Blood Donation May 2018

May 22, 2018By Бойко МатевHealth news, Organized by the Student Council, Upcoming events No Comments

Dear colleagues,

Despite the numerous advances of medicine, the blood running in our veins is still irreplaceable. The noble act of donating blood can make the difference between life and death. The everlasting need of blood products is the very reason why blood donation initiatives are held all year round. The Regional Transfusion centre of Varna and the Students’ Council of Medical University – Varna are organizing once again the “Blood Donation” campaign.

Up to date, the campaign, which takes place in MU-Varna, has always reported a great number of people, willing to donate blood. It is the third “Blood donation” campaign for this year 2017. Everybody, who wants to donate blood, will be able to do it on the 22nd (Tuesday) and the 23rd (Wednesday) of May 2018 between 10:00 and 16:00h in room 213 (second floor of the Rectorate building). Let’s show once again that humanity and the wish to help others, run in our veins!


“Donate blood – save lives!”

For a third consecutive year the Bulgarian Haemophilia Association Invites the Citizens of Varna to Participate in a Cycling March “Together”

April 4, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Upcoming events No Comments

On 21st April 2018 (Saturday) from 11:00 to 13:00 the traditional cycling march “Together” is going to take place in the city of Varna. It is organized for a third consecutive tour by the Bulgarian Haemophilia Association.

The Association marks annually the World Haemophilia Day on April 17th with various public events aimed at rising the public awareness about the nature of the disease and at supporting the people with congenital coagulation disorders and their families. This year the cycling march will take place on April 17th in 4 cities simultaneously – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas.

With their campaign entitled “Sharing is Strength” and the cycling march “Together” the organisers appeal to all stakeholders – health institutions, governmental, nongovernmental, public and private sector and society at large to unite in the name of the common cause.

The aim of the campaign is also to express an appeal to all the people to share more knowledge, skills, resources and support in order to achieve an improvement in the treatment and the quality of living of all the people with haemophilia.

Cycling and swimming are the two recommended types of sports for those suffering from haemophilia. The Bulgarian Haemophilia Association invites people of all ages to demonstrate their commitment and join the noble initiative.

You may find more information here.

For further information and enrolment: Magdalena Bliznakova 0888 883131

The Minister of Health Mr. Kiril Ananiev Visited UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna

March 26, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Today, the Executive Director of UMHAT “St. Marina” Prof. Dr. Valentin Ignatov presented the Activity Report of the Hospital for 2017 at an open medical council in the presence of the Minister of Health Mr. Kiril Ananiev, the Rector of MU – Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov, the District Governor Mr. Stoyan Pasev, the Mayor of the Sea Capital Mr. Ivan Portnih, official guests, lecturers and doctors. Later on, the Minister paid a visit to the Department of Pediatric Oncohematology and gave presents to the young patients, the Hospital Pharmacy, where he observed the modern robotic system for the dissolution of cytostatics, the Nuclear Medicine Department, and had a meeting with the media. Minister Ananiev underlined that the proper hospital management, the state-of-the-art equipment and the qualified medical staff were the right way for achieving high results. “It is much better the funds spent for treating Bulgarian citizens abroad to be invested in the hospitals in our country, and why not  offer treatment to foreigners in Bulgaria tomorrow,” said the Minister.

The Activity Report for 2017 revealed that UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna has 1 392 hospital beds. The hospital has 2 073 employees, more than 529 of whom are senior medical staff – highly qualified university lecturers, national and regional consultants.



The biggest hospital in Eastern Bulgaria, which has already been recognized as the European face of Bulgarian hospital healthcare, provides comprehensive medical care to its patients, including pre-hospital, hospital and emergency care, diagnostics with the most modern and high-tech equipment and expert medical activities. Here Bulgarian patients can get highly specialized medical care, diagnostics and treatment, for which quite recently they had to travel abroad and pay almost unaffordable sums of money to the European hospitals.

