Greek Cypriot embryologist pioneer Kypros Nicolaides was awarded Greece’s Gold Medal of the Order of the Phoenix by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on behalf of the President of the Hellenic Republic, announced the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Nicolaides, who is Professor in Fetal Medicine at King’s College London, received the special honour during a special ceremony held at the Greek Ambassador’s London residence.
"It is a great pleasure for me to be here in London tonight, to honor Kypros Nicolaides, Professor of Fetal Medicine at King's s College. The Professor was born in Cyprus, in Paphos, and has rightfully acquired the title of the “Father of Fetal Medicine”. Every year, he performs hundreds of complex operations, saving numerous lives. He has authored thousands of articles and more than 30 books. Allow me to share a few points from the outstanding resume of his: In 1986, he was appointed Director of the UK’s first Fetal Medicine unit. He has been a Professor of Fetal Medicine at King's College since 1992." said Nikos Dendias during his address,
In 1995, Nicolaides established the UK Charity, the ‘Fetal Medicine Foundation’, through which:
● over £45 million has been allocated to projects in more than 50 countries worldwide,
● scholarships are awarded to train medical trainees in fetal medicine; and
● a World Congress on Fetal Medicine is held annually.
"I believe I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that Kypros Nicolaides honors the Hippocratic Oath through his medical practice and his extensive charity activity. And the Ambassador of Greece is not exaggerating when he says that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of children all over the world, owe him their lives.
"The Professor has been honored, with high distinctions, by the international scientific community for his outstanding work, worthy of all praise and recognition. In 2020, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the United States of America. His homeland, Cyprus, has honored him with the Grand Cross of the Order of Archbishop Makarios III. In addition, he received the ARGO 2021 Science Prize, awarded to distinguished Greeks living abroad." added the Minister.