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The oncology as a branch of medicine deals with both pathological cell masses known as "tumors" and malignant blood diseases. Due to the wide range as well as to the science progress, it is divided in subspecialties, both clinical and laboratory, in order to better address these cases.

The Medical Oncology department of the University Hospital of Ioannina runs since 1989 and serves teaching, research and medical / nursing needs in the subject area of Pathological Oncology. It has got infrastructure, translational research expertise as well as a Department of Clinical Trials for the development of new treatments.

Along with the specialized subunits, it undertakes a diverse work which is distinguished in clinical-laboratory, educational and research while in 2013 it received a significant international distinction, which is only awarded to oncology centres, which provide optimal and multidisciplinary oncology and palliative care to patients with cancer.

The Medical Oncology Department of the University Hospital of Ioannina: Focusing on excellence for the sake of patients, education and research


The Medical Oncology department of the University Hospital of Ioannina daily carries out and sets as top priorities the optimal oncological treatment of patients with neoplastic diseases, the excellent training of future generations of doctors / researchers as well as the continuing medical education, the research activity for the discovery of new treatments as well as the promotion of Greek and international co-operations in the areas of education and research.

It consists of three departments: (a) the Oncology Inpatient Unit (32 beds capacity), (b) the Daily Care Unit (26 beds capacity) and (c) the Oncology Outpatient Clinic (capacity of 8 examination rooms).

Besides the international award attributed to the department, the recognition of its research team at both national and international level, is enhanced by the fact that its members undertake, in parallel, positions of responsibility in European Scientific Oncology Organizations, such as the Hellenic Cooperative Oncology Group «HeCOG», the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (Brussels, Belgium), the European School of Oncology (Milan, Italy), the European Society of Medical Oncology 'ESMO' (Switzerland), the Rare Cancers Europe, the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), Orphan Medicinal Products, EMA (London, England).

International Award

The Medical Oncology Department of the School of Medicine at the University of Ioannina, after its evaluation by the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO)) has been officially characterized as 'ESMO Centre of Excellence for Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care'. This meaningful international distinction is awarded only to oncology centres providing optimal and multidisciplinary oncology and palliative care to cancer patients. The award was held in the framework of the 'European Cancer Congress 2013' (ECCO-ESMO-ESTRO) in Amsterdam, 2013.


Nicholas Pavlidis, Director and Professor of the Medical Oncology Department, George Pentheroudakis, Associate Professor of Oncology, School of Medicine, University of Ioannina.