About me

Dr. Ivaylo Tzvetkov MD, PhD

Bariatric Surgeon, Cousultant General and Upper GT Surgeon


Specialist in General and Mini-invasive Surgery more than 20 years. Done more than 2000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies,  1200 laparoscopic repairs of groin hernias –  TEP procedures,  Bariatric Laparoscopic Surgery in the last seven years: Lap Band / Allergan Band/ , Vertical Gastroplasty by Champion technique, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Antecolic by pass, Laparoscopic Gastric Plication. Overall more than 375 Bariatric procedures.


Medical Univeristy of Pleven , Bulgaria, Doctor of Medicine, since 1983 to1989

Dissertation: 1997 year, PhD degree with topic: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients with relative contraindications, Medical University of Pleven, Bulgaria

English High School, Vidin, Bulgaria, since 1976 to 1981 year


Assistant and Chief Assistant in Second Department of Surgery in University Hospital Pleven, Bulgaria since 1990 to 1999 year

Senior Assistant in Department of Surgery, University Hospital Saint Ann, Sofia, Bulgaria, since 2000 to 2005 year

Head of Department of Surgery, Private Hospital Doverie, Sofia, since 2006 up to June 2012

Consultant General and Laparoscopic Surgeon – Doncaster Royal Infirmary, March 2013 – July 2013

Consultant General, Upper GI Surgeon – Basildon University Hospital, Essex, August 2013 – up to now.


1993 – Cuschieri’s training Course in Laparoscopic Surgery in Dundee, UK

1995 – Training Course in Laparosocopic Surgery, Luxemburg

19996 – Training Course in  Coloproctology, Ivrea Torino, Italy

1997 – Training Course in Surgical Oncology, Salzburg, Austria

1998 – Training Course in Liver Surgery, Tubingen, Germany

2003 – Training Course in Laparoscopic Surgery, Elancourt, France

2005 – Training Course in  General Surgery, Torino, Italy

2006 – Training Course in Bariatric Surgery, Strasburg, France

2006 – Advanced course in Laparoscopic skills, Berlin, Germany

2008 – Training Course in Bariatric Surgery, Boblingen, Germany

2009 – Completion of training Program of Allergan for Lap-Band systems

2011 – Bariatric Cadaveric Training Course, Taunton, UK

2012 – Advanced Trauma Course, Liverpool, UK

2013 – Advanced Trauma Course, Boston, USA


1999 – Fellowship in Liver Surgery, Tubingen, Germany – 3 months

2007- Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery, Vienna , Austria – 1 month


1995 Specialist in General Surgery by Bulgarian Board Committee

1999 Member of European Association of Endoscopic Surgery

2010 Full General Medical Council Registration and on Specialty Register for General Surgery in UK

2011 Full Gastro Member of AUGIS and BOMSS

2013 Candidate Member of Royal College of Surgeons of England


Published Article in Surgical Endoscopy  – 3

Articles in  Bulgarian Journals – 19


In the field of Mini-Invasive, Bariatric and General Surgery


Football, Tennis


Member of the European Associaation for Endoscopic Surgery

Training programme in the laparoscopic placement of the lap-brand system

Course “Emerging technologies for N.O.T.E.S. and endoluminal surgery”

Course and laboratory session in laparoscopic upper gi tract suturing & stapling

Advanced course in Morbid Obesity