The revenues for 2017 at University Hospital “St. Marina” were increased, while the liabilities and arrears to suppliers for medicaments and medical supplies were decreased, and, on the other hand, the average gross salary was raised compared to the previous 2016. In 2017 UMHAT “St. Marina” managed to double its capital and completed the year without any liabilities to the state, the municipality and the personnel. In the course of the last year, the hospital purchased 10 hemodialysis apparatus, ultrasound apparatus for the Pediatric Clinic of Clinical Hematology and Oncology, three apparatus for artificial pulmonary ventilation, surgical video system, mobile C-arm X-ray system for the Orthopedic and Traumatology Clinic, a respirator, apparatus for surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation by cryoablation, and dosimetry apparatus and equipment. Through the President’s Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign the hospital obtained a respiratory resuscitation apparatus, fibrobronhoscope, thermo bed, holter, echocardiography system, defibrillator, infusion pump, linear transducer and pediatric endoscopic apparatus for the children’s wards. The First Clinic of Neurological Disorders, the Clinics of Vascular Surgery, Internal Diseases and the Department of Dermatology and Venereology were renovated and modernized. 32 training rooms and three auditoria were modernized and renovated. Moreover, reconstruction of the central and southern entrances was carried out, a new checkpoint was built, the lighting was renovated, an overhaul of the central alley was carried out, and additional parking lot for the staff was built. Funds were invested in state-of-the-art technologies, including a PACS system with remote access to information, a server base, and a remote sensing imaging system. Over the same period, MU – Varna provided two workstation-based echocardiography systems, urology endoscopic equipment and echosonomamograph. The University and the Hospital together carry out socially significant activities at the Museum of the History Medicine.

A new Angiographic Laboratory for Interventional Treatment of Cerebrovascular Diseases, deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices, high-class anaesthesiology complex, local boiler installation and Polysomnography Centre are to be built and purchased, and a Synthesis System for manufacturing patient doses of Gallium – 68 – based radiopharmaceutical is to be introduced as well.

At the beginning of 2018 the Hospital has received an Excellent Accreditation Assessment for its comprehensive medical activities for a five-year term, and on 14th March it was designated as a University Hospital for that period of time by the Government.

The maintenance and development of the facilities is an essential prerequisite for providing quality education to the medical specialists as there is mandatory practical training in the pre-clinical and clinical specialties. More than 5 207 undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students are trained at Medical University – Varna, among them 1400 students from 44 countries, mainly from EU member states. The theoretical and practical training they acquire at MU-Varna is comparable to the best European and world universities.

On Wednesday, the Government decided to grant the rights of the sole owner of the capital in the management of Multi-Profile Hospital for Active Treatment “St. Marina” – Varna to Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” for the duration of the accreditation assessment of the medical establishment as a University Hospital.

Among the positive aspects of this model are stimulating the development of medical science, increasing the motivation of the teaching staff, optimizing the costs and improving the funding of the Hospital; also, the fact that there will be new opportunities for increasing the remuneration of the staff at the University Hospital. The merger will also lead to a more efficient allocation of the financial resources in the healthcare sector and will improve the activities at the hospital. In addition, the opportunities for investment in the facilities and specialized equipment of the medical establishment will be enhanced. The opportunity for practical training in the facilities of the commercial company will become more extensive and will not be restricted by decisions of its management bodies. “Not least, the merger will lead to a better and higher quality service for the patients because they will be treated in a modern, state-of-the-art hospital by qualified medical doctors and University lecturers,” said the Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Ivanov.

The First Training in Ayurveda Will Be Held at the Centre for Eastern Medicine at MU – Varna

March 26, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Science and education, Upcoming events No Comments

A training course entitled “Ayurveda – Introduction and Diagnostics” is organized for the first time in the Medical University of Varna on March 29th 2018. The course lecturer is the distinguished Indian specialist in Ayurveda medicine and surgery Dr. Noushad from “Atreya” Ayurvedic Medical Centre and Yoga Therapy in Moscow. He is a graduate of the University of Calcutta in India and First Moscow State Medical University “I. M. Sechenov”.

The course is intended for physicians and students in the specialties of medicine, dental medicine and rehabilitation and they will have the chance to get acquainted with the secrets of the ancient Indian system for natural and holistic medicine as well as to enrich their experience in the field of Ayurveda.

The training will take place in the Medical College – Varna and the University Centre for Eastern Medicine. The working language is English and the course participants will obtain a certificate.

The course fee is 50 BGN and should be transferred to the following bank account of MU-Vana:


Branch Varna 


IBAN: BG24STSA93003100040700 

Those who wish to attend the course may enroll at the University Centre for Eastern Medicine and obtain further information on tel. 052/677 272 (Slavka Kasabova) or 0889 930 960 Ass. Dr. Denitsa Grozdeva.

The Status of “St. Marina” as a University Hospital Has Been Confirmed

March 26, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Science and education No Comments

The government has appointed Multi-Profile Hospital for Active Treatment “St. Marina” EAD as a University Hospital for the duration of its new accreditation assessment. Just a few days ago it received “Excellent 6” for the following five-year term, pursuant to an Order by the Minister of Health Mr. Kiril Ananiev.

