Scientific Director of emBIO Assisted Reproduction Unit
IVF and endoscopic surgery specialist
Former Registrar, Hammersmith & Royal Free Hospitals, London, England
Dr. Elias Gatos is a founding member and Scientific Director of emBIO unit, an expert on fertility and assisted reproduction issues. In London, he was trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Endoscopic Surgery at Royal Free Hospital under the supervision of the renowned consultant endocrinologist Jean Ginsburg. His expertise is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) issues, endocrine problems of polycystic ovaries and pituitary hypogonadism.
At the IVF Unit of Hammersmith Hospital headed by the world renowned professor Sir Robert Winston and consultant Raul Margara, he was trained to treat infertility issues and particularly IVF and endoscopic surgery. This is the Hospital where the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD-PGS) programme was developed –founded by Sir R. Winston and Alan Handyside – and the first embryo biopsy was performed using this method worldwide. Committed to provide the latest techniques in infertility treatment to couples in Greece as well, in 1997 –together with the gynaecologist Thanos Paraschos and the embryologist Ntina Katrania- he established “Embryonic Creation”. By 2008 –when the Unit was relocated to newly-built premises in Chalandri and renamed “emBIO”- it had already become one of the major assisted reproduction centres nationwide.
Elias Gatos became known around the globe when the IVF baby worldwide was born to a woman having undergone heart transplant in Sweden in 2004. International news networks broadcasted this event, which was a major medical achievement worldwide from scientific and social standpoints, also due to the cooperation among different medical specialties.
His long-standing experience and research activity in hormone replacement therapy has helped develop the egg donation programme successfully.
Elias Gatos training in endoscopic surgery (laparoscopy – hysteroscopy), IVF, endocrinology and the treatment of high-risk pregnancies by reason of multiple pregnancies arising from treatment, places him in the top rank of specialists monitoring special cases with assisted-reproduction issues. Also, he has helped successfully treat problems in populations having diseases such as polycystic ovaries, obesity, heart disease, thalassaemia, anaemia, and other particular cases.
Dr Gatos continuous work with and long-term research in children suffering from thalassaemia at the Athens Children’s Hospital, has helped a number of couples with this disease have their own healthy child. He maintains close cooperation with Hammersmith and Royal Free Hospitals, London and Carolishka Hospital, Sweden with regard to infertility treatment in women having heart problems or transplant. He is an active fellow of «British Fertility Society» & «European Fertility Society».