‘Ptychio Iatrikes’, Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki, Greece
General Practitioner/Primary Care Physician, Charing Cross Hospital, London
GP Medical Director, NHS East London and the City
Why did you choose to study the MSc International Health Management and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
When I qualified as a GP I realised the extent to which doctors were expected to lead a range of services and teams, to adapt to change and manage finance, yet with limited management training. The MSc Health Management helped me understand the business environment of health and become skilled in delivering services and ideas. Imperial College Business School had an excellent reputation and offered an MSc Health Management programme tailored to my needs.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School? / What do you miss most from your days at the Business School?
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the people I met on the programme, the syndicate group work and some of the debates during lectures. The experiences we went through together mean that I have made friends for life.
Our cohort was made up of a combination of both young and more mature professional students. Being a professional at the time, I really enjoyed the experience of being a student again and also being a part of a such a diverse and exciting group.
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
MSc Health Management opened a new world to me. I gained an insight into the provision of health care and the redesigns it has to go through. After completing the programme I embarked on a medical management career, including various advisory and educational roles, which has resulted in me recently becoming Medical Director for the NHS in East London and the City, a restructured cluster of 3 PCTs. I also launched ‘Forward Practice’, a training and consultancy company which has provided short courses on management skills for health care professionals.
How has the Business School helped you to become an entrepreneur?
It was a combination of being inspired by the various case studies, the range of topics covered in the programme (including entrepreneurship) and the calibre of the people teaching and participating in the course.
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
A group of us keep in touch usually via email and we meet up a few times a year. We also enjoy attending the Business School’s alumni events from time to time.
Which book would you recommend alumni read and why?
I would recommend the book ‘Rowing it alone’ by Debra Veal for people who have set difficult goals ahead and need to maintain enthusiasm, determination and focus on achieving that goal. The author’s powerful message of ‘choose your attitude’ has been a lever in many aspects of my life.