For the 12th consecutive year, Medical University – Varna awarded one of its greatest honours - the Honorary Blue Ribbon Sign to lecturers and students on the occasion of the Day of Slavonic Alphabet and Culture. The award ceremony was held on 22 May, in "Prof. D. Kaprelyan" Auditorium at RHI - Varna.
This year's winners of the prestigious award of MU-Varna are Dr. Snezhanka Pavlova for her contribution to the development of Pediatric Ophthalmology and the School of Ophthalmology in Varna, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lilyana Havezova - for her high achievements in the field of Neurooncology, Cerebrovascular Diseases and quality management in the system of higher education. The first Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at MU-Varna and a founder of the Clinic of Rheumatology at "St. Marina" University Hospital in Varna Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Karastatev was also awarded with the Honorary Blue Ribbon Sign. Prof. Dr. Ivan Kozovski was awarded for his outstanding contribution to Assisted Reproductive Technology, Gynecology and Obstetrics. The prize of MU-Varna this year was also awarded to Prof. Dr. Georgi Popov for his outstanding contribution to the development of the therapeutic activities at the Psychiatric Clinic at "St. Marina" University Hospital, headed by him for over 20 years. The former president of the Student Council at MU-Varna Boris Andonov, who became the Student of the Year 2014, was also awarded with the prize. The Training and Research Sector of Physical Education and Sports received the Honorary Blue Ribbon Sign as a team prize for the victory of the competitors of MU-Varna at the 16th Varna Universiade. The boys and girls who brought the sports glory to the University did a Mexican wave as the Rector was presenting the award to the head of the Training and Research Sector Zhulieta Videnova.
In his speech the Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov emphasized the importance of being careful about the words we utter, but he also underlined that all those who are practising the art of Hippocrates should be even more careful not only about words but also about their deeds. "Because for a patient the doctor's words could be the last and at the same time the most trustworthy ray of hope and salvation from the disease. Let's do our best to teach those willing to follow us to love people, because being a good doctor means, above all, being a human. We constantly change our roles of a student and a teacher, but isn't this precisely the deepest meaning of the deed of St. Cyril and Methodius and their five disciples who scattered the seeds of speech and knowledge? May we all hand down the best of what we have learned from our parents and teachers to those who are coming after us, may we sow only these seeds that will make the future brighter and better - in the name of Man, in the name of Life!"
During the ceremony, diplomas of the academic position "Professor" and "Associate Professor" were awarded to Prof. Dr. Svetoslav Kalevski, DSc (Neurosurgery), Prof. Dr. Albena Kerekovska, PhD (Social Medicine and Organization of Health and Pharmacy), Prof. Violetka Tacheva, PhD (Bulgarian language), Prof. Dr. Zlatislav Stoyanov, DSc (Animal and Human Physiology), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Iliya Todorov, PhD (Physiotherapy, Resort Science and Rehabilitation), Assoc. Prof. Evgeni Grigorov, PhD (Social Medicine and Organization of Health and Pharmacy), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Toni Avramov, PhD (Neurosurgery), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ilina Micheva, PhD (Haematology), Assoc. Prof. Ivan Donev, PhD (Oncology).
The Rector of MU-Varna awarded diplomas of Doctor's Educational Scientific Degree to Dr. Darina Hristova, PhD (Hygiene), Dr. Diana Radkova, PhD (Infectious Diseases), Dr. Yana Bocheva, PhD (Clinical Laboratory), Dr. Boryana Ivanova-Sabeva, PhD (Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation), Dr. Miglena Balcheva-Eneva, PhD (Therapeutic Dentistry), Stefanka Tomcheva, PhD (Medical Psychology), Dr. Regina Shindyalova, PhD (Surgical Dentistry), Assist. Prof. Antoaneta Tsvetkova, PhD (Organization and Management outside the Sphere of Material Production), Dr. Maria Negreva, PhD (Cardiology), Neli Lodozova, PhD - (Microbiology), Dr. Bogomil Iliev, PhD (Neurosurgery), Dr. Deyan Handzhiev, PhD (Neurosurgery), Dr. Nina Georgieva, PhD (Radiology and Roentgenology), Dr. Plamen Chernopolski, PhD (General Surgery), Dr. Orlin Filipov, PhD (Orthopedics and Traumatology), Assist. Prof. Daniel Pavlov, PhD (Biochemistry), Assist. Prof. Oskan Tasinov, PhD (Biochemistry) Assist. Prof. Deyana Vankova, PhD (Chemistry), Dr. Evgeniya Dimova, PhD (Physiotherapy, Resort Science and Rehabilitation), Dr. Viliyam Dokov, PhD (Forensic Medicine).
During the ceremony international and Bulgarian students were awarded with a prize in honour of Dr. Ivan Grupchev for student achievements in Ophthalmology. The award was presented by the Vice Rector for Innovation and Translational Medicine Prof. Hristina Grupcheva.
A special greeting to the guests at the ceremony was performed by the ensemble of talented students of Medical University - Varna, led by Diana Dimitrova. Martin Stefanov, a third-year medical student and Gyulen Ahmedova, a 2nd-year Pharmacy student, joined the music greeting with the folk song "Devoyko, mari hubava".
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