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Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romanian: Universitatea de Medicină și Farmacie „Carol Davila”) or University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, commonly known by the abbreviation UMFCD, is a public health sciences university in Bucharest, Romania. It is one of the largest and oldest institutions of its kind in Romania. The university uses the facilities of over 20 clinical hospitals all over Bucharest. It is a widely spread perception that the vast majority of each year's Admitere Exams top students are interested in the sciences and technology opts to attend UMFCD.[clarification needed] Carol Davila University is classified as an "advanced research and education university" by the Ministry of Education. Created as part of the University of Bucharest in 1857, the institution is considered as one of the most prestigious of its kind in Romania and in Eastern Europe.[3]

University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila
Universitatea de Medicina și Farmacie Carol Davila
Fosta Facultate de Medicina azi Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie, Bd. Eroii Sanitari nr. 8, sect. 5, Bucuresti.JPG
Latin: Universitas Medicinae et Pharmaciae Carolus Davila Bucurestis
MottoVirtute et sapientia (Latin: "By virtue and wisdom")
Established1694 (Saint Sava College)
1857 as UMFCD
AffiliationInternational Association of Universities, European University Association
RectorIoanel Sinescu
President of the SenateMircea Beauran[1]
Academic staff
Students6,000 (2012-2013)[2]
Bucharest Strd. Dionisie Lupu nr.37
Also known asUMFCD
ColorsGold, white and navy blue             
Athletics20 sports


The university includes two major libraries, both built in 1857 in a neoclassical and neo-baroque style.

The Central University Library, housed in a rich neo-baroque structure


In 1694, Constantin Brâncoveanu, ruler of Wallachia, founded the Princely Academy of Saint Sava in Bucharest with lectures delivered in Greek.

In 1776, Alexander Ypsilantis (1725–1805) ruler of Wallachia, reformed the curriculum of the Saint Sava Academy, where courses in French, Italian and Latin were now taught.

In 1857, Carol Davila created the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

In 1857, the foundation stone of the University Palace in Bucharest was laid. It was initially established in 1857 under the name National School of Medicine and Pharmacy by the French expatriate physician, Carol Davila.

In 1859, the Faculty of Law was created.

In 1869 it was incorporated as a department in the newly created University of Bucharest.

The first doctoral degrees were granted in 1873, and the doctoral degree became the de facto graduation in 1888.

Carol Davila was a prestigious Romanian physician of Italian ancestry. He studied medicine at the University of Paris, graduating in February 1853. In March 1853, he arrived in Romania. He was the organizer of the military medical service for the Romanian Army and of the country's public health system. Davila, together with Nicolae Kretzulescu, inaugurated medical training in Romania in 1857, by founding the National School of Medicine and Pharmacy. He determined government authorities to issue the first official instructions concerning the health care of factory workers and the organisation of medical districts in the country.

It was due to his many activities that several scientific associations appeared in Romania: the Medical Society (1857), the Red Cross Society (1876), and the Natural Sciences Society (1876). With his assistance, two medical journals entered print: the Medical Register (1862) and the Medical Gazette (1865). During the Independence War (1877-1878) he was the head of the Army's sanitary service.

Davila is also credited with the invention of the Davila tincture for the treatment of cholera, an opioid-based oral solution in use for symptomatic management of diarrhea.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to George Emil Palade, described as "the most influential cell biologist ever", who had studied at the University of Carol Davila and later served as a Professor and Head of the Department of Human Biology and Physiology.

The School of Pharmacy was founded in 1889 and was renamed as the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1923.

The Faculty of Pharmacy of Carol Davila University is the place where insulin was isolated for the first time by Nicolae Paulescu in 1921, leading to a controversy in the awarding of the 1923 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Paulescu Nobel Prize controversyEdit

In February 1922, doctor Frederick Grant Banting and biochemist John James Rickard Macleod from the University of Toronto, Canada, published their paper on the successful use of a different, alcohol based pancreatic extract for normalizing blood sugar (glucose) levels (glycemia) in a human patient. An unsuccessful attempt had been made on January 11, 1922, and a successful administration followed on January 25, 1922. The Toronto team felt confident in the purity of their insulin and injected it intravenously into the patient, clearing up his glycosuria and ketonuria and restoring normal blood sugar.[4]

Paulescu's 1921 papers mentioned that the extract caused toxic side effects on dogs, which made it unusable in humans ("qui la rendent inapplicable dans la pratique médicale"). Therefore, when he tested his pancreatic extract on humans on February 25, 1922, he administered the extract rectally. The patients seemed to show some reduction in glycosuria. This apparent success emboldened him to inject his extract intravenously into a diabetic patient on March 24, after which the patient's blood sugar apparently fell to zero (".000", "véritable AGLYCÉMIE"). A blood sugar level of zero should have placed the patient into a diabetic coma, but he made no mention of this effect in any of his papers. In contrast, the Toronto team had known for several months that dogs could be placed into a diabetic coma by an overdose of insulin, so they prepared orange juice and candy for the clinical trials.[4]

After Banting and Macleod were awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Nicolae Paulescu wrote to the Nobel Prize committee claiming that he had discovered insulin first. However, his claims to priority cannot be sustained. Paulescu prepared pancreatic extract in 1916 and tested it in dogs, but Israel Kleiner tested pancreatic extract in dogs in 1915, as did George Ludwig Zuelzer in 1906. Zuelzer also wrote to the Nobel Prize committee asserting priority. All of these earlier attempts had produced pancreatic extracts that caused side effects in dogs or humans. The Toronto team had noticed the same side effects with their earlier extracts, but they continued working on the problem until they had purified insulin.[4]

