Rok Vengust was born on July 5th, 1967 in Kranj, Slovenia. After finishing primary school I attended secondary Technical school in Celje – naturalistic mathematic direction and finished it 1986.
I took an active part in sports at that time. I was placed among the top five tennis players in Slovenia. I gained a title of tennis instructor and skiing trainer. Nowadays besides tennis I also practice golf.
I registered as a student at Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana in 1987 and completed the study of General Medicine on November 19th, 1993. During the fifth class of study I spent one month in Dublin, Ireland, in the frame of international student exchange.
In 1997 I completed two months education in Centro di Bioingegneria, Politechnico di Milano, Italy (head Prof. A. Pedotti). In 2000, 2003 and 2007 I had the opportunity to work with Prof. J. Harms in Karlsbad, Germany who is considered to be my teacher in spinal surgery. In May 2004 I successfully defended my PhD degree entitled »The meaning of different biomechanical parameters in development of dysplastic hip«. To date I published 34 papers cited in Medline. I am a member of Spine Experts Group, Slovenian Spine Society, European Spine Society and AOSpine. I work as a member of Advisory Board of European Spine Journal.
On 16th of June 2000, I was promoted as an Orthopaedic surgeon by the Ministry of Health, Slovenia. Since 2006 I work as a head of Dept. of Spinal Surgery, UMC, Ljubljana.
In April 2010 I was promoted as Assoc. Professor by University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and on June 2015 as Full Professor by University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
From 2016 till 2020 I worked as a president of RSK for Orhopaedic surgery at Ministry of Health, R Slovenia.
1974-82 – Primary School Celje, Slovenia
1982-86 – Department for Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Secondary Technical School Celje, Slovenia
1987-93 – Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia – graduation 19/11/1993
1998 – Masters of Science degree (30/11/1998, mentor Prof. Vane Antolič) ”Acetabular development after Salter osteotomy in children with developmental dysplasia of the hip”
1996-2000 – Residency in Orthopedic surgery – licensed by Medical chamber of Slovenia (16.06.2000 passed state exam of Orthopaedic Surgery)
2000-2007 – Professional training on several occasions SRH Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach, Mentor Prof. Jürgen Harms
2004 – PhD Thesis (09/11/2004, mentor Prof. Vane Antolič) “The meaning of different biomechanical parameters in development of dysplastic hip”
2006 – Professional training Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Mentor Dezsö Jeszenszky
1994 – General Hospital Celje, Slovenia
1995-1996 – General Hospital Novo Mesto, Slovenia
1997-2000 – Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
2000-2021 – Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Clinical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
2005 onwards – Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
2006-2021 – Head of Spinal Surgery Unit, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Clinical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
2008-2019 – Deputy Head of Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Clinical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011-2019 – National Coordinator of Slovenia for Orthopaedic Surgery
2006 onwards – Visiting Professor or Teaching Surgeon in following institutions (apart from hospitals Slovenia):
2001 – Assistant for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Ljubljana
2005 – Assist. Professor for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Ljubljana
2010 – Assoc. Professor for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Ljubljana
2010 – President of Organizing committee – Slovenia 2010 Spine Symposium
2012 – President of Organizing committee – Spine Experts Group Meeting & Slovenia 2012 Spine Symposium
2017 – President of Organizing committee – Spine Experts Group Meeting & Slovenia 2017 Spine Symposium
Lecturer, invited lecturer, moderator or committee member in over 100 national or international conferences
Journal Advisory Board – European Spine Journal