Gaga Mina

Gaga Mina Pulmonologist - TB Specialist

Director 1st Pulmonary Department Hygeia Hospital

Education & Academic Qualifications


  • M.D., Athens University Medical School
  •  Ph.D., Athens University Medical School
  • Board Certification, Pulmonary Medicine
  • Clinical Research Fellow, Senior Honorary Registrar and then Senior Visiting Academic, Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College
  • Lecturer and then Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Athens University Medical School


  • M.D., Athens University Medical School
  •  Ph.D., Athens University Medical School
  • Specialization in Pulmonary Medicine
  • Further Specialization in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Imperial College and Brompton Hospital

Doctoral thesis

Thesis title ‘Dysplasias of bronchial epithelium and precancencerous lesions. Thesis approved Magna cum Laude

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

– Standing Committee, WHO-Europe 2022- ongoing

– Executive Ctee GARD- Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Disease 2018-ongoing

– European Respiratory Society, Council and Executive Ctee member, Secretary General and then President, 2004-2019 

Editorial Boards

– European Respiratory Journal


– Pnevmon

AD-HOC REVIEWER for peer-reviewed international journals

– PLOS one

– American Journal for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

– Allergy



Work Experience

• 11/23, Director of 1st Pulmonary Department

• 2006- 2023  Consultant and Head, 7th Pulmonary Medicine Dept and Asthma Centre, Athens Chest Hospital “Sotiria”

• 2013-2019 , Medical Director Athens Chest Hospital

• 2004 Senior Visiting Academic, Brompton Hospital 

• 2001 –2006 Assistant Professor in Respiratory Medicine – Athens University, Medical School.  University posts cover teaching of students and junior doctors, care of inpatients, outpatient clinics and research. 

• 1996 -2001:  Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine – Athens University, Medical School

• 1991-1995 S. R, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Medical School, Athens University, Athens Chest Hospital‘’ Sotiria’’                       

• 1990-1991 Clinical Research Fellow, Dept. of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, NHLI (Now Imperial  College) (-Director Prof. A.B. Kay) and Honorary Senior Registrar,  Brompton Hospital- London UK  Wellcome Trust Grand awardee for a comparative study of the inflammation in allergen-induced late phase skin reactions and classical delayed-type   hypersensitivity.

Education Experience

– Medical School – Athens University

 – PhD – Athens University, Dept. of Pathology – Athens University Medical School  Thesis title ‘Dysplasias of bronchial epithelium and pre-cancerous lesions. Thesis approved Magna cum Laude

– ECFMG Certification 

– Residency in Pulmonary Medicine, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Medical School, Athens University, Sotiria Hospital

Clinical Research Fellow, Dept. of Allergy and Clini-cal Immunology, NHLI (Now Imperial  College) (-Director Prof. A.B. Kay)

As Educator:

• Lecturer and then Assistant Professor at Athens University

• Head of the Athens University Postgraduate Course in Respiratory Medicine 1996-2006

• Director of Learning Resources, European Respiratory Society, 2004-2008

• Secretary General, European Board of Accreditation in Pulmology EBAP

Clinical & Research Interest

Clinical Interest: Bronchial Asthma, COPD, Lung Cancer, Respiratory Infections, Rehabilitation

Research Interest:  Bronchial Asthma and Rhinitis, Immunological mechanisms, COPD, Lung Cancer, Public Health

Honors & Awards

• Wellcome Trust Awardee

• Hellenic Thoracic Society Grantee


– ERS Monographs on Asthma and Rhinitis

– Handbook of Respiratory Medicine

Recent Publications

EUFOREA pocket guide on the diagnosis and management of asthma: An educational and practical tool for general practitioners, non-respiratory physicians, paramedics and patients. Diamant Z, Jesenak M, Hanania NA, Heaney LG, Djukanovic R, Ryan D, Quirce S, Backer V, Gaga M,et al.Respir Med. 2023 Nov;218:107361. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2023.107361. 

ERS/ESTS/ESTRO/ESR/ESTI/EFOMP statement on management of incidental findings from low dose CT screening for lung cancer. O’Dowd EL, Tietzova I, Bartlett E, Devaraj A, Biederer J, Brambilla M, Brunelli A, Chorostowska-Wynimko J, Decaluwe H, Deruysscher D, De Wever W, Donoghue M, Fabre A, Gaga M, et al. . Eur Respir J. 2023 Oct 19;62(4):2300533. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00533-2023. 

