Acad. NICOLAE LUPU
1948 - 1953
Nicolae Lupu, academician, was the rector of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, between 1948 and 1953; he was the one who laid the foundation for the Institute of Therapeutics. His vast scientific activity earned him the title of founder of the national school of hematology, especially considering the fact that most of his work was geared towards the study of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, the role of bacteria-caused vascular lesions in the pathology of arterial hypertension, rheumatism, typhus, chronic post-viral hepatitis.
Nicolae Lupu, academician, is the one who rebuilt the Clinic of the Colentina Hospital, and turned the department of Internal Medicine into a proper school, internationally renowned. His contribution is even greater, considering that throughout his career, he guided and taught numerous physicians.
Acad. STEFAN MILCU
1953 - 1955
Stefan Milcu, academician, became a doctor in 1928; between 1953 and 1955 he was rector at the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest and manager of the C. I. Parhon Institute of Endocrinology, between 1957 and 1977. He pioneered the use of radioactive isotopes in endocrinology, and many of his research projects were geared towards the study of the relationship between endocrine glands and the nervous system.
Among his many specialty works were: “Is the carotid corpuscle a para-ganglion?”(1938); “Endemic goiter (thyropathic endemic dystrophy)(1949); “The epiphysis – endocrine gland” (1957); “The therapeutics of endocrine disease” (1962); “Tuberculosis-linked endocrine pathologies” (1982); “Clinical endocrinology treatise” (2 volumes, 1991). He was president of the United Societies of Medical specialties In Romania (1960-1964), and became a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The academician was a member of numerous international societies, among them: The International Society of endocrinology (1960); The French Society of compared neuro-psycho-endocrinology (1966); The International Society of biology in Paris (1969); Study committee of the biennial in Amsterdam (1976). He earned the title Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universities in Rennes (1969) and Budapest (1969). Together with Constantin I. Parhon, he is considered the founder of the Romanian School of Endocrinology.
Acad. THEODOR BURGHELE
1955 - 1972
Academician Theodor Burghele graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Iaşi and in 1929 he received his PhD in medicine and surgery with the dissertation “Mycotic splenomegaly”. Between 1930 and 1931 he took a specialization course at the Urology clinic in Viena. After beginning his activity as an assistant lecturer, he was the student of Professor Doctor Nicolae Hortolomei. Between 1955 and 1972 he was Rector of the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest and between 1976 and 1977 he was the President of the Romanian Academy. Between 1972 and 1975, Professor Doctor Theodor Burghele was the Minister of Health. He has had an extensive scientific activity and has brought novelties in fields such as: the dynamics of the upper urinary tract, renal tumors, surgical shock, modern anesthesiology and reanimation etc. From his works we mention: The neurogenic bladder in spinal cord injuries (1970); Bladder disorders in medullary trauma – in collaboration with V. Ichim; Errors, mistakes and risks in urology (1971) and others. He was a member of numerous national and international societies and medical forums: the Romanian Society of Surgery, the French Academy of Medicine, the French Urology Association, the International Surgery Society etc. Academician Theodor Burghele passed away in 1977.
Prof. CONSTANTIN ANASTASATU
1972 - 1976
Professor Doctor Constantin Anastasatu held the function of Rector of the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest between 1972 and 1976; in 1973 he received the title of Doctor Emeritus. He was a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, President of the Society of Pneumology and Phthisiology in 1974 and counsellor of the International Union against tuberculosis.
In 1967, Professor Doctor Constantin Anastasatu received the golden medal C. Forlanini from the Italian Tuberculosis Federation. A significant part of his scientific activity was focused on tuberculosis and pulmonary pathology in general. From his works we mention: The chemotherapy and chemoprophylaxis of tuberculosis (1964); Clinical phtisiology (2 volumes, in collaboration 1972-1975); The methodology of epidemiological research in tuberculosis (1971). Professor Constantin Anastasatu passed away in 1995 and the Pneumophtisiology Hospital in Mihăieşti, Vâlcea County was named in his honour “Prof. Dr. Constantin Anastasatu”.
Prof. EUGEN PROCA
1976 - 1980
Professor Doctor Eugen Proca graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest; in 1969 he received the title of docent. He completed numerous fellowships in Germany, Switzerland, London and USA. He held the function of Rector of The Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest between 1976 and 1980 and the function of Minister of Health between 1978 and 1985. In 1989 he re-established the Romanian Urology Society and led for 25 years the Fundeni Urology Clinic.
For 40 years he has focused his attention on renal failure, organizing the first Hemodialysis Centre. He was part of the team that accomplished the first dialysis in Romania in 1959 and the first renal transplant on a human performed in Romania in 1980.
