Conference on Health Tourism In Greece, London, November, 23 2018

Greece of extroversion and development, was highlighted at London School of Economics, on November 23, by the distinguished speakers who participated in the Conference on Health Tourism in Greece.

The Conference, organized by International Health Tourism Center (IHTC) and the Hellenic Medical Society UK, under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism, the Athens Medical Association, the Central Union of Greek Municipalities, the Hellenic Medical Council Tourism and the Global Greek Doctors’ Institute.

There were distinguished personalities from the academic, scientific and business community, as well as from health and tourism sectors, from Greece and United Kingdom, representatives of Greek communities, Greek Medical Associations, health and tourism professionals, representatives of the International and domestic SMEs, University students, etc.

As pointed out, the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, based on the data gathered by the Bank of Greece, this year estimates an increase of 8-9% in the arrivals of tourists in our country. At the same time, receipts from travel services are expected to increase by 8% to close to 15.8 billion euros.

The beginning of the Conference was held by Giorgos Patoulis, President of I.H.T.C., President of G.G.D.I, President of Athens Medical Association, President of ELITOUR, President of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, Mayor of Maroussi.

Mr. Patoulis stated: “Greece, the home of Hippocrates and Asclepius, could claim a significant share of health tourism in the world market, as it is the ideal combination of factors that meet international demands for the development of this new and rapidly growing world economy. That is why we have been taking initiatives for a long time, creating the appropriate bodies, encouraging all such activity and activating all the forces of Hellenism

Greetings were also addressed by Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras, Ambassador of Greece to the Court of St. James’s, Miltiadis Krokidis, MD, PhD, EBIR, FCIRSE, FRCR, FSIR, Consultant Vascular and Interventional Radiologist – President HMS UK, Joyce Harper, Professor of Human Genetics and Embryology at the Institute for Women’s Health, University College London, Giorgos Tziallas, Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development

Interesting speeches were carried out by:

Konstantinos Pantos, Director of Assisted Fertilization Unit, Founder of “GENESIS ATHENS CLINIC”, General Secretary of Hellenic Society of Reproductive Medicine,Vice President I.H.T.C., Vice President G.G.D.I.,  Member of Greek Medical Tourism Council-ELITOUR

“IVF: a powerful policy tool in the Medical Tourism Μarket”

John Giakoumakis, Clinical Director of Mediterranean Fertility Centre, Reproductive Gynaecologist

«Ethical- Legal – Clinical aspect of the surrogacy motherhood program in Greece»

Elias Tsakos, FRCOG Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist

Medical Director EmbryoClinic IVF Greece, Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

“Greece: World Class Fertility Destination”

 Asc. Pr Lydia  Ioannidou-Mouzaka MD, PhD Gynaecologist – Breast Surgeon National Representative of Greece in the European Committee Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC)

“Diagnostic and Therapeutic Possibilities of breast diseases in Greece, from A to Z”

Dr. Christopher Tzermias, MD, FASLMS, Dermatologist, Scientific Director of the Medical Group «IQ Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery», Board Member of ELITOUR, Member of the Disciplinary Board of Athens Medical Association

“Hair Transplant, Invasive Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery: A Promising Sector for Medical Tourism in Greece”

Zisis Boukouvalas, Specialist in Plastic Surgery

“Greece 2018: The Rising Star of Aesthetic Medical Tourism”

Athanasios Katsikis, D.D.S., Head of Hellenic Dental Association + Ioannis Prevezanos, D.D.S., Periodontist

“Dental tourism in Greece”

Petros Mamalakis, General Secretary of I.H.T.C., General Secretary of ELITOUR, CEO & Founder of

“Investing in Medical Tourism with Vita Booking”

Grigoris Tsiotos, Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Surgery Mayo Clinic

“Advanced Oncologic and Laparoscopic Surgery in Greece – A Center of Excellence by American Board Certified Multispecialty Experts”

Dr. Dimitrios Tsoukalas, MD, Board Certified Family Physician, Scientific Director of the Metabolomic Medicine Switzerland Medical Group, President of European Institute of Nutritional Medicine

“Metabolomics : An emerging tool for Personalised Medicine”

Sabine Switalla, Business Development Manager – Health Tourism Euromedica Rhodes

“Building an outstanding tourism destination for Holiday Dialysis Guests”

Despina Komninou, MD, PhD, CNS, Certified Nutrition Specialist, QLS (Quality of Life Services) Chief Scientific Officer & Founder

“Restoring Metabolic Balance by Medical-Nutrition Tourism

Evidence: Based Practices and New Insights into the Hippocratic Concept of Positive Health”

Dr. Katerina Douma – Michelakis, DDS, PhD, Board Certified Specialist in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Louisville University USA, Dipl Ortho University of Athens, f Ass Clinical Professor EUC, UAE, gen secretary GOAS

“The impact of oral health to psychological well being; current aspects in the new digital dental era”

 Theodoros Chatzis, Consultant at Haematology/Oncology, University Hospitals of Leicester, Scientific Director of “Omnigen” Stem Cell Bank, Athens, Associate at Haematology/Oncology, “Hygeia” Hospital Group, Athens

“Immunotherapies and Umbilical Cord Blood. New perspectives in the treatment of Haematological malignancies”

Dimitrios Batakis, Administrator of Eleftho, MSc Health Economics and Management, LSE ΜSc International Health Policy, PhD candi

“Medical tourism as a factor of economic growth in Greece”

Victoria Polydorou MD, PhD, Consultant Cardiologist, Genesis Athens’ Clinic, Former fellow in fetal Cardiology, King’s College Hospital, London, UK

The contribution of medical tourism to the repatriation of young Greek doctors”