HARRIS POLITIS

Harris T. Politis has studied at the Universities of Athens, Munich and Frankfurt. (Scholarship: Alexandros Onassis Foundation).
Independent Legal Services Professional at Supreme Court and the Council of State, specialization on Medical Law.
Head Legal Advisor (Medical Law, Public Health).
MD, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Visiting Professor of Medical Law at the European University of Cyprus.

Head Legal Advisor on Ethics, Deontology and Human Rights of Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention-Ministry of Health (HCPCP, KEELPNO) (1992-).

Head Legal Advisor of Panhellenic Medical Association (1995-).

 

Member of the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association.
President of the Greek Medico-legal Society.
Editor of the "Review of Medical Law" (ΕΙΔ) (2009-) .
Representative of Greece (by Panhellenic Medical Association) at the Standing Committee of Medical Doctors (CPME) (1995-2009) and at the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) (2009).
Member of the Commission of Ethics and Deontology at the Academy of Athens (1991-2001).
Member of the Greek National Commission on AIDS (1990-1992).
President of the Greek Society of Medical Ethics (2008-2011).
He remained, several times, member of Commissions of the Ministry of Health on public health topics.

Member of the Commission to enact a new Code of Medical Ethics, author of its first fundamental plan (1990-1).


Author (in cooperation with NGO and under surveillance of Hellenic Personal Data Authority) of the System of Record keeping Personal Data of the people who live with HIV/AIDS).
Author of "Medical Law", Athens, 1999, "Commentaries on "Code of Medical Ethics and Deontology, Act 3418/2005"", 2006 (first time in Greece) , 4th edition, 2011, "HIV/AIDS, Public Health and Human Rights", 2002, "Blood Safety and Public Health Protection", 2002, "Health Regulations", vol A, vol B, 2004. Many published collections on Medical Law and Public Health regulations and on Legislation of Medical Associations and Medical Ethics and Deontology of Greece.
Author of "AIDS, Fundamental Principles for the Protection of Human Rights and Civil Liberties", ΚΕΕΛ–Ministry of Health, 1995.
Author of numerous articles published in scientific periodicals on Medical Law.

 

Author of 15 books and 68 published published articles (about 3.100 published pages of collection of legislation (medical law - public health) and about 1.900 published pages of, books and scientific articles). 

 

More than 1.250 legal opinions on issues on public health, HIV-AIDS, protection of human rights and civil liberties, protection of sensitive data of people living with HIV, protection of victims against stigma, social exclusion, discrimination.

More than 1.500 legal opinions on issues of i.e. operation of Medical Associations, Disciplinary Boards for physicians, of operation of Primary Health Care, Private Clinics, National Health System (they are given indicatively).

 

 

BOOKS

Harris Politis, "Declarations, Directives, Resolutions and Statements of the European Union and International Organizations on Medical Profession", vol. A’, 2014.

Harris Politis, "Medical Legislation. Medical Associations, Medical Ethics, Medical practice", Under the auspices of the Panhellenic Medical Association, 2013.

Harris Politis, "Commentaries on the Code of Medical Ethics". Under the auspices of the Panhellenic Medical Association, 2006, 2008, 2010, 1012 (4th ed.).

Harris Politis, "Medical Legislation-Military Doctors". Under the auspices of the Panhellenic Medical Association, 2005.

Harris Politis, "Medical Legislation-Primary Health Care". Under the auspices of the Panhellenic Medical Association, 2004.

Harris Politis, "Health Regulations". Under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Centre for Infectious Diseases Control, 2004.

Harris Politis, Protection of Public Health. Health Regulations. Athens, 2004, I, II vol., 1400 p.

Harris Politis, "Blood Safety and Protection of Public Health. Legislation and regulations". Under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Centre for Infectious Diseases Control, Athens, 2003.

Harris Politis, "Safety, Health, Protection of workers-citizens, Ports Pages". Under the auspices of the Union of Technical Employees of Piraeus Port Authority, Athens, 2003.

