Before awarding my PhD Studentship, I conducted a cross-sectional study concerning the health of the population with hearing loss. This was the first in Greece and one of the few studies globally, aiming to address barriers in access and disparities in the use of health services of deaf and hard of hearing adults and to assess their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). For my research, I won the 2016 First Prize for Best Oral Presentation, among 230 speakers, at the 12th Panhellenic Congress on Management, Economics and Health Policy, under the auspice of the Greek Ministry of Health. In addition, I was the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Social Innovation Award, in the 5th Panhellenic Interscientific Symposium, in the frames of the 5th Panhellenic Festival 'Deaf and Hearing People in Action’. In October 2017, I was awarded an Honourable Mention, at the 19th Pan-Hellenic Scientific Congress on Health Care Management, an event that is under the auspice of the Greek Ministry of Health, has international participations and has gained wide recognition among all health care professionals in Greece with more than 1,000 delegates annually.
As Aristotle said, we are what we repeatedly do. Striving for excellence, then, is a habit for me and this is reflected in the list of awards gained over the past 20 years.