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Nicolae Testemiţanu

Nicolae Testemiţanu was born on August 1, 1927 in Ochiul Alb village, Bălţi district.
He had graduated from gymnasium in Baraboi village then he pursued his studies at
the secondary school No. 1 in Bălţi. In 1951 he graduated from Chişinău State Institute
of Medicine (CSIM).

In the same year he was admitted to fellowship training at the General Surgery Chair of
CSIM concomitantly carrying out his activity as physician in the Surgery Department of
Râşcani District Hospital. In 1954 he was employed as Assistant Professor, then as
Associate Professor, Professor and later on as Head of this Chair. He also held the
position of Head Physician of Republican Clinical Hospital and founded the Journal
Ocrotirea sănătăţii.

In 1958 he defended the PhD thesis in medical sciences. A year later, at the age of only 32, he was appointed
Rector of Chişinău State Institute of Medicine. The young Rector managed to establish Faculties of Dentistry
(1959), Continuing Education in Medicine (1962), Preventive Medicine (1963) and Pharmacy (1964). Thanks
to this, the number of students doubled thus solving the problem of medical specialists shortage in the
country. He strengthened the academic staff and technical-material basis, provided equipment and teaching
materials for the training process, improved the living conditions for staff and students.

In 1963 Nicolae Testemițanu was appointed Minister of Health, continuing at the same time his activity at the
Chair of Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Surgery. Acting as Minister he developed strategies aimed at
strengthening the healthcare system patrimony, providing a sufficient number of healthcare specialists,
improving the forms and methods of rendering healthcare services to people.

He had advocated for the provision of healthcare system with medical specialists, preponderantly
autochthonous, and introduction of Romanian language in the training process for which initiative he was
dismissed from the position of Minister in 1968. Later on he was appointed Associate Professor at the Chair
of Social Medicine and Organization of Healthcare.
In 1973 he defended the thesis of doctor habilitatus in medical sciences. After he had received the scientific-
academic title of Professor, he was appointed Head of Social Medicine Chair, which he led until his last
breath.
Nicolae Testemițanu was an experienced educator, committed to the cause and ideals of young generations.
He published over 220 scientific papers, including 15 monographs, methodical works dedicated to public
health management and the history of medicine.

Under his guidance it was developed the concept on provision of specialised healthcare for the rural
population, for which the State Prize in the field of Science and Technology was awarded. Also, the Chair led
by Professor Testemiţanu was recognised in the USSR as a scientific coordination centre for issues of
healthcare provision to rural population.

Professor Testemiţanu was a leading authority of the medical community in the Republic of Moldova, a
brilliant scientist and Statesman who brought an essential contribution to the reformation and development of
the higher medical education and the national healthcare system. Thanks to him it was created a modern
primary healthcare system functionally integrated with the specialised medicine.

Nicolae Testemiţanu passed away on September 20, 1986. He was conferred the title of Academician of ASM
post-mortem. As from 1990 the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Republic of Moldova bears
the name of the brilliant scientist.