Dan Gavriliu (1915–2012), the Patriarch of Romanian Surgery, Dies at 97
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Dan Gavriliu was born on April 26, 1915, in Brăila, a picturesque Danube harbor, to a family of intellectuals. His father, a teacher of physics and chemistry, inspired him to love foreign languages and sports. He graduated from the “I. C. Bratianu” High School of Pitesti in 1933, ranked first among his classmates. Then he completed his studies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bucharest with a Magna cum Laude degree.
After a competitive exam, Dr. Dan Gavriliu was accepted for an internship and then externship program at the Ephoria Hospitals. In 1943 he passed with flying colors a competitive exam for a specialization program in surgery at the clinic headed by Professor Amza Jianu at Filantropia Hospital. In November 1943 he was accepted for a period of specialization in the clinic headed by Professor Finsterer of Vienna, from whom he learned the principles of functional surgery. He was also accepted for a period of specialization in orthopedics in the clinic run by Professor...