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Our Neurology Clinic’s Professional Scope and Depth

Our clinic’s largest advantage is our qualified medical personnel, whom have specialized in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, the USA, and Japan and have received Bulgarian and International certifications across a comprehensive range of contemporary neurology methodologies.

Our clinic, functional units, and laboratories are staffed with associate professor neurology physicians with over 20 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience based in neurology and neurophysiology, highly qualified neurology/neurophysiology specialists, and qualified nurses specialized in both intensive and general neurology care.

Our clinic performs medical training and our team has collectively published over 150 scientific publications in renowned national and international journals including leading European and American neurology scientific medical periodicals, as well as produced several scientific monographs based upon recent developments in contemporary neurology.

Prof. Ivan Staikov, MD, PhD, Neurology Clinic Chief Professional Development:

1989-1990 Regional team doctor and chief of local medical services in Kocherinovo.
1991-2006 Rose through the ranks neurology resident, senior resident, chief resident in the Neurology Clinic and Neuro-intensive department of the Tzaritza Yoanna University Hospital
2006-Present Neurology Clinic Chief of Tokuda Hospital Sofia.
Doctor of the year in Tokuda Hospital Sofia for 2015.



Post Graduate Qualifications and PhD:
1993 Neurology Specialty
1998 Medical Doctorate PhD from the Medical Facility Bern University, Switzerland
1998 Awarded PhD in Sofia
2009 Earned academic position Senior Research Fellow II Degree
2011 Earned qualification in Otoneurology from Medical University Sofia
2011 Master of Healthcare Management from Medical University Sofia
2015 Awarded with academic rank Professor


Research Interests:
Cerebrovascular diseases, interventional neurology, emergency and intensive neurology, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, sleep disturbances and waking, ultrasound diagnosis of cerebral circulation

International Specializations:

1996-1998 Specialization in neurology, with an emphasis on cerebrovascular diseases and ultrasound diagnosis of cerebral circulation Bern, Switzerland

2000 Nuerology specialization for cerebral strokes in Florida, USA

1999 -2001 Neurology specialization focused on sleep medicine Linden and Freiburg, Germany

2006 Neurology and health management specializations in the Tokushukai Medical Group hospital network in Japan

Scientific Organization Memberships:

Bulgarian Neurology Society Member
Bulgarian Association of Ultrasound in Medicine Member
European Society of Neurosonology and Cerebral Hemodynamics Member
World Stroke Association Member
Scientific Publications:

Over 120 scientific papers, including three monographs, 11 publications in prestigious international scientific journals. Over 170 scientific citations in Bulgarian and international scientific journals.
Ivan Stoyanov, MD, Neurologist Dr. Stoyanov graduated from the Sofia Medical University in 1996. He received his neurology specialty in 2006. He began working as a doctor in the emergency medicine center Sofia district, after which he joined the neurology department of the Tzaritza Yoanna University Hospital. Dr. Stoyanov has been a member of our neurology department since our opening. He has participated in numerous national and international scientific forums, and has specialized in Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Finland.
Vanya Toncheva, MD, Neurologist Dr. Toncheva graduated from the Sofia Medical University in 1993, and received her specialization in neurology in 1993. After graduation she began working as a regional doctor in Botunetz, Sofia. She has 12 years of professional experience as a neurology specialist earned in the Tzaritza Yoanna University Hospital, five years of which she working in the intensive neurology sector. She has been a member of our team since we opened. Her professional interests are focused on vascular and neuromuscular diseases.
Anelia Simeonova, MD, Neurologist, Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. Simeonova graduated from the Sofia Medical University in 1998, and received her specialization in general medicine in 2004 and her neurology specialization in 2005. She has worked in private practice as a general practitioner, and she joined our team in January 2007.
Assoc. Prof. Siyka Novachkova, MD, PhD, Neurologist
Assoc. Prof. Maria Rasheva, MD, Neurologist
Iliyana Zografova, MD, Neurologist Dr. Iliyana Zografova graduated from the Sofia Medical University and received her Neurology speciality in 1991.After graduation she began working as a doctor -Neurologist in Regional Hospital in Slivnitsa. After received her Neurology specialization dr.Zografova has worked in XII DCC/Diagnostic Consultative Center/ in Sofia as a Neurology specialist. She has many years of professional experience as a Neurology specialist. Dr.Zografova increasy her qualification by taking part in Symposiums on a national and international level, by following the most advanced and up-to date methods of treatment in this field. Her professional interests are focused on potential treatments of the many facets of Cognitive Disorders. She speaks fluently English, French, Russian.
Nikolay Mihnev, MD, Neurologist, Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. Mihnev graduated from the Sofia Medical University in 2005. During 2006-2009 he was a doctorate candidate in the specialized Sveti Naum University Hospital on the theme “Video EEG monitoring for therapeutically resistant epilepsy”. Between 2006 until 2010, Dr. Mihnev specialized in neurology in the Sveti Naum University Hospital, and he received his neurology specialization in 2010. His scientific interests are focused in epilepsy, in sleep and waking disorders. He has nine scientific publications and is a member of the Bulgarian Neurology Association.
Georgi Savov, MD, Neurologist, Otoneurologist Dr. Savov possesses certificate for electromyographical diagnostics of the nervous system and otoneurology.

