It is our great pleasure to inform you that the Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (HSNM&MI), is standing as an official candidate to host the 14th Congress of World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology (WFNMB) that will be held in 2026.
The 2026 congress of WFNMB, is planned to be held in May in the capital of Greece, Athens.
We believe that our effort in all organisational aspects, reflected in the attached leaflet and the biding book, will convince you to support us and Vote for Athens!
WFNMB 2026 Athens Proposal
BID Committee Chairs
Koutsikos John (Ioannis)
President of the Organizing Committee
MD, PhD Nuclear Medicine Physician, Head of Nuclear Medicine Department, 401 General Army Hospital, Henry Dunant Hospital Center, Athens
Dr. John T. Koutsikos was born in 1971 in Arta, Greece. He completed his medical studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1996, graduating from the Military Academy of Combat Support Officers as a lieutenant. In 2004 he received his Nuclear Medicine Specialization and his PhD thesis in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in 2008. During his post-graduate training he acquired expertise in Therapeutics, Neurology and hybrid imaging (PET/ CT). Currently he is the Director of the Nuclear Medicine Department at 401 General Army Hospital in Athens, Greece and the Chief of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Henry Dunant Hospital Center, one of the biggest private hospitals in Greece. His clinical practice and research interests are imaging and therapy of thyroid cancer, neuroendocrine tumors and skeletal metastases. Dr. Koutsikos has an extensive range of national and international teaching activities, while he is reviewer in several scientific journals.
Between 2010 and 2018 he was the General Secretary of the Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging and since 2019 he is the President of the HSNM&MI. His main goal from this position is the extroversion of our Specialty, while his vision is to promote the hybrid imaging (both SPECT/CT and PET/CT) and theranostics, still limited in Greece and in Balkan area in general. Dr. Koutsikos is his country’s delegate to the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology.
He is also member of the EANM, SNMMI and WARMTH, as well as one of the founders of the Balkan Congress of Nuclear Medicine.
He is an advisor to the Ministry of Health, participating in various boards including the Working Group of Nuclear Medicine (defining the curriculum of specialty), the Committee on Ionizing Radiation, etc.
President of the Scientific Committee
MD, PhD, Professor of Nuclear Medicine, Head of Nuclear Medicine Department, University of Thessaly, School of Medicine, Larissa University Hospital
Dr. Panagiotis Georgoulias is a Professor of Nuclear Medicine and Head of the Nuclear Medicine Laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, in Larissa, Greece. Professor Panagiotis Georgoulias is a member and the Guideline Representative of the Cardiovascular Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine. He is the Vice President and elected member of the Board of Directors (2004-2008, 2010-present) of the Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging (HSNM&MI). Furthermore, he is a member of the Cardiovascular Working Group of the HSNM&MI, while he was elected as the National Delegate of the HSNM&MI in the European Association of Nuclear Medicine between 2002 and 2004. Professor Panagiotis Georgoulias graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, in 1991 and completed his residency in Nuclear Medicine at the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hellenic Army Share Fund Hospital (NIMTS) in Athens, Greece (1992-1996). Professor Georgoulias served as a Nuclear Medicine Consultant at the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hellenic Army Share Fund Hospital (NIMTS) in Athens, Greece (1996-1998) and has worked as the director of the Department of Nuclear Medicine in a private diagnostic centre (1998-2004). His post-graduation experience includes specialization in Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT) techniques at the PET/CT Department, University Hospital of Berlin (Charite Virchow Clinicum), Germany. In 2004, he became the director of the Nuclear Medicine Laboratory, University Hospital of Larissa, Greece.
His teaching activities include undergraduate and postgraduate Nuclear Medicine teaching, lectures for Nuclear Medicine and Cardiology residents, medical personnel and technologists, as well as post-graduate (MSc) studies and PhD theses supervision. Professor Panagiotis Georgoulias is also a visiting lecturer at the International Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of the University of Patras, Greece. In addition, Professor Georgoulias has many invited lectures and “Chair” positions in National and International Congresses and he is a member of several Examination Committees of Nuclear Medicine Specialty. His main research interests include Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Neurology, Positron Emission Tomography applications, clinical applications of Radio-Immunoassays, and software development and technological applications in the field of Nuclear Medicine. The Nuclear Medicine Laboratory of the University of Thessaly is constantly taking part in various national and international research projects, including several high-budget ones.
His main research interests include Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Neurology, Positron Emission Tomography applications, clinical applications of Radio-Immunoassays, and software development and technological applications in the field of Nuclear Medicine. The Nuclear Medicine Laboratory of the University of Thessaly is constantly taking part in various national and international research projects, including several high-budget ones.
To date, Professor Panagiotis Georgoulias has published 135 papers in International (peer-reviewed) Journals, 6 papers in Greek/peripheral journals, 4 books (including one International e-book), 13 book chapters, and has more than 200 presentations in National and International Congresses. Finally, he is an Editorial Board Member of 14 International Scientific Journals and has served as Reviewer in 27 International Journals.
President of the Budgeting Committee
MD, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor of Nuclear Medicine, Head of Nuclear Medicine Department, University of Thessaloniki, School of Medicine, University General Hospital of Thessaloniki AHEPA
Dr. Ioannis Iakovou MD, PhD, MSc is associate Professor in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Medicine, head of Nuclear Medicine dpt. in University General Hospital of Thessaloniki AHEPA serving also the therapeutic department of Nuclear Medicine at PAPAGEORGIOU hospital, training physicians in therapeutic nuclear medicine and following up many patients on outpatient basis per year. He graduated from the Medical school of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and specially educated in University of Pisa, Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes in Homburg, and in Nuclear Medicine Department of Valais Hospital in Sion. He has an MBA in “Healthcare Management”.
He is member of the Thyroid Committee in EANM, member of the board of Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, secretary of the Hellenic society of salivary glands and has been the vice president of Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine of Thessaloniki from 2009 to 2011. He is member of the editorial board of the “World Journal of Nuclear Medicine”, the “Diagnostics” and the “European Journal of Hybrid Imaging”. He is corresponding member of UEMS/EBNM Committee for Accreditation of NM Departments and NM Training Centres. He also works as National Representative in UEMS being also responsible of the continuing education of Hellenic society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
- “Non-stop Hands-on” Courses Continuous hands-on courses of several clinical topics, using clusters of widely applied work-stations and involving exceptional “coaches”.
Lectures and Sessions
Apart from the normal scientific structure (lectures, oral & poster presentations), we
have incorporated into the WFNBM program:
- Economic and “cost-effectiveness” sessions. A thorough discussion about the cost-effectiveness of radioisotopic imaging and therapies is of profound interest
- “Developing Countries” session: The session will present and analyze the status and the perspectives of Nuclear medicine in developing countries
- Collaboration Sessions: Dedicated joint sessions with other scientific societies (radiology, cardiology, oncology, endocrinology) in order to enhance the clinical, educative and research collaboration
- Continuous Education Sections Rising Stars Program: Designed especially for residents and trainee nuclear medicine physicians. It will be consisted of Basic Sessions, Case-Based Diagnosis Training, Highlighted Lectures and Quiz