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HYGEIA IVF – Athens The largest investment in Assisted Reproduction Technology (A.R.T) in Greece, during the last decade, by the Hellenic Healthcare Group

03 February 2021

HYGEIA, a point of reference for top quality healthcare services in the country and MITERA, with 40 years of experience and having established the first IVF Unit in Greece in 1986 –which still operates to this day, both members of the largest healthcare group in Greece – Hellenic Healthcare Group, joined forces and established the largest and most modern Assisted Reproduction Unit in Greece.

The new Unit HYGEIA IVF Athens is the continuation and evolution of the current MITERA Assisted Reproduction Unit, which has been operating as a model facility for the last 35 years, with one of the best embryology labs in the country and very high success rates.

HYGEIA IVF Athens is expected to break new ground in the area of assisted reproduction, since it will be the largest investment in IVF in Greece of the decade.

Combining state-of-the-art equipment, modern design based on the latest trends, new welcoming facilities and the extensive expertise of its scientific staff, the new Unit is set to become a point of reference for infertility treatments nationwide and even beyond borders.

HYGEIA IVF Athens will soon expand to 5 regions in Greece, but also abroad, through a network of clinics currently underway.

Dr. Evangelos Makrakis, Gynecologist specializing in human reproduction, will serve as Scientific Director of the Unit, and Dr. Ioannis Sfontouris, Clinical Embryologist and

Assistant Professor in Clinical Embryology at the University of Nottingham, will serve as the Scientific Head of the Embryology Lab.

The Unit is scheduled to start operating in the spring of 2021.

Dr. Evangelos Makrakis is a Gynecologist specializing in human reproduction, with extensive clinical experience and research activity. In the past, he has worked as Scientific Head of a University Assisted Reproduction Unit (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), while his rich research work includes publications in international scientific journals (with 1201 citations and an h-index of 19), poster presentations in international conferences and lectures. Dr. Makrakis teaches undergraduate and postgraduate classes at the University of Athens, and is a board member of the Greek Society for Fertility/Infertility, the Association of Greek Infertility Doctors and the Hellenic Society of Gynecologic Endocrinology. He is also a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Ioannis Sfontouris, M.Med.Sci, PhD, is a Clinical Embryologist with over 20 years of experience in IVF, scientific research and university teaching.

He is officially certified as a Senior Clinical Embryologist and is the Coordinator of the Special Interest Group (SIG) Embryology of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). He holds the position of Honorary Assistant Professor in Clinical Embryology at the University of Nottingham and Associate Editor of the highly regarded scientific journal Human Reproduction.

He has published a series of articles in widely popular scientific journals and has made awarded poster presentations in international conferences.

He has extensive experience in teaching university students and training new embryologists, and participates as a teacher in postgraduate programs in Greece and the UK.