So far the hospital has been empowered to function as a training hospital and a major base for the theoretical, clinical and practical training of undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD students at the Medical University. The excellent assessment has confirmed the high level of the educational and medical activities and also has provided new opportunities for the development of the medical establishment.

Just a month ago, MU – Varna announced its intention to acquire “St. Marina” and to become the first medical university in Bulgaria with its own hospital. According to the Health Minister Mr. Kiril Ananiev, if both sides have expressed a desire, there are no obstacles for the deal to take place. And if the scheme turns out to be profitable, it can be applied to other higher education institutions.

Leading Experts from Varna and Aachen Are Going to Conduct a Joint Study on Lasers in Periodontology

March 26, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Science and education, Upcoming events No Comments

A joint project for clinical studies on the application of lasers in Periodontology will be carried out by the renowned specialists in Periodontology and Dental Implants Prof. Dr. Stefan Peev from MU – Varna and Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht from Aachen University, Germany. This decision was announced during a workshop entitled “Application of Lasers in Dental Medicine” at the Faculty of Dental Medicine at MU – Varna, where the leading German specialist in Laser Dentistry delivered a lecture and practical demonstration, with a live connection with one of the surgeries at University Medical and Dental Centre. Impressed by the high-tech equipment with modern high-energy lasers for clinical application and by the expertise of the Head of the Department of Periodontology and Dental Implantology and head of the University Medical and Dental Centre Prof. Stefan Peev, the leading specialist from Germany Prof. Gutknecht extended an invitation for a future joint project with Medical University – Varna.

Among the guest lecturers was also Assoc. Prof. Georgi Tomov from the Department of Periodontology and Oral Mucosal Diseasesat MU-Plovdiv, the chairperson of the Dental Laser Society in Bulgaria and a leading specialist in dental lasers in the country. The head of the Department of Prosthetic Dental Medicine at MU – Varna Prof. Dr. Metodi Abadzhiev shared his practical experience as well. 



Establishment of the Varna Medical Society

March 26, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Science and education No Comments

In the first years after the Liberation of Bulgaria, when education and welfare were equivalent concepts, Varna became attractive to Bulgarians and foreigners who had been educated throughout Europe. The accumulation of intellectual potential, financial opportunities and diverse interests prompted the progressive development of plenty of spheres in the life of the city.

The Varna Medical Society was established exactly at that time, on 10th December 1883 in Varna. This marked the beginning of the organization of the professional and scientific life of medical specialists on the territory of the city. The founders were erudite professionals, highly qualified and united under such values as the doctor’s duty and their commitment to the society.

The first Chairman of the Society was Dr. Miron Vassilievich Ignatov, and his deputy was Dr. Angel Puskyuliev. Among the other founders of the Society were the military medical doctors Dr. Zhelyu Radev, Dr. Yordan Sevov, Dr. Stoycho Yordanov, the district doctor Dr. Boris Oks, the head of Varna First Class Hospital Dr. Nikola Ivanov, as well as Dr. Boris Sheinin. Later on, the first female doctor Dr. Anastasia Golovina joined them, as well as Dr. Aleksandar Nedyialkov and Dr. Jonas Basanavichus.

The objectives of the Society are set out in its Statute:

  1. To serve the members of the Society as a means of further scientific and practical medical education.
  2. To study the local sanitary conditions and needs and to assist the administration in solving sanitary issues.
  3. To disseminate to the public the right concepts on maintaining health and prevention.

The time when the Varna Medical Society originated was after the Liberation. At that time the number of doctors in Bulgaria was only 116, the conditions in the few hospitals were primitive, so in the first years it was extremely important to provide medical books, specialized periodicals, to buy equipment, to print enlightenment materials and to organize lectures. They discussed interesting cases from the practice, collected data on the application of anti-viral vaccine for the tuberculosis sufferers. Public issues were discussed, such as finding a suitable place for building a high school, the rules for sea bathing and building slaughterhouses, and in the end, the solutions were submitted to the municipal government. This was the launch of public health care in Varna.

UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna with Excellent Accreditation Assessment

March 26, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Pursuant to Order № RD-17-8 / 25.01.2018 by the Minister of Health Mr. Kiril Ananiev, on the grounds of Art. 89 of the Medical Establishments Act and Ordinance No. 18 of 2005 on the criteria, indicators and methods for accreditation of medical establishments, and a Decision of the Accreditation Council (Protocol № 10 / 12.12.2017), University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna has received an Excellent Accreditation Assessment for the entire scope of medical activities for a five-year term.

