Vinko V. Dolenc, M.D., Ph.D.

Head, Neurosurgery Department

Univ. Med. Ctr. UHC
Zaloska 7/Neurosurgery
Ljubjana  1525


(43) 492 42336  phone

(43) 497 76279 fax


VINKO V. DOLENC was born in Ptuj, Slovenia on June 29, 1940 and educated at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia where he gained his medical degree in neurosurgery and his doctoral degree in science. He then joined the neurosurgical faculty and climbed the academic ladder to become Head of the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Dolenc is an active member of 23 national and international neurosurgical associations and is a respected speaker around the world. His travels in response to lectureships alone have taken him repeatedly to 26 states in North America and to 32 countries on other continents.

Dr. Dolenc has published two books (as editor, The Cavernous Sinus: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Vascular and Tumorous Lesions and as author, Anatomy and Surgery of the Cavernous Sinus) and 92 other publications which have appeared in journals or as book chapters, as well as 79 abstracts in the proceedings of international meetings, six of his publications are Pioneer Works. In addition, he is on the editorial board of five scientific journals, and on the international liaison and advisory panel of seven scientific journals. His critical and perceptive comments on 27 papers and/or books have been published in five leading neurosurgical journals.

From 1978 through 2000, Dr. Dolenc participated as a faculty member at 65 hands-on Neuroanatomy workshops. As invited speaker he has actively participated at 234 international neurosurgical meetings at which he has delivered 477 lectures worldwide. In the same period from 1978 through 2000 he was invited to nine states of the USA and to 21 countries on other continents to perform life-surgery on patients with skull base pathology in 42 neurosurgical centers. Seven international meetings have benefited from his organizational leadership.

Dr. Dolenc is the recipient of the following awards: Ambassador for the Republic of Slovenia in Sciences, Award of the Boris Kidric National Foundation for Research, awarded the Silver Star Pour Le Mérite and the Bronze Wreath Pour Le Mérite, appointed to the post of the Slovenian Ministry of Health Councilor, Award of the Republic of Slovenia for Outstanding Achievements in Research (Medicine), award by the American Bibliographical Institute and its Board of International Research (1992).

Dr. Dolenc's interests in the field of neurosurgery have been increasingly focused on surgery of the cavernous sinus and surgery of vascular lesions, although his early work concentrated on peripheral nerves. He is now recognized worldwide as an expert in these areas.

Over the past two decades Professor Dolenc's papers and personal presentations demonstrating his considerable surgical experience with intracavernous lesions have stimulated the curiosity and imagination of neurosurgeons everywhere. In the forward to his book - Anatomy and Surgery of the Cavernous Sinus - Yasargil wrote: "Dr. Dolenc now presents a pioneering work on the microanatomy and surgical compartments of this complex region. There is no doubt that this type of microsurgical anatomy study is a new step in the 100-year history of neurosurgery."

Dr. Dolenc is internationally well-known as a teaching neurosurgeon in addition to carrying out his demanding responsibilities as Head of Neurosurgery Department of the University Medical Center Ljubljana, in Slovenia.

This information on Dr. Vinko Dolenc is courtesy of The Society of Neurological Surgeons.  It was formerly online but isn't any more.  I put it on my website to help those seeking information about this renowned neurosurgeon.  Dr. Dolenc trained Dr. Paul Francel, the neurosurgeon that saved my husband's life from his cavernous sinus brain tumor in 1999.  I remain eternally grateful to Dr. Dolenc.  Without the discovery of his brilliant, creative surgery and teaching, I would definitely be a widow.  Thank you Dr. Dolenc--our hero! 

I just found a very interesting website written by Uros Rozac a patient of Dr. Dolenc's. Click here to see Mr. Rozac's Facebook page. I discovered from the website that Mr. Rozac, the author of this website and book "My Life Story at 33: Pineal Gland Cyst", which will be coming out the second quarter of 2013, the following information about Dr. Dolenc and is quoted from his website:  "In Dr. Dolenc's career he had a few thousand operations in more than 60 countries around the world.  He is recognized as world wide expert on surgery of the cavernous sinus and surgery of vascular lesions." 

My thanks to Mr. Rozac for sharing this interesting and helpful information about Dr. Vinko Dolenc and also for telling his story about his pineal gland cyst.

On April 28, 2016 I found some new information on Dr. Vinko Dolenc on Zoominfo.  It actually quotes a few things I wrote and put on my website Brainwavz.  The article on Zoominfo also has a lot of other interesting information on Dr. Dolenc.  Click on the Zoominfo link below to read the article. 

I would like to say that my husband, Arnold Allen, is still tumor free and doing great 18-1/2 years after his surgery which was originally invented by Dr. Dolenc. I will never forget sitting in Dr. Francel's office in May of 1999 with my husband and Dr. Francel and he was showing us Dr. Dolenc's book on cavernous sinus surgery and telling us, that was the surgery he was going to do.  He also said he was trained by Dr. Dolenc at the University of Virginia.  Well, that was our lucky day when we met with Dr. Francel in Oklahoma City! We have both been incredibly blessed by Dr. Paul Francel's surgery, on August 17, 1999 which was created by Dr. Dolenc.  I believe Dr. Dolenc has a brilliant mind and has used it for great good in the world.  I can't imagine how many lives he has saved and made better.  It is a lot.  Dr. Francel, my good friend, has also saved many lives. 

Information above compiled by

Nancy Allen creator of Brainwavz Website


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