ESEAP (Greek External Quality Assessment Scheme)
Alopekis 47, GR-106 76 Athens Greece
Dr. Alexander HALIASSOS is currently the President and CEO of DIAMEDICA, a Greek reference laboratory specialized in Prenatal Diagnostics based in Athens since 2006. He also acts as Scientific Director of the Greek External Quality Assessment Scheme in Laboratory Medicine (ESEAP), a non-profit organization established by the Greek Ministry of Health as a spin-off of the Greek Society of Clinical Chemistry-Clinical biochemistry (GSCC-CB).
He obtained his MD diploma at the medical School of the University of Athens (1985) and, after his military service as medical doctor at the Greek Air Force (1985-1987), he obtained in 1991 his thesis (PhD) at the school of Medicine, National University of Athens, Greece. He pursued his scientific education at the Faculty of Medicine, Claude Bernard University, Lyon I (FR) where he gained a thesis (DEA) on electronics applied in the medical field, and one in human genetics in 1985. He had completed his curriculum in France as post-doctoral fellow (1987-1991) at the “Institute of Molecular Biology” of Paris-Descartes University.
Dr Alexander Haliassos is registered as European Clinical Chemist (EurClinChem, now EurSpLM) since 2003. He fulfilled many responsibilities in teaching medical students at the National Research Foundation, Institute for Biological Research and Biotechnology in Athens, Greece; in directing the core medical laboratory, including the Blood Bank of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, the Athens Euroclinic and the Metropolitan Hospital at Athens, Greece and in participating in genetics research.
At the national level, Dr Haliassos has held a number of professional representative roles in Greece including GSCC-CB Executive Board member (1996-2003), then, as Scientific Secretary (2005-2011), as General Secretary (2012-2017) and from 2017 until today he is President of the GSCC-CB. Since 2011, he is a founding Member of the Scientific and Educational Committee of the GSCC-CB and a founding Member of the Greek National Registration Committee for Clinical Chemistry. He represents ESEAP at EQALM, and he is an elected member of HellasLab Executive Board, the Greek section of EuroLab. On behalf the Greek Society, he strengthened partnerships with multilateral agencies to promote the added value of laboratory medicine as a key factor to improve population health.
At the international level, Dr Alexander Haliassos is member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) since 1993, and the leading Editor of the website www.labtestsonline.gr. He is the IFCC National Representative of Greece since 2005. During the last decade, he has been involved in various scientific and professional International/European committees and/or working groups. As member of the EFCC-Distance Education Programs – E-Learning”, he organized the very first EFCC e-seminars. Within IFCC, he served as member of the IFCC-WG on Standardization of Troponin I (WG-TNI) and as member of the IFCC-Analytical Quality Committee (C-AQ). In 2014, he was appointed as Chair of the IFCC-Task Force on Proficiency Testing (TF-PT) that in 2017 evolved to the Committee on Proficiency Testing (C-PT), a multidisciplinary effort of IFCC in the analysis and the exploration of the Proficiency Testing and External Quality Control issues.
For several years now, he intensified its engagements with the IFCC conferences and congresses acting as the Greek leader for the organization of the 10th IFCC-General Conference, at Corfu in 2010, as Member of the EuroMedLab Paris 2015 Congress Organizing Committee (COC) and as the President of EuroMedLab Athens 2017.
Dr Alexander Haliassos published more than 56 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals cited 1012 times (H-index 11), made more than 120 oral presentations in international congresses, participated in 155 posters in international meetings and chaired one international (EuroMedLab Athens 2017), two national congresses and several seminars on laboratory medicine subjects. His personal interests include: swimming sports, traveling, electronics, artificial intelligence and information technology applications.