Constantin R. Soldatos (Greece)

  • Medical Degree: Athens University Medical School, Athens, 1964
  • Specialty Boards in Neurology and Psychiatry, 1967
  • Doctorate Thesis in Medicine University of Athens, 1969
  • Dozent Thesis University of Athens, 1989

Biographical Sketch

Professor C.R.Soldatos graduated from the Athens University Medical School, where he had subsequently his specialty training in Neurology and Psychiatry. He also trained for one year in Clinical EEG at the University of Manitoba Medical School, Winnipeg, Canada.

For the last 50 years, he has served as faculty member in the Departments of Psychiatry of the University of Athens, Pennsylvania State University and New York Medical College. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva and the University of Nicosia (St. George’s University of London Medical Programme). During his academic carrier, he became Associate Director of the Sleep Research and Treatment Center at Pennsylvania State University, Director of the Sleep Research Unit and Sleep Disorders Center at Athens University, Chairman of the 2nd Department of Psychiatry (Attikon Hospital) as well as the 1st Department of Psychiatry (Eginition Hospital) at the University of Athens. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mental Health Care Unit at the Evgenidion Hospital of the University of Athens.

In the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP), Prof. Soldatos has served successively as Vice- President (2009-2013), President (2013-2015) and Past President (2015-2017). Subsequently, he was pronounced WFSBP Honorary President.

Over the years he has been Chairman of the Committee for Mental Health of the Central Health Council of Greece and Member of many other Committees of national and international Organizations. He was President of the International Neuropsychiatric Association (2006-2008) and of seven other scientific societies based either in Greece or abroad. Until now, he is President of the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences as well as of the Hellenic Association of Biological Psychiatry, both of which he has founded.

In addition, he served as Co Chair of the Operational Committee on Scientific Sections of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and he has been member of five more major committees of WPA and another seven of the WFSBP, two of which he presently chairs. He has been actively involved in the organization of more than 350 national or international congresses, having being President in 20 of them.

Also, he has been the Guest Editor of 3 International Psychiatric Journals and he has published 40 scientific books (10 in English) and about 500 journal articles or book chapters. His ISI journal articles have received 10863 citations, while his h-index is 55, as per Google Scholar in September 2017. Most of his research work pertains to Sleep Pathology and Pharmacology, particularly to the study of insomnia and its relationship to psychopathology.

In recognition of his scientific contributions, Prof. Soldatos has received a number of distinctions from various scientific institutions; most notably, he is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Patras University, Honorary President of the Hellenic Sleep Research Society, which he founded in 1997, Honorary Fellow of the World Psychiatric Association and Honorary Member of the Polish Psychiatric Association, the Mexican Neuropsychiatric Association, the Argentinean Neuropsychiatric Association and the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology. He is, also, the recipient of certain career awards, such as the the Lifetime Career Achievement Aristotle Gold Medal, the Owl of Wisdom Prize and the Athens Hypnology Award. Finally, as of July 2014, he was elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.