Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, MHS
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore native Panagis Galiatsatos has accomplished a lot in his 34 years.
He earned a medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a Master’s in health science from the Duke University School of Medicine and is a pulmonary and critical care physician and an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
But Galiatsatos’ proudest achievement is the organization he helped create in 2013: Medicine for the Greater Good.
MGG works with medical residents at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to promote health and wellness in Baltimore. Its initiatives include a support group for caregivers and a training program for lay health educators, who visit congregations to encourage health care awareness.
Galiatsatos has high hopes for his organization.
“If medicine is to reaffirm itself as a public trust, we must be responsive to the needs of patients in the 21st century,” he said. “Having medicine transcend hospital walls and reach into the community, in order to attenuate the impact of non-biological factors (poverty, health care access, etc.) … is what drives MGG’s mission.”
He added: “Through the physicians we train, the communities that are impacted and the research we are publishing, MGG is a force that will hopefully help lead a cultural change in medicine.”
Among other awards and honors, Galiatsatos has won the Community Service Award from the Muslim Social Services Agency in Baltimore, the Rev. Tuggle Award for Community Service in east Baltimore and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award from Johns Hopkins University.