Vasileios G. Botzoris, MD Specialist Rheumatologist
I graduated in 2000 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a “very well” degree and after three months of training at the General Hospital of Katerini I worked as a doctor at the Regional infirmary of Methoni Pierias. This was followed by my military service in Air Force as a doctor sergeant in Skotina Pierias.
In July 2003 I started my specialization in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Edessa. The experience gained was important because the hospital was serving a large rural area with numerous and wide - range incidents including an incident of tetanus evolving severe respiratory failure, while another incident of leptospirosis with multi- organ failure was presented at a Pathology conference.
I continued my specialty in the special section of Rheumatology at the University Hospital of Ioannina during the years 2006 - 2010. In the Rheumatology Department - which foundations where laid by the Honorary Professor Moutsopoulos Haralampos - and under the guidance of Professor of Medicine / Rheumatology Mr. Alexander Drosos, I handled incidents that covered the entire range of Rheumatology. On a daily basis the outpatient clinic was open to patients not only from the West and Northern Greece, but almost from the entire country. Also the existence of an independent Rheumatology Clinic gave the possibility of hospitalization and investigation with all the modern means of serious and hard to diagnose incidents. Thus both the volume of patients, and the variety and rarity of morbid entities that I came in contact and taught from, gave me sufficient experience in both common and difficult cases. I had the opportunity to be trained in capillaroscopy – a method useful in diagnosis and prognosis in patients with Raynaud's phenomenon and systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). I was also trained in Musculoskeletal ultrasound, as I was full-time and intensive working with sonographic evaluation of patients with arthritis and chronic regional pain disorders, at the Rheumatology Department of the Universita Politecnica delle Marche ( Ancona , Italy ) under Professor Walter Grassi and personal supervision and guidance of lecturer Filipucci E. - both pioneers in the application of ultrasound in Rheumatology.
I even had the opportunity to participate in the drafting of important studies and projects, as in the treatment of ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis. The prospective study on "The use of Bosentan in the treatment of digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis" won the 1st prize at the 20th National Congress of Rheumatology in Athens in 2008 and was also presented at the conference of the American College of Rheumatology. Also I was involved in research dealt with the metabolism of calcium and osteoporosis in inflammatory arthritis.
Since 2010 I keep my private practice and so I try both through my professional activities as through events in collaboration with local institutions - informative speeches and lectures at the Cultural Center of Katerini, the Cultural Association of Methoni and the Nursing Home " The Good Samaritan " - to fetch the world into contact with the object of Rheumatology, so that refractory and chronic contitions are promptly treated.
Furthermore, from 2012 I also keep private practice in Edessa - co-located with the family physician and homeopath, Dr. . Stefanidou Kiriaki.
Both clinics are equipped with a latest technology musculoskeletal ultrasound (Venue 40 of General Electric), thus giving the opportunity for a fuller examination and imaging accuracy and without radiation to the patient, of all the joints, tendons and other periarticular tissues. For example a minimal pathological effusion may be diagnosed and punctured, therapeutically guided, without the systemic burden of the patient with oral medications. Therapeutic drug injections – punctures are performed both in inflammatory diseases (arthritis, tenosynovitis within rheumatic diseases), and in degenerative diseases such as knee and hip osteoarthritis or elbow epicondylitis and shoulders' tendinopathy . The injected substances include :
Sodium Hyaluronate and
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) suitably centrifuged blood obtained from the patient himself and injected at the defect, which contains growth factors that induce healing. There is also the possibility of treatment without surgical intervention of carpal tunnel syndrome, thanks to accurate ultrasound guided injection, a simple and short procedure for the patient.
Moreover, capillaroscopy is performed , ie imaging examination of thin, capillaries in the nail bed. This provides important information in autoimmune diseases with vasculopathy, especially in Raynaud's phenomenon and systemic sclerosis ( scleroderma ).
Finally, recently, ( January 2014 ) an Osteoporosis Clinic started to work under my supervision in Saint Luke's Hospital, in Panorama Thessaloniki. There with modern equipment, a complete investigation of bone metabolism is perfomed, and osteoporosis, a frequent but also " silent " as aptly characterized, disease is treated. Actually, it gives little or no symptoms until a fracture, which is the outcome that we want to prevent .
I am an active member of the Greek Society of Rheumatology, the Greek Foundation for Osteoporosis and the Scientific Society of Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs.