Prof Savvas Andronikou: First UMKC Department of Radiology International Visiting Professor

andronikou2_12413The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Department of Radiology had the honor of hosting its first international visiting professor on Dec 4 and 5, 2013. Dr. Savvas Andronikou, the only pediatric radiologist in South Africa, spent two days in the Departments of Radiology at Children’s Mercy and Saint Luke’s Hospital teaching and learning radiology. Dr. Andronikou spoke on international radiology outreach opportunities and imaging of Tuberculosis in children in South Africa.

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Professor Andronikou was trained at Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa. He did his radiology training at Whittington and Great Ormond Street Hospitals in London, UK and received his PhD from the Univ of Cape Town. He is full professor, is currently President of the College of Radiologists of South Africa and Chairman of the South African Society of Pediatric Imaging. He has published more than 200 papers, books and book chapters, has delivered in excess of 165 visiting talks all over the world, is on the editorial board of Pediatric Radiology, was Chief Editor of the South African Journal of Radiology for 3 years, and has organized several radiology courses and meetings in South Africa. He has been a recipient of the Derek Harwood-Nash Scholarship (‘01), the Maurice Weibren Award from the College of Radiology (‘02), was the Derek Harwood Nash fellow (‘07), and received awards for his research from the University of Stellenbosch(’07) and the University of Witwatersrand (‘12). Most recently, the Society for Pediatric Radiology selected Dr. Andronikou to receive the prestigious distinction of 2013 Honorary Member.

Currently, Dr. Andronikou is the Chairman of Outreach for the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI). In this role he has relentlessly worked to arrange training in pediatric radiology in Africa and has helped establish service opportunities in Africa through teleradiology connections between various institutions across the world. Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments is the time he gives to numerous types and levels of mentees at multiple South African universities helping them perform research with very limited support in the face of extensive public health challenges.  He inspires learners near and far with a dynamic lecture style that is engaging, energetic and humorous all at the same time. Further, he has the knack of using his experience to make complex subjects seem simple. The Department of Radiology at UMKC SOM is fortunate to have Prof. Savvas Andronikou as its 1st International Visiting Professor.