Panagiotis Behrakis


Panagiotis Behrakis
Pulmonologist – Intensivist, MD, PhD, FCCP

Address: Ipitou 17b, Athens 105 57, Greece
Phone: 00 30 210 647 0056

Professor Panagiotis Behrakis is a Pulmonologist-Intensivist,  board certified in three specialties, Pulmonary Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He earned his Medical Degree from the School of Medicine of Athens University, and two PHDs, from the School of Medicine of Athens University and the Department of Experimental Medicine of McGill University.

Currently, Professor  Behrakis is Director of the Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece, President of the Scientific Committee of European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention, member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), founder of “George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB” of the Hellenic Cancer Society, investigator at the Biomedical Research Foundation of Athens Academy and focal point of WHO (World Tobacco Organization) for Tobacco Control in Greece.

Former Associate Professor of respiratory physiology at the University of Athens, former Adjunct Associate  Professor at Harvard University-School of Public Health and former President of European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention, Prof. Behrakis is considered an expert in tobacco control worldwide.

In the past, Prof. Behrakis has worked on National Health communication and Health promotion campaigns to curb smoking in Greece (Projects HEART I- HEART II and two ESPA grants). Moreover, he has served as Principal Investigator in several European Projects such as: EUREST, DIRECT, PRESICE and TOB-G.

Currently Professor Behrakis is the coordinator of the “Joint Action on Tobacco Control”, a European Commission project for the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive in the European Union.

Professor Behrakis is author of more than 150 full scientific papers published in international journals, with 3200 citations.


The SMOKEFREEGREECE initiative, established in 2009 for tobacco prevention with an emphasis in the school community, does not in any capacity, hold any obligation or relation to any funders, institutions, persons, or initiatives with similar names and/or scope. Does not have any financial, ideological, social relationship or collaboration with any industry related to the manufacturing, production, distribution or promotion of tobacco and/or other novel tobacco products.

The SMOKEFREEGREECE initiative is fully funded by the Behrakis Foundation Boston MA and is supported by the NGO Hellenic Cancer Society and the Educational Institution, The American College of Greece.

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