Welcome Dr. Bogdan-Ioan COCULESCU to International Journal of Virology and Diseases

Dr. Bogdan-Ioan COCULESCU
Center for Medical-Military Research, Bucharest, Romania, and “Titu Maiorescu” University, Faculty of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania

Biography & Research Interest

Welcome Dr. Bogdan-Ioan COCULESCU to Join the Editorial Board of International Journal of Virology and Diseases.
Colonel Coculescu Bogdan-Ioan is a doctor (M.D.), primary physician speciality in Laboratory Medicine, Doctor of Medical Sciences (PhD) – speciality Genetics, Head of Department of Anti-infective Medical Protection and Epidemiological Emergencies at Military Medical Scientific Research Center of the Ministry of National Defence, Romania and lecturer (Head of Discipline) – Bacteriology. Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology at Faculty of Medicine, “Titu Maiorescu” University of Bucharest, Romania.
In 1996 he graduated from the “Carol Davila” Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest – Military Medical Institute (university degree marked with 10 – maximum).
In 1997 he was a trainee doctor in General Medicine at the “Dr. Carol Davila” Central University Emergency Military Hospital, Bucharest (Medical Clinic III) and later he served successively as Chief Medical Officer (and Chief Infirmary) – in the 71st Tank Battalion (part of the 7th Tank Brigade Slatina), and respectively, in the 49th Protection Nuclear, Bacteriological and Chemical Battalion (CBRN) Pitesti (of the 1st Army).
Following the promotion of the national competition for residency (November 1997, ranked 42nd in the national ranking), during January 1998 – October 2001 he graduated the courses in the speciality Clinical Laboratory, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Parasitology and Hematology (Laboratory Medicine), as for the position presented by the Ministry of National Defence, training in Bucharest – the Fundeni Institute (Biochemistry and Hematology courses), “Cantacuzino” National Institute of Research-Development for Microbiology and Immunology (Cantacuzino NIRDMI), “Stefan S. Nicolau” Institute of Virology, and respectively, “Dr. Carol Davila” Central Universitary Military Emergency Hospital.
In October 2001, he passed the speciality examination and obtained the doctor specialist degree, and in June 2009 he became primary physician in the speciality of Laboratory Medicine.
During 14 years (between 15 Febr. 2002 – 31 Jan. 2016) he was (by contest) Head of Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Virology at Center for Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of National Defence, Romania.
Between 2004 (Febr.) – 2010 (Dec.), he was a student for Doctor of Medicine’s Degree, the speciality Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest (within his doctorate he took three exams, presented three papers, published six scientific articles in the field of research and presented a poster at the Congress of the Romanian Medical Association, Romanian Academy, 2009). In April 2011 he defended his Doctor’s Degree thesis.
In the period 2006-2009 he was a member of the working group of the Medical Assistance Directorate of the Ministry of National Defence which conceived, designed, received and nationally certificated the module of Preventive Medicine of the first Romanian Role 2 Mobile Military Field Hospital (= the successor to the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital or MASH).
Between 1st of Febr. 2010 – 30 June 2011 he was transferred to the Military Medical Scientific Research Center, Bucharest (in the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Epidemiological Emergencies and subsequent Clinical Toxicology – Floreasca Clinical Emergency Hospital).
In April 2011 he obtained the certificate in “Health Care Management” upon completion of training organized by the National School of Public Health and Health Management between October 2010 – March 2011. This training program was equated by the Human Resources Management Department of the Ministry of National Defence by address DMRU A750/06.10.2011 with “Postgraduate Course for Leadership” according to the position activity field.
As microbiological diagnosis work is a constant concern of the officer, he has executed several missions in the country in military exercises (“DEMEX 05”, “ROUEX 09”, and in 2011 two SIMFTX-LFX’s, Field Tactical Exercises-Live Fire Exercises) with large units and units that would be deployed in theaters of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In September 2013 he participated in joint medico-military exercises “MEDEX 2013” with Alabama National Guard (USA).
For five days, from 24 to 28 May 2015, he attended to the military port of Constanta at the exercise “Romanian Trident 2015”, which was headed by Joint Command Forces of the General Staff, to operational evaluation and certification of the preventive medicine team nominated for the NATO Response Force (NRF) in 2016. (The NATO Response Force or NRF is a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and special forces components – 13.000 soldiers – that the Alliance can deploy quickly to wherever it is needed).
