Professor Doctor Poopescu completed his education in 1977 and five years after that; he became a specialist surgeon in 1983. He continued his career progression at a steady pace by becoming a General Surgeon in 1990, after acquiring a PhD from the same university where he studied medicine. Between 1992 and 1995, the Doctor worked abroad in different countries. For instance, he spent two weeks the Charite Hospital in Berlin, another two months at the Hôpital Paul-Brousse in Villejuif, France, before moving to the United States where the Doctor spent about three years working at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, and six months at Pittsburgh University. His journey around the world continued after that with exchange programs with instructions such as Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, “Eppendorf” University in Hamburg, Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, University Hospital in Essen, “Palio Faliro” hospital in Athens, and “Niguarda” hospital in Milan.
In 1997, he was appointed as the manager of the Sanitary Department of Bucharest. It was in this same year that Popescu with some other scientists founded the Rome Transplant. This was a professional organisation that raised awareness about the significance of organs transplant with various national congresses.
In 1998, he became the Director of the Institute for Postgraduate Training of Physicians and Pharmacists and also served in the role of Vice-minister of Health from 1999 to 2000. He became popular in Romania in 2000 after performing the first liver transplant in the country. Since then, he has performed and overseen above 1500 liver resections and 450 liver transplants. Little wonder he was nominated as an Expert for transplant matters for the European Council.
Introduction of liver transplantation as a therapeutic method in Romania
During 13 years (1997-2010) liver transplantation went from a pioneering stage to a routine procedure; since April 2000 (when the first liver transplant with the patient’s survival took place) 239 liver transplants were performed, with results comparable to those obtained internationally. The most difficult part of implementing the program was the success of the surgery. It was based on a 3-year uninterrupted training period in the United States as well as the formation of a team of surgeons, anaesthetists-resuscitators, herpetologists, immunologists, microbiologists, etc. Currently, in the Fundeni Clinical Institute, practically all the types of transplants currently known are performed (with liver from a cadaver donor, with liver from living donor, with reduced liver, with divided liver, domino transplant)
In digestive oncology
He worked on an international operative case study as the number of operations and results in cancer of the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas.
In laparoscopic surgery
He established of the Romanian Association of Endoscopic Surgery and other interventional techniques (ARCE) (2002), of which he was president between 2002-2006, receiving ARCE as a full member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery and other interventional techniques (EAES) and twinning with the Italian Society of Endoscopic Surgery (SICE).
He currently guides and trains Medical students of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy.