I. Curriculum Vitæ IN BRIEF

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  • Full Name

  • Ioannis ( = Forename ) PAPACHRISTOS ( = Surname )

    Father's name: Charalampos
  • Year born

  • 1964
  • Place of birth

  • Καλαμπάκα (Ν. Τρικάλων)
    City of Kalampaka (Trikala county, Thessaly)

    Central Greece
  • Postal address

  • 7, K. Alexiadi Street,
    GR–55132 KALAMARIA
    Greece

    Tel. / fax (+30) 231 0 434622 (landline)
    Cell phone (+30) 697 7233088
  • Email address

  • Please, fill in the on–line contact form to send me an email
  • Websites

  • Languages

    • Greek (mother tongue)
    • English (British English preferably, fluently)
    • French (conversational level)
  • University Studies

  • University Degrees - Primary Qualifications

    • Primary Medical Qualification (recognised as “Ptychio Iatrikes” by the GMC in the UK) from the School of Medicine, Aristotle's University of Thessaloniki, Greece, on 20.7.1988
    • Diploma of Graduation from the Medical Section of The “Military School of Combat Support Officers” on 23.9.1988
  • Postgraduate Studies

    • Attendance at the Session of Basic Training of the “School of Medical Corps' Implementationfor 1 year (Sep 1988 — Oct 1989)
    • Specialist–Training in “Thoracic Surgery” lasting for 7 years in total. This 7-year training included the following components:
      • GENERAL SURGERY for 3 years:
        • at “The 401 Army General Hospital” in Athens, Greece for 1 year (1991-1992)
        • at the “Laikon” hospital in Athens, Greece at the Athens University 2nd Teaching Dept of Surgery (Prof. Gr. Skalkeas's firm) for 110/12 yrs (1992-1994)
        • at the “KAT Trauma & General hospital” in Athens, Greece for 2/12 yrs (1997)
      • THORACIC SURGERY for 3 years:
        • at the “Royal Brompton hospital” (Prof. P. Goldstraw's firm) in London, UK for 1 year (1994-1995)
        • at the “Hairmyres” hospital close to Glasgow, in the West of Scotland Regional Thoracic Surgical Unit (Hairmyres hospital, East Killbride G75 8RG, UK, as Acting registrar / SHO III) for 1½ year (1995-1996)
        • at the “Royal Victoria hospital” in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK ("RVH": The Royal Victoria Hospital, The Royal Hospitals, Belfast) as a Specialist-Registrar for ½ year (1996)
      • Two SEMESTERS:
        • A semester in Orthopaedics at the “KAT Trauma & General hospital” in Athens, Greece (½ yr, 1998)
        • A semester in Plastic Surgery at the “KAT Trauma & General hospital” in Athens, Greece (½ yr, 1998-1999)
    • Attendance at the Session of Advanced Training of the “School of Medical Corps' Implementationfor 3 months (Jan—Apr 1999)
  • Postgraduate Degrees

  • CURRENT Post

  • Senior Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at “The 424 Teaching Military General Hospital” in Thessaloniki, Greece. Head ( a.k.a. “Director” ) of the Thoracic Surgery Dept. of this hospital since 08.9.1999 up to present day.
  • Posts held

    • As a SPECIALIST Thoracic Surgeon:
      • Jul—Sep 1999: Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at “The 424 TMGH” in Thessaloniki, Greece, but not then Head of the Thoracic Surgery Dept.
      • May—Jul 1999: Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at “The 417 NIMTS Veterans' hospital in Athens, Greece
    • As a Specialist-TRAINEE:
      • Please see paragraph “Specialist-Training” above, under “Postgraduate Studies.”
  • MEMBERSHIPS TO Scientific Societies & Associations:

    • Medical Association of Thessaloniki. The nationally appropriate licensing body to practice Medicine
    • Greek Society of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
    • Greek Society against Lung Cancer
    • The General Medical Council – UK. Fully registered 1992 - 1997. Voluntarily removed from the Register after leaving UK permanently to practise in Greece for good
    • The European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (1994-2013)
    • The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (1992 - 1997)
    • The British Thoracic Oncology Group
    • British Graduates' Society. (I stopped being a member in 2011 after having received an unsatisfactory reply from the Society to a letter of mine regarding the return of the Parthenon Marbles back to their rightful home)

IΙ. EXPERIENCE (Clinical & Surgical)

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  • a. Severity, range and quality of thoracic surgical procedures:
    More than 1,000 procedures (of all types of severity) have been carried out, from the whole range of Thoracic Surgery, until the last update of this webpage.

