Neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuropsychology
Scripps Research Joint Appointments Faculty, Graduate Program. Research Focus: Neurodegenerative diseases
Sokratis G. Papageorgiou, MD, PhD, is a Neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuropsychology at the 1st Department of Neurology, University of Athens Medical School. He was born in Patras, Greece in 1963. In 1987, he graduated from Medical School of the University of Athens. From 1988 to 1992, he completed his residency training program in neurology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, in Paris, as a scholar of the ‘Collège de Médicine des Hôpitaux de Paris”. In 1993 he obtained a MSc degree in Neuropsychology from the University of Claude-Bernard at Lyon.
From 1992 to 1994 he worked as a fellow in clinical research at the Research Hospital “Frédéric Joliot” of the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique of France, at Orsay, doing imaging studies with PET in patients with epilepsy and dementia. In January 1995, he presented his PhD thesis at the University of Athens, on the memory deficits of epileptic patients with hippocampal sclerosis.He worked from 1996 to 2003 in the Neurology Department of Athens General Hospital, where while working in general neurology, he set up a Memory Outpatient Clinic.
From 2003 to 2011 he was Lecturer and then Assistant Professor of Neurology at the 1st University Department of Neurology, University of Athens, at Eginition Hospital, where he set up a Cognitive Neurology-Movement Disorders in-patient and out-patient Unit. From January 2012 as an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuropsychology, he worked at the 2nd University Department of Neurology, University of Athens, at the University General Hospital “Attikon” as head of the Cognitive Disorders/Dementia in-patient and out-patient Unit. From March 2020 he is back to the 1st University Department of Neurology, at Eginition Hospital, in charge of the Memory, Cognitive Disorders and Rare Dementias Clinic, and Consultant Neurologist at the “Areteion” and “Alexandra” University Hospitals.
He is a co-founder and co-director of the three years post-graduate training program in “Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neurosciences”, organized jointly by the Medical School, University of Athens and the Mc Gill University. His research interests and publications include the cognitive and behavioral aspects of the various dementing diseases as well as the characterization of atypical, early-onset and rapidly progressive cases. He has also conducted research (funded by the European Commission) on the effectiveness of combined cognitive and physical training for the improvement of cognitive abilities in normal and cognitively impaired elderly people. Since 2013, with the collaboration of the National Technical University of Athens, he had conducted a large study on the relation of cognitive functions with driving parameters in patients with cognitive disorders due to neurodegenerative and vascular diseases. This research program was funded by the European Commission and the Greek government. He was a member of the Working Group on “Harmonization and innovation of cognitive, behavioural and functional assessment in neurodegenerative dementias” a part of the Joint Program on Neurodegenerative Disease Research of the EU. During the last years he has a special interest in the Medical and Law issues of Testamentary Capacity assessment in patients with Dementia.
Since 2007 he has been an active member of the Dementia/Higher Cortical Functions subcommittee of the European Neurological Society, the EFNS and the European Academy of Neurology and has given several conferences during their Annual Congressess, in teaching courses/workshops on the subjects of: Frontotemporal dementia, Treatable dementias, Rapidly Progressive Dementias and Cognitive Impairment and Driving behavior. He was Chairman of the Cognitive Disorders/Dementia group of the Hellenic Neurological Society (2011-2015) and since 2015 he serves as its national representative to the European Academy of Neurology. Since June 2014 he has been elected and re-elected Vice President of the Athens Medical Society. He is a member (corresponding) of the American Academy of Neurology since 1994.In 2012 he has been elected Fellow (corresponding) of the American Neurological Association. He is a Fellow Member of the European Academy of Neurology. He has served as a reviewer in many neurological journals and serves as an editor in 2. H-index= 29, Citations= 3935