Speakers 2013

Jiang-Ti KongJiang-Ti Kong, MD/MS, Clinical instructor, Stanford University (CA)
Jiang-Ti Kong is trained in anesthesiology, pain management and acupuncture. Her acupuncture training includes styles from both traditional Chinese medicine and French energetics (by Joseph Helms). She splits her time between acupuncture practice, conventional pain management, and clinical research in acupuncture and pain mechanisms. Currently, her research focuses on central mechanisms of electroacupuncture in patients with chronic low back pain. She serves as a board member and secretary for the Society of Acupuncture Research, an international organization for the promotion and dissemination of knowledge gained on all type of medical research involving acupuncture



Hugh McPhersonHugh McPherson, PhD, Researcher, York University (UK)
Hugh MacPherson trained as a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the early 1980’s and continues to practice acupuncture in York, England. He subsequently founded the Northern College of Acupuncture and set up the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine. He joined the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, as a Senior Research Fellow in 2003. His research includes conducting surveys, clinical trials, systematic reviews and neuroimaging studies to evaluate the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, safety and mechanisms of acupuncture. He is the lead editor of the book, “Acupuncture research: strategies for building an evidence base” and, with Volker Scheid, a co-editor of “The integration of East Asian medicine into contemporary healthcare”, both published by Elsevier.


Yusuf Ozgur CakmakYusuf Ozgur Cakmak, MD/PhD Ass. Professor, Researcher, Koc University, Istanbul (Turkey)
Yusuf Cakmak is an associate professor of anatomy at Koç University Medical School,Istanbul. He had experiences in international CAM and Integrative medicine centers including Mayo clinic, MDAnderson Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University. Dr. Cakmak spearheaded collaboration between faculties for running Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation lab and researching about neuroscience, anatomy and CAM. He serves on the editorial board of the Acupuncture and Related therapies by Elsevier. He has been running Acupuncture program for physicians in Yeditepe University Medical School in between 2010-2012. He found Integrative Medicine Center in Medical Park Hospital Complex in Istanbul. He has been awarded by Japanese Neuroscience society, International Physiological Sciences and invited as a speaker to Universities, ICMART congresses, BMAS symposiums for to present his Electroacupuncture researches. He has authored papers on this topic at peer reviewed journals in addition to magazine papers including Newsweek Turkey and Focus.

Baron Francois BeyensBaron Francois Beyens, MD, Hon.President of Icmart, Brussels (Belgium)
François Beyens is a practicing medical acupuncturist since 1971, after having learned the technique, as well as chinese, during a three year stay in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has been practicing and teaching for decades: he has written several books about his views on acupuncture, a mixture of enthusiasm and criticism. Founding member of the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques, he has been the General Secretary for 27 years, before becoming the Honorary President. Very active in the organization and running of ICMART congresses and symposiums, he has imprinted an “ICMART Spirit” on all happenings. Having devoted his whole life to acupuncture, he uses his knowledge of Chinese, his personal thoughts and his own practical experience to keep the technique on modern tracks while basing it on traditional concepts as didactic material. Having participated in around 200 international meetings on medical acupuncture, he has a strong and lucid understanding of what has happened in the world of acupuncture in the last 40 years.

Jean Pierre Fossion MDJean Pierre Fossion MD, Researcher,Brussels (Belgium)
Jean Pierre Fossion is consultant in the application of acupuncture in a project of the Federal Institute of scientific research into aging processes, project allowance of Ruben Fossion, PhD in nuclear Physics (UNAM/Mexico). The study includes the influence of acupunture on the palliative care of terminal cancer patients. He presides the education board for the general curriculum revision responding to the standards of the Chamber of Acupuncture, advisory to the Belgian ministry of health and social security. He chairs the visitation-commission according the Flamish university teaching requirements. He teaches neuroscience and presides over the Belgian scientific commission. He publishes in the Revue Française d’acupuncture et de moxibustion and in the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur.