After that, for the same medical expertise in the identification and control of microorganisms, from 15 to 21 June 2015, he participated at Multinational exercise Trident JOUST 2015 (NATO TRJT 15) as part of a NATO Response Force exercise, which was held in Romania and was conducted by the Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples to test the alliance’s crisis-response capabilities (NRF) as it beefs up its presence in eastern Europe.
During the same year (2015), the medical officer developed and implemented specific work procedures of the laboratory of Bacteriology, Parasitology and Virology which were the basis for its certification of the Romanian Health Minister as a laboratory carrying out monitoring of drinking water quality. It also designed and implemented specific work procedures of the laboratory of Bacteriology who stood alongside other documents, based on the ISO certification 9001: 2008 (2011) and recertification (2014) of the Center for Preventive Medicine of the Army.
Between 05-08 June 2017 he also participated to the „Cross-sectoral biorisk awareness and mitigation training” held in Budapest (Hungary), by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), EUROPOL European Counter Terrorism Centre and Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).
Between 14 February 2011 – 30 September 2012 he conducted a teaching and research activity as an Assistant Professor, nominal position (following a competition) in Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, “Titu Maiorescu” University of Bucharest.
Between 1st of October 2012 – 1st of March 2013, still as the Assistant Professor at “Titu Maiorescu” University, he taught Bacteriology course to the second year of General Medicine and Dentistry and supported practical work in general medicine, according to university curriculum.
In the Semester 2 of the academic year 2008-2009 he was Assistant Professor (paid by the hour) of the BIOTERRA University, Bucharest, where he held seminars of Commercial Law.
Simultaneously, colonel lecturer dr. Coculescu Bogdan-Ioan has a degree in Law, a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest (2007 – first in his promotion, r.f.) and Master Degree in “International Law and Community”, Faculty of Law, University “Nicolae Titulescu “Bucharest (2008 – second in his batch of students promoted).
He graduated from the English course of “Carol I” National Defence University Bucharest, January 7th, 2013 – July 4th, 2014.
He is a graduate of the Compact Programme of Psycho-Pedagogical (level I and II), Titu Maiorescu” University Bucharest, November 2012 – June 2013.
He graduated from the “Microbiological analysis of drinking water” course, National Institute of Public Health, 12 to 16 of November 2012, Bucharest.
He participated to the workshop “New requirements on the standardization of antimicrobial susceptibility testing, Standard EUROCAST” “Cantacuzino” NIRDMI, Bucharest, in November 2010.
He graduated from the postgraduate specialization Pathology “News on the cervical-vaginal cytology in accordance with the scoring Bethesda 2001” to “Carol Davila” University, Bucharest (course accredited by the College of Physicians of Romania), in September 4th to 18th, 2010.
He participated to the “Avian / Pandemic Influenza and Emerging Infectious Disease Workshop” organized by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) of the USA, 14 to 16 of October 2008, Bucharest.
He participated to the “Workshop on Building Cooperative and Regional Approaches to Preparedness and Defense Against Bioterrorism” under the auspices of NATO’s Defence Policy and Planning Division and the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, organized by the Romanian Regional Center of High Studies for the Prevention of Bio-terrorism, on 25 and 26 October 2007, Romanian Academy House, Bucharest. The workshop brought together experts and officials from Allied and Partner countries, as well as from NATO and other international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union.
He graduated from “The training military medical specialists and primary” Military Medical Institute Bucharest, in March 1st-28th, 2006.
He graduated postgraduate specialization program “Business Management by Projects” (with average mark graduation 10), Academy of Economic Studies (ASE) Bucharest, October 2004 – June 2005.
He participated in extensive training course in homeopathy (cycle 1), Centre d’Enseignement et de Développement de l’homeopathic (ECHR) Paris and Laboratories Boiron in Bucharest, October 1999 – June 2000.
He participated in numerous Conferences and Congresses with international participation (in the medical field).
Dr. Bogdan-Ioan Coculescu is author or co-author of six books. He is the author of dozens scientific articles, first author of nine papers published in prestigious magazines in the country and abroad on the subject of the Doctor’s Degree thesis, co-author (and author by correspondence) of seven works in the medical field etc., and for the paper (presented as a poster) “Molecular analysis of resistance to beta-lactams of Salmonella Typhimurium strains isolated from children with diarrhea” he received the Diploma of Excellence in 2009 (third prize) – Doctor’s Degree student Section at the Annual Congress of the Romanian Medical Association held at the Romanian Academy.