European Respiratory Society short guidelines for the use of as-needed ICS/formoterol in mild asthma. Papi A, Ferreira DS, Agache I, Baraldi E, Beasley R, Brusselle G, Coleman C, Gaga M, et al, Eur Respir J. 2023 Oct 12;62(4):2300047. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00047-2023. 

Real-world effectiveness of molnupiravir and nirmatrelvir/ritonavir as treatments for COVID-19 in high-risk patients. Paraskevis D, Gkova M, Mellou K, Gerolymatos G, Psalida Ν, Gkolfinopoulou K, Kostaki EG, Loukides S, Kotanidou A, Skoutelis A, Thiraios E, Saroglou G, Zografopoulos D, Filippou D, Mossialos E, Zaoutis T, Gaga M, Tsiodras S, Antoniadou A. J Infect Dis. 2023:jiad324. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiad324. Online ahead of print.

Autonomic dysfunction entwined with post-COVID but absent in non-post-COVID patients: a neurophysiological and neurosonology study. Papadopoulou M, Bakola E, Papapostolou A, Stefanou MI, Andreadou E, Zouvelou V, Stefanatou M, Gaga M, Michopoulos I, Tsivgoulis G. Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 2023 16:17562864231180711. doi: 10.1177/17562864231180711. 

What bothers severe asthma patients most? A paired patient-clinician study across seven European countries. Ainsworth B, Chatburn E, Bansal AT, Fulton O, Hamerlijnck D, Coleman C, Eger K, Hyland M, Holmes J, Heaney L, Sedlák V, Škrgat S, Edelbaher N, Ten Brinke A, Porsbjerg C, Gaga M, Loureiro C, Djukanovic R, Berret E, Kwon N.ERJ Open Res. 2023;9(3):00717-2022. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00717-2022

A Real-World Study on the Day and Night-Time Symptoms Among Greek COPD Patients Who Recently Initiated Treatment with Dual Bronchodilation: The DANICO Study. Kostikas K, Dimakou K, Gourgoulianis K, Gaga M, Papapetrou D, Tsoukalas G, Chatziapostolou P, Antoniadis A, Meletis G, Evangelopoulou E, Styliara P, Karypidou I, Gogali A, Kalafatakis K, Tzanakis N. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2022 Sep 1;17:2027-2041. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S367553. 

RELIght: A two-year REal-LIfe study of mepolizumab in patients with severe eosinophilic asTHma in Greece: Evaluating the multiple components of response.Kallieri M, Zervas E, Fouka E, Porpodis K, Mitrova MH, Tzortzaki E, Makris M, Ntakoula M, Papaioannou AI, Lyberopoulos P, Dimakou K, Koukidou S, Ampelioti S, Papaporfyriou A, Katsoulis K, Kipourou M, Rovina N, Antoniou K, Vittorakis S, Bakakos P, Steiropoulos P, Markopoulou K, Avarlis P, Papanikolaou ΙC, Markatos M, Gaki E, Samitas K, Glynos K, Papiris SA, Papakosta D, Tzanakis N, Gaga M, Kostikas K, Loukides S.Allergy. 2022 Sep;77(9):2848-2852. doi: 10.1111/all.15382. Epub 2022 May 30.

Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Adult Patients with Asthma: A Population-Based Cohort Study from UK Primary Care. Busby J, Price D, Al-Lehebi R, Bosnic-Anticevich S, van Boven JFM, Emmanuel B, FitzGerald JM, Gaga M, Hansen S, Hew M, Iwanaga T, Larenas Linnemann D, Mahboub B, Mitchell P, Morrone D, Pham J, Porsbjerg C, Roche N, Wang E, Eleangovan N, Heaney LG. J Asthma Allergy. 2021;14:1375-1388. doi: 10.2147/JAA.S326213. 

Medicine in Dire Straits: Balancing Science and Art. Gaga M, Kontogianni C, Agapitou T, Kolilekas L. Arch Bronconeumol. 2021;57(10):623-624. doi: 10.1016/j.arbr.2021.04.014.

Activin-A impedes the establishment of CD4+ T cell exhaustion and enhances anti-tumor immunity in the lung.Morianos I, Tsitsopoulou A, Potaris K, Valakos D, Fari O, Vatsellas G, Bostantzoglou C, Photiades A, Gaga M, Xanthou G, Semitekolou M. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2021;40(1):295. doi: 10.1186/s13046-021-02092-5.