Antonio Carlos Sant'Ana MDAntonio Carlos Sant’Ana MD, Bauru Estadual Hospital, (Brazil)
Dr. Sant’Anais a MD General Practitioner and TCM Practitioner, withexperience in bothsystemic and microsystemicacupuncture. Hisacupuncturepracticecoversprivateofficeaswellasambulatorial and inpatienthospitalassistance. Presentlyworkingasanindependentresearcher in non linearmeasures, whichincludesfractalgeometry, quantumphysics, complexity and chaostheory. Hehas a Masterdegree in Public Health, working on the development of innovativetrends in medicalmeasures and the possiblemedicalapplications of fractals, chaos and complexity, aswellasdirectinghisactivitiestodatabasis and softwaredevelopment for non linearmeasures.

Ruben FossionRuben Fossion, Physicist, PhD, Researcher, Mexico city (Mexico)
Ruben Fossion has a Ph.D in Science: Physics (Ghent, Belgium, 2004). He is actually a researcher in Medical Science in the National Institute of Geriatrics of Mexico City, where he applies mathematical techniques to human biology, with as a particular interest the study of human ageing






Jeong Hwa SongJeong Hwa Song, Professor Kyunghee University, Seoul (Korea)
Dr. Jeong Hwa Song graduated from Kyung- Hee Oriental Medical University, Seoul, Korea. She is running Kyung-Hee hyojun Oriental Medical Clinic since 1983. Her specialty includes acupuncture and moxibustion and herbal medicine. She is an adjunct professor of Kuyng-Hee Oriental Medical University. Most importantly, she leads the field of facial rejuvenation through acupuncture. She is currently President of Korean Facial Rejuvination Association which is the only learned society in Korea, specialized in facial rejuvenation and facial lifting through acupuncture. Recently she applied meso-thread acupuncture for facial rejuvenation with simple acupuncture technique.



Francesc MartínFrancesc Martín, Veterinarian, Barcelona (Spain)
Veterinary Surgeon, Zaragoza University (Spain) in 1982. Veterinary Acupuncturist, Coordinator and Teacher of Veterinary Acupuncture Postgraduate Course at Barcelona University and Master in Acupuncture at Lleida University. Private practice in veterinary clinic, using Gold Bead Implants since 2000.




Marcelo Tegiacchi SchvetzMarcelo Tegiacchi Schvetz, MD, Traumatologist, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Traumatologist surgeon, Buenos Aires University (Argentina) in 1979 working in private practice in Barcelona (Spain). Acupuncturist, Teacher and Coordinator of “Master in Acupuncture” in Lleida University.





Konstantina TheodoratouKonstantina Theodoratou, MD, Med. Psyc., MSc in Acupuncture, Vice President of Icmart, President of Samag, Athens (Greece)
Konstantina Theodoratou after completing her medical degree in the University of Athens and practising western medicine, went in China to study TCM and acupuncture inTianjin and Beijing Universities. Actively following the evolution of medical acupuncture through her 18 years practise was elected as vice president of ICMART in 2012. She further deepened her studies in Guangzhou (Canton) medical university acquriing her MSc in Acupuncture. She is also specialised im Medical Psychology at the University of Athens and continues her studies in Addiction Counseling. Recently she participated in research, concerning behavior patterns in relation to acupuncture by the Academy of Athens’ Biomedical Institute. She is also the president of the Scientific Association of Medical Acupuncture in Greece (SAMAG) In the recent years she lectures in the Greek Educational Institute of Acupuncture, Samag and Greek Veterinarian Society.

Katerina Tsatsou MDKaterina Tsatsou MD, MSc in Neurosciences, Athens (Greece)
Dr Tsatsou is an MD neurologist and acupuncture practitioner. At present works as a neurologist at Evangelismos General Hospital. She studied acupuncture at Botkins Medical Hospital under the guidance of VS Goidenko at faculty of Traditional Medicine of Moscow Advanced Training Institute for Doctors. After completing her Msc thesis on the analysis of the dynamic relationships of sympathetic skin response and somatosensory Event Potential activity University of Patras, she worked as a clinical and research fellow at Department Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. She is a postgraduate phd student in Basic Medical Sciences Universty of Patras. Her research interests include, EEG,idiopathic Generalised Epilepsies,Sleep, Acupuncture. She is member of SAMAG


