Cutting-edge Knowledge Shared with Greek Surgeons
27 NOVEMBER 2018

From Tuesday, November 27th through December 1st, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will hold a seminar for Greek surgeons, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Since 2014, the seminar and a month-long academic visitor program have brought dozens of Greek surgeons to learn from world experts at HSS. SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos addressed this year's attendees.

The 2018 HSS-Stavros Niarchos Foundation Orthopaedic Seminar Program will offer 14 Greek surgeons professional development programming that includes case presentations and hands-on practice, then attendees will participate in the 2018 Annual Holiday Knee & Hip Course. The program aims to develop an enduring transatlantic bridge of knowledge exchange that will bring cutting-edge medical techniques to Greek practice. To maximize long-term impact from the program, surgeons selected to participate are early-career professionals.

HSS is respected as a world leader in orthopedics and rheumatology, performing more than 30,000 surgical procedures each year. The Hospital has also made education a core component of its mission, reaching tens of thousands of medical professionals in scores of countries."By integrating knowledge-sharing as an intentional part of its mission, HSS makes specialized focus and depth of knowledge a public good that extends far beyond the lives of the patients they treat directly. Through this multiplier effect, each individual’s specialized skills can be translated into universal benefit,” said Mr. Dracopoulos in his remarks.

A core aim of SNF’s work is increasing access to knowledge and resources so that their benefit may be enjoyed by a broader public. This approach has informed SNF support for other professional development programs for Greek professionals in other fields, including for journalists through the Mass Media Scholarship Program at Columbia University. It also informed SNF’s landmark grant to HSS in October in support of the Complex Joint Reconstruction Center.