He has been awarded the “Medal of Honor of the Romanian Armed Forces” highest award of the Ministry of National Defense, for outstanding contribution to raising the prestige of the Romanian Army (December 1st, 2007).
He is decorated with the honorary sign “The Motherland Service Officers” for the twentieth anniversary and outstanding results in carrying out the duties and training (December 2013).
Also he received the “Diploma of Excellence” from the Medical Assistance Directorate of the Ministry of National Defense for having worked in the NATO exercise “ROUEX 2009,” the first international certification of the Romanian Role 2 Field Hospital (Role 2 Enhanced Medical Treatment Facility). Subsequently, he has performed the highest-ranking officer position (Head of Operational Medicine) of the Medical Corps in national medical-military training and evaluation missions (from March to May 2012) – in order to determine the operational status and to retain the identification of steps needed to remove the limitations of operational capability – and in the national re-evaluation during the Field Training Exercise (FTX) “MEDEX-14” (April 2014) mission to maintain operational status of this NATO Deployable Medical Capability with extensive facilities (Role 2E MTF). (Romanian Role 2 Enhanced Medical Treatment Facility is intended to provide general nursing and emergency nursing, and also support primary surgical and anesthesia & intensive care in any theater of military operations, according to NATO standards existing for the medical support of NATO Multinational Joint Force – brigade and division levels-, for all spectrum of missions (http://www.scumc.ro/constituirea-spitalului-militar-de-campanie/ and http://www.mapn.ro/armatatv/categoria_21_pe_2010.php – “Pro Patria” military TV show dated 07.07.2012, produced by Romanian Ministry of Defense (MApN) and broadcasted by Romanian Television TVR 1, or http://youtu.be/f3GXSzTGsjg (00:14:02-00:14:17).
For his monograph “Considerations on the Mechanisms of Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics” he received the “National University Book Fair Diploma ” (8th edition) issued by Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Days at “Carol Davila” Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, National Parlour of University Book and Medical Students’ Days, September 30th – October 5th, 2012, Bucharest.
The results of his research in the field of bacterial resistance to antibiotics has also been recognized and cited in many scientific articles published in medical journals with impact factor (rated as ISI Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge), by Manning and Kuehn (2011) from Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina (USA), Vong and Auclair (2012) – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Swick et al. (2014) from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (USA), Balsalobre et al. (2014) – Faculdade de Saúde Pública, Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Vincent et al. (2014) – Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, Matyushkina et al. (2014), Odessa National Medical University, Ukraine, Taha and Abdulamir (2015) from College of Medicine, Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq. Also, his medical articles was cited by Burduniuc et al. (2011, 2012) from National Center of Public Health, and “Nicolae Testemitanu”, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology of the Academy of Sciences, Chisinau (Republic of Moldova).
Recently, his other medical studies were cited by Mavrogiorgou and Juckel (2016) – from Universitätsklinikumder Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany), Kisely S. (2016) – from School of Medicine, University of Queensland (Australia), de Araújo Lima et al. (2016), Renton T. and De Laat A. (2016), Yunus M.B. (2015) from the College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Peoria (USA), Cafaro et al. (2015) – Center for the Study of Dental School, University of Turin (Italy), Spanemberg J.C. et al. (2015) – School of Dentistry, Oral Medicine Division, Sao Lucas Hospital, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Armenteros J.M.F. et al. (2015) – from Hospital Universitario Arnau de Vilanova and Hospital Provincial Santa Maria, both of Lleida (Spain), and Adamo D. et al. (2015) – “Federico II” University of Naples (Italy), respectively.
A number of four of his published articles were reviewed favorably in the Romanian weekly medical magazine “Viata Medicala” (Medical Life) (no. 3/23 January 2013, no. 44/3 November 2007, no. 35/1 September 2007, and no. 15/13 April 2007).
He is a founding member of the Romanian Medical Association for Plasmapheresis (2011), and since 2014 he has been one of Vice President of AMRP. He is a member of the Charity Association in the Romanian Army – CAMARAZII (since 2012). He is also a member of the College of Physicians of Romania (with the right of free practice), a member of the Romanian Association of Military Physicians and Pharmacists (AMFMR), member of the Romanian Association of Medical Laboratories (ALMR) – formerly the Foundation for Clinical Laboratory “Marcela Zamfirescu Gheorghiu”(since 1999) and member of the Romanian Society of Telemicroscopy.
He graduated “Zinca Golescu” High School in Pitesti, Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemistry (in 1989).


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