Prof. Dan Dumitrascu, MD (RO)

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President of the Romanian Society of Neurogastrone­treology, Director of a CEEPUS (Central East European Project for University Studies) programme on psychosomatic medicine

Born in Cluj, Romania, he graduated the faculty of medicine of the same city in 1982.

He worked as resident in the 5th Medical Dept, in Cluj and as research fellow at the Institute for Normal and Pathological Physiology Daniel Danielopolu in Bucharest and at the Institute of Hygiene and Public Health in Cluj. After the political changes in East Europe he obtained the possibility to work in the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu of Cluj, starting 1991 as assistant professor in the 3rd Medical Dept, continuing the academic carreer and obtaining a full professorship in 2007 in the 2nd Medical Dept. Meanwhile he became consultant of internal medicine in 1993 and in gastroenterology in 1996. He also accomplished a training in cognitive and behavioural psychotherapy.

He worked between 1992 and 2006 about two years with intermittencies as research fellow of the DAAD and Humboldt Foundation in Augsburg, Germany (with Prof Wienbeck) and Mannheim, Germany, (with Prof Singer).

His main research interests are: functional gastrointestinal disorders, gastrointestinal motility, psychosomatic medicine, clinical trials, clinical pharmacology.

He is author or coauthor of more than 220 papers in Romanian and international journals (around 80 indexed on Medline) and numerous abstracts, author of more than 10 books, co-author of several books. Thus he became one of the most prolific authors in clinical medicine in his country. He is also first author of two patents of invention.

Dr Dumitrascu is director of a CEEPUS (Central East European Project for University Studies) programme on psychosomatic medicine running since 2004.

He organized several scientific meetings with international participation on neurogastroen­terology and psychosomatic medicine.

He was awarded the International research award of the Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Milwaukee 2003, and twice the Amercian Psychosomatic Society Award for Groups of Interest in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2005 and 2006.

He is an invited speaker at many national and international meetings and used many ERASMUS teaching staff mobilities for lectures in many European countries.

He is president of the Romanian Society of Neurogastrone­treology, Vice-president of the Romanian Society of Applied Psychosomatic and Behavioural medicine, member of the International Liaison Committee of the Rome Foundation, etc.

He is also involved in the editorial activity of several journals: editor in chief Clujul Medical; Assistant Editor: Journal Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases (former Romanian Journal of Gastroenterology), member of the editorial board of Hepato-Gastro (Paris), World Journal of Gastroenterology, Revista Medicala Balint (Romania), Romanian Journal of Internal medicine, Medicina Interna, Revista Medicala Romana, etc. He served as peer reviewer for Quality of Life Research, Alimentary Pharmacol Therap, Dig Dis Sci, Eur J Intern Med, Eur J Clin Invest, Am J Gastroenterol, etc.