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Current administrative positions: DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MEDICINE LABORATORY

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  • MD MEDICINE, Medical School, AUTh, Greece 1998

Specialization: Cardiology, Greece 2006

Ph.D. Thesis : “Functional and Morphological adaptations of exercise rehabilitation in patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis” Medical School, AUTh, Greece 1996


Undergraduate courses:

  • Applied Sports Medicine
  • Athletes’ pathology- first aids
  • Exercise rehabilitation in chronic diseases

Postgraduate courses:

  • Exercise training programs for patients with chronic diseases


Research interests:

(i) Exercise and health- Cardiovascular adaptations of exercise training in athletes and patients with chronic diseases (ii) Exercise rehabilitation in chronic diseases - Effects of exercise training on cardiac morphology and function, on muscle atrophy, psychosocial status and quality of life (iii) Doping in Sports - Cardiovascular side-effects of Doping

Selected publications:

  1. Kouidi, E, Iacovides, A, Iordanidis, P, Vassiliou, S, Deligiannis, A, Ierodiakonou, C, Tourkantonis, A. Exercise renal rehabilitation program (ERRP): Psychosocial effects. Nephron 1997; 7:152-158
  2. Kouidi, E, Albani, M, Natsis, K, Megalopoulos, A, Gigis, P, Guiba-Tziampiri, O, Deligiannis, A, Tourkantonis, A. The effects of exercise training on muscle atrophy in hemodialysis patients. Nephrol Dial Transpl 1998; 13, 685-699.
  3. Kouidi, Ε., Fahadidou - Τsiligiroglou, Α., Tassoulas E., Deligiannis, A., Coats, Α. (). White coat hypertension detected during screening of male adolescent athletes. Am J Hypertension 1999; 12, 223-226.
  4. Deligiannis, A, Kouidi, E, Tourkantonis, A. The effects of physical training on heart rate variability in hemodialysis patients. Am J Cardiol 1999; 84: 197-202.
  5. Deligiannis, A., Kouidi, E., Tassoulas E., Gigis, P., Tourkantonis, A, Coats, A. Cardiac response to physical training in hemodialysis patients: An echocardiographic study at rest and during exercise. Int J Cardiol 1999; 70, 253-266.
  6. Konstantinidou, E., Koukouvou, G., Kouidi, E., Deligiannis, A., Tourkantonis, A. Exercise renal rehabilitation: comparison of three exercise programs. J Rehabil Med 2001; 34, 40-45.
  7. Kouidi, E., Haritonidis, K., Koutlianos, N., Deligiannis, A. Effects of athletic training on heart rate variability. Clin Physiol Funct Imag 2002; 22, 279-84
  8. Haritonidis, K., Koutlianos, N., Kouidi, E.,Haritonidou, M., Deligiannis, A. Seasonal variation of aerobic capacity in elite soccer, basketball and volleyball players. J Hum Movement Stud 2004; 46: 289-302.
  9. Koukouvou, G., Kouidi, E., Iacovides, A., Konstantinidou, E., Kaprinis, G. Deligiannis, A. Quality of life, psychological and physiological changes following exercise training in patients with chronic heart failure. J Rehabil Med 2004; 36(1):36-41.
  10. Kouidi, E., Grekas, D., Deligiannis, A., Tourkantonis, A. Outcomes of long-term exercise training in dialysis patients: comparison of two training programs.Clin Nephrol. 2004; 61 Suppl 1:S31-8.
  11. Metaxas, T., Koutlianos, N., Sentelides, T., Kouidi, E., Deligiannis, A. Physiological profile of amateur top level soccer players according to positional role. J Hum Movement Stud 2004; 46: 347-358.
  12. Koutlianos, N., Kouidi, E., Metaxas, T., Deligiannis, A. Non-invasive cardiac electrophysiological indices in soccer players with mitral valve prolapse. Eur J Cardiovasc Prevent Rehabil 2004; 11: 435-441
  13. Metaxas Th, Koutlianos, N., Kouidi, E., Deligiannis, A. Comparative study of field and laboratory tests for the evaluation of aerobic capacity in soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 2005; 19(1):79-84.
  14. Alexiou, S., Kouidi, E., Fahadidou-Tsiligiroglou, A., Karamouzis, M., Deligiannis, A. Cardiac function after exhaustive open-sea swimming. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2005; 45(1):98-104.