Harris Politis, "Medical Law-Medical Specialties". Under the auspices of the Hellenic Medical Association, 2002.

Harris Politis, "Medical Legislation-Medical Associations-Medical Ethics". Under the auspices of the Hellenic Medical Association, 2002.

Harris Politis, "HIV/AIDS. Public Health and Human Rights". Under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Centre for Infectious Diseases Control, Athens, 2002.

Harris Politis, "Medical Law". Athens, 1999.

Harris Politis, «AIDS. Fundamental Principles for the Protection of Human Rights and Civil Liberties". Ed. KEELPNO (HCDCP)-Ministry of Health, 1995-1996.

Harris Politis, "Systematics-Writing of Civil Procedural Law. Legal Remedies and Compulsory Execution". Athens, 1983. 

  

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES 

MEDICAL ETHICS

Harris Politis, Hippocratic teachings and guidance on medical ethics and deontology and medical malpractice, Medical Law Review 2009, 484-492, 580-592.

 

INFORMED CONSENT

Harris Politis, “Suspicion Diagnosis”, informed consent and lege artis physician’s behavior, Medical Law Review 2011, 4-14.

Harris Politis, Informed consent of the patient consists a physians’ obligation, Medical Law Review 2011, 412-420.

Harris Politis, Extension of medical-surgeon intervention without the prior consent of the patient, Medical Law Review 2011, 486-493, 560-568.

Harris Politis, Refusal of adult and minor patients (of those having his/her custody) to receive medical appropriate medical-surgical intervention. The evaluation of the legitimate interests of life and health over the self-determination, value and dignity of a person. Did the article 12 par. 3, case of Code of Medical Ethics abolished article 1534 of Civil Code?, Medical Law Review, 2010, 4-36, 100-130.

Harris Politis, "Manslaughter by information". Is it possible the patient’s information in order him to give fully warranted consent to bring harm to himself?, Medical Law Review 2013, 667-724, 903-929.

 

PRIVACY, MEDICAL CONFIDENTIALITY

Harris Politis, Medical confidentiality, in “The Hippocratic ethics in our era”. Meeting of the Society for the Spreading of Hippocrates’ Spirit, Proceedings, vol. II, Mar. 10th, 2007, p. 17-37.

Harris Politis, Contributing to the meaning of privacy of confidentiality. Manifestation of value and dignity, personal freedom, social or economic good. The legal interests that are protected, Medical Law Review 2010, 292-305.

Harris Politis, Constitutional aspects of medical confidentiality, Medical Law Review 2010, 484-492.

Harris Politis, Content and scope of medical confidentiality in greek legal order,   Medical Law Review 2010, 580-604, 682-692.

Harris Politis, Medical confidentiality and Audits State Councils, Medical Law Review 2010, 388-409.

Harris Politis, «Krebsregister und die Einwilligung des Betroffenen» (Crebs registrations and the informed consent of the experiments’ subject), München, 1986.

 

MEDICAL LIABILITY

Harris Politis, Medical liability. A medical and legal problem. Legal parameters, Medical Law Review 2009, 740-748, 822-825.

Harris Politis, The assessment of medical liability, per. “Synigoros”, vol. 53, 2006, p. 43-46.

Harris Politis, The flourishing of litigation and lawsuits in medical liability trials. The importance of unexpected complications in surgical interventions and its lack as explicit legal meaning. Legal and medical parameters and distortions, Medical Law Review 2009, 100-109.

Harris Politis, Acute appendicitis as an acute problem of differential diagnosis. Approaches to medical liability, Medical Law Review 2009, 4-17.

Harris Politis, After the occurrence of a bodily harm. Basic principles for physian’s defense in criminal, civil and disciplinary trials, Medical Law Review 2009, 196-209.

