Borislav Dimitrov

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Prof. Borislav D Dimitrov, MD MSc SMHM DM/PhD
University of Southampton - (UK)

Position: Associate Professor in Medical Statistics, University of Southampton

Borislav was Senior Research Fellow / Programme Manager & Coordinator of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research from 2008 to 2012. In May 2012, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at the University of Southampton and promoted to Associate Professor in 2014.

Borislav graduated as a physician [MD] from the Trakia University (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) in 1991 and held professional memberships with full licenses to the Bulgarian Medical Association and Ordine dei Medici Chirurghi e degli Odontoiatri in Bergamo, Italy. At graduation, he was appointed as an assistant professor in social medicine and health management (Faculty of Medicine, Stara Zagora). In 1994 he was awarded a degree in environmental sciences from Victoria University of Manchester in UK [MSc]. He was further affiliated as a doctoral fellow, assistant professor and specialist-consultant with the Faculty of Medicine, Medical College and Department of Marketing & Health Management at the University Hospital “St. George” (Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria). During this period in Plovdiv, he completed his medical speciality of social medicine and health management [SMHM] and later was awarded a higher degree in social medicine and organization of health care services and pharmacy [DM/PhD].

In 2000 he joined the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research (Italy) as a senior scientist in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. He worked as a senior health outcomes manager at the IMS Health (UK) before joining the HRB Centre for Primary Care in 2008.

Borislav had extensive research experience in health, biomedical and environmental sciences, mainly in public health, epidemiology, clinical trials research and quality of life (oncology, nephrology, diabetology, neurology). His expertise was in research methodology, data analyses, modelling and forecasting. Having worked on a range of international collaborations at different phases of screening, disease management, drugs development, marketing and authorization, he gained in-depth knowledge and broad skills in clinical epidemiology, study design, biostatistics and content management (e.g., time-series analyses, decision-tree analysis, artificial neural networks, PROs and scores/scales development, clinical decision-making and information management consulting).

Borislav also served as a peer reviewer to a number of medical journals such as Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Pharmacoeconomics, JASN, Kidney International and Heart, among others.

Memberships / Awards / Grants
Borislav was a member of UK Society for Social Medicine ( and the UK Society for Academic Primary Care (, and, formerly, of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria ( and the International Societies for Chronobiology and Biometeorology (USA). He also served on the Executive Boards of the National Society for Medical Geography and Bulgarian Chronobiology & Biometeorology Society (Bulgaria). He was awarded Cambridge IBC 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century (1998), American Association for the Advancement of Science (2001), Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care (1999-2000) and Science and Engineering (1998-1999), Gold Medal (Council of Science & Graduate Education of Republic of Bulgaria, 1989), Second Prize (MSSSIP, Leningrad, USSR, 1989) and First Prize (MSSSIP, Bulgaria, 1988-1990).

Borislav was granted individually or participated at institutional levels in a number of public peer-reviewed funding and fellowships by the State Doctoral Programme (Bulgaria), SOROS Foundation (USA), NATO Advanced Study Institute (Italy), EU TEMPUS Joint European Project (Bulgaria-Netherlands-UK), European Association for Cancer Research, EUROPAEUM, International Epidemiological Association, Mario Negri International Exchange Programme (Italy), Associazione Italiana contro le Leucemie, HSE Sligo General Hospital Research & Education Foundation, Irish Heart Foundation Noel Hickey Bursary, EU FP6 and FP7 (TRANSFoRm Project).

Dr Borislav Dimitrov passed away in Southampton, in January 2017 after a short illness. His work and contribution with the HRB Centre was invaluable and he will be missed by his work colleagues and friends.

In Memoriam - Borislav Dimitrov from the Guardian newspaper