  15. Deligiannis, A., Bjornstad, H., Carre, F., Heidbuchel, H., Kouidi, E., Panhuyzen-Goedkoop, NM., Pigozzi, F., Schanzer, W., Vanhees, L.; on behalf of the ESC Study Group of Sports Cardiology. ESC Study Group of Sports Cardiology Position Paper on adverse cardiovascular effects of doping in athletes. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil 2006; 13(5):687-694.
  16. Kouidi, E., Farmakiotis, Α., Kouidis, Ν., Deligiannis, A. Transtelephonic electrocardiographic monitoring of an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programme. Clin Rehabil. 2006; 20(12):1100-4.
  17. Pagkalos, M., Koutlianos, N., Kouidi, E., Pagkalos, E., Mandroukas, K., Deligiannis, A. Heart rate variability modifications following exercise training in type 2 diabetic patients with definite cardiac autonomic neuropathy. Br J Sports Med 2008; 42:47-54.
  18. Samaras, T., Karavasiliadou, S., Kouidi, E., Sahalos, JN., Deligiannis, A. Transtelephonic electrocardiographic transmission in the preparticipation screening of athletes. Int J Telemed Appl 2008: 217909
  19. Petraki, M., Kouidi, E., Grekas, D., Deligiannis, A. Effects of exercise training during hemodialysis on cardiac baroreflex sensitivity. Clin Nephrol 2008; 70: 210-219.
  20. Mezzani A, Agostoni P, Cohen-Solal A, Corrà U, Jegier A, Kouidi E, Mazic S, Meurin P, Piepoli M, Simon A, Laethem CV, Vanhees L.
  21. Standards for the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing for the functional evaluation of cardiac patients: a report from the Exercise Physiology Section of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil 2009; 16(3):249-67.
  22. Ouzouni, S., Kouidi, E., Sioulis, A., Grekas, D., Deligiannis, A. Effects of intradialytic exercise training on health-related quality of life indices in haemodialysis patients. Clin Rehabil 2009; 23:53-63.
  23. Karamouzis, I., Grekas, D., Karamouzis, M., Kallaras, K., Stergiou-Michailidou, V., Kouidi E., Deligiannis, A., Vavatsi-Christaki, N. Physical training in patients on hemodialysis has a beneficial effect on the levels of eicosanoid hormone-like substances. Hormones 2009; 8:129-37.
  24. Kouidi, EJ., Grekas, DM., Deligiannis, AP. Effects of exercise training on noninvasive cardiac measures in patients undergoing long-term hemodialysis: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Kidney Dis 2009; 54: 511-21.
  25. Segura-Ortí E, Kouidi E, Lisón JF. Effect of resistance exercise during hemodialysis on physical function and quality of life: randomized controlled trial. Clin Nephrol 2009;71(5):527-37.
  26. Giagkoudaki, F., Dimitros E., Kouidi, E., Deligiannis, A. Effects of exercise training on heart rate variability indices in individuals with Down Syndrome. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation 2010; 19(2):173-83.
  27. Kouidi, E, Karagiannis, V., Grekas, D., Iakovides, A., Kaprinis, G., Tourkantonis, A., Deligiannis, AP. Depression, heart rate variability and exercise training in dialysis patients. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation 2010; 17(2):160-7.
  28. Deligiannis A, Anastasakis A, Antoniades L, Bobotis G, Geleris P, Goudevenos J, Hahalis G, Kouidi E, Kranidis A, Kremastinos D, Lekakis J, Parcharidis G, Pyrgakis V, Rontogiannis G, Stefanadis C, Styliadis I, Vardas P. Recommendations for the cardiovascular screening of athletes. Hellenic J Cardiol 2010; 51(6):530-7.
  29. Fountoulakis KN, Siamouli M, Panagiotidis P, Magiria S, Kantartzis S, Papastergiou N, Shoretsanitis G, Pantoula E, Moutou K, Kouidi E, Deres S. Obesity and smoking in patients with schizophrenia and normal controls: a case-control study. Psychiatry Res 2010;176(1):13-6.
  30. Koufaki P, Kouidi E. Current best evidence recommendations on measurement and evaluation of Physical Functioning in People with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Sports Medicine 2010; 40(12):1055-74
