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09/12/2021 - IASO Thessalias: Twinning between IASO Thessalias and OSPEDALI PRIVATI FORLI hospital of Italy

It is with great honor that IASO Thessalias announces the official launch of a scientific affiliation between the 1st Surgery Clinic and the Proctology Unit Degli Ospedali Privati Forli of Italy. The aim of the twinning is to provide joint training to surgeons on innovative colorectal surgeries, ensure proper implementation of diagnostic algorithms, exchange ideas, and receive a second opinion from prominent and distinguished physicians.

The IASO Thessalias 1st Surgery Clinic is headed by surgeon Evangelos Kanavos, assisted by qualified and experienced associates, and covers the entire range of general surgery procedures. It specializes in minimally invasive surgery of the abdominal wall/diaphragm, colon, rectum and small bowel, stomach, anus and perianal area, pelvic organs and biliary conditions, using the latest technology (EPSiT, Rafaelo, LIFT, VAΑFT) 

The long experience of the doctors in the latest endoscopic techniques and their familiarity with revolutionary technology enabled the IASO Thessalias 1st Surgery Clinic to forge such a significant affiliation beyond the Greek borders and, specifically, with the most dedicated Proctology Center in Europe. The Proctology Department at Forli, headed by Dr. Francesco Cantarella and Dr. Enrico Magni, is breaking new ground in the treatment of anal and perianal conditions, with innovative laser techniques and surgeries for special medical cases, which are taught and presented worldwide.

By signing the Twinning Memorandum, both parties agreed to actively contribute to the joint training of their doctors in the fields of expertise associated with their affiliation by:

  • Conducting training seminars and exchanging visits of trainers and trainees for hands-on training.
  • Presenting special educational topics (e-learning) via distance learning and discussing cases by organizing telemedicine conferences.


At the end of the meeting, Mr. Evangelos Kanavos stated, “It is our great pleasure to have managed to bring to Greece, to IASO Thessalias, such amazing scientists, with extensive expertise in anal surgery. We are especially honored to have been singled out, so they may share with us their know-how and experience, which has been gained by managing the most difficult cases in Europe. The 1st Surgery Clinic as well as IASO Thessalias in general are ready to work with the best, to gain new knowledge, to give ideas, and to exchange experiences and practices, to the benefit our patients here in Central Greece.”


In his statement, the CEO of IASO Thessalias, Mr. Theodoros Talaris, noted,

"We are extremely pleased to welcome to the IASO Thessalias family important and pioneering scientists from abroad. The affiliation between our 1st Surgery Clinic and the Proctology Unit Degli Ospedali Privati Forli of Italy confirms the common scientific vision for medical care without borders. The diffusion of information and best practices, the use of latest technology, specialization, but most of all the ongoing training of the medical staff are endless pursuits for IASO Thessalias. Our mentality is based on scientific and technological progress. I gladly welcome the brilliant scientists, who will assist us and we will assist them, aiming to always provide healthcare services of the highest quality to the citizens.”

Dr. Enrico Magni, head of the Proctology Unit Degli Ospedali Privati Forli, after thanking us for the hospitality, stated, "I am very happy today, as we celebrate the beginning of a beautiful affiliation; together, we will build the foundations for the new era in surgery."



Αδελφοποίηση του ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας με τα νοσοκομεία OSPEDALI PRIVATI FORLI της Ιταλίας


Αδελφοποίηση του ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας με τα νοσοκομεία OSPEDALI PRIVATI FORLI της Ιταλίας


Αδελφοποίηση του ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας με τα νοσοκομεία OSPEDALI PRIVATI FORLI της Ιταλίας


Αδελφοποίηση του ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας με τα νοσοκομεία OSPEDALI PRIVATI FORLI της Ιταλίας

13/07/2021 - IASO Thessalias invests in cutting-edge technology and offers top-level services, covering all aspects of modern otolaryngology, for all ages

Aspiring to continuously upgrade and fine tune the services it offers, IASO Thessalias is investing in the new easyScreen BERAphone® device for otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response to evoked potentials.

The IASO Thessalias 1st ENT Clinic is headed by ENT Professor Emeritus Ioannis Bizakis, assisted by ENT specialists C. Korais, K. GiangasD. Batagkionis and D. Kostarelos, and focuses especially on investigating hearing loss in neonates and children, and delayed speech. The Clinic carries out all the necessary exams, as specified in the universal neonatal hearing screening (UNHS) programs. Acquiring a new, baby-friendly device further enhances the investigation of neonatal hearing. The easyScreen BERAphone® with its patented ABR and integrated electrodes, combines detection of evoked potentials and otoacoustic emissions in one device. The CE-Chirp® stimuli and response detection algorithm provide reliable results in just a few minutes.

