Summary of Academic and Medical Experience
I was born in 1935, in Vlahokerasia, Arcadias. My parents were Soterios and Melia Saltos nee Bobos. I completed my elementary school in Vlahokerasia and secondary education in Tegea High School. I emigrated to Australia, Sydney, in 1954.
What follows is neither curriculum vitae nor autobiography but rather a brief summary of my undergraduate and subsequent medical experience. Entry to the medical school at Sydney University required a document from Athens University, my Greek High School Certificate and a successful matriculation examination.
Life as student during the early years was pretty tough. My English at that period was not exactly up to University standards, almost four years had elapsed since I finished High school studies and additionally I had to fully support myself throughout the course. Things did however improve gradually and by the fourth year onwards I was able to enjoy the rest of the course
Following graduation with an MB.BS [Bachelor of Medicine-Bachelor of Surgery] diploma in 1964 I was appointed as resident medical officer at Royal Newcastle Hospital (RNH) in a city of 500000 people about 140 km north of Sydney. Promotions to medical registrar and fellow in medicine occurred in due course until in 1971 when I went to London for further postgraduate studies.
I stayed in London until the end of 1973 and during that period I did hospital work and attended several Postgraduate courses. Post graduate qualifications that were obtained during those years include:
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (F.R.A.C.P)
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London (F.R.C.P)
Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (F.C.C.P)
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland F.R.C.P .I
Upon return to Australia, I was appointed as staff specialist at RNH until we transferred to the new John Hunter Hospital (JHH) in 1991 where I am still employed currently part time. With the opening of the Medical School at Newcastle University in 1977, I was appointed as Clinical Lecturer promoted in due course to Senior Lecturer and subsequently Clinical Associate Professor although as I often tell my students there was a time when being a professor meant something.
In 2015, I was honored by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand with the 50th Anniversary Medal for my contribution to Respiratory Medicine Education and Clinical Training.
The following year (2016), the hospital and university organized a FESTSCHRIST to commermorate my contributions to regional Respiratory Medicine, both clinical and academic, and in 2017, I was honored by the University with the Teaching Excellence Award.
I went off the payroll in late 2017. However, I have maintained my association with the hospital as an Associate Clinical Professor. My work nowdays is all probono, and it includes attending numerous clinical meetings and doing a lot of undergraduate teaching.
In 2019, I was greately honored and humbled by my appointment as Member of the Order of Australia - AM - for significant service to Medicine and Medical Education [Note: The honors are conferred by order of the Governor General, an office equivalent to that of the Greek President].
By far, my main professional interest has been hospital-based clinical medicine and teaching, both undergraduate and postgraduate, with as little administration as possible. The respiratory department at JHH is very active in research both basic and clinical. We do however work very much as team and according to expertise and preference some members participate more in research whereas others in clinical practice and teaching.
My involvement in research has been limited although I have had participation and have contributed in the publication of book chapters and of several papers in reputable journals. The following list being somewhat incomplete:
- Oxiphenisatin jaundcice, aust nzj med, 1972 (4), pp. 386-388
- Eosinophilic meningitis, med j aust, 1975 (1), pp. 561-562
- Terminal exacerbation of chronic meliodosis, med j aust, 1976, pp. 2571-572
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, med j aust, 1982 (4), pp. 244-246
- Fat embolism syndrome, aust nzj surg, 1981, 51 (6), pp. 546-551
- Severe amniotic fluid embolism, anaesth intens care, 1982 (10), pp. 40-44
- Occult rupture spleen, postgrad med j, feb 1984 (60), pp. 171-173
- Acase of actinomyces meyeri pneumonia in a child, med j aust, 1986 (145), pp. 33-34
- Bronchoalveolar lavagesputum biopsy and radiology, Manual of Asthma Management, O’Byrne PM,, London WB Saunders,1995, pp. 140-165
- Asystemic evaluation of mechanisms in chronic cough, am j resp crt cera med, 1997 (156), pp. 211-216
- Use of quality control analysis of peak flow recordings Tcyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor in bronchoalveolar cells, j allergy clin immunol, 1998 (101), pp. 320-326
- Induced sputum eosinophil cationic protein measurement in asthma and COAD, clin expe allergy, 1998 (28), pp. 1081-1088
- The severity of airway inflammation is associated with bronchiectasis in allergic bronhopulmonary aspergillosis, eur respair j, 2000, pp.??
- Airway mast cells and eosinophils correlate with clinical severity in corticosteroid treated asthma, j allergy clin immunol, 2000 (105/4), pp. 752-759
- Eosinophils and neutrophils in patients with various lung diseases associated with eosinophilia, eur resp j, 2000 (16) pp. 1095-1101
- Nasal cytology and exhaled gases In Manual of Asthma Management, O’Byrne PM, Churchill Livingston 2000.
- Cells, j allergy clin immunol, 1998, 101, pp. 320-326
- Acute anti-inflammatory effects of inhaled budesonide in asthma, amj cri care med, in press
- Heterogeneity of airway inflammation in persistent asthma, in press
- Chronic cough resmblesasthmawith IL-5 andgranulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor gene expression in bronchoalveolar, in press
I am married to Irene Saltos, nee Zeppos, grand-daughter of the late Consntantine Zeppos and have three children, Helen, Nausica and Alessandra.
25 April 2014
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