Harris Politis, Contractual relationship between doctor and patient. Medical malpractice. Accumulation of contractual and tort liability, Medical Law Review 2009, 660-663.

Harris Politis, Gastroenterologist’s medical error. Vol. of proceedings of the 26th Congress of Gastroenterology, pp. 197-208. [AMA: Athens Medical Association].

Harris Politis, Secondary peritonitis. Medical liability and evaluation of the physician’s standard of care, Medical Law Review 2009, 932-953, 1028-1045.

Harris Politis, The death of the patient as a "fall of an acrobat". Procedural and substantive investigation of the anesthesiologist’s liability when the patient dies after bleeding during a surgical intervention or endogenous response in the lungs. Forensic expertise against judicial expertise and expert’s reports, Medical Law Review 2010, 784-809.

Harris Politis, Allocation on the burdens of proof in cases of Medical Liability, Diki, 1987, 401.

Harris Politis, “Charter of the Physicians’ Responsibilities”, per. “Hygeia” 85, 41-47.

 

CONSIDERATIONS ON MEDICAL LIABILITY

Harris Politis, The "schizophrenic" historical qualification of medical and surgical interventions as bodily harm. The centennial "cold war" between physicians and jurists, Medical Law Review 2011, 260-268.

Harris Politis, The judges “hold in their hands” the future of medicine. Reflections on Medical Liability, Medical Law Review 2011, 196-203.

Harris Politis, “Physicians should concentrate on fighting the disease and not the lawsuits against them” or “How does the overburden of physicians for medical errors harm seriously public health”. Bulletin of the Athens Medical Association vol. 191, Jun.-Jul. 2006, p. 63-70.

Harris Politis, Bold and enterprising solution to the problem of medical liability. The compensation of the patient according to the physician’s no-fault system. Bulletin of the Athens Medical Association, vol. 192, Aug.-Sep. 2006, p. 49-55.

Harris Politis, Syndrome "Mussa" syndrome "Glaucias". Medical Negligence, medical liability, defensive medicine, Medical Law Review 2010, 982-995.

Harris Politis, Contemprorary acceptances on Medical Liability. Are we lead up to Defensive Medicine?, per. “Clinical Chronicles”, vol. 27, complementary issue 1, May 2004, p. 61-70.

Harris Politis, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Civil Liberties. State and individual responsibility, in corpus "HIV/AIDS and rights in Greece" (Editor T.K. Vidalis), Ant. N. Sakkoulas publ., Athens-Komotini, 2003, pp. 19-46, and Bibliographical Guide, pp. 105-123.

Harris Politis, “(Un)constitutional aspects of excessive compensations for patients deriving from physicians’ liability”. Bulletin of the Athens Medical Association (157, Oct.-Nov. 2000), 40 ff.

Harris Politis, “The “future of an illusion” or some moral precepts, how the “satisfaction” of social justice jeopardizes human rights in the context of a deficient legal system”. Comments on Athens district court’s decision 1075/2000, Bulletin of the Athens Medical Association vol. 154, Apr.-May 2000, 24-27.

Harris Politis, “The acrobat’s death”. Article-Comments on the Athens District Court’s decision no. 6314/1987, per. Diki, D 19, 676 ff.

 

DISCIPLINARY LAW

Harris Politis, Procedural Law of Disciplinary Boards of Medical Associations, Medical Law Review 2009, 292-301, 388-400.

Harris Politis, Medical malpractice and disciplinary action. It is unconstitutional broadening of the disciplinary responsibility of a doctor, by equating equating (nearly) the "indolence" and “imperfect professional performance”. Bulletin of the Athens Medical Association, vol. 193, Oct.-Nov. 2006, p. 53-59.

 

TRANSPLANTATIONS, ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATIONS

Harris Politis, “Medico-legal issues on human transplantations”, MMG, 16(2) 181-196, 1988. [MMG: Materia Medica Graeca].

Harris Politis, The new legal framework for transplants, Medical Law Review 2011, 344-360.

