ATHENS – Leading scientists and physicians from throughout Greece and the Hellenic Diaspora, along with companies representing cutting edge medical technology turned The Athens Crossroad conference into the epicenter of thoracic and cardiovascular excellence from November 8-10 at the Zappeion Hall of the Greek capital.
The first day featured a rich program of scientific and professional presentations and concluded with an awards presentation led by Athens crossroads Chairman Dr. Sotirios Prappas and topped off by a reception and concert by Greek singer/songwriter and composer Dionysis Savvopoulos.
Dr. Prappas is also president of the Hellenic Society of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons and Chancellor of the Euro-Asia Bridge Society of cardiac surgeons, two of four major professional organizations which endeavored to jointly hold their world congresses in Athens, a tribute to the growing international meeting reputation of the city and the global high regard for Hellenes in the medical field. The Hellenic Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Diaspora was there for its 2nd World Congress and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery hosted its 2018 Workshop.
The guests were greeted by several Greek political leaders, including Vasilis Economou of the New Democracy party, who expressed Greece’s pride in the achievement of Hellenic scientists, physicians and other professionals of the Hellenic Diaspora, and the presidents of several medical organizations.
Dr. James Tatoulis, of Australia, newly elected president of the Hellenic Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Diaspora explained in his message that “we are at the crossroads – geographically and philosophically. Changes in patient demographics, risk profile and transition from open surgery to less invasive…interventions…make this a transformative turning point.”
Dr. Tatoulis’ message was punctuated by the robot surgery device on display at the conference that demonstrated that science fiction has become reality, with tremendous repercussions for patients and medical professionals alike.