Prof. Ciril Rozman, ex-Vice president and Honorary Trustee
Prof. Ciril Rozman was born in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 1929. He is one of the most relevant figures in the field of Spanish Internal Medicine with his own comprehensive vision of the meaning of this specialty. His research has focussed on Haematology.
He was educated under the direction of Professors A. Pedro Pons and P. Farreras Valentí. In 1965 he was awarded a Professorship in Medical Pathology at the University of Salamanca, which he held until 1969 when, following in the footsteps of his two great teachers, he left to join the University of Barcelona. He was director of the Farreras Valentí School of Haemopathy until his retirement and head of the Medicine division at the Hospital Clínic and of the Department of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Barcelona. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the university.
In the field of haematology, he is considered one of the world's leading experts on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (LLC), and is the first Spanish author to receive editorship of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. His involvement in therapeutic hematology has focussed on Bone Marrow Transplants and he carried out the first allograft transplant in Spain. He has also dedicated himself to the search for prognostic factors and morphological and biological analysis of malignant blood diseases, and more recently has led the establishment of the first Spanish haematopoietic donor bank of umbilical cord blood.
Prof. Rozman is an active member of the most important international committees in the field of Bone Marrow Transplants and his scientific activity is reflected by more than 820 articles (more than 350 of which are published in international journals) and is supported by 96 books. He is director of the Spanish Internal Medicine text (Farreras-Rozman) which has a large readership throughout Spanish speaking countries, and is editor of the journal Revista Medicina Clínica. Amongst his honours and distinctrions, he currently holds the Creu de Sant Jordi, the Narcís Monturiol and the José Trueta de la Generalitat de Catalunya medals; he holds the Premi Rei Jaume I; he is also scientific Ambassador for the Republic of Slovenia and Doctor Honoris Causa at the universities of Granada and Salamanca.
Prof. Rozman's curriculum vitae is available in the recently published homage Ciril Rozman: el reto asumido (Ciril Rozman: the challenge assumed), published by the Medicine and Medical Humanities Foundation.