Hearing loss is among the most prevalent congenital disorders in neonates. It is estimated that 1 in 2 out of 1000 neonates are born with severe bilateral hearing loss, while a higher rate of neonates exhibit less severe hearing loss, unilateral or bilateral. As a matter of fact, this rate increases by about 1 in 100 neonates when they are admitted and hospitalized in Intensive Care Units for more than 48 hours.

The first few weeks in the life of a neonate are extremely crucial in terms of early diagnosis of hearing impediments. According to studies, treatment interventions in the first six months of life are linked to the best possible prognosis, speech development and communication in general later on in life, a fact that automatically signals the smooth socialization and development of the child.

These render the need for universal application of newborn hearing screening tests indisputable. These screening tests are based on simple examination of otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and performance of automatic auditory brainstem response (AABR). Both tests are painless and safe, and are performed on neonates when they are asleep. When the tests are performed in the first few days after delivery, they can be concluded in just a few seconds.

14/06/2021 - IASO Group Adopts the Ark of the World

Celebrating 25 year of IASO, and as part of its extensive By your Side Corporate Social Responsibility program, IASO Group is adopting the Ark of the World, the non-profit organization dedicated to caring for and protecting mothers and children. IASO Group embraces this large family of 400 children and their loved ones, taking a more essential role in the work of the Ark in healing childhood traumas. At the same time, the partnership has been expanding to Central Greece, with IASO Thessalias providing quality healthcare services to the Volos branch.

In a meeting held at the Children’s Guesthouse in Kolonos on Tuesday June 8, 2021 among Father Antonios, eldress Stamatia Georganti, IASO Group BoD Chairman Dr. Georgios Stamatiou and IASO Group CCO Christina Tampourea, they all had the opportunity to discuss the significant contribution of the Ark of the World throughout Greece, including addressing the healthcare needs of children.

As Father Antonios, founder of the Ark of the World noted, “The partnership with IASO is very significant. Imagine that we are talking about hundreds of children, let alone the additional 400 single-parent families, to whom we offer pharmaceutical treatment through volunteering and cooperation with people who support us in this effort, such as IASO, with which we have been having cooperating remarkably since 2015. IASO takes care of our children by covering a substantial cost, if one adds it to the child-rearing costs.

Lately, all molecular testing being performed on our personnel and children goes through IASO. It is a great help. There is also a corresponding IASO unit in Volos, where we can get assistance.

The Ark of the World is currently hosting almost 400 children throughout Greece. We have guesthouses in Attika, Kalamata, Epirus, Volos and Chios, while we also have the only guesthouse for children in the Northern Aegean, since we are hosting children from Limnos to Rhodes.

What we offer to children is primarily the healing of their mental traumas and then our hospitality, with everything this entails in terms of child-rearing. We also help these children via foster care, so they may find an exclusive parent, a father and a mother. In cases of older children, we raise them until they become adults, so that they continue their studies and come out of the Ark and our Agricultural schools to go on either as farmers or through universities, depending on their educational level.”

Dr. Georgios Stamatiou, Chairman of the IASO Group BoD stated, “As part of celebrating 25 years of IASO, we have decided to adopt the Ark of the World. Although we have a been cooperating since 2015, today, on our 25-year anniversary, we decided we should cover all healthcare services at IASO Group: check-ups and surgeries; we are basically covering the children. At the same time, with the COVID-19 tests performed within the past year, we met all the needs of the Ark of the World, both the children’s and personnel’s at the three shelters in Athens, where 200 COVID-19 tests have already been performed. As Father Antonios said, it has now expanded throughout Greece. Dimini, in Volos, is one of these areas. It has two units and our link there is IASO Thessalias, which covers the wider region of Thessaly and, therefore, the Ark’s needs will also be covered there.”

Ms Christina Tampourea, IASO Group CCO, mentioned, “With the awarded By your Side Corporate Social Responsibility program, we support over 25 non-profit organizations. We are standing by them for all their healthcare needs. We are standing by children, mothers, families. The Ark of the World is doing an amazing job; everyone deserves our sincere congratulations. We are extremely moved that our Chairman is expanding our partnership even further. All the actions of the Ark, which are spread throughout Greece, are striking and we will support them as much as we can.”


