Nicholas G. Kounis

University of Patras Medical School, Greece

Nicholas G. Kounis, M.D., Ph.D., F.E.S.C., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C., was born in Patras, Greece, and he serves as a Professor of cardiology at the Technological Educational Institute of Patras and as an Honorary Consulting Cardiologist at Karamandanion Children’s Hospital, Patras, Greece. One of his contributions to medical science is the Kounis syndrome/allergic coronary spasm, the name given to anaphylactic CHD in patients with allergic reactions and with hypersensitivity reactions to drug eluting coronary stent components. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Athens Medical School. He worked in various hospitals and institutions in Greece, starting in 1966, including the Department of cardiology of the University of Patras Medical School and culminating in an appointment at Patras Highest Institute of Education and Technology in 1988. He has also held, for 9 years, various hospital appointments in England and Northern Ireland as a House Officer, Senior House Officer, Registrar, and Senior Registrar. His contribution (Kounis syndrome) might have profound clinical and therapeutic implications. Kounis syndrome represents a magnificent natural paradigm and nature’s own experiment in a final trigger pathway implicated in cases of coronary artery spasm and plaque rupture. Drugs and natural molecules which stabilize mast cell membrane and monoclonal antibodies that protect mast cell surface could emerge as novel therapeutic modalities capable to prevent acute coronary and cerebrovascular events.

Biography Updated on 18 January 2011

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