Surgeon, Dr Christos Christou has been named as the new International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and will begin his tenure this month.
Born in Trikala, in central Greece, Dr Christou graduated from Aristotle University’s medical school in Thessaloniki, Greece and has a PhD in Surgery from the Kapodestrian University of Athens. He also holds a Masters in International Health - Health Crisis Management from the University of Athens and is a member of its faculty.
Dr Christou later specialised in general and emergency surgery in the Surgical and Transplant Unit of Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, before moving to London in 2013 where he worked as a Senior Clinical Fellow in colorectal surgery at King’s College Hospital. In 2018, he became consultant of colorectal and emergency surgery at North Middlesex University Hospital in the UK.
Dr Christou joined MSF in 2002 and since then has held a number of roles in the field including in South Sudan, Iraq and, most recently, Cameroon, as an emergency and trauma surgeon.
The arrival of Dr Christou marks the end of the six-year presidency of Dr Joanne Liu.