Acad. Vladimir Serafimoski was born on 3rd of June 1948 in Gostivar, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He has graduated on the Faculty of Medicine in 1971. After completion of the fourth year of study he was sent to Poland (Warsaw), where he performed compulsory practical work on surgery in the II surgical clinic. His career started at the Health Center in Skopje. Upon employment at the Clinic for Gastroenterology he got the decision for specialization in internal medicine and started actively to be involved in scientific research. In 1977 he was elected as a junior assistant, and in 1981 as an assistant at the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical Faculty. Acad. Serafimoski is a full time regular professor of the subject Internal Medicine.
Even as a young assistant of the Executive Body of the Clinic for Gastroenterology he was assigned to introduce the routine echo tomography into abdominal diagnostics. He was sent to Paris, Amsterdam, Philadelphia and Nuremberg on professional education and postgraduate training. In 1983 he defended his doctoral dissertation on “Echo tomographic contribution to the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of obstructive jaundice”. Acad. Serafimoski was first to introduce the routine ultrasonography as a diagnostic method in the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans. Thus he is a pioneer in this area. Diagnostic ultrasonography is a targeted biopsy guided under ultrasound of the liver, the pancreas, the spleen, the retroperitoeneal lymph nodes , kidney and other structures in the abdomen. By this are biopsied pathological structures of these bodies and thus is acquired a piece for histological analysis in order to obtain an exact diagnosis. Clinic for Gastroenterology on which he was also a Director for a period, is a constituted as a center for the education of personnel in this area, especially from the former Yugoslavia.
Acad. Vladimir Serafimoski has made a professional stays at multiple medical centers in the world, including: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Nuremberg, Philadelphia, San Diego, Copenhagen, London and as a result of that stays he introduced interventional ultrasonography in the region of former Yugoslavia and in our country. Thus he introduces the following therapeutic procedures, drainage of abscesses in the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, kidneys and other organs in the abdomen; drainage dilated biliary tract; setting biliary prostheses and other manipulations which shorten the time of diagnosis and treatment of gastroenterohepatologic patients.
Acad. Serafimoski in our country has introduced endosonography, which nowadays is indispensable for staging of tumors of the esophagus, stomach, colon and pancreas. The performer of this method has to know endoscopy and echotomography very good because the method is a synthesis of the two techniques. Interpretation of the results of this method is very difficult and responsible work, because it determines the extent of the operability of the patient. Also he has introduced Doppler and color Doppler ultrasonography and intraoperative ultrasonography.
Acad. Serafimoski, who is retired, worked at the Clinic for Gastroenterology and was a Full time Professor on the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical Faculty in Skopje. Under his supervision were prepared and defended 5 master papers and 5 doctoral dissertations.
He was a chief project manager of numerous research projects, such as:
Liver cancer in the Republic of Macedonia, 1989-1991; Cancer of the stomach in the Republic of Macedonia, 1992-1994, HBV infection in cirrhotic patients, 1995-1997; The role od H. pylori virulence (Vac A and CagA protein) in the pathogenesis of chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer disease in correlation with the local and sistemic immune response. Prof. D-r Howard Steer, Sauthempton-General Hospital U.K. and Prof. D-r Vladimir Serafimoski, Departement of Gastroenterohepatology, Clinical centar, Skopje, R. Macedonia; Serological markers of Chronic infection with Hepatitis-B virus, Prof. D-r C.H. Schroeder, Dautshes Krebsforschungszentrum im Neuenheimen Feld 280, 69120, Heilderberg, Deutshland and Prof. D-r Vladimir Serafimoski, Departement of Gastroenterohepatology, Clinical centar Skopje, R. Macedonia; Renal impairment in patients with Inflamatori Bowel Disease. Prof. D-r M.E. De Broe University Hospital Antwerpen -Belgium; P. Colombie Lille, France; Reigler-Napoli- Italy, Prof. D-r. V. Serafimoski, Skopje, Macedonia; Hepatitis C Virtus where he was involved in the project under the direction of Professor F. Efremov and Academician M. Polenakovic. Currently he is included and works on 3 scientific research project.
He is a member of several scientific societies and associations such as:
World organization of Gastroenterology; European Society of Gastro-Intestinal Endoscopy; Association of National European and Mediterranean Societies of Gastroenterology; International Gastro-Surgical Club; Association of Gastroenterologists of Yugoslavia; Association for Ultrasound and Medicine of Yugoslavia; Association of hepatologists of Yugoslavia.
He was president of the Scientific Association of gastroenterohepatologists of Macedonia and organizer of three scientific symposia of ultrasound on the International hepatologic Symposium (1966). Since 1978 on the department of ultrasound, which he has coordinated, on a study, specialization or preparation of scientific papers have been over 50 specialists of internal medicine, Gastroenterology, masters and PhD candidates, both from our country and from abroad. From Macedonia he has educated 30 specialists internists, as well as from abroad from Belgrade (5), Nis (3), Leskovac (2), Vranje (5), Tuzla (2) Zagreb (2), Kosovo (1) Sofia (1).
He has received numerous awards, including the “11th of October” Award, the highest public recognition for longstanding achievements in the Republic of Macedonia in the field of science and education.
Acad. Serafimoski participated in numerous conferences, congresses and symposia. As a visiting-professor gave over 40 lectures on an invitation. He has presented his rich scientific experience in more than 230 scientific papers published in foreign and domestic journals. His papers have been published in reputable magazines for gastroenterohepatology, particularly in the fields of echotomography. He is author and co-author of several publications, including: Echotomographic approach jaundiced syndrome, Gastroenterology, Etiopathogenetic pharmacotherapy of gastroenterohepatologic diseases and others. Of particular importance is the publication of Clinical Gastroenterology and Propedeutic gastroenterohepatology, for which Acad. Isaac Tadzher, among other things, said “my assessment is the highest possible, especially as the author scientifically and with knowledge brings the matter adopted by his personal experience with the sick man.”
He was a member of the Board of the Macedonian Medical Association in a term, president of the Association for ultrasound P Macedonia in two-terms, Chairman of the Scientific Society of gastroenterohepatologists of the Republic Macedonia, a member of the Board for awarding the highest state awards, Director of Clinic of Gastroenterology. Also he has been Secretary of the Department of Medical Sciences at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in two terms.
As a full member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts he was elected on 10th of May 2000.