Tzanakis Nikos, Associate Professor in Pneumonology


Nikos Tzanakis

Associate Professor in Pneumonology

Medical School University of Crete


Nikos Tzanakis Professor Nikos Tzanakis is Associate Professor in Pneumonolgy. He qualified (1982) at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens University and as specialist in Pneumonology at Sophia Schliemann – Sotiria Pneumonology Hospital in Athens (1983-1988). He moved in Heraklion, Crete as Registrar in Pneumonology at Venizelion General Hospital (1988-Aug 1999). He undertook research at Medical School, University of Crete and was awarded a PhD in 1993.  He spent a sabbatical year (1996-1997) at the Pulmonology and Epidemiology Departments, in University of Groningen, The Netherlands doing research and returned to a consultant post in University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete (1997-2000). He was elected as Assistant Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at Medical School, University of Crete in 2000 and became Associate Professor since 2011. Since 2000 he was appointed as consultant in respiratory medicine at Dept of Thoracic Medicine, University Hospital of Heraklion. He now works at the department of Pneumonology, in University Hospital and in Dept of Internal Medicine in Medical School with 10 research workers and 30 Postdoc students. Professor Tzanakis has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters in 13 books or series on respiratory diseases. His paper’s total impact factor is more than 570 and his research work has been cited more than three thousand times (3501). His h-index is 32. He is member of the international societies ATS and ERS, and serves 10 journals as reviewer. His research is particularly concerned with epidemiology, pathophysiology and management of chronic obstructive lung diseases. He was the chairman of COPD working group of Hellenic Respiratory Society with more than 100 members for 6 years (2006-2011) and from 2014 – today as well as national leader of ERS COPD-audit project.

Relevant to postdoc publications

  1. Tsiligianni IG, Vardavas CI, Bouloukaki I, Kosmas E, Verigou E, Kiriakaki M, Siafakas N, Tzanakis N. The association between alcohol and tobacco use among elementary and high school students in crete, greece. Tob Induc Dis 2012;10:15.
  2. Tselebis A, Bratis D, Kosmas E, Harikiopoulou M, Theodorakopoulou E, Dumitru S, Moussas G, Karkanias A, Ilias I, Siafakas N, Vgontzas A, Tzanakis N. Psychological symptom patterns and vital exhaustion in outpatients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ann Gen Psychiatry 2012;10:32.
  3. Bouloukaki I, Tsiligianni IG, Tsoumakidou M, Mitrouska I, Prokopakis EP, Mavroudi I, Siafakas NM, Tzanakis N. Sputum and nasal lavage lung-specific biomarkers before and after smoking cessation. BMC Pulm Med 2011;11:35.
  4. Tselebis A, Kosmas E, Bratis D, Moussas G, Karkanias A, Ilias I, Siafakas N, Vgontzas A, Tzanakis N. Prevalence of alexithymia and its association with anxiety and depression in a sample of greek chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) outpatients. Ann Gen Psychiatry 2010;9:16.
  5. Vardavas CI, Bouloukaki I, Linardakis MK, Tzilepi P, Tzanakis N, Kafatos AG. Smoke-free hospitals in greece: Personnel perceptions, compliance and smoking habit. Tob Induc Dis 2009;5:8.
  6. Vardavas CI, Mpouloukaki I, Linardakis M, Ntzilepi P, Tzanakis N, Kafatos A. Second hand smoke exposure and excess heart disease and lung cancer mortality among hospital staff in crete, greece: A case study. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2008;5:125-129.
  7. Damianaki A, Kaklamani S, Tsirakis S, Clarke R, Tzanakis N, Makris D. Risk factors for smoking among school adolescents in greece. Child Care Health Dev 2008;34:310-315.