Irini SkalioraIrini Skaliora, Neurobiologist, PhD, Research Ass.Professor BRFAA, Athens (Greece)
Irini Skaliora obtained her PhD in Neurobiology at the University of California (1993). She worked at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow (1993-98) and Senior Research Scientist (1998-2004), and has been a faculty member at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens since 2007. She has taught extensively, both at undergraduate and graduate level, at the Universities of California, Oxford and Athens and has given many talks and research seminars at national and international meetings and summer schools. Upon returning to Greece she established a state-of-the art in vitro electrophysiology lab in Athens and currently the only lab in Greece where it is possible to perform both behavioural and neurophysiological experiments under one roof. Her scientific interests are in the field of the development and plasticity of the brain, using mammalian animal models. She has studied the development of excitability in retinal ganglion cells, the role of semaphorins in thalamocortical pathfinding, and the mechanisms of converging sensory inputs in the mammalian midbrain. She is currently investigating the intrinsic cortical network activity as a model for the development, maturation and aging of the cortex and how it may be affected by early life experiences or genetic perturbations, that alter the balance between excitation and inhibition in the brain. She employs a variety of experimental approaches ranging from electrophysiology, cellular and molecular biology, image analysis and behaviour. She has published articles and book chapters in national and international scientific journals, and has extensively reviewed for international Journals including Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience (review editor), TINS and Eur. J Neuroscience. She is member of the Governing Council of the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience (HSN) and of the Hellenic Society of Cognitive Science, and has co-organized the 24th meeting of the HSN (2010) and an international Symposium on «New Imaging Technologies in Health and Disease» (2011).

George FazakisGeorge Fazakis, MD, MSc, Orthopedic Surgeon, Vice President of Samag, Peterborough (UK)
Giorgos Fazakis is an MD orthopedic surgeon having finished the Kapodistrian medical school of Athens university and specialized at Asklepeeion Voulas Z orthopedic clinic. He has finished a two year postgraduate study in acupuncture at Acumedic Chinese Foundation-CMIR in London and he is finishing an Msc in acupuncture at Guangzhou University in China. Currently he is working as an orthopedic surgeon at Peterborough city hospital Cambridgeshire and also as an acupuncturist and orthopedic surgeon at his own pain clinic at Chania Crete Greece. His acupuncture work includes Traditional Chinese medicine (syndrome differentiation) and pain management of complex cases with various methods such as electroacupuncture, neural therapy, auriculotherapy, ozone therapy, laser mesotherapy, and health and toxicity screening by Biomeridian vantage system. He feels privileged to be able to help others on the root to a balanced and symptoms free way of life. He has presented a lot of studies at ICMART and world acupuncture congresses. He is SAMAG’s (scientific association of medical acupuncture in Greece) vice president and tutor for doctors and veterinarians.


Dimitris A. Verganelakis Msc, PhD, PGCHE, Medical Phycisist, Athens (Greece)
Dr Verganelakis is a medical physicist specialized in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). The technique of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a unique non-invasive tool that allows scientists to observe-image in-vivo and in real time the human brain functioning! A variety of human functions, such as vision, speech, motion, memory, feelings etc have been studied and mapped. fMRI has been proven to de a useful tool in neurosurgery and in the medical research area of various pathophysiological conditions. In the former, it determines the prominent hemisphere (neurosurgery of epilepsy) and the spatial correlation between tumour and functional centers providing like this a minimum of post-operative disfunctioning; In the latter, it is applied in Alzheimer, psychology, etc. fMRI is a safe and accurate technique, with reproducibility. It is based on the phenomenon of magnetic resonsnce and brain blood oxygenation. Here, it is used in order to study a group of subjects addicted to smoking, before and after acupuncture during no-smoking periods.

