John D. Ioannovich (1939–2003)

John D. Ioannovich (1939–2003) Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:1 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0587-5 OBI T U A RY D. M. Barisoni Published online: 10 March 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 Professor John D. Ioannovich was born in Athens in thetic Surgery from 1984 to 1990 and was President of the October 1939 and graduated from the American College European Board of Plastic Surgeons from 1992 to 1995. of Athens in 1957. He studied medicine at the University John organized the first Pan-Hellenic Congress of of Innsbruck in Austria, graduated and accomplished his Plastic Surgery in 1993 and the 13th Annual Meeting of medical thesis in 1964. He served in the Greek navy as a European Association of Plastic Surgeons and was a medical officer for 2 years and then moved back to founding member of the Hellenic Association of Recon- Innsbruck where he accomplished his training in Plastic structive Microsurgery and the Hellenic Association of Surgery, under the supervision of Professor Wilfing- Treatment and Melanoma Research. He was announced sender, in 1971. He worked as a registrar in the same as an honorary member of the British Association of department until October 1972, when he moved back to Plastic Surgeons (1995) and Romanian Association of Athens to take up the position of Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgeons (2000). the 1st Surgical Clinic of Athens Medical School. John supervised 40 PhD theses and 30 research Three years later (April 1975) he had been included protocols, was the author of 10 medical books, 110 among the PhDs of medicine with the grade “excellent”. publications, with 41 citations in Greek, and international He worked in the 1st Surgical Clinic of Athens Medical medical journals as well as making 450 presentations and School as a registrar for 11 years until 1982 when he was lectures at congresses. elected Associated Professor in surgery. He was the Head He married Alexandra in 1972 and was the father of Director of the Plastic Surgery-Microsurgery and Burns two children. His passion for medicine, especially plastic Center in the General State Hospital of Athens “G. surgery, has been the inspiration of many young physi- Gennimatas” from 1986 until his death. He was devoted cians and he was a fighter till the sunset of his life for to the progress of plastic surgery as President of the knowledge and for the patient. On 6 October 2003, he Hellenic Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aes- suddenly passed away. D. M. Barisoni ( ) 1 Divisione di Chirurgia Plastica, Verona Hospital, 37126 Verona, Italy e-mail: Tel.: +39-045-8072415, Fax: +39-045-8072069 European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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