Our Medical Team

The weight loss surgeons at Ponderas Academic Hospital have gained worldwide recognition for their performance in bariatric surgery.

Dr. Simona Filip

Consultant general surgeon in Ponderas Academic Hospital, lector and trainer in MIS in Surgical Training Institute (RAES, EAES and ASM endorsed educational activities) Bucharest, Romania. She was accredited as Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Surgeon of Excellence in Breast Surgery, by Surgical Review Corporation. Latest article: Laparoscopic Treatment of Spiegel Hernia by Total Extraperitoneal (TEP) Approach – author,  Chirurgia (2014) 109: No. 3, May – June

Dr. Catalin Copaescu

Prof. Dr. Cătălin Copăescu is the first surgeon of excellence in metabolic and bariatric surgery in Romania and the only one with double certification, European (IFSO-EC) and American (SRC). Being the one who laid the foundations of his specialization in Romania, Prof. Copăescu is not only the doctor with the most extensive experience in the field, but also the surgeon with the most complex cases, solving the most diverse and difficult cases throughout his career. 

Dr. Ionut Hutopila

General Surgery Consultant, he is certified as Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery by SRC. His academic involvement is outlined by his publications as first author and co-author at more than 50 articles or conference presentations and also by the certifications se obtained: Fellow of the European Board of Surgery – Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery – U.E.M.S. and E.A.E.S. and Doctor in Medicine with Certification in Oncological Surgery. 

Dr. Bogdan Smeu

Bogdan Smeu is a consultant in upper gastrointestinal surgery and a bariatric surgeon at Ponderas Academic Hospital. With a surgical experience of more than 20 years, he is recognised as laparoscopic surgery expert and fellow of the European Board of Surgery-FEBS/MIS, he was accredited by Surgical Review Corporation as a Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, and he also received accreditation for Robotic Surgery as Console Surgeon.