The excellent evaluation empowers University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna to provide practical training for students in the professional fields of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Care and Public Health, as well as to conduct postgraduate training for Master Doctors for the acquisition of specialties: Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Virology, Internal Diseases, Gastroenterology, Breast Surgery, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism Diseases, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Clinical Hematology and Oncology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Pneumology and Phthisiatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatric Surgery, Endocrinology and Metabolism Diseases, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Clinical Immunology,  Laboratory Immunology, Clinical Laboratory, Clinical Hematology, Skin and Venereal Diseases, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical Genetics, Medical Oncology, Microbiology, Neurosurgery, Nervous System Disorders, Nephrology, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging, General and Clinical Pathology, Paediatrics, Pneumology and Phthisiatrics, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Forensic Medicine, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Surgery, Orthopedics and Traumatology, Pediatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Occupational Diseases. The hospital received an excellent assessment also for the postgraduate education of Master Doctors in Dental Medicine for acquiring the specialty of Oral Surgery, of Master Pharmacists for acquiring the specialty of Clinical Chemistry, for postgraduate education for acquiring the specialty of Clinical Chemistry for higher non-medical specialists in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology, Clinical Psychology for graduates in Psychology, and Laboratory Immunology for biologists, biochemists, molecular biologists and biotechnologists, as well as postgraduate education for persons with professional qualification in a medical profession from the professional field of Health Care for acquiring the specialty of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care for nurses and midwives.

This is a well-deserved assessment for the management of University Hospital “St. Marina” and for the daily efforts and expertice of the doctors and medical specialists at the biggest and state-of-the-art hospital in Eastern Bulgaria, and this will lead to the sustainable development of the medical establishment.

Another Donation for a Child with Diabetes at UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna

March 15, 2018By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

The Chairperson of Association “Touch the Rainbow” Denislava Angelova made another donation for a child with diabetes at UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna. An insulin pump and consumables were donated to the mother of the two-year-old Borko from Rousse – Elitsa Nedyalkova. The pump was purchased by the Association with the support of “Labyrinth” residential complex, and the consumables were purchased with the funds raised by students. Tihomir, a student with diabetes from Vocational High School of Economics – Veliko Tarnovo, and Aisun from Vocational School of Agriculture “Nikola Pushkarov” – Popovo raised 1500 levs through donations and charity initiatives.

Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova, head of Pediatrics Department at University Hospital “St. Marina” pointed out that there were nearly 90 children with diabetes in Varna. “It’s the first time we have provided an insulin pump for such a small child”, said Denislava Angelova. The student campaign was launched on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day. Furthermore, by the end of the year, Borko will be provided with a blood glucose sensor, too.

Pediatricians from University Hospital “St. Marina” Have Saved the Life of a Two-Month-Old Baby with a Rare Genetic Disease

December 21, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Pediatricians from Varna have saved the life of the two-month-old Christian, who was admitted to the emergency department at University Hospital “St. Marina” in an extremely serious condition. At the hospital the young patient stopped eating and drinking water, he had disorders of consciousness and increased levels of ammonia. After performing urgent life-saving actions and medical tests, the doctors diagnosed the child with a rare congenital genetic enzyme defect in the amino acid metabolism. This is a recessive disease that is passed down from generation to generation, but it only occurs when two genes of that type are joined up. Its incidence is 1 in 70 000 up to 100 000 newborns, and Christian is the first such case for the Pediatrics team at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna.

The two-month patient has had a clinical picture since his birth, but since rare diseases are not easy to be identified, and his doctors had not encountered such disorders before, the disease had remained unidentified at first. On the other hand, the mother thought that the deteriorated health condition of the child was due to a recent vaccination.

“We wouldn’t have coped with the case on our own without the help of the National Centre for Rare Metabolic Diseases because they deal with similar cases of children all over the country and are better equipped with regard to the medications needed. In the very beginning we made the differential diagnosis between 2 and 3 major diseases. We have enough hope for the child because there are several big centres in the world, the greatest of which is in the United States. There are more than 150 patients there and according to their data, it is possible the child to be cured without any consequences for him, provided there is well thought-out and properly applied care”, explains the head of Pediatrics at University Hospital “St. Marina” Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova.

Little Christian has already been stabilized, and he is about to be taken to the National Centre for Rare Metabolic Diseases in Sofia over the coming days. A nutrition regime will be prepared for him there, and his mother will be taught how to feed him, the specifics of the care required for such a disease, and in which cases she needs to seek medical aid.

The mother Maria Nikolova says, “It is hard for a parent not to know if her child is going to survive. He is only 2 months old, and he is everything for us. I am grateful to the whole team of the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital “St. Marina” in Varna, who saved Christian and provided the necessary daily care in the way I would have done it at home.”