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Trust Surgeon wins top medic prize in home country

Published 08/12/2017
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A Maxillofacial Surgeon from the Royal Derby Hospital has been named ‘Best Medic of the Year’ back in his native Bulgaria.

Mr Nikolay Yanev specialises in major facial reconstruction surgery for head and neck cancer patients and splits his time equally between Derby and Sofia.  

Microvascular head and neck reconstruction uses bone and tissue from other parts of the body to rehabilitate surgical defects caused by the removal of head and neck tumours.

Mr Yanev set up a specialised service at Sofia’s University Specialised Hospital for Maxillofacial Surgery (USHMFS) last year, with this work resulting in the Bulgarian Medical Union (BMU) rewarding him with the 2017 Best Medic of the Year Award.

Maxillofacial surgery is among the specialised services offered at Derby Teaching Hospitals, with Mr Yanev, who started his role as a Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon in April, crediting the high standards offered by the Trust for influencing surgical practice at USHMFS.  

He said: “I work as part of a wonderful team at the Royal Derby Hospital which offers cancer surgery and facial reconstruction practice that is up there with the highest national and international standards. There is a real focus on providing the best care to our head and neck cancer patients all throughout the various stages of their treatment. The experience of working with internationally renowned and experienced specialists has helped me to develop my own skills a lot and I have taken this best practice back to Sofia, where the demand is also there to provide this type of surgery. Derby Teaching Hospitals is leading the way in the region for this type of surgery and I’m very happy to share this award with my fantastic unit. It was extremely unexpected but it is very satisfying to see this work recognised by my fellow professionals.” 

The Trust’s Maxillofacial Unit uses a number of innovative techniques in theatres, including robotic surgery and 3D virtual planning, which acts as a virtual guide during surgeries. 

Derby Teaching Hospitals’ Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle, said: “Maxillofacial surgery is one of our flagship specialised services here in Derby and we’re very proud to be able to offer this to our patients. Nikolay’s energy and enthusiasm is fantastic to see and we’re delighted to have such an inspirational young surgeon here at Derby Teaching Hospitals. He really has impressed me with his commitment to developing Maxillofacial surgery, both here and across the continent, and I think I speak on behalf of everyone here at the Trust when I say that his award is well deserved.”     

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