Launch of the 5th annual IMTJ Medical Travel Awards


Prestigious awards reward excellence in medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry worldwide

The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry. Unlike other awards in the sector, the IMTJ Awards are judged by an independent panel of 21 medical travel experts from around the globe, chaired by IMTJ Managing Editor, Keith Pollard.

The Awards will be presented to the winners at a gala dinner and ceremony hosted by IMTJ on the evening of May 23rd 2018 in Athens, Greece, during the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2018 . The presentation of the Awards will be a focal point during a wonderful evening for networking and celebration.

The Award categories are:

• International hospital of the year
• International specialist patient centre of the year (e.g. orthopaedic, heart, spine, liver)
• International dental clinic of the year
• International cosmetic surgery clinic of the year
• International fertility clinic of the year
• International dialysis clinic of the year
• International cancer centre of the year
• International hair clinic of the year
• International eye clinic of the year
• International thermal / medical spa of the year
• Medical travel agency of the year
• Best medical travel web site
• Best marketing initiative
• Best quality initiative
• Excellence in customer service
• Best use of technology in medical tourism
• Health and medical tourism: Destination of the year
• Health and medical tourism cluster of the year
• Sanjiv Malik Lifetime Award (individual)

Entry to the Awards closes on 9th February, 2018.


Chairman of the judging panel and Managing Editor of IMTJ Keith Pollard says the awards celebrate the best providers in the industry and aim to encourage others to strive to match them:

“Medical travel is an exciting and growing global industry, with many providers delivering excellence in both medical care and customer service. The IMTJ Medical Travel Awards are the only independent awards to recognise those who are the best of the best – and hopefully will encourage others to emulate their success. The judges want to reward innovation and excellence, highlight best practice and celebrate those who are leading the way in the industry and delivering successful outcomes for patients.

 “All our previous winners exemplify the way the medical tourism industry should be run – professional, offering exceptional patient care and providing the best possible medical outcomes. I’m looking forward to next year’s awards in the hope that other clinics and companies will have raised their game to match or even better this year’s winners.”

Head of Public Relations and Communication for Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, Shobena Singam says of their success in the IMTJ Awards:

 “The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council and its member hospitals in Malaysia are ecstatic for continuously winning several of the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) Awards from 2014 right up to year 2017. Undoubtedly winning the prestigious IMTJ Awards has been an incredibly rewarding experience as it has given a strong testament to Malaysia Healthcare and it has helped strengthen Malaysia as a leading medical tourism destination within this region and globally.”

 For all media enquiries, including interviews with Keith Pollard, please contact Sarah Ward:

 Notes for editors:About IMTJ

The International Medical Travel Journal ( provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through health tourism is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ helps to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) is owned and managed by Intuition Communication, a specialist publisher of consumer and business-to-business information on private healthcare and medical travel.  The company also operates a consumer facing portal for medical tourism – Treatment Abroad.

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