 

ASSISTANCE TO TERMINALLY ILL AND DYING

Harris Politis, “Artificial fertilization and terminal care”. Conclusions of the 56th Conference of German Lawyers and the legal situation in our country (Greece), per. Materia Medica Graeca (MMG), 1986, 408 ff.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

Harris Politis, Tuberculosis, MDR-TB, XDR-TB. Policy of isolation and quarantine? Legal aspects, Medical Law Review 2015, 9-22, 405-418, 679-698.

Harris Politis, Health regulated establishments, health booklets. Obligations and rights of owners of enterprises and employees in the light of the protection of public health, Medical Law Review 2010, 880-903.

 

HIV/AIDS

Harris Politis, HIV/AIDS. Legal problems and early state legislative reactions. Moral and legal raising concerns over the protection of Public Health, Human Rights and Civil Liberties from a non-airborne transmitted disease, per. “Implementation of Public Law”, 17, issue 1, 2004, p. 7-29.

Harris Politis, HIV/AIDS. Protection of medical privacy and personal data, in Greek Ombudsman, "Medical Privacy. Information concerning personal data, electronic health record and hospital records". Conference proceedings, 29 May 2006, pp. 166-212.

Harris Politis, The implementation of the Social Security Number and the protection of medical confidentiality of individuals who live with HIV, Medical Law Review, 2010, 196-217.

Harris Politis, A public health tragedy. Infection with HIV/AIDS of 426 children in a Benghazi hospital. Procedural aspects, Medical Law Review 2011, 68-81, 132-141.

Harris Politis, “AIDS und ärztliche Haftung. Neue Kriterien fur die tödliche Erkrankung” (AIDS and medical liability. New criteria for the lethal disease?), München, 1985.

 

MEDICINE TRAVEL

Harris Politis, Medical travel. Legal aspects and medical liability, Medical Law Review 2011, 636-642, 732-739.

 

GENERIC DRUGS

Harris Politis, Generic drugs and substitution. Implications for Public Health and medical liability, Medical Law Review 2013, 10-32, 267-304.

 

LABOR ACCIDEANT, OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE

Harris Politis, Labor accident and occupational disease of physicians. Occupational exposure, particularly to HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis, Medical Law Review 2012, 132-145, 312-327, 618-629.

 

ARTICLES AS A MEMBER OF COMMITTEE FOR ETHICS OF ACADEMY OF ATHENS

Harris Politis, “Contractual and non contractual medical liability”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 2000.

Harris Politis, “Respondeat superior” physicians’ liability. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 2000.

Harris Politis, “Medical Confidentiality”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 2000.

Harris Politis, “Medical Contract”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 2000.

Harris Politis, “Assessment of the physician’s standard of care”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 2000.

Harris Politis, “Are the State and insurance companies obliged to compensate injured parties for medical errors?”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 2000.

Harris Politis, “Informed Consent of the Patient”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1999.

Harris Politis, “Artificial Fertilization”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1999.

Harris Politis, “Therapeutic and Clinical Experimentations”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1998.

Harris Politis, “AIDS. Legal, ethical and deontological aspects”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1997.

Harris Politis, “Euthanasia and terminal health care”. Academy of Athens Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1995.

Harris Politis, “Castration, sterilization and other “special” surgical interventions”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1995.

Harris Politis, “The legal basis of medical and surgical operations”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1995.

Harris Politis, “Medical liability in charts”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, M & L, Medicine and Law (24), 1994, 16 ff.

Harris Politis, “Medical Liability. The European perspective”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1994.

Harris Politis, “Transplantations”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1994.

Harris Politis, “The Medical practice as a Challenge to Contemporary Law. Major medical and legal problems. Medical practice as a “testing field” of legal theories”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1993.

Harris Politis, “The problem of Medical Liability”. Academy of Athens. Research Committee on Ethics and Deontology, 1992.

 

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