Sandra Vezmar Kovačević, PhD

Dr sc. Sandra Vezmar Kovačević

Position: full professor
Organizational unit: Department of Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Pharmacy
Address: Vojvode Stepe 450, 11221 Belgrade, Serbia
Room: B304
Phone: +381 11 3951-347
Fax: +381 11 3972-840


Sandra Vezmar Kovačević graduated in 1999 at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade.

After completing the obligatory internship at the Pharmacy „Belgrade“ she continued her work as an associate at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Cosmetology (1999-2000).

From 2000-2005 she performed PhD research in Clinical Pharmacy at the Rheinische FriedrichWilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany. From 2001-2005 she was a scholar of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), as well as a teaching assistant at the Department of Chemistry (Analytical chemistry 2001-2004) and at the Department of Cinical Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy 2004-2005). Her research involved the study of changes in the folate and methyl-transfer pathway in the cerebrospinal fluid of pediatric patients with acute lymphblastic leukaemia and primary lymphoma of the CNS, who were treated with high-dose methotrexate. The goal of the research was to establish correlations between biochemical changes and neurotoxicity, an adverse effect of high-dose methotrexate, in order to prevent adverse effects of the drug in clinical practice.

Following her PhD dissertation she returned to Serbia and worked for the pharmaceutical company Hemofarm AD as an associate and afterwards manager in the field of marketing (2005-2007).

In 2007 she became a teaching assistant at the Department of Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Pharmacy and in 2009 she received the assistant professor position. She works as associate professor at the Department of Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia (elected in 2014) and teaches theorethical and practical classes in Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacy and Selected Chapters in Clinical Pharmacokinetics in the undergraduate pharmacy programme. Moreover, she participates in teaching of several subjects in PG Dip programme in Pharmaceutical care and PhD programme in pharmacokinetics and clinical pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, as well as in the PG Dip programme in Pharmaceutical Medicine and PhD programme in Medical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. She finished the academic specialization Pharmaceutical Care in 2009 and the medical specialization Clinical Pharmacy in 2016, both at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

She published 26 papers, 11 in international peer-reviewed journals and 22 abstracts in national and international meetings and supervised or examined 3 PhD, 5 PG dip and more than 20 diploma works.

In addition, she reviewed an adjunctive textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and is a peer-reviewer for two national and two international scientific journals. She was a speaker for more than 10 educations and seminars for pharmacists and pharmacy students.

Research interest: Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacy

Foreign languages: english, german, italian, swedish

  • Vezmar Kovačević S, Miljković B, Vučićević K, Ćulafić M, Kovačević M, Golubović B, Jovanović M, de Gier JJ. Elderly polypharmacy patients’needs and concerns regarding medication assessed using the Structured Patient-Pharmacist Consultation Model. Pat Educ Couns. 2017. [In press]
  • Kovačević SV, Miljković B, Ćulafić M, Kovačević M, Golubović B, Jovanović M, Vučićević K, de Gier JJ. Evaluation of drug-related problems in older polypharmacy primary care patients. J Eval Clin Pract. 2017. doi: 10.1111/jep.12737. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ilić V, Bogićević D, Miljković B, Ješić M, Kovačević M, Prostran M, Vezmar Kovačević S. Duration of valproic acid monotherapy correlates with subclinical thyroid dysfunction in children with epilepsy. Epileptic Disord 2016;18(2):181-6.
  • Vučićević K, Jovanović M, Golubović B, Kovačević SV, Miljković B, Martinović Z, Prostran M. Nonlinear mixed effects modelling approach in investigating phenobarbital pharmacokinetic interactions in epileptic patients. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2015;71(2):183-90.
  • Vezmar Kovačević S, Simišić M, Stojkov Rudinski S, Ćulafić M, Vučićević K, Prostran M, Miljković B. Potentially inappropriate prescribing in older primary care patients. PLoS One 2014;9(4):e95536.