Pavlos N. Theodorakis, MD, MSc, DipLSHTM, PhD, joined the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, in Almaty, in July 2016. He is currently the WHO Regional Focal Point for the Alma-Ata 40 Anniversary Conference and the update of the Political Declaration as well as a member of the Alma-Ata 40 Coordination Team.
He served as the CEO & Chairman of the Attica Mental Health Hospitals Trust, in Greece (2013-2015) and Psychiatric Hospital of Chania (2004-2006) and closed it down after deinstitutionalizing all its patients. He was the Focal Point for the Health Reform Support Program for Greece in collaboration with WHO EURO (2014-2015) and was appointed as a Senior Advisor at the Division of Health Systems and Public Health at WHO EURO for Primary Health Care. He chaired the National Primary Health Care Committee of the Ministry of Health in Greece, with the collaboration of the Task Force of the European Commission (2012-2015).
In 2012 he was appointed as Senior Advisor at the Greek Ministry of Health. He was the Senior Health Policy Advisor of the Mayor of Athens (2007-2010). He was the National Coordinator for Greece of the Health Sector Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe (2005-2008), as well as to WHO for Mental Health (2005-2009 and 2012-2015). Between 1998-1999 he worked as an international delegate in primary care projects (Pogradec, Albania, and Abkhazia) with the Red Cross.
He was awarded his PhD at the Medical School of the University of Ioannina, Greece in 2003, on the evaluation of the quality of primary healthcare services on the Greek-Albanian border. He holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the London School of Economics & Political Sciences, where he also worked as a research associate.
He also studied evidence based medicine at the University of Oxford (2003), and was as a clinical and research fellow at the Medical School of the University of Linkoping in Sweden (2000). He graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1996 from the Medical School of the University of Ioannina, Greece, where he was also specialized in General Practice/ Family Medicine.
He has lectured at several universities in Greece and abroad and has published more than 25 papers in peer reviewed international scientific journals. Ethnic Greek, he speaks English, Greek and French.