Professional development:

1996-1998 - Clinical physician in Emergency Center - Sofia County.
1998-2005 - Neurology resident in Neurology Clinic of University Hospital Aleksandrovska and clinincal physician in Nerology Department of General Hospial Samokov.
2005-2010 - Clinical physician in Neurology Department of General Hospital Samokov, Clinical electromyography.
2009 - Otoneurological Consultation Room - Samokov.

He is part of the Neurology Clinic in Tokuda Hospital Sofia since September 1st 2010.

Postgraduate qualification:

2006 - Acquired Neurology Specialty - Medical University Sofia
2006 - Specialized Clinical Electromyography under the guidence of Prof. Ishpekova
2009 - Specialized Otoneurology under the guidence of Prof. Karapanchev and Assoc. Prof. Petrova

Scientific interests:

Vertigo and balance disorders, diseases of the peripheral nervous system, degenerative and inflammatory diseases.
Velizara Vutova, MD, Neurologist Dr. Vutova has graduated Medicine from Medical University, Sofia in 2002. After her graduation she worked in the Emergency Medical Center, Sofia Region, and after that - in Emergency Room of St. Anna General Hospital, Sofia. In 2010 she acquired Neurology specialty. The same year she attended the Clinic for Neurolgy of Tokuda Hospital Sofia.

She has specialty for electroencepfalography. Her professional interests are in the field of encephalic vascular diseases and epilepsy.
Denitsa Yancheva, MD, Neurologist Dr. Yancheva graduated from the Sofia Medical University in 2008 with honors. After her graduation she began her residency in the Tokuda Hospital Sofia neurology clinic. In July 2009р she began her neurology specialization and was appointed as an assistant scientific associate third level by the Sofia Medical University. She is fluent in English.
Dr. Mihail Mihov, Neurologist Dr. Mihov graduated from the Sofia Medical University in 2009. During his studies he gained professional experience as a medical technician in the neurosurgery clinic of the Urgent General Hospital Pirigov and in the neurology department intensive care unit of the National University Cardiology Hospital. After graduation, Dr. Mihov worked in the Emergency Medicine Center Pernik for several months. He was appointed to begin working in our hospital in June 2010, where he began his neurology specialization in September 2010.
Neyko Neykov, MD, Neurologist Dr. Neikov graduated from Medical University Sofia in 2011. Simultaneously with his medical education he worked in the Emergency Medicine Center of University Hospital Olomoutz, Brno, Czech Republic for three months and since January 2012 till his addmission as a Neurology resident with concours in Tokuda Hospital Sofia he was working in the Neurology Clinic as a volunteer. Since May 2012 he is a regular resident in the Neurology Clinic of Tokuda Hospital.
His professional interest is in the area of Doppler Sonography and Interventional Neurology. He speaks English, French and German.
Maria Cholakova, MD, PhD, Neurologist Dr. Maria Cholakova graduated Medicine from Medical University Sofia in 2011 with exellence. After her graduation she worked shortly as a volunteer in Neurology Clinic of Military Medical Academy Sofia and also in Anesthesiology Clinic of University Hospital Tzaritza Yoanna. She went through her residency in Neurology in the Neurology Clinic of Tokuda Hospital Sofia in the period 2012-2016. She acquired Neurology specialty in 2016 and a degree in evoked potentials, in 2017 - a degree in electromyography, in 2018- a degree in otoneurology from the Medical University of Sofia. In April 2019, she became PhD on theme “Risk profile of etiology and pathogenesis of ischemic stroke in patients under the age of 50”, with supervisor Prof. Ivan Staikov, MD, PhD. Her interests are in the field of cerebrovascular and demyelinating diseases. She is a member of the Bulgarian Society of Neurology and the European Academy of Neurology. She speaks English.
Head Nurse Sirma Tsambova, RN She graduated from Medical Institute with Nurse specialty in 1991. She has 25 years of working experience as a nurse. Since 2008 she works in the Neurology Clinic of Tokuda Hospital Sofia. In 2014 she contiunued her professional qualification in Medical University Sofia with the specialty Healthcare Management in the Faculty of Public Health. She is working as a head nurse of the Neurology Clinic since 2015.

Nurse Tzambova possesses certificate for executing quality health care. She has passed through qualification classes in 'Neurological Intensive Care. Ischaemic stroke - contemporary treatment. Nursing care for patients with stroke', 'Functional examinations in neurology', 'Cardiac and respiratory functions in Intensive care patients', 'Nosocomial infections - prevention and control. Contemporary Problems', etc.

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Hospital location

51B "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" blvd. (if you drive, the entrance is from "At. Dukov" str.), "Hladilnika" distr., 1407 "Lozenets".

The hospital has a parking lot. The first 30 min. are free of charge, then a fee of 3 bgn/hours applies.

Public transport:
Buses: №88, 120
Shuttle bus: 32

Subway: Getting off at "James Bourchier" station, after that walking through "Lozenets" distr., or tram №10, taking off at "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" stop. or a bus №88, taking ff at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.

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From the Central Railway Station

Bus line №305 getting off at "Romanian embassy" stop
From "Romanian embassy" stop – Bus line №120 getting off at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.
(after the traffic lights at "Atanas Dukov" str.

With a subway, from "Central Railway Station" station, getting off at "James Bourchier" station, after that walking through "Lozenets" distr., or tram №10, taking off at "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" stop. or a bus №88, taking ff at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.