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Dr Elias Kondilis, MD, PhD


Senior lecturer in health systems

Centre: Primary Care and Public Health



Elias Kondilis graduated from the Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and worked as a clinician for eight years in Greece, completing his training in general psychiatry.

He has a PhD on health policy and economics from Aristotle University and has been involved in research on healthcare privatisation policies, quality evaluation, and regulation of private for-profit healthcare providers. His research now focuses on the impact of economic crisis on population health and healthcare reform in Europe. His research also interests include EU policies, international trade and their impact on the commercialisation of healthcare services

Previously he held research and teaching positions at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and the Open University of Cyprus.

He is a member of the Board of the International Association of Health Policy in Europe (IAHPE) and member of the People’s Health Movement (PHM) in Europe.



Co-ordinator of iBSc programme on Global Public Health

Co-ordinator of iMSc programme on Global Public Health and Policy

Module lead “Health Systems, Policy and Practice”

Module Lead “Health Systems, Theory, Policy and Political Economy”

Module co-lead “Primary Care and Global Public Health”




Research Interests:

International Trade Agreements and healthcare services

Health governance of the refugee crisis in Europe

Europeanization of health systems

Economic crisis, health and healthcare reform

Healthcare privatization policies

Private for-profit healthcare providers




Filippon J, Kondilis E, McCoy D. Why we need a global health workforce equipped with critical perspectives. Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Newsletter, 2017;3(1):12

Kondilis E, Bodini C, De Vos P, Benos A. Politiques fiscales en Europe à l’ère de la crise économique. Santé Conjuguée 2015;69:34-43

Kondilis E, Bodini C, De Vos P, Benos A, Stefanini A. Fiscal policies in Europe in the wake of the economic crisis. Implications for health and healthcare access. Background paper for The Lancet – University of Oslo commission on Global Governance for Health. Published online: 23 December 2013.

Pollock A, Price D, Kondilis E, Freitag A, Harding-Edgar H. Planning for closure: the role of special administrators in reducing NHS hospital services in England. BMJ 2013;347:f7322

Kondilis E, Giannakopoulos S, Gavana M, Ierodiakonou I, Waitzkin H, Benos A. Economic crisis, restrictive policies and the population’s health and healthcare: the Greek case. Am J Public Health 2013;103(6):973-9

Kondilis E, Smyrnakis E, Gavana M, Giannakopoulos S, Zdoukos T, Iliffe S, Benos A. Economic crisis and primary care reform in Greece: driving the wrong way? Br J Gen Pract, 2012;62(598):264-265  

Kondilis E, Gavana M, Giannakopoulos S, Smyrnakis E, Dombros N, Benos A. Payments and quality of care in private for-profit and public hospitals in Greece, BMC Health Serv Res, 2011;11:234   

Kondilis E, Smyrnakis E, Giannakopoulos E, Zdoukos T, Benos A. Privatizing the Greek health care system: a story of corporate profits and rising health inequalities. In: Lister J. ed. Europe’s Health for Sale. The heavy cost of privatization. UK: Libri Publishing Ltd. 2011: 29-43

Kondilis E, Antonopoulou L, Benos A. Public-private hospital partnerships: ideological preference or evidence based choice in health policy? Archives of Hellenic Medicine, 2008;25(4):496-508

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Dr Elias Kondilis is interested in supervising PhDs and post-doctoral projects in health policy, health systems, and the political economy of health.

Current PhD students:

  • Arianna Rotulo. “Fiscal decentralization in healthcare and regional health inequalities in Europe” (QMUL, principal supervisor)
  • Sotiris Sotiriou. “Economic crisis, fiscal governance and health policies in European Union” (AUTh, joint supervision with Prof Alexis Benos and Prof Stavros Mavroudeas)




Public Engagement

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