Awards and Honour
With decades of service to the medical and teaching profession across various countries, Popescu has shown that he is highly deserving of the highest honours. He was inducted as a Member of the Academy of Sciences. He received an Honoris Causa of the University “Ovidius” of Constanta, Honoris Causa of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Craiova, the position of
Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mures, and the role of Honorary Professor at the University “Ovidius” of Constanta. He has also been awarded the teacher degree by the International School of Surgical Oncology for his professionalism, medical achievements, and dedication while collecting the Romanian Star prize of National Distinction for his extraordinary merits in organ transplants and liver surgery.
The Doctor also received the Iuliu Hatieganu Award from the Romanian Academy for his work on the “Minimally-invasive Surgery. Advanced Techniques” which was done alongside C. Dragomirescu. The Health Ministry further awarded him a Merit Diploma in recognition of his services.
In 2001, he received the Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Physicists College of Romania. This award was for the category of scientific activity in the surgical specialties field. Later on, he was awarded the Best Surgeon of 2006. This award was mostly due to the positive results he garnered in a survey organised by IMAS, INSOMAR, TNS-CSOP, and CURS as well as the very high rank awarded by the jury of Ten for Romania.
He, along with other contributors also won the First prize at the poster section of the National Surgery Conference, the 2nd National Symposium of the Romanian Association for Hepato-Bilio-Pancreatic Surgery, the 9th Symposium and Post-University Course of the Romanian Section of IASGO, National Conference of the Surgery Assistants (18-21 April 2007, Bucharest) for the work Caveolin 1 expression and proliferation markers in human pancreatic cancer.
Professor Doctor Irinel Popescu was also awarded the Order for Merit in officer degree by the French republic. This award is for performances and feats achieved during a professional career, and by receiving that award, he became the first Romanian Doctor to receive such distinction from the French Republic. The surgical approach and professional training of Popescu are influenced by the French medicine where he spent some time during his postgraduate training days learning about the intricacies of liver surgery from one of the best surgeons in that particular field, professor Henri Bismuth.
Professor Doctor Irinel Popescu also has an International invention patent for “Marqueurs de la Progression Tumorale deL adenocarcinome du Colon.” This was created alongside Julien Taieb and Herve Boissin.
All these honours and awards go to show that Professor Doctor Irinel Popescu has made significant impacts in the field of medicine, not only in Romania but all over the world as well.