Dr Kostadinov is Associate Professor on Disaster Medicine in Medical University Plovdiv and Vice Dean for International Relations and Project Activities of the Public Health Faculty, Plovdiv. He is Secretary General of International Disaster Medicine Association, Naples, Italy. Rostislav studied medicine at Plovdiv Medical University and graduatedin 1991, when he joined the Bulgarian Armed Forces.. From 1999 till 2005, he worked in the Military Medical Detachment for Emergency Response, developing an interest not only in the clinical aspects of military and disaster medicine, but also for the organisational and managerial challenges. Dr Kostadinov was assigned twice (2005-2007;2010-2013) At NATO Joint Force Command Naplesas a joint medical planner, medical intelligence officer, doctrine and policy, joint medical coordinator and Deputy Medical Advisor. Heplanned and afterward sorganised and led the medical support for the NATO Unified Protector operationin 2011, as a Medical Advisor and Medical Cell Head, andwas awarded a NATO medal. Last two assignments within Military Medical Academy were Head of the Educational and Scientific Department AND Head of Military Medical Planning Department.2015, he resigned from active military service with rank of Colonel
Three consecutive years 2015, 2016 and 2017 he has been invited as Visiting Professor on Disaster Medicine in Universitadella Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy; was assigned aspart time lecturer on Medical Planning in University of World and National Economy, Sofia. and acted as civil expert Medical Intelligence (Health Threats) for NATO Joint Health Food and Agriculture Working Group (JHFAG), NATO HQ, Brussels, Belgium. Physician with three medical specialties - Internal Diseases, Orthopedic Surgery and Disaster Medicine and PhD degree in Disaster Medicine, who served as military medical doctor for 24 years and retired with rank of Colonel.
Author and co-author in 18 books (25 chapters) and 90 studies published as articles in journals or proceedings of international or national scientific events.Invited, key and guest speaker on many international scientific eventson planning, organization and execution of medical support to military or disaster relief operations, guest lecturer and mentor for Joint Medical Planner Course in NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany and supporting speaker for George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and College of International and Security, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). Invited lector for different courses of the Diplomatic Institute, Sofia program.