John Yfantopoulos is Professor of Health Economics at the University of Athens, President of the ISPOR the Greek Chapter, former President of the National Centre for Social Research, and ex-President of the Board for Public Health in Greece. He was a key note Speaker in several Ministerial meetings during the 2014th Greek Presidency in the European Commission and the European Parliament. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Health Economics from the University of York, UK. Professor Yfantopoulos has extensive teaching and research experience in Health Economics, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Pharmaco-economics in Europe and the USA. He collaborated with several Universities in Europe, and the USA like: Katholike University of Leuven, Belgium, Tilburg University the Netherlands, University of Lyon France, University of Barcelona Spain, University of Budapest Hungary, University of Western Siberia Russia, Russian Academy of Science Russia, The Moscow School of Economics Russia, University of Bosporus Turkey, University of East Anglia, U.K, the University of Clark USA, and Harvard University USA..
He has been working and advising the European Commission, (Eurostat), the World Health Organization, the International Labor Office, and the World Bank. He was the elected Rapporteur of the 23rd WHO Regional Office for Europe and the elected Chair of the 11th European Congress of ISPOR. In November 2008, he was awarded the ISPOR Distinguished Service Award. He has extensive experience with the Eurostat data sources (HBS, LFS, ECHP, SILC, EHIS) as well as with the EU Research Projects like SHARE and the (European Social Survey, (ESS)). In Greece he was an elected Member of the Senate of the University of Athens, Director of the Red Cross Hospital, Vice President of the National Organization for Social Care, Board Member of the National Medicines Agency (EOF), the Organization Against Drugs (OKANA) and a Member of the Research Committee for Social Science.
In 2005 in the evaluation of the Greek research centers from an international peer review committee, he received the highest grade (excellent (5)) for his scientific work, commitment to international collaboration and research networking.
Recent activities in a number of Eastern European countries, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Albania include studies in the evaluation of economic efficiency, health technology assessment, Pharmaco-economics, and implementing effective health reforms. Professor Yfantopoulos has acted as co-author in the ‘Social Situation Reports’ published by the European Commission and the Eurostat. He has published 35 books, as well as more than 280 articles in international journals like: Social Science and Medicine, The European Journal of Population Economics,European Journal of Health Economics, Value in Health, European Journal of Social Sciences, Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Quality of Life Research, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Journal of Health Management, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Public Health Nutrition, International Journal of Dentistry, European Archives of Pediatric Dentistry, Journal of Nursing Management, Journal of Health, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, and others.
Among his recent book include: “Health Economics Theory and Policy” (2006), “The Economics of Health Reforms”(2007), “Health Economics Management and Policy” (2008), “Health Inequalities: from Mortality to Quality of Life indicators (EQ-5D) (2008)”, “The Welfare State in Theory and Practice (2009)” “Tackling Social Inequalities in Health” (2009). “The EQ-5D Plenary Meeting in Athens” (Editor) (2010), “Access to New Pharmaceutical Therapies” (2010). His work has been translated in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Romanian,
Currently is Principal Co-editor of the ISPOR CEE Network Newsletter, Ex Assistant Editor in the “Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation” and member of the editorial board of “Health Economic Review”, “Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research”, “Journal of Market Access and Health Policy” “Archives of Hellenic Medicine”