The Doctor - Georgia Koltsida - Pediatrician- Pulmonologist
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The Doctor

Georgia Koltsida MD FAAP
Pediatrician- Pulmonologist

Georgia Koltsida is a pediatric pulmonologist with official training in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Pulmonology respectively, in the United States of America. She is one of the very few pediatric pulmonologists in Greece who completed an official fellowship, as well as relevant accreditation from the American Board of Pediatrics.

Ms Koltsida was born and raised in Athens. She is a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Crete with grade “Very Good”. She fulfilled her service as a rural doctor in the island of Zakynthos and afterwards she participated in the clinical research in professor Chrousos’ scientific team in the University of Athens. After successfully completing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), she moved to the United States of America in 2011, where she completed her residency in General Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. She participated successfully in the Examination of American Board of Pediatrics and was awarded the title of the American Board Certified Pediatrician in 2015.

Subsequently, she completed the subspecialty of Pediatric Pulmonology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Top #2 Children’s Hospital in USA), in Pennsylvania and at the same time she participated under scholarship in the Master in Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her education, she cared for a plethora of common, but also rare and complicated pediatric pulmonary cases. In addition, she participated in the Airways Disease Program and performed a significant number of bronchoscopy procedures. One of her special interests of was and still is, the care of children with neuromuscular diseases. Her subspecialty training involved also the field of Sleep Medicine and thus, she worked at the side of Dr. Carole Marcus. Following the completion of her training , she participated successfully in the Subspecialty Examination of American Board of Pediatrics and was awarded the title of the American Board Certified Pediatric Pulmonologist  in 2018.

She returned to Greece in 2017 and successfully completed the process of accreditation of the specialty of General Pediatrics in Greece, including the exams of Pediatrics as well. She holds the position of academic fellow at Aghia Sofia Children’s Hospital, 1st University Department she is also a consultant at the Pediatric Pulmonology Department of Metropolitan Hospital.

She has participated as a speaker in several international conferences, mainly in the USA, as well as in England and in Greece.

She is married with 3 children, the twins Angeliki and Evelina and little Philip


2000-2006: MD. School of Health Sciences, University of Crete, Greece.

2015- 2017: Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania

Postgraduate Training and Fellowship appointments:

2011-2014: Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2014-2017: Residency in Pediatrics, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

Faculty appointments:

2014-2017: Instructor (B), Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Work experience:

2018 – present: Consultant Pediatric Pulmonologist at IASO Children’s Hospital, Athens

2018 – present: University Scholar, Children’s Hospital, ‘Aghia Sophia’, Athens

2018-2019: Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital, Athens Medical Group

2006-2008: Compulsory post as a Rural General Practitioner in General Hospital of Zakynthos, Greece with a special focus in Paediatrics.

Post-Graduate Research experience

2015 – present: The effect of treatment of Aspergillus isolated from the respiratory tract of patients with cystic fibrosis, on their pulmonary function, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania.

2009 – 2011: Researcher at the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Athens. Research project: Endocrinologic and Psychologic Evaluation of 21-Hydroxylase Deficiency Carriers and Matched Normal Subjects. Supervisor: George P. Chrousos MD, Chairman of Pediatrics, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Specialty Certification

2015: American Academy of Pediatrics- General Pediatrics

2018:  2018 American Academy of Pediatrics- Pediatric Pulmonology


State of Pennsylvania- USA

Athens- Greece

Awards & Honors

2016: : Caruso Fellowship Award for Research in Cystic Fibrosis.

2016: CHEST travel scholarship for attendance at CHEST annual meeting October 2016, Los Angeles.

2016: American Thoracic Society: ATS travel award for attendance at the Fellows Tract Symposium and ATS Conference May 2016, San Francisco.

2016: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Travel award for attendance at 7th Advances Against Aspergillosis Conference, March 2016, Manchester, UK

2015: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Paediatrics: University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s degree tuition grant.

2006: Scholarship for clinical clerkship in Neurology and Paediatrics neurology in Boston Medical Centre, Boston, USA.

Memberships in Professional & Scientific Societies

American Thoracic Society

Hellenic Pediatric Pulmonary Society

European Respiratory Society


2017: Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis: A Rarely Suspected Etiology of Respiratory Distress in an Adolescent Patient with Hematologic Malignancy, poster presentation, American Thoracic Society Conference, Washington DC, United States.

2017: Poster presentation: Novel Approach to Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Bronchial Tumor: A case report, American Thoracic Society Conference, Washington DC, United States.

Lectures by invitation:

June 2016: ‘Rhinosinusitis and associated respiratory conditions’, National Polythematic Conference in Medicine, Zakynthos, Greece.

2019: ‘Sleep disturbances in children, 12ο Annual Pediatric Conference, Athens Medical Group, Athens, Greece

2019: ‘Treatment with inhaled medication, when and where’ 8th Scientific Symposium, IASO Medical Group, Athens, Greece

2018: ‘Diagnosis of Chronic Productive Cough’ 11th Annual Pediatric Conference, Athens Medical Group, Athens, Greece

2018: ‘Respiratory problems in children with neuromuscular diseases’ Hellenic Pediatric Neurology Conference, Athens, Greece

2018: ‘Effect of sleep disturbances in health and life of adolescents’, Hellenic Scientific conference, Nauplio, Greece

2018: ‘Delivery systems of inhaled medications’, 9ο Hellenic Pediatric Pulmonary Conference, Athens, Greece

2019: ‘Sleep disturbances in Children’ 12th Annual Pediatric Conference, Athens Medical Group, Athens, Greece

2020: ‘Current management of asthma ‘ 33rd Therapeutiki Enimerosi, Athens, Greece


Research Publications, peer reviewed (print or other media):

  • Koltsida G, Zaoutis T. ‘Fungal Lung Disease’ Paediatric Respiratory Reviews (in press)
  • Kyritsi EM, Koltsida G, Farakla I, Papanikolaou A, Critselis E, Mantzou E, Zoumakis E, Kolaitis G, Chrousos GP, Charmandari E ‘Psychological vulnerability to stress in carriers of congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21 hydroxylase deficiency ‘Hormones (Athens). 2017 Jan;16(1):42-53. doi: 10.14310/horm.2002.1718
  • Koltsida G., Konstantinopoulou S., (2019) “Long Term Outcomes in Chronic Lung Disease Requiring Tracheostomy and Chronic ventilation”. Seminars in Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Oct;24(5):101044. doi: 10.1016/j.siny.2019.101044. Epub 2019 Oct 25.

Book Chapters

  • Recurrent Pneumonia, Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Essentials for Practice, 2017
  • Pectus excavatum and carinatum: Pediatric Pulmonology, Asthma, and Sleep Medicine: A Manual for Primary Care, a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016
  • Pneumothorax: Pediatric Pulmonology, Asthma, and Sleep Medicine: A Manual for Primary Care, a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016