Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) announced that Dr. Christos Christou will begin his tenure as the organization’s new international president after being elected in June.
Born in Trikala, a city in central Greece, Christou graduated from the Aristotle University Medical School in Thessaloniki and received his masters in international health from the University of Athens, where he works as a faculty member.
Christou received his doctorate in surgery from the Kapodistrian University of Athens. But the doctor later specialized in general and emergency surgery in the surgical and transplant unit of Evangelismos Hospital in Athens.
In 2013, he moved to London to work as a Senior Clinical Fellow in colorectal surgery at King’s College Hospital and in 2018 he became the consultant of colorectal and emergency surgery at North Middlesex University Hospital. The same year he was awarded Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in coloproctology — the branch of medicine dealing with pathology of the colon, rectum and anus/
Christou joined Doctors Without Borders in 2002 and has held a number of roles in the field.
The Trikala native’s first assignment was in Greece as a field doctor, working with migrants and refugees. He then worked as a doctor in an HIV/AIDS project in Zambia in 2004 and 2005.
He took a break from field missions for years to complete surgeon training, but in 2013 he joined Doctors Without Borders missions in a number of conflict zones — including South Sudan, Iraq and Cameroon — as an emergency and trauma surgeon.
Prior to his election as Doctors Without Borders’ international president, Christou served as general secretary, vice-president and president of the organization’s Greek branch board of directors since 2005.
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