Dr. Gavrilova graduated with excellent grades from the Medical University - Sofia in 2005. That same year she was appointed at the Oncodermatology Clinic with the University Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment (USBAL), Sofia where she has been practicing ever since. In 2015 she successfully completed a specialty in general surgery. From the beginning of 2016 until 2019, she has specialized in plastic and reconstructive surgery in leading centers in France. She has mastered various techniques of breast reconstruction at the most renowned university hospital Saint Louis, Paris, and at the Cancer Center in Lyon.
She has co-authored a number of specialized publications. She participates by presenting clinical cases of patients with malignant melanoma in the region of the ear from her general practice at renowned oncology forums. To date, Dr. Gavrilova has successfully collaborated on and has performed surgeries on patients with microtia and reconstructions, after disfiguring surgeries for malignant skin tumors with Dr. Stefan Guichard, the successor of prof. Firmin, in the Bizet Clinic.
In 2018, Dr. Gavrilova obtained her PhD in Oncology on Rare Malignant Skin Diseases: Analysis and Evaluation of Patterns of therapeutic behavior and criteria for a center of expertise in Bulgaria. Her thesis is dedicated to the basic principles and quality of treatment against international standards of a number of rare skin tumors such as Malignant Melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, Kaposi's carcinoma, and carcinomas originating from skin adnexa.
Her dissertation work, the plan developed to improve the patterns of specialized treatment of patients with rare malignant skin tumors and her suggestions to improve the quality of cancer care in the expert centers in Bulgaria, earned her the prestigious Darzalas Award for Contribution to Clinical Oncology, awarded in 2018 at the IX National Oncology Conference Multidisciplinary Oncology Conversations and Extracts (MORE) for merit and development in the field of oncology.
In 2018, she became a co-founder of the first in its kind Bulgarian Association of Dermato-Oncology (BADO), with a multidisciplinary focus in the field of cutaneous neoplasms, and since 2019 BADO is a full member of the European Association of Dermato-Oncology (EADO). Since 2020, she has held the position of Secretary of BADO, and the association has briefly
been able to accomplish many set projects, dedicated to improving the diagnosis and advanced treatment of cutaneous and rare forms of malignant melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and a number of rare forms of basal cell, and spinocellular carcinomas.
BADO registered our country in the largest European platform of patients with malignant melanoma in 2021 and built the first ever registration network for melanoma patients in the country, BGMelaReg, as part of EUMelaReg.
Dr. Gavrilova has been selected as the main coordinator of BGMelaReg, involving and connecting all leading cancer centers in Bulgaria to this project, allowing Bulgaria to participate for a first time in reputable projects with credible data, proving the opportunity for state-of-the-art and high-quality treatment in patients with malignant melanoma.
A lead surgeon oncologist of the Oncodermatology Clinic, with significant experience in the surgical treatment of skin tumors and in particular malignant melanoma with reconstructive surgery capabilities. As a follower of Associate Professor Krassimir Kirov, since the start of her practice, she has been performing staging sentinel biopsies in malignant melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma, which is a leading and unique method for early surgical staging and detection of micrometastases in the regional lymphatic basin.
Dr. Gavrilova has significant experience in the surgical treatment of stage III metastatic melanoma with high volume and complexity surgeries, such as axillary and inguinal lymph node dissections, and stage IV various metastasectomies. She has been actively involved in the complex management and follow-up of metastatic patients with cutaneous, mucosal and uveal melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, rare forms of advanced basal cell and spinocellular carcinomas in correlation with the Medical Oncology Clinic.