School of Medicine
University of Patras

University of Patras

The University of Patras was established in November 11th, 1964 as a self-administered academic institution under the supervision of the Greek Government. The opening ceremony took place in   November 30th, 1966. It is located in the city of Patras and the emblem of the university is St. Andrew

University Administration

The University Administration bodies according to law 4009/2011 (Structure, Function, Ensuring the quality of studies and Internalization of Higher Education) as this is modified by the laws 4025/2011, 4076/2012 and 4115/2013, as well as the current regulatory practice of the Senate (ΣΥΝ 476/8-3-2012, ΦΕΚ 1141/10-4-2012 Issue B’) is a) the Rector assisted by three Deputy Rectors, and b) the Senate

Rectorate Authorities

The Rectorate Authorities of the University of Patras for the period 2010-2014 are: 


  • Venetsana Kyriazopoulou, Professor of Faculty of Medicine

Deputy Rector of Academic & International Affairs

  • Nikolaos Karamanos, Professor Department of Chemistry

Deputy Rector of Research and Development

  • Demosthenes PolyzosProfessor Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics

Deputy Rector of Students Care and Infrastructures,Energy and Sustainability

  • George Angelopoulos, Professor Department of Chemical Engineering

According to the current statutory framework the Senate consists of:

  • The Rector,
  • The Deans of the Schools,
  • The Chairperson of the Departments maximum two of each School with a two-year Term non-renewable, with switching of the Schools and for as long as there are Departments left. The representation of the Chairperson is determined by the Rector,
  • An undergraduate students’ representative,
  • A postgraduate students’ representative,
  • A PhD students’ representative, 
    Who are all elected for an annual term with no possibility of re-election,
  • One representative of each category of personnel with no possibility of re-election, 
    Who are elected within a single ballot by universal suffrage of the members of each category and participate voting, when the discussed issues concern their category of personnel.

The exact composition and the number of the members of the Senate with the right of vote, as well as the conditions and issues concerning the above, are foreseen in the Organization and the Operating Rules of the University.

The Deputy Rectors and the secretary of the Institution may attend the meetings of the Senate with no voting right.


 The University consists of Schools that cover departments and units of related scientific fields. Each School supervises and coordinates the operation of the Departments. The Departments are divided into divisions. The authorities of the School are the Dean, the Deanery and the General Assembly. The authorities of a Department are the Chairman and the General Assembly of the Department. If there are already established divisions, the directors and the general assembly of the division are also included in the authorities of the department.

The Schools of the University of Patras, by order of founding are: the School of Natural Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Business Administration.  

The School of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine was established at the 22th of July in 1977 and was renamed to School of Health Sciences in 1983. The School consists of the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Pharmacy.

The Authorities of the School are the General Assembly, the Deanery and the Dean.

  • General Assembly of the School consists of the members of the General Assemblies of the Departments of the School.
  • The Deanery consists of the Dean, the Chairperson of the Departments and a student’s representative from each Department.
  • The Dean: (i) Convenes the General Assembly of the School and the Deanery, compiles the agenda and presides over the tasks of the Assembly (ii) coordinates the mutual courses of the Departments, (iii) presides over the services of the Deanery, (iv) insures that the decisions of the Assembly are put through, (v) convenes committees for the study and processing of various issues.

Dean of School of Health Sciences for 2014-2018

  • Kardamakis Dimitrios, Professor of Department of Radiology

The Faculty of Medicine (School Of Medicine)

The Authorities of the Faculty are the director of the faculty, the General Assembly, the management council and the chairman.

General Assembly 

The General Assembly of the Faculty consists of the Teaching staff, undergraduate students representatives equal to 50% of the teaching staff and postgraduate student’s representatives equal to 15% of the teaching staff that are members of the general assemblies.

Representatives of Special Laboratory Technical and Teaching Staff as well as assistant staff and scientific associates or commissary may also participate in the General Assembly, as long as members of the corresponding staff category hold essential positions at the faculty. Each of these staff categories may participate in the meetings with a number of representatives equal to 5% of the teaching staff that are members of the General Assembly. In any case, at least one representative of each category participates in the assembly.

If the teaching staff has up to 30 members, they may all participate in the General Assembly. If less than 5 members of the teaching staff participate in a Department’s General Assembly, the General Assembly of the School or the senate fills in with members of the teaching staff from the most relative Departments. 
If the teaching staff has more than 40 members, only 30 representatives participate in the assembly. These representatives are distributed at the sectors according to the total number of teaching staff of each sector. The representatives of the teaching staff are elected for an annual term in proportion to the total number of the members of each rank in a secret ballot. All the members of the teaching staff participate in the election.

The Department’s Chairman and the Directors of the divisions also participate in the General Assembly regardless of whether they have been elected as representatives of the teaching staff or not. Thus, the total number of teaching staff participating in the meetings may exceed 30.

The participation of these extra members in the assembly does not affect the distribution of the representatives among the teaching ranks and the divisions.

If the members of the teaching staff are between 30 and 40, the General Assembly will agree on the number of the members that will participate. Until this decision is made, all the members of the teaching staff take part in the meetings. 

Chairman of the Department 

The Department’s chairman is elected by a special group of electors composed of all the members of the teaching staff of the corresponding Department.

The General Assembly has all the responsibilities of the Department provided by law, except those conferred on other authorities.

Four regular meetings are called per year. Special meetings may also be convened by the chairman of the Department for issues of election or promotion and matters that arise. Finally, special meetings for specific reasons can be requested by at least 1/3 of the members of the General Assembly.

Chairman of Faculty of Medicine for 2015-2017

  • Dimitrios Goumenos, Professor of Internal Medicine-Nephrology