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Neonatology: Dr. Apostolos Papageorgiou

Dr. Papageorgiou, Chief of Pediatrics and Neonatology at the Jewish General Hospital, a level III perinatal centre is a full professor of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology at McGill University.

A native of Volos, Greece, where he completed his primary and secondary education, Dr. Papageorgiou went to Paris, France to complete his pre-medical and medical education at The Sorbonne, before moving to Montreal for his postgraduate training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at McGill University.

Internationally recognized for his research and contributions, particularly in the management of extremely low birth weight infants, he is a frequent speaker at many national and international meetings. His original scientific work includes the first North American randomized study on the prevention of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) with Betamethasone, as well as a number of papers related to this topic. Other major research contributions from his department include the first studies on the use of Ibuprofen for the closure of  ductus arteriosus, the use of caffeine in the prevention of apnea of prematurity, nutritional balance studies in premature infants, follow-up of extremely low birth weight infants, parental factors affecting short and long-term outcome of premature infants and modes of ventilation of extremely low birth weight infants.

Dr. Papageorgiou has been the Past President of the Society of Neonatologists of the Province of Quebec from 1992 to 2000 and Past President of the Canadian Section of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine of the Canadian Pediatric Society from 1993 to 1995.

He is the recipient of many important awards, including the Osler Award, McGill University Faculty of Medicine for outstanding teacher, the Kaplan Award, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University for best clinical teacher, recipient of the Prix Letondal of the Quebec Association of Pediatricians for his contribution to the health of infants in the province and recipient of the Prix d’Excellence of the Hellenic  Scholarship Foundation. He was featured in Canada at the Millennium 2000 among selected contributors to Canadian life in the previous century. He was named Greek of the Year by the Quebec Greek community in 2003 and he was selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer in 2004 during the Athens Olympics.

He has also received many international recognitions including an Honorary Degree by the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat, Morocco, the Polish Perinatal and the Hellenic Perinatal Societies. He is also the recipient of the Prix de Reconaissance of the Society of Neonatology and Pediatrics of Morocco. In 2005, he received the Soranos Award for his contributions to fetal and maternal medicine. He is listed in the Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in Canada, in the Who’s Who, Dictionary of International Biography UK, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and International Who’s Who.

In 2011, the Jewish General Hospital awarded  the title of “Physician of the Year”
Dr. Papageorgiou is one of the 30 permanent members of the International Academy of Perinatology. He was recently awarded the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa” by both the Universities of Athens and Thessaly in Greece. In 2013 he received the “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal” for significant contributions to Canadian society.

Dr. Papageorgiou has served on the Board of Examiners for Certification in Pediatrics and as Advisor to the Regional Council of Health Services, External Advisor to the Greek Ministry of Health on the organization of perinatal care in Greece, 1989-92, and co-ordinator of the International Committee of Experts in the revision of the health care system in Greece, 1993. He has been an Advisor to the Armenian International Committee on Perinatology in 1993-94, to the Moroccan Perinatal Society on the organization of perinatal care since 1995 as well as advisor to the Hellenic Perinatal Society on the organization of perinatal care, 1998.

Dr. Papageorgiou has published over 110 papers, 17 book chapters, 217 abstracts and has been invited to 53 countries where he has delivered over 450 lectures. He is the recipient of several research grants.