14/06/2021 - Ο Όμιλος ΙΑΣΩ υιοθετεί την Κιβωτό του Κόσμου


From left to right: eldress Stamatia Georganti; Christina Tampourea, IASO Group CCO; Dr. Georgios Stamatiou, IASO Group BoD Chairman; and Father Antonios

For further information: Nancy Christopoulou, General Commercial Division of the IASO Group, Tel.: +30 Tel: 210 6383917, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

07/07/2021 - Large number of volunteers at the IASO Thessalias Blood Drive

The Blood Drive organized onsite by IASO Thessalias on Wednesday 7 July 2021, in partnership with the Mobile Blood Unit of the General Hospital of Larissa, was hugely successful.

Strictly following all the personal protective measures against COVID-19, volunteer blood donors – staff and doctors – responded once again to the call for blood, participating in the effort to address the huge social problem of blood shortages, with a sense or awareness and respect for human life.

IASO Thessalias would like to sincerely thank all the volunteer blood donors for participating, surpassing previous events in numbers. As a result, the General Hospital of Larissa blood bank was reinforced with an additional 36 units of blood.

As part of its social policy, especially in these tough times due to the pandemic, IASO Thessalias will continue devoting its efforts for the common good and for helping those in need.


07/07/2021 - Μεγάλη προσέλευση στην Εθελοντική Αιμοδοσία του ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας


07/07/2021 - Μεγάλη προσέλευση στην Εθελοντική Αιμοδοσία του ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας


07/07/2021 - Μεγάλη προσέλευση στην Εθελοντική Αιμοδοσία του ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας


31/05/2021 - IASO Thessalias: IASO Thessalias Adopts the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home

With a deep sense of pride and responsibility, IASO Thessalias proceeded with a symbolic Adoption Act, taking the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home under its wing, in the true spirit of giving.

For over ten years now, IASO Thessalias has been offering local citizens top-level healthcare services, eagerly aiming to safeguard their health and approach each patient’s problem from a scientific perspective. Since its establishment, IASO Thessalias has managed to grow further and become the most powerful healthcare provider in Central Greece. Given the trust the people of Thessaly have placed in it for its efforts since 2010, it is now time for IASO Thessalias to give back to the people supporting it.

Following the very fruitful meeting at the Retirement Home’s facilities between the CEO and General Manager of IASO Thessalias, Theodoros Talaris, and the Manager of the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home, Katerina Ziazia, where the key needs of the Retirement Home were presented, IASO Thessalias is ready to take action to safeguard the health of the elderly residents, offering: check-ups, diagnostic tests, onsite visits by hospital employees for blood draws, and organized visits by IASO Thessalias associate physicians for physical examinations of the elderly.

Moreover, new catering equipment has already been delivered to the Retirement Home’s kitchen, while care meals prepared by the certified team of IASO Thessalias kitchen staff will soon be available. Works have also already started for the gradual restoration of the Holy Chapel of Saint Catherine, located in the courtyard of the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home.

The work you are doing for the elderly is exceptional and you are fighting an uneven battle daily. Apart from acknowledgment from the community, the people you are hosting and caring for at the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home also deserve safe and quality living conditions. IASO Thessalias is seeking to assist you in this effort, hoping to forge a relationship of trust that will stand the test of time and which will not be limited to simple donations,” noted the CEO of IASO Thessalias, Mr. Talaris.

On her part, the Manager of the Larissa Municipal Retirement Home, Ms. Ziazia, stated:

“I would like to thank the management of IASO Thessalias for this act of love and their active support towards the Municipal Retirement Home. In the tough times we are experiencing, and having to address many difficult problems in terms of the facility’s operation, it is very important to know that there are people and companies standing by us to support our efforts. I am hoping that others will soon follow in the footsteps of IASO Thessalias.”



31/05/2021 - ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας: Το ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας «υιοθετεί» το Δημοτικό Γηροκομείο Λάρισας


31/05/2021 - ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας: Το ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας «υιοθετεί» το Δημοτικό Γηροκομείο Λάρισας



31/05/2021 - ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας: Το ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας «υιοθετεί» το Δημοτικό Γηροκομείο Λάρισας


31/05/2021 - ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας: Το ΙΑΣΩ Θεσσαλίας «υιοθετεί» το Δημοτικό Γηροκομείο Λάρισας


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