PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Universal Peace Federation.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. George Contis, speaks at a forum entitled “Understanding the Global Threat of Ebola” held by The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Office of Peace and Security Affairs (OPSA) Nov. 19, 2014.
Born in Pennsylvania in July 1933, George Contis is a children’s cardiologist and non-profit organization founder who works on behalf of women and children around the world.
He is the second of three children of the Pittsburgh restauranteur/folk artist Peter Contis (Panatiotis Kontogiannis), who immigrated from Vlahokerasia, and Helen Contis (nee Eleni Stamatopoulos), from the nearby village Kollines.
George Contis founded company Medical Service Corporation International in 1973; the company operates in 60 countries around the world. The company’s many projects include a major study screening 116,000 Ukranian boys and girls exposed to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, establishing pediatric clinics in the Republic of Georgia and combatting parasitic schistosomiasis in Egypt.
He is also a founder of the 14-year-old non-profit SeraphimGLOBAL (http://seraphimglobal.org), which has done work in places including El Savador and Syria. Seraphim’s objectives include providing maternal health care medical and social services for mothers and children; the organization has a branch focusing on combatting human trafficking.
George Contis received his medical degree from the George Washington University and his Masters from the Harvard School of Medicine. He is based in Arlington, Virginia and currently working on a book about Russian icons.
Sample of his work:
George P. Contis Work.pdf (Founder of NGO providing health, education and social support to vulnerable populations around the world)
Contis_Foley Chernobyl Study.
For Chernobyl study go to: http://jocmr.org/index.php/JOCMR/article/view/2018/1062