Regarding his scientific activity, Prof. Dr. Eugen Proca elaborated the Surgery Treatise and published over 350 studies in Romania and abroad. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Romanian Urology Journal, President of the Romanian Urology Society, member of the Romanian Academy of Medicine, member of the European Urology Association and member of the International Urology Society; in 1922 he became a honorary member of the Romanian Academy. Professor Doctor Eugen Proca is considered the father of modern urology in Romania.
Acad. LEONIDA GHERASIM
1980 - 1984
Academician Leonida Gherasim is a famous Romanian cardiologist who has had an important contribution to the development of Romanian medicine over his 5 decades of activity. He has published over 200 works, as well as 20 flagship monographs or treatises. His works have also had a significant contribution to fields such as coronary artery pathology, heart failure, arterial hypertension, noninvasive exploratory procedures and the modern treatment of cardiovascular disease. He was Rector of the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest between 1980 and 1984, the director of the internal medicine clinic within the Emergency Teaching Hospital in Bucharest, and in 2001 he became an honorary member of the Romanian Academy.
Prof. LUDOVIC PAUN
1984 - 1989
Professor Ludovic Paun M.D. is a graduate of the Medicine Faculty of the Carol Davila Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest. The Professor obtained the title of Doctor of Medicine in 1967, and pursued his postgraduate education by participating in continuing education courses in Infectious Diseases and Bacteriology, both in Romania and abroad.
He is the president of the Romanian National Society of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, and between the years of 1984 and 1989 he served as rector of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” in Bucharest. Professor Ludovic Paun M.D. is the one who organized the Tropical Diseases Discipline in 1974 and the activity of the Infectious and Tropical Diseases clinic within the “Victor Babes” Hospital in 1976.
He has a prolific scientific activity, with over 300 articles published and he obtained, over time, multiple prizes and distinctions, among which we mention: the “Victor Babes” prize of the Romanian Academy in 1977, the “Albert Schweitzer” Gold Medal in 2001, the science merit indemnity in 2004 and many others. He is an honorary member of numerous societies and academies, both Romanian and international.
Prof. POMPILIU POPESCU
1990 - 1992
Acad. LAURENTIU M. POPESCU
1992 - 1996
1996 - 2000
2000 - 2004
Professor and Academician Laurenţiu Popescu acted as rector of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” between the years of 1992 and 2004. He graduated the Faculty of Medicine at the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, and in 1972 he obtained the title of Doctor of Medicine.
The academician has received several Doctor Honoris Causa titles from prestigious international universities, and in 2000 he received the “International Man of the Millennium” honor in the United States of America. The academician is the executive of the „Victor Babeş“ National Institute of Pathology in Bucharest, editor in chief of the „Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine”, and president of the Academy of Medical Sciences in Romania.
His highly extensive scientific activity is internationally recognized, especially since Acad. Laurentiu Mircea Popescu published over 100 articles in international journals. To these we can add numerous dissertations, conferences and seminars held in some of the most important teaching establishments in the world. The academician is surnamed “the father of the telocytes”, stem-like cells, found in several organs such as the heart, skin and brain. In 2012 he received from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Research “Medal of Merit” for discovering and researching telocytes, distinction considered a true Nobel Prize in cardiology.
The professor has an impressive collection of distinctions and prizes and is member in scientific academies in Poland, Switzerland, USA, France, etc.
Prof. FLORIAN POPA
2004 - 2008
2008 - 2012
Professor Florian Popa M.D. is the former rector of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”Bucharest, and beginning in 1982 he occupied several leadership positions: director of the Emergency Clinical Hospital “Sf. Pantelimon” Bucharest (1982-2005); director of the Public Health District Authority of the Bucharest municipality (1995-1996), state secretary for the Ministry of Health and Family (1996) and general director of the National Centre of Postgraduate Education for doctors and pharmacists of the Ministry of Health and Family (2002-2008).
Professor Florian Popa M.D. graduated the Faculty of General Medicine of the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, and he specialized in oncologic surgery at the Oncologic Institute in Cluj. Furthermore, he perfected his education at the Training Centre in Strasbourg, France in video-assisted surgery and at the University of Montreal in medical and surgical management. Also, he is currently the director of the Surgical Clinic of the Emergency Hospital “Sf. Pantelimon” Bucharest.
He is the founder of the Romanian Society of Emergency and Trauma Surgery. Professor Florian Popa M.D. performed over 16.000 interventions and got involved in the development of new emergency surgery branches: thoraco-pulmonary surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery.
During his career, the professor received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa seven times and received several prizes, among which: the National Merit Order, in the rank of officer (2002), Grand Master in Medicine, from the Dental Medicine Faculty (2004), the Excellence Diploma for the work “Basic Surgical semiology and practice” at the Second National Salon for Universitary Books- University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” (2006), the Golden medal- Inventika, for the equipment for controlled active cerebral ventricular lavage, the Order of the Star of Romania, in the rank of officer (2009), The Honorary Plaque of the College of Physicians in Latakia, Syria (2006), and many others.