Mr. Branko Strbac

President & Chairman

Serbian American Chamber of Commerce of Houston


Medical Student Advancement Program (MedSAP) was founded in 2010 between Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Serbian American Chamber of Commerce of Houston and University of Belgrade School of Medicine. MedSAP Program had featured 10 students so far between 2011 and 2013. During their stay in Houston, the students are studying at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, where they are under direct mentorship of the world-renowned surgeon Dr. O.H. Frazier.

The MedSAP scholarship originated in 2010 with Dr. Rajko Radovancevic, Ms. Vesna Mirkovic and Dr. Sasa Borovic. They wanted to carry out a long-time wish of the late Dr. Branislav ‘Brano’ Radovancevic, to bring medical students from Serbia into the Texas Heart Institute. Brano Radovancevic was a well-known expert in end-stage heart failure treatment and research, who worked closely with Dr. O.H. Frazier. 

In addition to becoming better doctors, our aim is to aid them in becoming even better leaders by sharing their gained knowledge and leading by example.

The program has definitely taken on a momentum and we can comfortably say it will continue. Both countries benefit whenever there is an exchange of people - especially students.


Mrs. Vesna Mirkovic

Vice President

Serbian American Chamber of Commerce of Houston


MedSAP is synergy amongst young talent, experienced doctors and enthusiasm for future generations.  It is not a traditional program in a sense that while it has firm selection criteria, and extraordinary program material; it has an overwhelming curricular built on intense schedule and high quality topics – left exclusively to students to make their schedule!  The goal is to offer elite opportunities for advancement of elite young talent.  Being in the company of top accomplished medical doctors, offers environment filled with humbleness, human care above the science, and energy to develop future by engaging youth in the present.   I place personal dedication along with many other’s in our organization to future growth of this extraordinary Program.