author of numerous scientific papers published in internationally indexed journals as well as several abstracts from international conferences in the fields of dermatology, dermato-oncology, allergology and inflammatory skin diseases. In 2020, she was awarded the Dean’s Award at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb for exceptional scientific productivity and doctoral thesis.
Based on the proposal of the Faculty Council of the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, in April 2021 she was awarded the scientific title of scientific associate in the scientific field of Biomedicine and Health – clinical medical sciences.
She is a member of the Croatian Medical Chamber (HLK), the Croatian Medical Association (HLZ), the Croatian Dermatovenerological Society (HDVD), the European Association for Dermato-Oncology (EADO), the International Society for Dermatoscopy (IDS), the World Society for Interdisciplinary and Anti-Aging Medicine (WOSIAM) and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV).