University of Crete
Christos Lionis is a medical doctor and professor with strong interests in primary care and in public health education, practice and research. Christos has served the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine (CSFM) at the School of Medicine, University of Crete since 1995 as a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and he was CSFM Director until August 2022. In January 2013, Christos was appointed as Emeritus Professor of the University of Crete, and in 2018, he was also appointed as Guest Professor of General Practice in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Services at Linköping University, Sweden.
As part of his work with the CSFM, Christos has been involved both as PI and collaborator in multiple large European and international research collaboratives and research proposals funded by the EU and international agencies. His work has focused on building capacity in primary healthcare and public health, both in Greece and internationally. Christos has a passion for education and has a played a key role in the development of medical training, continuing medical education and quality standards in primary care and public health nationally.
Christos has developed a strong working relationship with the World Health Organization, especially during the past two years. He is also involved in an editorial and advisory capacity with a number of international journals. In addition, he is an executive board member for various professional organisations, including the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, for which he presently serves as Chair. Between 2019 and 2022, he was a member of the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, and he currently belongs to the Specific Advisory Group of the European Medicines Agency.
Christos has been awarded as Honorary Fellow by: the Royal College of General Practitioners (2009); the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) (2016); and the European Society of Cardiology (2017). He has also published 440 papers in international journals that are cited in PubMed.