Georgios J. Bellos MDGeorgios J. Bellos MD, PhD, Athens (Greece)
Dr. G. Bellos was born in SACRED (officially) city of Missolonghi , student in high school there and Athens and graduated from National and Kapodistrian University in Athens-Medical School. Then trained 3 years in General Practice/Family Medicine in Athens, and 2 years in Social Medicine-Public Health Medicine Crete-Medical School at Heraklion from which I was awarded my PhD in medical education. My first appointment was in Crete as Medical Director and continued in Athens Koropi Health Centre. Member of Royal College of GP’s London after a scholarship, with special training in Mental Health Promotion and Prevention, Health care management special training, and Molecular-Functional Medicine. My last but not least interest, since I am on medical acupuncture training scheme in Athens, is on the connection of molecular-personalized medicine with TCM and the electromagnetic human bio-fields.

Emmanouil AnastassiouEmmanouil Anastassiou, MD, PhD, Athens (Greece)
31 years as an Anaesthesiologist – Current Director of the Anaesthesia & Pain Clinic Department at the “Thriassio” General Hospital of Elefsina, Greece (1996-2013). Involved in Pain Management for 20+ years. Started work in the area of Neuromodulation Advanced Pain Techniques (Intrathecal Drug Deliveries Systems, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Deep Brain Stimulation and Radiofrequency Applications) 15 years ago. 3 years as President of the Greek Society of Anaesthesiology (2001-2004). 8 years as President of the Hellenic Society of Algology (2003-2011). Current Counsilor of Greece towards the European Federation of IASP Chapters – EFIC (2008-2013). He attends in various global/regional congresses, seminars and Pain Management training sessions either as a guest speaker or the appointed trainer.



Marianna PapaioannouMarianna Papaioannou, MD, MSc, Athens (Greece)
Marianna Papaioannou obtained her medical degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She went on to complete her residency in anaesthesia at the General Hospital of Nikaia Piraeus “Agios Panteleimon” , granted a scholarship and received a Master of Science degree in Pain Management from the University of Ioannina. She then specialized in anaesthesia for surgical oncology at “Agios Savvas” Cancer Treatment Hospital. Today she is a consultant anaesthetist in “General Hospital Asklepieio Voulas”, a tertiary hospital providing acute, specialist and tertiary services to 1.5 million people. She specializes in regional anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery with a special focus on geriatrics. She has a particular interest in adult learning, education and teaching, use of supporting technologies, performance assessment and educational evaluation methodologies



Panagiotis ToulasPanagiotis Toulas, MD, Neuroradiologist, Athens (Greece)
Panagiotis Toulas graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1984, specialized for 14 months in General Surgery and then in General Radiology at the University Clinic of Surgery and Radiology of Ioannina (1986-1990). He worked as a Research Associate (Attache) and as a lecturer (Praticien Hospitalier) at the Department of Neuro-Radiology and Interventional Radiology of the CAEN University Hospital in France (1990-1993). He received my Medical Degree in “Magnetic Resonance Imaging” at the University Hospital Kremlin Bicetre of Paris (1992). Then, I attended the lectures of the College of Interventional Radiology, by J.J. Merland (1992-1993). Since October 1993, he works as the Scientific Administrator at the Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Institute “Encephalos-Euromedica”.


Vagelis ZafeiriouVagelis Zafeiriou, MD, Psychiatrist , Homeopathy, Athens (Greece)
Vagelis Zafeiriou is Psychiatrist and the President of the Hellenic Association of Homeopathic Medical Cooperation. His is also Member of Athens Medical Association’s Board. He earned his Specialty in Psychiatry at Aiginitio Hospital Participating in the program of short psychoanalytic and cognitive psychotherapy. He has being Practicing Homeopathy Medicine for 30 years in major Homeopathic Medical Centers. In the past he was responsible for educational programs in Hellenic Homeopathic Medical Society (1995-1997) and in the present he is responsible for the educational programs in Hellenic Association of Homeopathic Medical Cooperation (2005-2013). He is a Member of the Education Committee of the European Commission Homeopathy, ECH for 20 years (1993 to 2013), Founding Member of Hellenic Association of Homeopathic Medical Cooperation (2004) and Founding member of the Association of Scientists for Promotion of Homeopathy (2007). He is a Member of the Specialties and expertise of Athens Medical Association and the Committee for Continuing Medical Education