Dr. Igor Gregoric
Dr. Igor Gregoric

Dr. Igor Gregoric, chief of the surgical division and program director for the UT Physicians Center for Advanced Heart Failure, was honored by fellow Slovenians with a national award for his efforts in enabling the circulation of Slovenian knowledge between Slovenia and other countries.

Gregoric was honored Dec. 26 with the VTIS Leta 2017, roughly translated to Impression of the Year 2017, which is given out by VTIS, or the Association of Slovenians Educated Abroad. The organization joins Slovenian researchers, students, and professors with other Slovenians abroad and has over 1,000 members. Slovenian President Borut Pahor personally presented the award to Gregoric during the ceremony.

The VTIS Leta 2017, roughly translated to Impression of the Year 2017
The VTIS Leta 2017, roughly translated to Impression of the Year 2017

The award is intended to stimulate cooperation and inform the public about the benefits of international cooperation between Slovenians and honors the achievements and efforts of those who continue to inspire others with their example. The awardee is selected by a five-member selection committee, consisting of the president of the VTIS, a Slovenian professor working abroad, a Slovenian professor who has returned from working abroad, a member of the association active in the private sector, and a representative of the prize sponsor.

Gregoric was selected from four nominations as the most deserving of the award and was given a commemorative engraved plaque.