Young Oncologists Committee member
University of Athens School of Medicine
Department of Medical Oncology and Translational Research
ESMO: Tell us a bit about your education and specialisation so far in your career
Giannis: I graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Medicine in 1998 and from the Hellenic Military Medical Academy the same year. I then completed my residency in Internal Medicine at the 251 Air Force General Hospital in Athens and my residency in Medical Oncology at the University of Athens School of Medicine, University Hospital “Alexandra”. After that, I went to France and spent two years as a post-graduate research fellow in the department of Thoracic Oncology at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris and obtained my MSc in Translational Research in Oncology from the University Paris XI (Paris-Sud) in 2007. I became board-certified consultant Medical Oncologist in 2009 and I obtained my PhD from the University of Athens, School of Medicine the same year.
What is your current activity?
I work as a consultant medical oncologist in the Oncology department of the 251 Air Force General Hospital (Military Doctor) and as a post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Athens School of Medicine.
What are your plans for the future?
I intend to expand my scientific, academic and clinical skills through a number of clinical and research activities in Greece and abroad.
Could you tell us why you chose to become a medical oncologist?
I care for patients with cancer and I am also very attracted by the broad clinical and basic research activities that oncology offers to scientists.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
Improving the scientific quality and the level of care to cancer patients in Europe can only be achieved through international communication and collaboration. The national cancer societies of Europe need to work together in the war against cancer. Working with the young Medical Oncologists in Europe provides the perfect platform to create this international network for the future generations.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
Start from zero, work hard and try to find the job position that best suits your career plans. Don’t hesitate to apply for educational activities and grants, work harder, learn and offer assistance.