    Amongst them:
    • Pulmonary Resections for lung cancer or other tumours (or ”tumors,” either malignant or benign ones) & for intrapulmonary lesions:
      • Pneumonectomies
      • Bi– ] Lobectomies
      • Wedge Resections
    • Chest Wall procedures
    • Mediastinal procedures (to the anatomical region called “Mediastinum”)
    • Thoracoscopic or Video-assisted (VATS) procedures
    • Oesophageal (or “esophageal”) procedures (to the Oesophagus or “Esophagus”)
    • "Miscellaneous" procedures, including:
      • surgical pleurodesis for spontaneous pneumothorax (parietal pleurectomy + bullectomy)
      • Lung / Pleura biopsies
      • other minor procedures, such as:

        — insertion of intercostal chest drain (for pneumothorax or for pleural effusion)
        — chemical pleurodesis
        — pleural fibrinolysis
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  • b. Thoracic Surgical Experience:
    • i. After becoming a Specialist Thoracic Surgeon:
      • Valuable, long and deep experience acquired as Head or Director of the Thoracic Surgery Dept. of “The 424 TMGH” since 08 Sep 1999 (for 18 consecutive years approximately)
      • Also served as a specialist or Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at the military hospitals “417 NIMTS” Veterans' hospital & “424 TMGH.”
      • Valuable experience acquired from my formal membership of the “Oncology Committee” of “The 424 TMGH,” appointed by the hospital's CO on 08 May 2006
    • ii. Prior to completing the Specialist-Training:
      A full period of a 7-year in-practice clinical training.

      During three years (out of the 7 yrs in total) I was a specialist-trainee in Large hospitals of the United Kingdom that were all accredited for specialist-training by the SAC (Specialist Advisory Committee, UK): The Royal Brompton hospital in London, the Hairmyres hospital in the West of Scotland and the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast.

      The experience acquired in them can be considered as valuable especially in the following:
      • Lung cancer (and Staging of it) and other Tumours of the Lung (Royal Brompton, Hairmyres)
      • Oesophageal (or “Esophageal”) cancer and other diseases (Hairmyres, RVH)
      • Penetrating Trauma to the Chest by stabbing (Hairmyres)
      • Penetrating Trauma to the Chest caused by firearms and bombs' blasts (RVH, Belfast, N.Ireland)
      • Blunt Trauma to the Chest caused by road traffic accidents (Hairmyres, RVH)
      • Mesothelioma (clinical experience with pleuro-pneumonectomies at the Hairmyres)
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IIΙ. Scientific Work

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  • Books: 4
  • Papers Published: 19
  • Papers orally Presented: 32
  • Lectures (invited): 30
  • Commentaries (invited): 11
  • Participation in Organizing or Scientific Committees of Conferences: 8
  • Conferences Sessions CHAIRED by me: 10
  • Reviewer of papers submitted for Conferences: 4

IV. Training

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  • a. As a Trainer:
    • i. Postgraduate Courses or Lessons for cardiothoracic surgeons & other physicians at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece:
      1. Papachristos IC.Lymph Nodal Sampling in surgical treatment of lung cancer ] (in Greek) .

        In Debate with:

        Foroulis C. Radical Lymph Nodal Dissection in surgical treatment of lung cancer
        .

