29 NOVEMBER 2019 / Greek Surgeons See How Leading U.S. Orthopedists Operate

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s (SNF) major ongoing Health Initiative in Greece seeks to expand access to quality medical care around the country.

But the Foundation has also long believed that sometimes making the best possible care available within Greece means forging connections of knowledge-sharing beyond its borders. For the twelfth time, Greek surgeons are traveling to New York City to join a seminar in orthopedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) with support from SNF.

The 2019 HSS-Stavros Niarchos Foundation Orthopedic Seminar Program will offer a cohort of surgeons from Greece professional development programming that includes case presentations and hands-on practice. Attendees will also participate in HSS’s Annual Holiday Knee & Hip Course. This year’s program, which runs from December 3 to 7, will kick off with a visit from SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos.

The program aims to develop an enduring transatlantic bridge of knowledge exchange that will bring cutting-edge medical techniques to Greek practice. To date, a total of 124 surgeons have taken part in the seminar program. This year’s participants are practicing medicine in cities around Greece, including Athens, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Patras, Kymi, Ioannina, and Larissa.

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. A landmark SNF grant in October 2018 supported HSS’s SNF Complex Joint Reconstruction Center.