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Professor Athanasia Printza 

M.D., MSc, PhD


Athanasia Printza, Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Phoniatrics, at the School of Medicine, at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece, is Deputy Head of the Committee of International Relations, and a member of the General Assembly of the School. As a member of the Committee of PhD studies (for more than 10 years), the Committee of Postgraduate Studies, and research projects evaluator for the Ethics Committee of AHEPA Hospital and the Medical School, national or international funding bodies she has been involved into fostering postgraduate education and quality assurance of research in the School of Medicine.

She obtained her Medical Degree, an MSc in Medical Research Technology and a PhD title from the Medical School AUTh, and an MSc in Speech and Swallowing Research from the Medical School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She trained as Otolaryngologist in Greece and England and obtained post-qualification training in England and Germany. Scholarships of excellence for undergraduate, and MSc studies, PhD and postdoc research. (National Institute of Scholarships (1985), Panhellenic Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (2000), Research Committee AUTh). She has been enganged in continuing professional development in educational methodology (including “Educating the Educators”, “Integrating technology in educational practice”, Medical Education Informatics courses, Medical Education Study Group) and bioethics (Stavros Niarchos Foundation Bioethics Academy-SNFBA Alumni).

She works since 2001 at the Otolaryngology Dept, has organized and runs the Voice and Swallowing disorders clinic. She teaches Otolaryngology, research methodology and many other undergraduate and postgraduate modules being the supervisor for some of them. She is engaged in extensive interdisciplinary and integrated teaching and research, and has supervised many PhD and Master’s Theses. Member of the Organizing Board of the inter-University MSc “Sciences of communication disorders”.

She is a member of many Scientific Societies, a reviewer and section/topic editor (Otorhinolaryngology, Voice and Swallowing) and guest editor for several journals and a Honorary Member of the Romanian ENT society. She has received awards of excellence for International Teaching (2019 & 2020), and International Recognition and Impact (2022) from the Faculty of Health Sciencies, AUTh and awards for presented congress papers. 

Professional societies: President of the Hellenic Society of Phoniatrics and Swallowing disorders, auditor in the Executive Committee of The Association of Medical Schools in Europe and country representative at the European Dysphagia Council. Former Treasurer of the Hellenic Society of Research and treatment of HPV. Member of the European Society of Swallowing Disorders, European Laryngological Society, European Respiratory Society, Union of European Phoniatricians.

More than 70 published full research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and many book chapters. More than 180 lectures in congresses. Organizer of 10 seminars (hands–on seminars of Upper Respiratory tract Endoscopy, Stroboscopy and Swallowing Examination, of Phoniatrics and Swallowing Disorders and ENT Emergencies) and member of the organizing-scientific Committee of international Seminars. 


Research in swallowing, voice, outcome measures, patient-centered health care, shared decision-making, neurogenic dysphagia, olfaction, laryngopharyngeal reflux, laryngology, medical education. 
Research/educational initiative in the Medical School: Advancing patient-centricity in medical education, research and academic healthcare provision. Auditing practices and addressing areas of potential improvement. Students’ and educators’ survey and workshops. The results presented in AMSE congress 2022 and SNFBA conference. Lectures on patient centeredness, patient reported outcome measures, workshop  “scenario-based learning shared decision making”. She speaks Greek and English fluently, French and German.

Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Phoniatrics, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece

Auditor in EC The Association of Medical Schools in Europe 

President of the Hellenic Society of Phoniatrics and Swallowing disorders

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