        Multihospital Postgraduate Lesson organized by the University Dept. of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (Aristotle's University of Thessaloniki - AHEPA General Hospital). Thessaloniki, Greece 29 May 2008
      2. Papachristos IC. Chest Trauma: Assessment - Treatment ] (in Greek) . Postgraduate Lesson inside the Auditorium of 'The 424 MTGH' (hospital). Thessaloniki, Greece 23 Feb 2009
      3. Papachristos IC. Recurrence - Metastasis post pulmonary resections: Treatment Strategies ] (in Greek) . The 3rd Multihospital Postgraduate Lesson organized by the University Dept. of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (Aristotle's University of Thessaloniki - AHEPA General Hospital). Thessaloniki, Greece 05 Mar 2010
      4. Papachristos I. Lecture on: ‘Pneumothorax  in “Pleural Diseases”. Postgraduate “Hands-On Thoracoscopic Workshop” (under the auspices of EACTS & HSCTVS). Thessalonki, Greece 12 Mar 2010
      5. Papachristos I. Lecture on: ‘Mesothelioma  in “Pleural Diseases”. Postgraduate “Hands-On Thoracoscopic Workshop” (under the auspices of EACTS & HSCTVS). Thessalonki, Greece 12 Mar 2010
      6. Papachristos I.C. Thoracic Trauma ] (in Greek) . Invited Speaker for the postgraduate lesson on “WAR TRAUMA”, organized by the 1st Dept. of Orthopedics of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, under the auspices of the “Orthopedics & Trauma Society of Macedonia Thrace” at the “KEDEA” Congress Centre (AUTH University), Thessaloniki, Greece, on 15.12.2015
      7. Papachristos IC. General Principles of Surgical Treatment of Lung Cancer ] (in Greek) . Invited Speaker at the 2nd Multihospital Postgraduate Lesson of cardiothoracic surgery, organized by the University Dept. of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (Aristotle's University of Thessaloniki - AHEPA General Hospital). Thessaloniki, Greece 13 Janr 2017
    • ii. Clinical Lessons to students of Medicine:
      1. [ Trauma ] (in Greek)  lesson during the 6th semester of the students of the School of Medicine (Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece) inside ‘The 424 MTGH’ on 29.3.2011
      2. [ Tumours of the bronchi - lung ] (in Greek) lesson during the 7th semester of the students of the School of Medicine (Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece) inside ‘The 424 MTGH’ on 07.12.2011
      3. [ Chest Trauma ] (in Greek) lesson during the 7th semester of the students of the School of Medicine (Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece) inside ‘The 424 MTGH’ on 23.10.2012
      4. [ Tumours of the bronchi - lung ] (in Greek)  lesson during the 7th semester of the students of the School of Medicine (Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece) inside ‘The 424 MTGH’ on 27.11.2012
      5. [ Trauma ] (in Greek)  lesson during the 6th semester of the students of the School of Medicine (Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece) inside ‘The 424 MTGH’ on 01.4.2013
    • iii. Specialist–trainees' schemes:
      I have continuously been participating in the training Schemes of the specialist-trainees of the 1st Dept. of Surgery of the "424 TMGH" since 1999. My contribution consists of clinical, in-practice training in Operative Techniques as well as training in both preop & postop management of thoracic surgical patients either in selective / scheduled admissions or in emergencies (trauma cases etc).
    • iv. Medical Conferences:
      Trainer in Medical Conferences, both National and International. These contributions can be browsed at the “Scientific Work” subpage of the present website. My participation at those Conferences were that of a:
      1. Member of the Scientific or Organizational Committee of a Conference
      2. Chairperson at a Session of a Conference
      3. Invited Speaker to administer a lecture at a round table of a Conference
      4. Invited Speaker to administer a lecture during a Postgraduate Lesson
      5. Invited to comment on a Conference or Postgraduate Lesson
      6. Reviewer of scientific papers or abstracts submitted to be assessed for presentation in International and Nattional Medical Conferences
    • v. “Health Education Programmes” of Senior High Schools (lectures):
      1. on 23 Feb 2007 inside the Laboratory of “The Seat of Forensics & Toxicology” of the Faculty of Medicine of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece (Health Education Programme of the Senior High School of the city of Kalampaka).