  31. Borjesson M, Urhausen A, Kouidi E, et al. Cardiovascular evaluation of middle-aged/senior individuals engaged in leisure-time sport activities: position stand from the sections of exercise physiology and sports cardiology of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil 2011; 18(3):446-58
  32. Mameletzi D, Kouidi E, Koutlianos N, Deligiannis A. Effects of long-term exercise training on cardiac baroreflex sensitivity in patients with coronary artery disease: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil 2011;25(3):217-27.
  33. Efthimiadis GK, Giannakoulas G, Parcharidou DG, Pagourelias ED, Kouidi EJ, Spanos G, Kamperidis V, Gavrielides S, Karvounis H, Styliadis I, Parcharidis GE. Chronotropic incompetence and its relation to exercise intolerance in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Int J Cardiol 2011; 153(2):179-84.
  34. Vanhees L, De Sutter J, Geladas N, Doyle F, Cornelissen V, Kouidi E, et al. Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in defining the benefits to cardiovascular health within the general population: recommendations from the EACPR (Part I). European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 2012; 19 (4): 670-686
  35. Vanhees L, Geladas N, Hansen D, Kouidi E, et al. Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in the management of cardiovascular health in individuals with cardiovascular risk factors: recommendations from the EACPR (Part II). European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 2012; 19 (5): 1005-1033
  36. Christoforidi V, Koutlianos N, Deligiannis P, Kouidi E, Deligiannis A. Heart rate variability in free diving athletes. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging 2012; 32(2):162-6.
  37. Fountoulakis KN, Lekka E, Kouidi E, Chouvarda I, Deligiannis A, Maglaveras N. Development of Global Disability Scale (GloDiS): preliminary results. Ann Gen Psychiatry 2012; 11(1):14.
  38. Samara AP, Kouidi E, Ouzouni S, Vasileiou S, Sioulis A, Deligiannis A. Relationship between exercise test recovery indices and psychological and quality-of-life status in hemodialysis patients: a pilot study. J Nephrol 2012; 26(3):495-501
  39. Deligiannis, A., Kouidi E. Cardiovascular Side-Effects of Doping in Sports. HJC 2012; 53:447-457
  40. Dimitros, E., Koutlianos, N., Kouidi, E., Anifanti, M., Pagourelias, E., Deligiannis, A. Comparative study of ECG and echocardiographic parameters indicative of cardiac hypertrophy in athletes. Sport Sci Health 2012; 8: 101-7
  41. Kouidi, E., Vergoulas, G., Anifanti, M., Deligiannis, A. A randomized controlled trial of exercise training on cardiovascular and autonomic function among renal transplant recipients. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2012; 28(5):1294-305
  42. Pagourelias, E, Efthimiadis, G, Kouidi, E, Zorou, P, Giannoglou, G, Deligiannis, A, Athyros, V, Karagiannis, A, Geleris, P. Efficacy of Various “Classic” Echocardiographic and Laboratory Indices in Distinguishing the “Gray Zone” between Athlete’s Heart and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Pilot Study. Echocardiography 2013; 30(2):131-9.
  43. Pagourelias ED, Kouidi E, Efthimiadis GK, Deligiannis A, Geleris P, Vassilikos V. Right atrial and ventricular adaptations to training in male Caucasian athletes: an echocardiographic study. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2013;26(11):1344-52.
  44. Sotiriou, P., Kouidi, E., Samaras, Th, Deligiannis, A. Linear and non- linear analysis of heart rate variability in master athletes and healthy middle-aged non-athletes. Medical Engineering Physics 2013, 35(11):1676-81
  45. Kaltsatou AC, Kouidi EI, Anifanti MA, Douka SI, Deligiannis AP. Functional and psychosocial effects of either a traditional dancing or a formal exercising training program in patients with chronic heart failure: a comparative randomized controlled study.Clin Rehabil 2014;28(2):128-38.
