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Dr Effie Liakopoulou - Consultant Haematologist
Dr Liakopoulou is a Consultant Haematologist with particular interests in haematological oncology, stem cell transplantation and precision medicine. She has studied in Europe, USA and has worked internationally. She has served in medical, scientific and leadership roles and has more recently been involved in organizational development, strategy, change management and policy development in healthcare at a local and international level. Her work has taken her to diverse cultures and vulnerable zones where she has undertaken research, delivered training and established partnerships.
We asked Effie if she could give us a quick update on her upcoming challenge.
How did you hear about this challenge?
Through the RCPath newsletter/e-mail to members and Fellows.
Why did you sign up for this challenge?
This year I am going to celebrate my 50th birthday. As with many doctors, my career has been devoted to improving healthcare either via direct patient care, diagnostics or by designing, participating and implementing educational, service and quality improvements in the UK and also internationally. Through the American Society of Haematology, I have been a member of Health Volunteers Overseas. Also, I originally come from a country where the implementation of austerity measures has not only adversely affected the economy and morale but also healthcare delivery and quality. It is my wish and vision to work towards avoiding such detrimental effects at a global level.
Also I would like to dedicate this trek to friends and family who stood by me at times of difficulty and especially to a colleague with great spirit and dedication in the global fight against cancer; Professor Tony Blau. A haematologist and transplant surgeon, a great mind and visionary who is always prepared to explore and discover the unknown in science and medicine in order to help his patients. Tony was recently diagnosed with a haematological disorder himself and he's now undergoing his second transplant.
Do you have prior experience of working on an international health project?
Yes. I have visited and worked in Syria on a project involving the improvement of cancer care provision and education. I designed and submitted to the local government a strategy for the development of palliative care services in the North West of Greece. I’ve also worked in the Middle East developing and implementing new services and education programmes.
Last year I had the opportunity to participate in ‘GlobalTHLON'’ – an initiative of the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations that discusses issues and proposes measures to globally address “women’s cancer under the belt”. This took place at the UN's headquarters in NYC.
In addition, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Tony Blau and other colleagues to create a non-profit organisation called Partners in Personal Oncology, which has now become the Center for Cancer Innovation at UW Medicine.
Have you taken part in a fundraising challenge before?
In the past I have run two 10k races and a half marathon for healthcare charities and have organised several fundraising events.
How are the fundraising preparations going?
Haematology nurse Jodie Nightingill has taken my campaign under her wing! She exudes enthusiasm and positive energy! She is the most brilliant campaign manager and has helped me to organise several fundraising events including:
- Dr Effie's World Cake sale at the hospital (12 and 25 May 2016)
- Dr Effie's Afternoon tea at Marygreen Manor Hotel, Brentwood, Essex (13 August 2016) Tickets are available here.
- BBQ Party in the Garden (TBC)
We have also identified some sponsors who have kindly agreed to donate gifts and would like to thank all those who have contributed so far.
- On The Rocks – Ios, Greece
- Aviary, Hair and Beauty (Leigh, Essex)
- J&L Electrical
- Channels Golf Club
- Marygreen Manor (Brentwood, Essex)
To support Effie's fundraising efforts, please see her personal sponsorship page here.