        One can download a .pdf file with the full text (in Greek) of the lecture's outline: Smoking & Respiratory System 
      2. On 27 Apr 2007 at the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kalampaka (Health Education Programme of the Senior High School of the city of Kalampaka) during a meeting chaired by Prof. D. Psaroulis, MD (Professor of Forensics & Toxicology at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece) on the subject: [Smoking & Effects to the Respiratory System] (in Greek) 
      3. on 23 Dec 2008 inside the 7th Senior High School of Trikala a 1-hour lecture on [Smoking and its Effects on the human organism] (in Greek). Trikala 12.12.2008.

        For this lecture above-mentioned Senior High School issued the document with ref. 725/23.12.2008 
    • vi. Awareness of the members of the public:
      1. Books (ebooks) written & published that are publicly available to be bought in 51 countries by bookstores such as iBooks (Store by  Apple), kobo or amazon.
      2. Meeting with the members of the “Cancer Patients' Association of Macedonia & Thrace about the patients' right to know their own true diagnosis on 12 Nov 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece.
      3. Lecture on “Pneumothorax and Barotrauma” during the Meeting of “The Abyss Club” Greek Divers' Internet Society, held on 13th of January 2007 at the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens.

        Contribution documented by the “Greek Diver” bimonthly magazine, Apr–May 2007 issue, pages 20–22 . One can download a .pdf file with the full text (in Greek) of the lecture's outline: Pneumothorax & Barotrauma 
    • vii. Other trainer's activities (in Greece and abroad):
      1. I contributed to the Medical Education Programme within the Regional Thoracic Surgical Unit of the West of Scotland, located inside the “Hairmyres” hospital since Feb 1995 till Aug 1996 by training the specialist–trainees (SHOs and the junior doctors) in Thoracic Surgery. I also presented research papers at National (UK) and International Meetings on that Regional Unit's work on: the surgical treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma and the long-term results with broncho-alveolar adenocarcinoma
      2. Under-graduate training of medical students (of the Athens University School of Medicine), who were allocated at the 2nd Teaching Dept. of Surgery inside the “Laikon” hospital in Athens, Greece (1992–1994)
      3. The 424 TMGH is by definition a hospital that puts a great deal of Emphasis in ‘Teaching’ or ‘Training’ (after all, the initials TMGH of the hospital stand for: Teaching Military General Hospital). Teaching / Training involves all personnel including nursing staff, other health workers and, of course, doctors, who are specialist-trainees, too. The acquisition of Experience as a trainer in this specific hospital can, therefore, be appropriately appreciated.
      4. Duties of “S3 – Director of Training” of a Medical Corps Battalion located in the borderland of Greek Sovereign territory for 1½ year (Oct 1989 - Feb 1991). By exerting these duties I was responsible for training Private-ranked soldiers into the military speciality of “stretcher-bearers.” Also fully responsible for any kind of Training of All military personnel of the Battalion.
  • b. As a Trainee:
    • i. Postgraduate studies
      1. Specialist-Training: Seven years in total in hospitals located in Greece and in the United Kingdom. For details please see the relevant paragraph above
      2. Attendance at the “School of Medical Corps Implementation,” both Sessions: Basic Training Session (1 yr, 1988-1989) & Advanced Training Session (3 months, 1999)
      3. Attendance at the “Specific NBC Weapons' School of the Armed Forces” on NBC Warfare (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare in May - June 1989)
    • ii. Postgraduate Courses etc:
