Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:1
D. M. Barisoni
John D. Ioannovich (1939–2003)
Published online: 10 March 2004
Professor John D. Ioannovich was born in Athens in
October 1939 and graduated from the American College
of Athens in 1957. He studied medicine at the University
of Innsbruck in Austria, graduated and accomplished his
medical thesis in 1964. He served in the Greek navy as a
medical officer for 2 years and then moved back to
Innsbruck where he accomplished his training in Plastic
Surgery, under the supervision of Professor Wilfing-
sender, in 1971. He worked as a registrar in the same
department until October 1972, when he moved back to
Athens to take up the position of Assistant Professor of
the 1st Surgical Clinic of Athens Medical School.
Three years later (April 1975) he had been included
among the PhDs of medicine with the grade “excellent”.
He worked in the 1st Surgical Clinic of Athens Medical
School as a registrar for 11 years until 1982 when he was
elected Associated Professor in surgery. He was the Head
Director of the Plastic Surgery-Microsurgery and Burns
Center in the General State Hospital of Athens “G.
Gennimatas” from 1986 until his death. He was devoted
to the progress of plastic surgery as President of the
Hellenic Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aes-
thetic Surgery from 1984 to 1990 and was President of the
European Board of Plastic Surgeons from 1992 to 1995.
John organized the first Pan-Hellenic Congress of
Plastic Surgery in 1993 and the 13th Annual Meeting of
European Association of Plastic Surgeons and was a
founding member of the Hellenic Association of Recon-
structive Microsurgery and the Hellenic Association of
Treatment and Melanoma Research. He was announced
as an honorary member of the British Association of
Plastic Surgeons (1995) and Romanian Association of
Plastic Surgeons (2000).
John supervised 40 PhD theses and 30 research
protocols, was the author of 10 medical books, 110
publications, with 41 citations in Greek, and international
medical journals as well as making 450 presentations and
lectures at congresses.
He married Alexandra in 1972 and was the father of
two children. His passion for medicine, especially plastic
surgery, has been the inspiration of many young physi-
cians and he was a fighter till the sunset of his life for
knowledge and for the patient. On 6 October 2003, he
suddenly passed away.
D. M. Barisoni (
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