Tokuda Hospital Sofia


Dr. Tsvetan Minchev has been awarded the Innovator in Medicine Award at the Physician of the Year 7th Annual Ceremony of the Bulgarian Physician Association

20 october 2017

The Head of the Thoracic Surgery at Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital has been awarded for his unique surgery of substituting a trachea

Dr. Tsvetan Minchev, Head of the Thoracic Surgery at Tokuda Hospital has been awarded the Physician of the Year ‘2017 award, organized by the Bulgarian Physician Association, and hosted on 19 October – the Physician’s Day, honoring the Orthodox saint Ivan the Wondermaker of Rila Mountains. The award was presented in the category of Contribution to the Development and Implementation of Innovative Medicine – for the trachea substitution surgery performed at Tokuda Hospital a few months ago. The procedure is unique for Bulgaria and still rare worldwide.

The surgery was a result of a multi-disciplinary approach – besides the thoracic surgeons, specialists from the Cardiac Surgery and ENT Dept. in Tokuda Hospital as well as a guest surgeon in plastic and reconstructive surgery participated in the surgery. Dr. Minchev’s patient is recovering after the complex oncological disease with complications and reconstruction of an entirely new trachea using autologous cells from the arm and cartilaginous tissue from the ribs. Thanks to the auto-transplant, the patient now can breathe independently. This is the 1st time in world history surgeons perform a surgery of constructing a new trachea in addition to removing the affected by the malignant disease esophagus, thyroid gland and parathyroid glands.

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Hospital location

51B Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Blvd., Sofia, 1407 (if you drive, the entrance is from Atanas Dukov str.)

The hospital has a parking lot for patients and visitors. The first 30 min. are free of charge, every next hour is 3BGN/hrs.
IMPORTANT! Have in mind that the parking lot is very busy Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 14.00. The hospital team will appreciate if those whose health condition allow, take the drop off option without parking or use other transport means or alternative parking lots in the area.

Public transport:
Buses: №88, 120

Metro lines: You can get off at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station and walk to the hospital.


From the Central Railway Station

Bus: take bus #305 and get off at Romanian Embassy stop, then transfer to bus #120 to Tokuda Hospital stop.

Metro: Take metro line Nadezda-Lozenetz and get off either at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station, then walk to the hospital.