      1. Scientific Meeting on: “Asthma: Progress in Diagnosis & Treatment” held at ‘The 401 MGHA’ (‘Military General Hospital in Athens’) in Athens, Greece on 14 Oct 1988
      2. The Birmingham Review Course in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Birmingham 05 - 7 Oct 1995
      3. The 1st Pharmacology Joint Meeting organised by “The 424 TMGH” Pharmacy and the Pan-hellenic Association of Pharmacists, Thessaloniki, Greece, 12 Feb 2000.
      4. The 1st Meeting of the Rheumatology Dept. of the “424 TMGH,” in Thessaloniki, Greece, 19 Feb 2000
      5. The Postgraduate Course, The EACTS / ESTS Joint Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal 16 Sep 2001
      6. The 1st Postgraduate Course organised by the Greek “Society of Study of Pulmonary Disease & Occupational Diseases of the Chest” on: ‘Neuroendocrine Tumours of the Lung. Mediastinal Tumours.’ Thessaloniki, Greece, 11 Jan 2003.
      7. The 2nd ESTS Spring Meeting, Athens, Greece. 1–2 April 2005. Twelve (12) hrs European CME credits
      8. The Postgraduate Course, The 5th EACTS / ESTS Joint Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden 10 Sep 2006
      9. The 3rd Symposium on ‘Aortic & Oesophageal Surgery,’ organised by the Patras University School of Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery Dept. in Patras, Greece, 4-5 May 2007
      10. The Postgraduate Course during the 15th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery, orginised by the ESTS, Leuven, Belgium, 03.6.2007
      11. The 2nd 2007 Scheduled Session Greek “Society of Study of Pulmonary Disease & Occupational Diseases of the Chest” on: ‘Arrhythmias, Portopulmonary Syndrome, Rapidly Evolving haemorrhagic Pleural Effusion and Membranous Tracheal Stenosis' in Thessaloniki, Greece on 08 Oct 2007
      12. The Launching Event of the ESTS Educational Platform at the Covidien Europpean Training Centre in Elancourt, France, 18-19 Oct 2007
      13. The “ASKLIPIOS” Medical Seminar, Headquarters NATO Deployable Corps – Greece, Thessaloniki, 19–20 Nov 2007
      14. The 2nd Collaborative Symposium on General Thoracic Surgery by ESTS – AATS – STS Postgraduate Course, during the 18th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery, Valladolid, Spain, 30 May 2010
      15. Meeting on ‘Diseases of the Chest, treated surgically’ of the Greek “Society of Study of Pulmonary Disease & Occupational Diseases of the Chest”. Thessaloniki, Greece 05 Feb 2011
      16. Attendance at multiple ‘Multihospital Postgraduate Lessons’ on thoracic surgical topics, organized by the University Dept. of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (Aristotle's University of Thessaloniki - AHEPA General Hospital). Thessaloniki, Greece from 2008 onwards
      17. Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques in Treating Lung Cancer Meeting, held under the auspices of The “Hellenic Society of Respiratory & Occupational Chest Diseases,” as well as The “Hellenic Society of Thoracic, Cardiac & Vascular Surgeons.” The Met, Thessaloniki, Greece 24 Sept. 2016
      18. The 1st International Course in Mesothelioma. Auditorium inside the Interbalkan Medical Centre, Thessaloniki, Greece 22 Oct 2016
    • iii. International Conferences
      1. The 3rd Congress of Balkan Military Medical Committee, Athens, Greece, 10-13 May 1998
      2. The 2000 Annual Meeting of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, London, UK, 12-15 March 2000
      3. The 8th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery by the ESTS (European Society of Thoracic Surgeons), London, UK, 1-3 November 2000
      4. The EACTS / ESTS Joint Meeting (European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons), Lisbon, Portugal, 16-19 September 2001
      5. The 3rd EACTS / ESTS Joint Meeting, (European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons), Leipzig, Germany, 12-15 September 2004
      6. The 2nd Spring Meeting of the E.S.T.S. (European Society of Thoracic Surgeons), Athens, Greece 1-2 April 2005
