Dr. Vasile Bintintan

Dr. Vasile Bintintan

Dr. Vasile Bintintan is a lecturer at University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu, in Cluj-Napoca. He has extensive experience in surgery, being involved in clinical research projects in the field of new surgical techniques and trends in laparoscopic surgery (colorectal surgery, minilaparoscopy).

Dr. Bintintan is a general surgeon, doctor of medical sciences, and lecturer at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”, Cluj-Napoca. He accomplishes his academic and medical activity at the University Surgical Clinic Cluj Napoca.

He is a professional who has participated in various trainings both in the country and abroad. He is concerned with the precision of medical procedures and he is passionate about modern surgical techniques. He had the opportunity to be part of surgical teams in European hospitals: AKH Vienna Universitats Klinikum Essen, Heidelberg, and St. Luc Clinic in Brussels. Consequently, he was able to learn about modern surgical techniques, but also to work in multidisciplinary teams with specialists from related areas, work that he continues to do here every day.

Even since residency, he was part of a research project at the University of Heidelberg, where he published the first cases of robotic esophagectomy performed through a transhiatal approach in Europe. (link to article 1). Dr. Bintintan continued the research in the field of minimally invasive esophageal surgery performed via transhiatal approaches (link article 2, and 3), and published a scientific article related to an intrathoracic anastomosis original surgery technique through the transhiatal approach (link to article 4) and completed his experimental research through his doctoral thesis entitled: “Minimally invasive transhiatal esophagectomy”. He continued his specialization in esophagectomy, through a training at the AKH Vienna, where he broadened the techniques learned for minimally-invasive esophagectomy, radical resection for gastric cancer and bariatric surgery.

  • Trainings in visceral and transplant surgery at Heidelberg University (2 years) trainings in upper gastrointestinal tract surgery at the University of Vienna (1 month) and a training in hepato-biliopancreatic surgery and liver transplantation at the clinic St. Luc, Universite Catolique de Louvain, Brussels (6 months). He attended numerous courses in various surgical or medical fields, such as:
  • Bariatric MasterClass at the European Training Center, Elancourt, France 2006;
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Masterclass at the European Training Center, Elancourt, France 2009;
  • Course on Colorectal Surgery at the Heidelberg University (Special Guest Bill Heald), 2005 and 2008;
  • Course on Transanal endoscopic surgery resection of rectal tumors (TEO): University of Magdeburg (2009) and Surgery Clinic, Sabadell, Barcelona (2010);
  • Course on Pancreatic and Biliary Surgery at Heidelberg University (2011), University of Munster (2009) and St Luc Clinic in Brussels (2014);
  • Workshop on endocrine surgery at the University of Muenster, Germany (2011);
  • Course on modern surgical practice of perianal fistula at the Rapallo Hospital, Genova, Italy (2011);
  • Workshop on the upper digestive tract surgery, Muenster (2008),;
  • Course on Laparoscopic surgery at UMF Cluj Napoca and Spit. St. Ioan, Bucharest (2008, 2009);
  • Course on General ultrasound, UMF Cluj Napoca (2004).

He worked to implement various methods learned from surgery trainings and courses. He was one of the main supporters of introducing the laparoscopic approach in colorectal surgery (right hemicolectomy, laparoscopic left hemicolectomy), bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve), hernia surgery (laparoscopic unilateral or bilateral inguinal hernias, laparoscopic repair of eventration), transanal endoscopic surgery or endoscopic anal fistula treatment, procedures which are now part of the his medical practice. He supports the implementation of modern protocols in complex surgical treatments, such as surgical pathology of breast, pancreas, or gynecologic oncology, using the full potential of imaging methods or minimally invasive techniques, and by using the neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy, but also radical surgery, depending on the case.

He has a rich teaching and medical education activity. In 2005 he initiated a course in advanced laparoscopic surgery at Heidelberg University, course that is now undertaken in two annual editions. During this course, doctors in Germany are initiated in the secrets of laparoscopic surgery. In 2006, he organized a similar course at the University in Cluj Napoca, for Romanian doctors, and in 2009 he developed at Cluj Napoca an introductory course in laparoscopic surgery. He is a collaborator of the laparoscopic surgery courses organized by the Romanian Association for Endoscopic Surgery, where he is actively involved offering lectures and sessions of “live surgery”. He is also a constant contributor of the workshops organized by the Romanian Student’s Society of Surgery, Cluj (see complete CV).

He has over thirty scientific papers presented at national conferences, and 18 papers papers presented at international conferences. He was invited to give lectures or discuss original scientific papers at 6 national congresses and 14 international conferences, of which the most relevant are: European Society of Coloproctology, Belgrade, 2013, European Association of Endoscopic Surgery, Vienna 2013, European Colorectal Congres, St. Gallen 2011, International Colorectal Forum 2012 (view full RESUME). He is an active member of the Romanian Association for Endoscopic Surgery, Romanian Society for Surgery, European Association of Endoscopic Surgery, and European Society of Digestive Surgery. He is the author or co-author of 13 articles published in Medline indexed journals, out of which 4 papers are published in prestigious international journals, and have been cited 59 times. HE has a total of 37 abstracts published in Medline indexed international journals (view full RESUME). He conducted reviews for the World Journal of Gastroenterology, Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery, and Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. In 2011, he organized in collaboration with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj Napoca an international workshop on endoscopic surgical treatment of anorectal pathology, where he introduced modern surgical techniques for colorectal surgery and perianal fistula.

His current research projects focus on studying the effects of laparoscopic surgery on the functioning of the immune system during and after the surgery (1 Grant), the feasibility of reducing the sizes of instruments and the number of trocars in laparoscopic surgery (Grant 2), the development of new tools for laparoscopic surgery (Grant 3) surgical virtual reality assessment for developing surgical techniques, the results of laparoscopic approach in hernia surgery and in acute pancreatic necrosis, or the results  of endoscopic local excision of “low-risk” rectal cancer.