The DRIMS Association

“D.R.I.M.S.” (Društvo za raziskovanje in izobraževanje medicincev Slovenije) was officially founded in 2008. This association is made up of more than 1000 students and physicians that were trained at the world renowned Texas Medical Center. The majority of the members are from Slovenia and a small percentage from other parts of Europe.

As you can imagine, the DRIMS Association was established through the efforts and teamwork of a multitude of international colleagues in the medical field to symbolize the “strive for perfection and reach out for the stars” motto. The goal of the DRIMS association is to ‘promote increased international collaborations in clinical practices, to continue medical education, and enable increased interest in research, particularly for our young physicians and medical students. Through this mission we will honor and encourage the tireless efforts of the physicians and medical staff to promote education, facilitate professional interactions, increase interest and training in research and clinical collaborations throughout the world.  Dr. Gregoric holds annual conferences in Europe, Slovenia and surrounding cities, for which he expects your support thru attendance when possible. Registration fees will be waived for medical students if they are DRIMS members.

Founder: Igor D Gregoric, MD
Year founded: 2008

  1. To promote international cooperation and medical rotations.
  2. To continue the education of medical students and young doctors and encourage their interest in medical research.

Igor D Gregoric, MD

Igor D Gregoric is the Chief and Program Director of the Surgical Division for the Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiopulmonary Support and Transplantation Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston at Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is also a Professor of Surgery at the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at University of Texas Health Science Center Houston and Clinical Associate Professor at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston.

He received his medical degree from University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine and has been in Houston since 1984 when he started working at Texas Heart Institute. There he worked with world-renowned surgeons like professor Denton Cooley, Professor O. H. Frazier and professor G. J. Reul.

After a very successful career at the Texas Heart Institute he accepted a new challenge and founded a new department for advanced heart failure at Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2012.

Dr Gregoric dedicates a lot of his time to research, writing scientific papers and books and teaching at The University of Texas. He organises and co-organises important scientific meetings especially  in the field of heart failure in Slovenia and elsewhere.

Texas Medical Center

Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world that offers over 9,200 patient beds and employs over 106,000 people. It was established in 1945 and now contains 54 medicine-related institutions, with 21 hospitals and eight specialty institutions, eight academic and research institutions, four medical schools, seven nursing schools, three public health organisations, two pharmacy schools and a dental school.

People come from across the country and all over the world to receive care from the best doctors in their field at Texas Medical Center, where incredible breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment have been made in its history.

For more info visit http://www.tmc.edu.

Memorial Hermann Hospital

Founded in 1925 it is the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. It is a 1,082-bed general medical and surgical facility with 35,888 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 14,999 annual inpatient and 5,994 outpatient surgeries. Its Heart and Vascular Institute has 147 beds. It offers patient care of the highest quality, excellent education for physicians and medical students and is an important institution in cardiovascular research.

The hospital founded Life Flight in 1976 as the first air ambulance service in Texas. Today its air ambulance service operates its fleet of helicopters from Memorial Hermann serving Houston and surrounding communities.

For more info visit www.memorialhermann.org.