Professor Ian Murray was particularly active in working to correct "the historical wrong" against Paulescu.[dubious ] Murray was a professor of physiology at the Anderson College of Medicine in Glasgow, Scotland, the head of the department of Metabolic Diseases at a leading Glasgow hospital, vice-president of the British Association of Diabetes, and a founding member of the International Diabetes Federation. In an article for a 1971 issue of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Murray wrote:

"Insufficient recognition has been given to Paulesco, the distinguished Roumanian scientist, who at the time when the Toronto team were commencing their research had already succeeded in extracting the antidiabetic hormone of the pancreas and proving its efficacy in reducing the hyperglycaemia in diabetic dogs."[5]

"In a recent private communication Professor Tiselius, head of the Nobel Institute, has expressed his personal opinion that Paulesco was equally worthy of the award in 1923."[6]


The Palace of the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest

In 1869 it was incorporated as a department in the newly created University of Bucharest, which in the 2012 QS World University Rankings was included in the top 700 universities of the world, together with three other Romanian universities. According to the Scimago Lab, based on data collected between 2007 and 2011, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy ranked 121 regionally and 12 in the country by number of publications.[7] According to the International Journal of Medical Sciences, in a 2019 survey UMFCD along with Karolinska Institute, Erasmus University and Paris Descartes University are considered Europe's medical universities that are leading change.[8]


  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty of MedicineEdit

University of Medicine and Pharmacy

The higher medical and pharmaceutical education in Bucharest dates back more than a century. Carol Davila, a Romanian physician of Italian origin, in collaboration with Nicholae Kretzulescu founded the Medical education in Romania, by establishing the National School of Medicine and Pharmacy in 1857. Thanks to his activity a number of scientific societies were created, such as the Medical Society, the Red Cross Society and the Natural Sciences Society, and two medical journals, The Medical Monitor and The Medical Gazette.

The building of the Faculty of Medicine was fully completed and inaugurated on 12 October 1903. The initiative to erect a monument to Carol Davila on the same day, was taken at the first national medical conference, which was held in Bucharest in October 1884. The statue, valued work of Carol Storck, was cast in bronze in the School of arts and crafts workshops in Bucharest.[9]

The inauguration of the faculty building is an important date in the evolution of medical education in Bucharest. The new building brought great improvements in the functioning of laboratories and the organization of practical work, as well as in the full didactic activity. In the faculty building there is a fully organized sports center that includes an autonomous indoor swimming pool for the university's representative successful team and in addition an indoor basketball, volleyball and handball court.


  • Pathophysiology and Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Internal Medicine and Nephrology
  • Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
  • Medical Expertise and Work Capacity Recovery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine and Cardiology
  • Allergology
  • Medical - Surgical Care Practice
  • General Nursing
  • Neuro - Psychomotor Children Recovery
  • Recovery, Physical Education, Balneology
  • Family Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medical Informatics and Biostatistics
  • History of Medicine
  • Marketing and Medical Technology
  • Legal Medicine and Bioethics
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Oncological Dermatology and Allergology
  • Hygiene and Medical Ecology
  • Public Health and Management
  • Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Pneumophysiology
  • Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • General and Esophageal Surgery
  • Anesthesia and Intensive Therapy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Nephrology
  • Urology
  • Urological Surgery
  • Transplantation Immunology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery, Children Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Medical Psychology
  • Infectious and Tropical Diseases
  • Virusology
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Hematology
  • Pediatrics
  • O.R.L.
  • Ophthalmology
  • Radiology, Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • Biophysics
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy
  • Anatomy
  • Psychiatry
  • Pathological Anatomy

Faculty of PharmacyEdit

The Faculty of Pharmacy was created in 1858.


  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Medications Control
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Medical Emergency
  • Botanic Pharmacy and Cellular Biology
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Phytochemistry and Phytotherapy
  • Biochemistry
  • General and Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Toxicology
  • Medical Pedagogy
  • Technical Pharmaceutics

Faculty of DentistryEdit


  • Clinical and Topografic Anatomy
  • Anatomy and Embryology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Neurology
  • O.R.L.
  • Ophthalmology
  • Surgery and Anesthesiology
  • Obstetrics
  • Pathologic Anatomy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Pathophysiology and Immunology
  • Hygiene

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Conducerea Senatului". Senatul Universității Babeș-Bolyai (in Romanian).
  2. ^ "Culture and Discovery" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  3. ^ Institutii de invatamant superior clasificate ca universitati de cercetare avansata si educatie
  4. ^ a b c Bliss, Michael (1982). The Discovery of Insulin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226058972.
  5. ^ Drury MI (July 1972). "The golden jubile of insulin". J Ir Med Assoc. 65 (14): 355–63. PMID 4560502.
  6. ^ Murray, I. A. N. (1971). "Paulesco and the Isolation of Insulin". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. 26 (2): 150–7. doi:10.1093/jhmas/XXVI.2.150. PMID 4930788.
  7. ^ Scimago Institutions Rankings
  8. ^
  9. ^ Carol Davila, Facultatea de Medicina si cartierul de burghezi Retrieved December 13, 2014.

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