Prof. Dr. Iva Petkova, MD, PhD

Education and employment

1981 – Medical Academy – Sofia, Master of Medicine,

1983 – assistant at the Department of Ophthalmology – Sofia

1986 – acquiring a specialty in Eye diseases

1988 – senior assistant at the Department of Ophthalmology

1991 – chief assistant at the Department of Ophthalmology

2007 – associate professor at the Department of Ophthalmology

2013 – professor at the Department of Ophthalmology

1981 – 1983 – Vitosha Military Rest Home

1983 – 1985 – First Eye Clinic, Scientific Institute of Eye Diseases

1985 – 2007 – Department of Vitreoretinal Surgery, Clinic of Ophthalmology, “Alexandrovska” Univesity Hospital

Since 2001 – Establishing “Zora” Medical Center; ophthalmologist

Since 2007 – Co-owner of “Zora” Specialized Eye Hospital; ophthalmologist

Since 2007 – Head of Department of Vitreoretinal Surgery, “Alexandrovska” Univesity Hospital

From 2009 to 2012 and from 2015 to March 2018. – Head of Ophthalmology Clinic, “Alexandrovska” Univesity Hospital

2007-2017 – Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical University – Sofia

Since 2018 – Professor, Eye diseases, Clinic of Ophthalmology, “Alexandrovska” Univesity Hospital

Current job:

“Zora” Specialized Eye Hospital, ophthalmologist, Manager

Clinic of Ophthalmology, “Alexandrovska” Univesity Hospital, Professor, eye diseases


1989 – Vitreoretinal Surgery Clinic, Cologne, Germany (Prof. K. Heimann)

1994 – Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London, England (Prof. P. Leaver, Prof. Z. Gregor)

2001 – St. Luc Hospital – Brussels, A. Z. Midellheim – Antwerp, (Dr. A.C.Gribomont, Dr. C. Claes)

Winner of the award named after Prof. Dr. Parashkev Stoyanov of the Faculty of Medicine – Sofia in the field of surgical sciences for 2011

Winner of the “24 Hours” award – “Doctor whom Bulgarians trust” from 2013 up to now.

Member of the “Physicians’ League of Bulgaria” project of “Darik” radio “Best doctors in Sofia”.

National Consultant in Ophthalmology 2010 – 2019
From 2019 – Member of the Expert Council on Eye Diseases.

Chairperson of the examination committee for obtaining a specialty in ophthalmology since 2009.

Member of the following scientific societies:

• Bulgarian Society of Ophthalmology
• The Union of Ophthalmologists in Bulgaria
• Glaucoma Association
• EVRS (European Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons)
• European Society of Retina Specialists
• American Academy of Ophthalmology