Head tehnician of Cardiac pacing and Electrophysiology Department
Ivica Benko was born on February 25th, 1983 in Zabok. He graduated from Bedekovčina Secondary School of Medicine in 2001, and subsequently enrolled in the undergraduate program of Nursing at the Health College in Zagreb and graduated in 2006. In 2012 he completed a specialist graduate study of Clinical Nursing at the same college. In 2016 he completed his postgraduate study in Health Quality Management at the International University of DIU Libertas in Zagreb.
In 2004, he began his internship at the Department of Intensive Cardiac Care at the Department for Cardiovascular Medicine at the Sisters of Mercy University Hospital Centre, and continued to work there until 2009. Since 2009 he has been working at the Centre for Arrhythmia and Cardiac Pacing of the Department for Cardiovascular Medicine. In the same Department, he has been a member of the Invasive and Interventional Cardiology team since 2010.
Since 2011, he has held the Associate Degree at the Department of Nursing at the University of Zagreb, Health College, and since 2013 he has held the position of Senior Assistant, and since 2018, as the lecturer.
He is a member of the Croatian Nursing Council, the Croatian Association of Cardiac Nurses, the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA).
In 2014, he was named Chairman of the Working Group of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology and Working Group of Arrhythmia of the Croatian Association of Cardiac Nurses.
In June 2017, he passed the European Cardiac Pacing Exam, and has since been a certified EHRA (European Heart Rhythm Society) Certified Cardiac Device Specialist for Allied Professionals (ECDSAP).
In his work, he has published approximately thirty professional papers and congressional statements. He has actively participated in a numerous of national and international conferences, congresses and workshops, as well as in the organization of workshops and courses in the field of invasive cardiology, arrhythmology and cardiac pacing.