Dr. Athanasios Covanis
President of the IBE
Dr Covanis graduated from Athens Medical School. He subsequently worked in UK for 11 years in paediatrics, neonatology, child neurology, adult neurology, neurophysiology and epilepsy. He has obtained among others a diploma in child health from the Glasgow University, a diploma in Paediatrics and Adult Neurology from the Athens University, and is a certified epileptologist and train the trainers by the European Epilepsy Academy (2003).
Since 80’s until late 2010 he had been the Director of Neurology and Neurophysiology Department, at the Children’s Hospital Agia Sophia, in Athens.
Dr Covanis is the current President of IBE (2013-2017). He is also President of the Greek ILAE Chapter, President of the Greek IBE Chapter, and Co-Chair of the ILAE/CEA-IBE/EREC European Joint Task Force (2013-2017). In 2003 he received the Ambassador for Epilepsy Award from ILAE and from the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE). He held several posts in the IBE/ILAE community among which IBE/Vice-President (2001-2009), Chair of IBE/ European Regional Committee (2009-2013) and Member of the ILAE/Commission of European Affairs (2009-2013). He has organised ten Pan-Hellenic Epilepsy Congresses and fifteen Educational Epilepsy workshops in Greece, the 9th European Epilepsy Congress in June 2010, Rhodes, Greece and the 1st Joint Cypriot-Greek-Russian Epilepsy Workshop, in Cyprus, February 11th, 2012.
Dr Covanis has given many lectures on epilepsy and has contributed as author (co- author) in several articles, in different journals and chapters of books.