MD (Hons), FRCGP, FESC, FBGTHA, FFTM RCPS(Glasg), FBHS, FHEA, FAcadMEd, DRCOG, LRCP (Edin.), LRCS (Edin.), LRCP&S (Glas.), DMedAcup., DMedHypn., DFP.
Dr George Kassianos is Greek Cypriot and studied medicine in Poland with a scholarship from the International Union of Students (IUS) 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 practice in Bracknell, Berkshire in 1979. He retired from the Practice in 2017 after 38 years of service.
He writes extensively in the medical press and is a member of the British Medical Journalists’ Association. He was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Drugs in Context for 10 years until October 2013 (he now remains as the Associate Editor), and past Medical 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 on Editorial Boards of journals such as The British Journal of Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine, Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, The British Journal of Family Medicine, the Bulgarian journal Preventive Medicine, and is the GP editorial consultant for the journal Guidelines in Practice.
He is currently preparing the 5th edition of his book ‘Immunisation Childhood and Travel Health’. Among other published work, he is author of a research paper on the willingness of European healthcare workers to undergo vaccination against seasonal influenza (Drugs In Context), co-author of the paper on Pneumococcal Infection in Europe (Advances in Therapy) and on Herpes Zoster, Guest Editor for the British Journal of Family Medicine, contributory author to the Public Health England Advisory Committee Malaria Prophylaxis (PHE ACMP) in Travellers from the UK up to 2019, first author of a research paper on Atrial Fibrillation in Primary Care (BMJ Open), and chaired the Guidelines Panel on Myalgia in Patients Who Are Taking Statins (Guidelines In Practice).
George Kassianos has been the National Immunisation Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) since 1996 and is a fellow of the RCGP. He is also a member of the UK Public Health Advisory Panel on Healthcare Workers Infected with Blood-borne Viruses. He is a founder member, Spokesperson, Fellow & President of ‘The British Global & Travel Health Association’.
Between 1989 and 2001, George Kassianos served as a GP Tutor in Berkshire and between 2000 and 2005 as the Chairman of the Bracknell Forest Primary Care Trust (PCT) Professional Executive Committee (PEC). In 2006 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators. In 2007, he was awarded the Fellowship of ‘The European Society of Cardiology’ and in 2018 the Fellowship of the International Society of Travel Medicine. In 2013, he was appointed Chairman of the Pan-European Committee RAISE (Raise Awareness in Influenza Strategies in Europe). In 2014, he was awarded the Fellowship of the British & Irish Hypertension Society. In 2018, he joined the European Scientific Group on Influenza (ESWI) Board of Directors.