Dr. Catalin Copăescu

Catalin Copăescu, MD,PhD

Delta Hospital,

Minimal Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Department,

Racari street no 6, 3rd District,

BUCHAREST – 031828,

ROMANIA

FAX: (+40) 021 – 3273772

PHONE: (+40) 722 365805 / (+40) 751 365805

E-mail: [javascript protected email address]

Consultant General Surgeon, Bariatric &Metabolic Surgeon,

Associated Professor of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Invited Professor of the “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania

Executive Director of the Laparoscopic Training Center,

General Secretary of RAES

Education and professional background:

1987 – Graduated from the Faculty of General Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy

“Carol Davila”, Bucharest

1987-1989 – Physician in Municipal Hospital Campulung-Muscel, Arges

1990-1993 – Residency in general surgery, ST John Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

Since 1993 – Specialist in General Surgery,

since1997 – Consultant in General Surgery,

2007-2011 – ORs Dep. Coordinator – St John Hospital , Bucharest Romania

Since 2011 – Chief of the General Surgery Department, Delta Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

– Director of The Bariatric Center of Excellence, Delta Hospital , Bucharest, Romania

– Associated Professor of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

1995 Romanian Accreditation for Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic surgery

1996 The French Society of Digestive Surgery Accreditation for Laparoscopic Techniques

2002 Accredited for Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery

2008 PhD – Thesis title: Laparoscopic Treatment of GERD – prospective study of 550pts and

Experimental surgery (A-B)

2008 Invited Professor of the “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara,

Romania

2011 Associated Professor of Bariatric Surgery at the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Main professional responsibilities or activities:

Head of the General Surgery Department, Delta Hospital , Bucharest, Romania

Director of The Bariatric Center of Excellence, Delta Hospital , Bucharest, Romania

General surgery: laparoscopic, thoracoscopic and open procedures for benign and malignant pathologies – over 700 procedures per year.
The largest experience in Romania for: Bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese patients, laparoscopic hernia repair, laparoscopic treatment of GERD and Hiatal Hernia.
Pioneering metabolic surgery, SILS and NOTES in Romania

Published original papers: 58(on National /International Journals)

Chapters in Surgical Books: 12 (Author or Coauthor)

Lectures delivered in different symposia/ congresses – 283 (local or International events) (175 after year 2000)

Research: Clinical research in the field of gastro esophageal reflux disease, recto colic cancer, metabolic surgery, NOTES (11 projects)

Active Member of Professional Societies

– Romanian Society of Surgery since 1994

– Romanian Association of Endoscopic Surgery – since 2002 (Co-Founding Member)– General Secretary since 2006

– Romanian Association of Bariatric Surgery – since 2006 (Co-Founding Member)

– The Foundation for Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Surgery – since 1999 – (Co-Founding Member) – Administrator since 1999

– The International Federation of Surgery for Obesity – IFSO –since 2005

– The European Association of Endoscopic Surgery – EAES – since 2000

member in the NOTES group 2008-2009
Member of the EAES Education&Training Committee since 2011

– The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – ESGE – since 2007

– The International Associations of Surgeons Gastroenterologists and Oncologists – IASGO – since 2000

– The European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism – ESPEN – since 2006

– The European Digestive Surgery – 1996

– The Association for Obese Patients Support – (Co-Founding Member, 2009)

– The Society for Medical Inovation and Technology – SMIT E.V. – sice 2009

– The South Eastern European Robotic Surgery Society – SEERSS (Co-Founder Member) – 2010

– The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery -2010

– The Serbian Society of Surgery – Honorary Member – 2010

– Member of the EAC-BS Accreditation Review Committee of Excellence in the management of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery – 2012

Training Activities

Expert trainer and lector in the Laparoscopic Training Center– leaded by Professor Corneliu Dragomirescu: Since 1995, the experience over 16 years of practice counts: 7 courses per year, 12 to 20 participants per course, more than 1200 trainees/ participants. This record is recognized as the largest activity of a laparoscopic training center in Romania.

Most of the courses were including training activities on live pigs. The theoretical lectures and live operations transmissions from different ORs are organized in dedicated Conference Rooms; the animal laboratory was set up in the Veterinary School and is now located in a modern facility owned by Delta Hospital.

The activity of the Laparoscopic Training Center of has been increased in 2009, since the Center ‘s activity was endorsed by the Romanian Association of Endoscopic Surgery (RAES) . The RAES Laparoscopic Training Center has more than 60 local and international experts, an yearly increasing number of participants – from Romania and countries around – and a wide range of minimally access training activities (including NOTES, bariatric surgery, gynecological procedures, urology etc)

Course Director or Co-Director of Basic and Advanced Laparoscopic Techniques Training Courses organized in:

  • Laparoscopic Training Center of St. John Hospital, Bucharest – since 2005, in 38 courses (Colorectal, GERD and Hiatal Hernia, Inguinal Hernia Repair, Bariatric Procedures, Endocrine Surgery)
  • Laparoscopic Training Center of Delta Hospital, Bucharest – since nov.2011, in 4 courses (Bariatric, GERD and Hiatal Hernia, Inguinal Hernia Repair, Basic Laparoscopic procedures)
  • Clinical Immersions on Management of Bariact Patients – Delta Hospital, 7 Clinical Immersions since 2010 (Serbia, Macedonia,Croatia, South Arabia, Bulgaria, Latvia,Romania)
  • Participation as Course Co-director in 19 Courses/workshops in Romania or Abroad since 2007

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