Dr George Kassianos - MD (Hons), FRCGP, FESC, DRCOG, LRCP (Edin.), LRCS (Edin.), LRCP&S (Glasgow), DMedAcup., DMedHypn., DFP, FFTM RCPS (Glasgow

President

George is Greek Cypriot and studied medicine in Poland with a scholarship from the 'International Union of Students' where he graduated with honours at the Medical Academy of Lodz . He trained as a General Practitioner at the London Hammersmith and St. Mary's Hospitals before joining his present practice in Bracknell, Berkshire in 1979, where he is now the elected Executive Partner.

He writes extensively in the medical press and is a member of the 'British Medical Journalists' Association . He is current Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Drugs in Context and the past editor of the Audit in General Practice journal, Care of the Elderly, and Managing Heart Failure in General Practice. He is also serving as a member of Editorial Boards of journals such as The British Journal of Cardiology, The International Journal of Clinical Practice , Geriatric Medicine, Vaccines in Practice and is the GP editorial consultant for the journal Guidelines in Practice. The 4th edition of his book 'Immunisation Childhood and Travel Health ' was published in 2001 by Blackwell Science (5th edition in preparation).

George is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), member of the 'Education & Training Committee' of the ISTM, 'British Hypertension Society', 'British Society for Heart Failure', ‘British Cardiovascular Society’, 'Primary Care Cardiovascular Society', 'Primary Care Diabetes Society', 'Academy of Higher Education’ (Fellow), Founder Member, Spokesperson, Fellow & President of 'The British Travel Health Association' and board member of the 'HPA-UK Advisory Panel on Bloodborne Viruses in Healthcare Workers'..

Between 1989 and 2001, he served as a GP Tutor in Berkshire and between 2000 and 2005 the Chairman of the Bracknell Forest Primary Care Trust (PCT) Professional Executive Committee (PEC). In 2007, he was awarded the Fellowship of ‘The European Society of Cardiology ’, and in 2006 the Fellowship of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. Member of the Department of Health National Child Health Immunisation Programme Board. He is the spokesperson on Immunisation for the Royal College of General Practitioners , of which he is also a Fellow. Also, member of the National Travel Health & Network Centre Advisory Board and The Health Protection Agency's Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention in UK Travellers.