August 31, 2022

Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui Receives Prestigious Award

 The University of Timisoara awarded Dr. Pop Busui Doctor Honoris Causa at a ceremony on campus in Romania attended by a number of dignitaries. 

Larry D. Soderquist Professor of Diabetes Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui returned to the West University of Timisoara (WUT) to be bestowed with Doctor Honoris Causa.  The honor puts Dr. Pop-Busui in a very elite company as an honorary member of the University that has "helped to increase the prestige of WUT in international science and research."

Dr. Pop-Busui (center) with WUT leadership

Being born and raised in Romania wasn't the only reason attending the ceremony was a homecoming for Pop-Busui.  The Romanian university was also where she completed dual residencies, first in Internal Medicine, followed by Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes.  She then came to the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Eva Feldman. 

Dr. Gheorghe Bacanu, Don (Dr. Pop-Busui's husband) and Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui

Traveling to receive the award also allowed her to see another important mentor of Dr. Pop-Busui, WUT professor Dr. Gheorghe Bacanu.  It was Dr. Bacanu who jumpstarted her career in diabetes care and research, which has led to numerous accolades.  In addition to being a professor of Internal Medicine, Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes at Michigan Medicine, she is also the Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Internal Medicine, as well as the current President-elect of Medicine & Science as the American Diabetes Association.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pop-Busui.