      7. The 3rd Spring Meeting of the E.S.T.S. (European Society of Thoracic Surgeons), Cluj-Napoca, Romania 12-13 May 2005
      8. The 5th EACTS / ESTS Joint Meeting (European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, European Society of Thoracic Surgeons), Stockholm, Sweden, 11-12 September 2006
      9. The 15th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery by the ESTS (European Society of Thoracic Surgeons), Leuven, Belgium, 3-6 June 2007
      10. The 18th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery by the ESTS, Valladolid, Spain, 30 May — 02 June 2010
      11. The “Athena 11” Crisis Management International Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece ON 01 - 04 June 2011
      12. The 97th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, USA on 23 - 27th of October 2011
      13. The 101st Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL, USA on 04 - 08th of October 2015
      14. “The Macedonian Front 1915–1918: Politics, Society & Culture in Time of War” International Conference,
        organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, King's College, the Imperial War Museum and the British School at Athens,
        held at the Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation in Thessaloniki, Greece,
        on 10–13 May 2018
    • iv. National Greek Medical Conferences
      1. XXI National Greek Congress of Surgery, Athens, Greece, 13-17 Nov 1998
      2. XVII Medical Congress of the Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 11-14 Nov 1998
      3. XVIII Medical Congress of the Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 08-11 Nov 2000
      4. XIX Medical Congress of the Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 07-10 Nov 2002
      5. XX Medical Congress of the Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 18-21 Nov 2004
      6. VI National Greek Congress of the Hellenic Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgical Society, Thessaloniki, Greece, 09-11 Nov 2006
      7. ΧΧΙ Medical Congress of the Greek Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 23-26 Nov 2006
      8. ΧΧΙI Medical Congress of the Greek Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 6-9 Nov 2008
      9. ΧΧΙV Medical Congress of the Greek Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 18-20 Oct 2012
      10. ΧΧV Medical Congress of the Greek Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 27-29 Nov 2014
      11. “THE TREATMENT OF CANCER... ...A MATTER OF US ALL” 1st Conference, organized by ‘The Oncology Dept. of the 424 TMGH’ & The “Ηellenic Armed Forces Μedical Corps Scientific Association” (alternative translation: ‘Scientific Association of Health Professionals originating from the Armed forces’), under the auspices of the National Society of Oncologists of Greece, at the ‘Macedonia Palace’ hotel, in Thessaloniki, Greece, 12-13 Dec 2014
      12. “LUNG CANCER. DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT” Conference (organized by the “Theageneion” & “AHEPA” hospitals, in collaboration with the Hellenic Cancer Society & the Association of Cancer Patients in Macedonia–Thrace). At the “KEDEA” Congress Centre (AUTH University), Thessaloniki, Greece, on 29 Oct 2016
      13. ΧΧVI Medical Congress of the Greek Greek Armed Forces, Thessaloniki, Greece, 03-05 Nov 2016
      14. XI National Greek Congress of the Hellenic Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgical Society, Thessaloniki, Greece, 24-26 Nov 2016
      15. “THE TREATMENT OF CANCER... ...A MATTER OF US ALL” 2nd Conference, organized by ‘The Oncology Dept. of the 424 TMGH’ & The “Ηellenic Armed Forces Μedical Corps Scientific Association” (alternative translation: ‘Scientific Association of Health Professionals originating from the Armed forces’), at the ‘Macedonia Palace’ hotel, in Thessaloniki, Greece, 16-17 Dec 2016

