Kevork Hopayian

Clinical Professor


Kevork Hopayian is Clinical Professor at the University of Nicosia Medical School

Prof. Hopayian graduated in medicine with an MBBS from University College London, having previously obtained a BSc in medical sociology from the University of London. He obtained the Diploma of Child Health from the Royal College of Paediatricians and the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He gained Membership then Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was awarded an MD by the University of East Anglia, England.

His main interest is in evidence-based medicine and has published research on the same as well as, health service organisation, medical education, and musculoskeletal medicine.

Selected Publication

Peer-reviewed Journals

Hopayian K, Horrocks G, Garner P, Levitt A. Battered women presenting in General Practice.  The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 1983; 33: 506-507. Full text

Hopayian K. A brief technique of hypnoanaesthesia for children in the casualty department.  Anaesthesia 1984; 39: 1139-41. Full text

Hopayian K. Hypnoanaesthesia in psychotically predisposed individuals. Is it safe?: a case report. Proceedings of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis 1985; 6: 23-24.

Hopayian K. Diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica.  Lancet (c); 1996, 348: 899.

Hopayian K. Sciatica in the community – not always disc herniation.   International Journal of Clinical Practice 1999; 53(3): 197-8.

Hopayian K, Mugford M. Conflicting Conclusions From Two Systematic Reviews Of Epidural Steroid Injections For Sciatica: Which Evidence Should GPs Heed? The British Journal of General Practice 1999; 49, 57-61.  Full text

Hopayian K. Morley S. Putting confidence into audit: using confidence intervals to set objective standards in primary care audits. The Journal of Clinical Governance 2001; 9:67-70.

Hopayian K. The need for caution in interpreting high quality systematic reviews. BMJ 2001; 323: 681-4. Full text

Hopayian, K. and Harvey, I. (2002) Sources of misunderstanding numbers needed to treat. Eur J Gen Pract. 8: 101-3

Hopayian K. Why Medicine Still Needs a Scientific Foundation: Restating the Hypotheticodeductive Model. Part one. Br J Gen Pract 2004;54:400-1. Full text

Hopayian K. Why Medicine Still Needs a Scientific Foundation: Restating the Hypotheticodeductive Model. Part two. Br J Gen Pract 2004;54:402-3. Full text

Dawes MG, Summerskill W, Glasziou P, Cartabellotta A, Martin J, Hopayian K, et al. Sicily statement on evidence-based practice. BMC Med Educ 2005; 5(1). Full text

Hopayian K, Harvey, Howe A, Horrocks G. Perceived aids and barriers to clinical effectiveness in the work of primary care organizations in England: a qualitative study. Quality in Primary Care 2005; 13: 17-24 Full text

Hopayian K, Howe A, Dagley V, Lillicrap M, Gittos A. Effective Teaching for Effective Practice: family medicine led, early patient contact in an undergraduate musculoskeletal curriculum. WONCA Europe, WONCA Europe “From Hippocrates to the Human Genome”, Kos, Greece, 2005.

Howe A, Dagley V, Hopayian K, Lillicrap M. Patient contact in the first years of basic medical training: feasible, educational, acceptable? Medical Teacher. 2007; 29(237-245.

Nabulsi M, Harris J, Letelier K, Ramos K, Hopayian K, Parkin P et al. Effectiveness of education in evidence-based healthcare: the current state of outcome assessments and a framework for future evaluations. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare. 2007;5(4):468–476. Full text

Hopayian K, Howe A, Dagley V. A survey of UK medical schools’ arrangements for early patient contact. Med Teach. 2007;29(8):806-813. Full text

Hopayian K. Using mock studies to teach evidence-based practice: description of workshops and evaluation of GP trainees’ experiences. Education for Primary Care. 2008;19(3):321-327. Full text

Subramanian DN, Hopayian K. An audit of the first year of screening for depression in patients with diabetes and ischaemic heart disease under the Quality and Outcomes Framework. Qual Prim Care. 2008;16(5):341-344 Full text

Hopayian K, Song F, Riera R, Sambandan S. The clinical features of the piriformis syndrome: a systematic review. Eur Spine J. 2010;DOI: 10.1007/s00586-010-1504-9. Full text

Power M, Hopayian K. Exposing the evidence gap for complementary and alternative medicine to be integrated into science-based medicine. J R Soc Med. 2011;104(4):155-161 Full text

Hopayian K, Jackson L. Evaluation of the methodological quality of the Health Protection Agency’s 2009 guidance on neuraminidase inhibitors. Qual Prim Care. 2012;20: 69-75. Full Text

Hopayian K. Exception reporting as a quality marker. BJGP. 2013;63(611):315. Full text

Hopayian K. Práctica médica basada en la evidencia: ¿qué deberíamos enseñar y cómo deberíamos enseñarlo? Evid Act Pract Ambul. 2013;16(3):82-83. Full text

Hopayian K, Notley C. A systematic review of low back pain and sciatica patients’ expectations and experiences of health care. The Spine Journal. 2014;14(8):1769-1780. Full text

Ohanyan M, Danielyan A, Hopayian K. International primary care snapshots: Making strides towards family medicine in Armenia. British Journal of General Practice. 2015;65(635):308-309. Full text

Rawlinson G, Mecini IR, Hopayian K. Family medicine on the rise in Kosovo. British Journal of General Practice Br J Gen Pract. 2016;66(653):614.

Hopayian K, Danielyan A. Four symptoms define the piriformis syndrome: an updated systematic review of its clinical features. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology. 2017 Full text

Doctoral thesis

November 1999 to March 2004. The implementation of clinical effectiveness by Primary Care Groups and Trusts: a mixed quantitative and qualitative study. Research project for MD thesis, the role of PCGs (Primary Care Groups) and PCTs (Primary Care Trusts) in clinical effectiveness.


Hopayian K. Making your practice evidence-based. A self-study guide for primary care. RCGP Publications; 2010.

Contributions to multi-author books

Facing the Figures: what is really happening to the NHS?  Radical Statistics Health Group, 1987. I contributed two sections to this multi-author book looking at changes to the NHS wrought by the government in the years 1979-87.

Not another guide to stress in general practice.  Radcliffe Medical Press, 2000 A chapter in this multi-author book.

Practical General Practice. Churchill Livingstone 2010. The chapter on musculoskeletal medicine.

Mailing Address

Block A

University of Nicosia Medical School
93 Agiou Nikolaou, 2408 Engomi
P.O. Box 24005, CY-1700, Nicosia, Cyprus


Phone: +357 22 471900