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Prof. John Meletis

Professor of Internal Medicine and Hematology
Hematology Demartment and Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, Univesrity of Athens SChool of Medicine
17 Agiou Thoma, Laiko General Hospital

Brief Biography:

I was born in Desfina, Fokida, Greece, on 27 February 1946. I became a physician the Athens University Medical School in 1970, working for the next eight years as a Medical Assistant in the First Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Athens (Dir. Prof. Ph. Fessas). I remained at the university through 1983, rising to the post of University Assistant from 1978 to 1981 and Senior Registrar from 1981 to 1983 and Senior Lecturer from 1983 to 1988. I also became a diplomate of the Greek Board of Medicine in 1978 and a diplomate of the Greek Board of Hematology in 1981, while receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Athens in 1981. I spent the years 1984 until 1987 in France at the Univerite Paris VII working as a University Assistant while attending the Ecole de Medicine Lariboisier-Saint Louis (Unite de Greffe de Moelle Osseuse, Dir. Prof. E. Gluckman). During this time, I continued his affiliation with the First Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Athens, serving in the position of Assistant Professor from 1989 until 1995, Associate Professor from 1995 to 2009. I rose to my current post of Professor of Internal Medicine and Hematology at the School and I am Chairman/Director of Hematology Department, Bone marrow Transplantation Unit and Hematology Laboratory National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine  with professional memberships held in the Hellenic Society of Hematology, the International Society of Hematology, the European Hematology Association, The International Society for Experimental Hematology, The European Group of Bone Marrow Transplantation, The New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for Advancement of Science. I continue my laboratory research on Hemoglobin F, aplastic anemia, nocturnal paroxysmal hemoglobinuria, acute and chronic leukemias, microspectrophotometry, growth factors and bone marrow transplantation.

To date, I have published over 350 works in Greek, English and French, including book publications The Red Cell Hemoglobin Content of Embryos from Parents with β-thalassemia: A Prenatal Diagnosis of β-thalassemia (University of Athens, 1981); Systemic Side Effects in Hematological Patients (Zeta Publ. Co. 1994); a CD-ROM Atlas of Hematology (Nirear Publ. Co. 1996); CD-ROM in the Hematology – Diagnostic Approach (Nireas Publ. Co. 1998); The Routine "Blood Count" in Diagnostic Approach of Patients with Hematological and Non-Hematological Diseases (Athens Medical Society, 1998); Aplastic Anemia (Zeta Publ. Co. 1998); the 7th Edition of From Hematological Symptoms to Diagnosis (Nireas Publ. Co. 2009); book Atlas of Hematology (Nireas Publ. Co. 2000, 2nd edition 2008); book Disorders of WBC number (Athens Medical Society 2005); book Atlas of Hematology, English Edition (Nireas Publ. Co. 2006, 3rd edition 2009); book Eosinophilia - Diagnostic approach-Treatment (Athens Medical Society 2008); book Cases of Hematology (Athens Medical Society 2010); book Anemia in the Emergency Department (Athens Medical Society 2011) and book Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (Nireas Publ. Co. 2011). I have published about 150 papers in different International Journals, 50 papers in National Journals, 130 works published as abstracts in International and National Congresses, and 35 works published as chapters in books. My works are citated in about 1600 international papers.

I’m the Εditor-in-Chief of Haema, the Journal of the Hellenic Society of Hematology; the Assoc. Editor of Hippokrates, Athens Medical School Journal; the hematology section Εditor of Archives of Hellenic Medicine, Athens Medical Society Journal; Associate Editor BMC Blood Disorders, Associate Editor Internet Journal of Hematology, Board-Core Reviewer of BMC Blood Disorders, Editorial Board Medical  Science Monitor, Journal of B.U.ON, American Journal of Case Report, Internet Journal of Hematology, Internet Journal of Laboratory Medicine, American Journal of Biomedical Sciences, Anemia, Advances in Hematology. Reviewer European Journal of Hematology, Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, Scandinavian Journal of Gastoenterology, Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, Journal of Clinical Pathology, Medicine Science Monitor, Tokoku Journal of Experimental Medicine, Nanomedicine, BMC Cancer, BMC Pediatrics, BMC Public Health, BMC Biology, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Journal of National Medical Association, HORMONES, British Journal of Sport Medicine, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Hematology; Current Cancer Drug Targets, QJM, Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Medicine Insights:Blood Disorders, Clinical Medicine Insights:Case Reports, Clinical Medicine Insights:Oncology, Clinical Medicine Insights:Therapeutics, Clinical Medicine Reviews in Oncology, Clinical Medicine Reviews in Patient Care, Clinical Medicine Reviews in Therapeutics, Biomarkers in Cancer. Chairman of National Committee and Member of the International Committee of Index Copernicus, International Scientific Advisory Committee 2nd International Conference on Cancer Therapeutics 2005, Scientific Committee of Symposium Algero-Francais de Pharmacologie sur le Stress and on the Editorial Board in numerous National Journals and Member of the Morphology Faculty of the European Leukemianet Morphology Project and Member of the Second Morphology Consensus Study I of the European Morphology Faculty for harmonizing cell terms.

I have received five First Prizes Awards for best work in hematology (National and European).

My personal Philosophy for success is smooth, quiet, polite personality, hard work, careful observation, perseverance and high humanistic targets.



Academic positions:

Professor of Internal Medicine and Haematology, Haed of the Hematology Department and Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, National and Kapodisstrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Laiko Hospital, Athens, Greece


Research interests:

Leukemia, Aplastic anemia, Paroxysmal nocturnawl Hemoglobinuria, Bone marrow Transplantation


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