Dr. Elias C. Papadopoulos
I was born and raised in Athens. I graduated cum laude from the University of Athens Medical School in 1994 and went on to specialize in orthopedics at the 1st Orthopedic Clinic of the University of Athens; during this period I had the good fortune of training as a Spine Surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic in the USA. I completed my Orthopedics Residency Program at the Athens University in 2003; then I left for the States to specialize in Spine Surgery and Scoliosis at Weill Medical College, Cornell University, and worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, until 2005.
Voluntary Work
When I chose to become a doctor I had no way of knowing, however much I suspected it, the actual satisfaction that lies in the ability to heal. Today I can safely say that surgery, and especially my specialty that allows me to help children, is very gratifying and rewarding on a personal level. It is this satisfaction that I seek as I actively participate in FOCOS*, the non-profit organization that provides treatment to children with spinal problems in Western Africa.
In November 2013, I was greatly honored to receive an award for my voluntary work by the Hospital for Special Surgery, the leasing Orthopedics Hospital in the U.S. I was given the award during the 95th Annual Meeting of the Hospital’s Alumni Association, by the Hospital’s Chief Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Sculco. This award came after I had participated in eight delegations to Ghana with the FOCOS organization (Foundation for Orthopedics and Complex Spine; www.orthofocos.org ) and I am the first Greek doctor to have received this award.
Interview on show ”First News”
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