Department of Neurology

The Department of Neurology at the University of Crete, School of Medicine provides specialized care for a wide range of neurological disorders in both hospital and outpatient settings. At the University hospital, a 20-bed inpatient neurology service and a 4-bed acute stroke unit provide state of the art care to hospitalized patients, whereas outpatient clinics oriented by subspecialty provide expert neurology care. Special units include the Neurogenetic and Basic Science Laboratory, the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and the Neuromuscular Laboratory.

The Department is staffed by the faculty members and clinical physicians that are listed below. Academic neurologists are involved in clinical care, research and education. They direct research laboratories or clinical research programs with the purpose of advance our understanding of neurological disorders and their treatment. This includes both translational and basic science research. In addition, they participate actively in the Neuroscience Post-graduate Program of the Medical School of the University of Crete.

Andreas Plaitakis, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chairman
George Amoiridis MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology
Cleanthe Spanaki MD, PhD, Lecturer in Neurology

Tsagournissakis Minas, MD
Mavridis Michalis MD, PhD
Spilioti Martha, M.D., Ph.D.
Mastorodemos Vasileios MD, PhD
Zaganas Ioannis MD, PhD

Zafeiris Spiros, M.D.

Andreas Plaitakis, M.D., Ph.D.
Cleanthe Spanaki, M.D., Ph.D.
Mastorodemos, M.D., Ph.D.
Zaganas, Ioannis, M.D., Ph.D.
Latsoudis Helen, MSc, PhD
Kanavouras Konstantinos, M.D.
Κotzamani Dimitra, M.D.

Patient care through the Department of Neurology provides quality care for the treatment of patients with:
  • Parkinson's and movement disorders
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Epilepsy

The Movement Disorders Program provides state-of-the art care to Parkinson’s disease patients, particularly to those with advanced disease or those with dystonia. The Multiple Sclerosis Program provides comprehensive care regarding all aspects of diagnosis, disease management and rehabilitation, while giving the patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. The MS program also conducts epidemiologic studies and investigates the relationship between clinical features and course of MS with imaging findings. Dementia Program aims at the diagnostic investigation and treatment of patients with cognitive dysfunction such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. tients. The Stroke services specialize in the early diagnosis and treatment of stroke, including evaluation of methods for the treatment of cardioembolic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage. The epilepsy program provides expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and related disorders.

Regarding its educational activities, the Department has an active Neurology Residency Program and also trains medical students in Clinical Neurology. The residency is designed to prepare physicians for the independent and competent practice of neurology by providing training based on supervised clinical work with increasing responsibility for outpatients and inpatients. Their training aims at bridging basic neurosciences with clinical neurology with the residents being encouraged to develop the skills necessary to pursue an academic career in neuroscience and clinical neurology.