Željko Perdija is a member of the Governing Board and expert associate of the Institute as well as the CEO and operator of internal medicine at the Internal and Intervention Medicine Centre. He continues to manage the pulmonary departments at health care centres in Lenart and Ormož two days a week. As a provider of medical examinations, he participates in the national program for early colorectal cancer detection, SVIT. He is a member of different medical associations and societies in Slovenia and Europe. He obtained habilitation as an assistant at the Faculty of Medicine in Maribor and gained experience as a lecturer by teaching at the the Medical School in Maribor. He acquired his clinical experience at the University Medical Centre Maribor, University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases Golnik, General Hospital Ptuj and with his work for health care institutes. As an internal medicine specialist, he is in everyday contact with patients with his diagnostics work and medical treatments. Several years ago, he began his training in laser medicine and therapeutic use of cannabis.
More and more patients trust him to include cannabinoids in health therapies on his own initiative or in cooperation with experts from countries with more adequate legal regulation. Positive reactions from patients, a growing number of scientific, expert and clinical findings as well as numerous therapeutic possibilities have encouraged his deep interest in this area, above all in CBD. He has completed an intensive four week e-education program Concepts of Cannabis Science I, carried out by Kenevir Research (Oregon, USA), and also follow-up program Concepts of Cannabis Science II.
After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, Željko Perdija acquired his licence and completed his post-graduate studies on ultrasound use in gastroenterology and hepatology in Zagreb, he specialized in internal medicine, passed all exams at the doctoral study programme at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, a theoretical and practical test in flexible bronchoscopy and additional training at the University Medical Centre Ljubljana on digestive endoscopy.