Today at a grand ceremony the Rector of MU-Varna within the period of 1999-2004 and a member of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. Temelko Temelkov was awarded with the Order of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius Collar Chain for exceptional merits, related to the development of Medical Science and Surgery, by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Rumen Radev. Prof. Temelkov is a distinguished Varna surgeon, well-known for his professional activities far beyond the limits of the Sea Capital.
The highest degree of the Order of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius Collar Chain was also awarded to the Bulgarian surgeons - Acad. Dr. Petar Chervenyakov and Prof. Dr. Radoslav Gaydarski.
Prof. Dr. Temelko Temelkov defended his PhD dissertation in 1977, entitled "Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoidal Disease" and a dissertation for Doctor of Science Academic Degree in Medical Sciences in 1985 on "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Anal and Sphincter Apparatus". Three dissertations have been defended under his scientific supervision (Dr. Ivanov, Dr. Kostov and Dr. Kobakov). His major research activities are in the field of gastrointestinal, purulent-septic, oncological and laparoscopic surgery, and coloproctology. He has co-authored the monographs "Gastrointestinal Surgery", "Coloproctology", "Surgery Textbook for Colleges" and "Practical Guide to Surgery for Students". He is an editor of "Proceedings of the Union of Scientists - Varna", Scripta Scientifica Medica, the electronic journal "Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery", and he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Surgery Journal. President of the Union of Scientists - Varna (1991-1997) and Deputy Chairman of the Republican Surgical Society in Bulgaria (2002). He is a member of the European Society of Surgery, the International College of Surgeons and the World University Organization of Colorectal Surgeons.
In 2003 Prof. Dr. T. Temelkov was awarded with "Varna Prize 2003" for excellence in the field of science and higher education. In 2006 he was elected an honorary member of the Bulgarian Surgical Society and "Medic of the Year - Varna'2006". In 2009 he was awarded and became the holder of the highest title "Doctor of Bulgaria". He was a Vice-Rector for Research at the Higher Medical Institute-Varna in 1987-1990 and a Rector of MU-Varna in 1999-2004.
Prof. Dr. Radoslav Gaidarski was born on 25th December 1937 in the village of Gradets, Vidin District. He completed his secondary education with honours in Vidin in 1956, and higher medical education at the former Medical Academy - Sofia, again with honours, in 1962. By appointment he became an intern at a surgical department of Regional Hospital - Vidin, where he successively passed the intern degrees, and from 1969 to 1972 he was a Deputy Chief Physician for the Hospital Therapeutic Activities. In 1972, after a competition, he was elected an Assistant Professor at the Department of Surgical Diseases (Second Surgery) of Medical Academy - Sofia. He was consecutively elected as a Senior, Chief and Chief Administrative Assistant at the Department. After a specialization in Cochin Hospital - Paris, France (1976-1977) and a defended dissertation on "Cysts and Pseudocysts of the Pancreatic Gland", he was awarded an academic degree "Candidate of Medical Sciences". He won a competition for an Associate Professor, competing with eight professors (1983), and was appointed Head of the Clinic of Biliary and Liver Surgery at the Department of General and Operative Surgery.
He successfully defended a new doctoral thesis (1988) on "Benign and Malignant Surgical Pancreatic Diseases", after that he was elected Professor of Surgery in 1990. From 1991 to 2001, with an interruption of one and a half year, he was the head of the Department of General and Operative Surgery. In 2003-2005 he was the head of the Surgery Department at Lozenets Hospital - Government Hospital. Currently he works as a Professor-Consultant at Tokuda Hospital.
He has more than 160 scientific publications. Member of the World Association of Gastrosurgery.
Acad. Dr. Petar Chervenyakov was born in 1925 in Staliyska Mahala, Lom District. He can boast 63 years of active surgical and research activities. At the age of 35 he became a Republican Consultant on Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery.
He has consulted and operated emergency cases in 52 hospitals - university clinics, district and regional hospitals in Bulgaria, Moscow, Czechoslovakia, Tripoli and Skopje. He has performed more than 30 000 surgeries and assistances.
He has had two inventions and 12 recognized rationalizations, more than 40 new implemented surgical methods. Chief Surgeon Consultant for Libya for 12 years. He was awarded the title "Doctor of the Year", holder of the Order of St. St. Cyril and Methodius I degree.
The only Bulgarian Professor – a founding member of the European Association of Chest and Cardiovascular Surgery.