Col. Rostislav Kostadinov, MD, PhD

Secretary General, International Disaster Medicine Association
Educational & Scientific Department Head, Military Medical Academy, Sofia
Col. Rostislav Kostadinov

Dr. Rostislav Kostadinov is the Head of the Educational and Scientific Department at the Military Medical Academy in Sofia, and Plovdiv Medical University part-time professor in Disaster Medicine. Rostislav studied medicine at Plovdiv Medical University and graduated in 1991, when he joined the Bulgarian Armed Forces. He specialized in Internal Diseases and Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery, becoming a specialist in both of the fields. From 1999 till 2005, he worked in the Military Medical Detachment for Emergency Response, developing an interest not only in the clinical aspects of military and disaster medicine, but also for the organisational and managerial challenges. As a result of this interest, his third specialisation in Disaster Medicine was successfully completed and a Doctorate on Medical Intelligence was presented in 2010.

Dr Kostadinov was assigned twice (2005-2007; 2010 - 2013) at NATO Joint Force Command Naples as a joint medical planner, medical intelligence officer, doctrine and policy, joint medical coordinator and Deputy Medical Advisor. He planned and afterwards organised and led the medical support for the NATO Unified Protector operation in 2011, as a Medical Advisor and Medical Cell Head, and was awarded a NATO medal.

From 2009, Dr Kostadinov has been assigned at Plovdiv Medical University as a Disaster Medicine part-time professor. The scientific activities of Dr Kostadinov include 2 student textbooks as an author, chapters in 10 other monographs and textbooks, as well as more than 60 published articles. On various international scientific forums with more than 100 oral and poster presentations, Rostislav has shared his research findings on Medical Intelligence, Disaster Medicine and Medical Information Management.

He is also the Secretary General of the International Disaster Medicine Association, a diplomat of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine and a member of the Military Medicine and Disaster Medicine Bulgarian scientific associations.

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