On March 25th, 2020 one of the most prominent Bulgarian pediatric doctors died, having left his outstanding contribution to the development of pediatrics and pediatric onco-hematology in Bulgaria, a distinguished scientist and university lecturer from the Department of Pediatrics -Prof. Dr. Dragan Bobev, MD

For over 15 years Prof. Bobev has been developing and managing the Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Program in Bulgaria. He has Introduced global standards for the treatment of malignant diseases in children.

He graduated Medicine in the Higher Medical School of Sofia in 1958. Since 1966 he has been an assistant, chief assistant, associate professor and professor at the pediatric clinics of ISUL, and later at the Higher Medical Institute and Military Academy – Sofia. He specializes in pediatric diseases, hematology and oncology.

From 1990 to 1996 he was the director of the State University Pediatric Hospital – Sofia, and from 2000 to 2014 he was the manager of the Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Children with Onco-Hematological Diseases – Sofia, EOOD.

He is a member of the International Society of Pediatric Onco-Hematology (ISPO), the European Society of Cancer Hematology, the European Bone Marrow Transplant Association (EBMT).

He has more than 130 scientific publications on childhood hematological diseases and problems of general pediatrics, including in international journals with high impact factors. He is the author and editor of textbooks and teaching manuals in pediatrics and pediatric onco-hematology, a reviewer of articles in medical journals, dissertations and competitions for academic positions and degrees.

He has been editor-in-chief of “Pediatrics” magazine for over 25 years. He has participated in joint developments of the European Society for Bone Marrow Transplantation on the problems of Bone Marrow Transplantation in Malignant Diseases in Children, and in scientific studies related to the molecular genetic characterization of childhood malignancies. Since 1990 he has been a National Consultant in Pediatrics and Pediatric Oncohematology, and since 2006 in Pediatric Oncohematology and Transplantology. From 1996 to 2014 he was the Head of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program in Bulgaria.

From 1996 to 2008 he was Chairman of the Scientific Committee on Medical Sciences – Therapeutic Specialties at the SAC. From 2005 to 2009 he was a member of the Public Council of the Center for the Treatment of Children.

In 2011, he was awarded the Stara Planina Order – 1st degree for his exceptional achievements in clinical pediatric onco-hematology and his contribution to the operation of a bone marrow transplant center.

May he rest in peace!

The memorial service will be performed Friday from 1:00 pm at the church “St. Sofia”.

From the Management and Academic Community of MU-Sofia