  46. Deligiannis AP, Kouidi EJ, Koutlianos NA, Karagiannis V, Anifanti MA, Tsorbatzoglou K, Farmakis D, Avgerinos C, Mameletzi DN, Samara AP. Eighteen years’ experience applying old and current strategies in the pre-participation cardiovascular screening of athletes. Hellenic J Cardiol 2014; 55(1):32-41.
  47. Van Craenenbroeck AH, Van Craenenbroeck EM, Kouidi E, Vrints CJ, Couttenye MM, Conraads VM. Vascular effects of exercise training in CKD: current evidence and pathophysiological mechanisms. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014;9(7):1305-18.
  48. Kaltsatou A, Kouidi E, Fountoulakis K, Sipka C, Theochari V, Kandylis D, Deligiannis A. Effects of exercise training with traditional dancing on functional capacity and quality of life in patients with schizophrenia: a randomized controlled study. Clin Rehabil 2015; 29(9):882-91.
  49. Van Craenenbroeck AH, Van Craenenbroeck EM, Van Ackeren K, Vrints CJ, Conraads VM, Verpooten GA, Kouidi E, Couttenye MM. Effect of Moderate Aerobic Exercise Training on Endothelial Function and Arterial Stiffness in CKD Stages 3-4: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Kidney Dis 2015;66(2):285-96.
  50. Christou GA, Kouidi EJ, Anifanti MA, Sotiriou PG, Deligiannis AP. A novel strategy for evaluating tilt test in athletes with syncope. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2016; 23(9):1003-10.
  51. Clyne N, Hellberg M, Kouidi E, Deligiannis A, Höglund P. Relationship between declining GFR and measures of cardiac and vascular autonomic neuropathy. Nephrology 2016; 21(12): 1047-1055
  52. Christou GA, Kouidi EJ, Anifanti MA, Sotiriou PG, Koutlianos NA, Deligiannis AP. Pathophysiological mechanisms of noncardiac syncope in athletes. Int J Cardiol 2016; 224:20-26.
  53. Christou GA, Kouidi EJ, Deligiannis AP, Kiortsis DN. Diagnosis and Treatment of Dyslipidaemias in Athletes. Curr Vasc Pharmacol 2017;15(3):238-247
  54. Vordos Z, Kouidi E, Mavrovouniotis F, Metaxas T, Dimitros E, Kaltsatou A, Deligiannis A. Impact of traditional Greek dancing on jumping ability, muscular strength and lower limb endurance in cardiac rehabilitation programmes. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2017; 16(2):150-156.
  55. Benzer W, Rauch B, Schmid JP, Zwisler AD, Dendale P, Davos CH, Kouidi E, Simon A, Abreu A, Pogosova N, Gaita D, Miletic B, Bönner G, Ouarrak T, McGee H; EuroCaReD study group. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation in twelve European countries: Results of the European Cardiac Rehabilitation Registry. Int J Cardiol 2017; 228: 58-67
  56. Hansen D, Dendale P, Coninx K, Vanhees L, Piepoli MF, Niebauer J, Cornelissen V, Pedretti R, Geurts E, Ruiz GR, Corrà U, Schmid JP, Greco E, Davos CH, Edelmann F, Abreu A, Rauch B, Ambrosetti M, Braga SS, Barna O, Beckers P, Bussotti M, Fagard R, Faggiano P, Garcia-Porrero E, Kouidi E, Lamotte M, Neunhäuserer D, Reibis R, Spruit MA, Stettler C, Takken T, Tonoli C, Vigorito C, Völler H, Doherty P. The European Association of Preventive Cardiology Exercise Prescription in Everyday Practice and Rehabilitative Training (EXPERT) tool: A digital training and decision support system for optimized exercise prescription in cardiovascular disease. Concept, definitions and construction methodology. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2017; in press

Current research projects:

  1. Exercise and quality of life in chronic diseases
  2. Medical screening of amateur soccer players

Reviewer in journals:

  • American Journal of Cardiology
  • American Journal of Kidney Disease
  • Cardiology Research and Practice
  • Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
  • European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
  • Hippokrateia
  • Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Kidney International
  • Medical Science Monitor
  • Nephron
  • Nephrol Dialysis Transplantation

Citations (in Scopus): 1764

h-index in Scopus: 22