V. Posts held

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  • 13th of Sep 1988

  • License to practise Medicine in Greece (Greek equivalent to the “Full registration” with the GMC in the UK)
  • Sep 1988 — Oct 1989

  • “School of Medical Corps' Implementation,” Basic Training Session
  • May — Jun 1989

  • “Specific NBC Weapons' School of the Armed Forces” (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare)
  • Oct 1989 — Feb 1991

  • Posted at a Medical Corps Battalion in the borderland of Greek Sovereign territory
  • Mar 1991 — Feb 1992

  • Specialist-Trainee in General Surgery at The “401 Army General Hospital in Athens,” Greece
  • Apr 1992 - Jan 1994

  • Specialist-Trainee in General Surgery at the Athens University 2nd Teaching Dept. of Surgery (Prof. Greg. Skalkeas's firm), located inside the “Laikon” hospital in Athens, Greece
  • 9th of Oct 1992

  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK:

    Full Registration 3414958

  • Feb 1994 - Jan 1995

  • Specialist-Trainee in Thoracic Surgery at the “Royal Brompton hospital” in London, UK (Prof. P. Goldstraw's firm)
  • Feb 1995 - Aug 1996

  • Specialist-Trainee ( “ Acting Registrar / SHO III ” ) in Thoracic Surgery at the “Hairmyres” hospital, in the (then) West of Scotland Regional Thoracic Surgical Unit, Hairmyres Hospital, Glasgow
  • Aug 1996 - Jan 1997

  • Specialist-Trainee in Thoracic Surgery (SpR or “Specialist-Registrar”) at the Royal Victoria Hospital, The Royal Hospitals, in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Sep - Nov 1997

  • Specialist-Trainee in General Surgery at the “KAT” Trauma & General Hospital in Athens, Greece
  • Jan 1998 - Jan 1999

  • Semesters of Specialist–Training in Orthopaedics. & in Plastic Surgery (then compulsory for the Completion of Specialist–Training in Thoracic Surgery) at the “KAT” Trauma & General Hospital in Athens, Greece
  • Jan — Apr 1999

  • “School of Medical Corps Implementation,” Advanced Training Session
  • 28th of May 1999

  • Greek Board of Cardio–Thoracic Surgery passed, resulting into the acquisition of a specialist's postgraduate title as ‘Cardiothoracic Surgeon’ (Greek equivalent of a CSCST or “Certificate of Successful Completion of Specialist–Training” in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the UK)
  • May — Jul 1999

  • Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at The “417 NIMTS” Veterans' hospital in Athens, Greece
  • Jul — Sep 1999

  • Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at The “424 TMGH” military hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece (not yet Head of the Thoracic Surgery Dept. then)
  • Sep 1999 — Dec 2017

  • Private practice, too, of Thoracic Surgery (in addition to the clinical duties of a 424 TMGH Consultant).
  • Sep 1999Now

  • Head ( a.k.a. “ Director ” ) of the Thoracic Surgery Dept. as Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at The “424 TMGH" (Teaching Military General Hospital) in Thessaloniki, Greece

VI. Distinctions

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  • Admitted into the Commander Class of The Order of the Phoenix of the Hellenic Republic; decoration awarded by His Excellency The President of the Hellenic Republic on 02 Nov 2012 (Presidential Decree: Gov. Gaz. G' 1261/28.11.2012)
  • The Medal of Military Value, 2nd Class, of the Hellenic Republic was awarded on 30 Sep 2003 for remarkable services offered to my country according to the Presidential Decree dated 08.9.2003
  • The Medal of Honourable Command, 2nd Class, of the Hellenic Republic was awarded on 29 Oct 2007 for remarkable Command services offered, according to His Excellency The National Defence Minister's Order ref 131/2007
  • Mention in dispatches on 11 Apr 2014 by the Chief of the Hellenic Army (Hellenic Army General Staff Chief, Lt. General Chr. Manolas) with his order ref F.447/48/318830/S.3770/11.4.2014/HAGS/Directorate of Permanent Military Staff/S4d
  • Mention in dispatches on 15 Dec 2006 by the Commanding General of HASMC (Higher Army Support Military Command, Lt. General Pan. Zaras) with his order ref F.447/4/181475/S.2999/15.12.2006/HASMC/Medical Directorate/S1
  • Elected as the Regent for Greece’ by the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons after a unanimous vote during the Society's General Assembly on 01 Apr 2005 in Athens, Greece. I served as the ESTS Regent for Greece during five whole, consecutive years, i.e. until 2010.
  • The U.S. Army 338th Medical Brigade ‘Commander's Coin for Excellence<  was awarded to me on 20 Dec 2005 by Col. Jay L. Griffin, MS, Task Force Medical Falcon XII, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (ref: ARM-ID-TFM-Z)

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