Paediatric Virology and innovation in medical education: An interview with Dr Ioannis N. Mammas, Consultant Paediatrician on the island of Euboea (Greece) and Coordinator of the Paediatric Virology Study Group
Published online on: August 28, 2019
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Born in Chalkida in Greece, Dr Ioannis N. Mammas, Consultant Paediatrician on the island of Euboea, studied Medicine at the University of Crete School of Medicine, where he received his MD in 2002 and his PhD in Clinical Virology in 2006. He was trained in Paediatrics and Neonatology in Merseyside (UK), attending the ‘Alder Hey’ Children's Hospital's specialty training (ST) rotation programme and in Athens (Greece) at the ‘Penteli’ Children's Hospital and the ‘MAKKA’ Paediatric Infectious Diseases (PID) Unit of the ‘Aghia Sophia’ Children's Hospital. On October 10th, 2015, he presented the Paediatric Virology subspecialty's proposal, which up‑to‑date has attracted the critical interest of several international experts in the scientific fields of Neonatology, Paediatrics, PID and Virology and has been evaluated as a unique project of innovation in medical education. According to Dr Mammas, Paediatrics is the specialty, which daily provides the opportunity to support with responsibility the children’s smile, the hope of life and future. He highlights the significant role of the Paediatric Virology Study Group (PVSG), a paediatric think tank, which was established by a group of paediatric trainees and young paediatricians in 2007 and since then has been involved with enthusiasm in the perspectives of Paediatric Virology in medical education. Dr Mammas strongly believes that in the future, Paediatric Virology subspecialists will have a strategically principal role, both clinical and academic, at the fight against viral infections in childhood. This aim will be supported by the newly founded Institute of Paediatric Virology (IPV), the first scientific initiative in the world committed to medical education on neonatal and paediatric viral infections.