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Ljiljana Krizanac-Bengez
Associate Professor, Health Sciences & Program Coordinator for Health Informatics


“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.” (Titus 2:7)

I hold MD PhD degree from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. I believe that the greatest learning experiences come from working with different group of people as to achieve academic, professional, and spiritual growth.  I have been involved in biomedical, translational, and clinical medical science (research), and completed post-doctoral fellowships at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA (1993-1996) and Cleveland Clinic (1999-2002).

Between 1999 and 2011, I was employed at the Cleveland Clinic; first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Cerebrovascular Research Center, Neurosurgery, and upon receiving an AHA grant was promoted to project staff (Research Assistant Professor), working in both bio-medical and translational medical research & clinical trials.

Prior to joining King faculty team in 2014, I have served as Associate Professor and Chair of Health Services Administration Program at Chancellor University, Cleveland, OH. While there, I was instrumental in creating a program in Health Informatics & Information Management (HIIM) at the baccalaureate degree.

As of January 2014, I serve as Lead Faculty and Program Coordinator for Health Informatics at King University. I have been using my skill set to serve our new program and our students.

What are my interests? Professionally, I am passionate about Medical science & research; Education; Program development; Leadership. In my private life, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love art and music. I have a wonderful family who has been supportive of my work and education. In return, I enjoy serving and leading others to achieve their full potential.

With self-knowledge comes a greater awareness of who we are, what our true goals in life are, and what direction we want to set for our life.  This, in a nutshell, is the gift of maturity. I see myself as a service-oriented professional who thrives on socially meaningful work.

“There are two avenues from the little passions and the drear calamities of earth; both lead to the heaven and away from hell—Art and Science. But art is more godlike than science; science discovers, art creates.” — Earl Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mathew 6:21)

  • Cleveland Clinic – Cerebrovascular Research Center, Neurosurgery Department – Cleveland (OH)
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 1999 – 2002
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Transplantation Biology Department – Seattle (WA)
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1993 – 1996
  • School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
    Doctor in Medical Sciences, Medicine, 1988 – 1992
  • University of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, University of Zagreb
    Master of Science (MSc), Biomedicine & Molecular Biology, 1986 – 1988
  • School of Medicine, University of Zagreb
    Doctor of Medicine (MD) – Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine (B.S/M.D.) program, 1980-1985. Graduated with Summa cum Laude


Recent Publications and Presentations

In my career I have held several teaching appointments and am a member of numerous professional societies; published 27 peer-reviewed manuscripts, several book chapters/reviews, and presented over 50 abstracts at scientific meetings; authored / co-authored 5 grants (1 AHA and 4 NIH); received awards and honors from major research institutions including the Alien of Extraordinary Ability & Outstanding Researcher Green Card Approval, US Immigration & Naturalization Service; Oncology Research Faculty Development Program (NCI); and the American Heart Scientist Development grant.

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