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.

Upon returning to Athens in 2005 I became a founding member of the Spine Surgery Department at the “HYGEIA” Hospital; I am also Assistant Professor at the University of Athens, in charge of the Spine Surgery Department. Moreover, I do voluntary work with Dr. Broachie-Adjei, the most eminent persona in the field of spine scoliosis worldwide, performing surgery in Ghana, West Africa, 2-4 weeks yearly. Since I first participated in this, in 2008, I have operated on unique spinal conditions one rarely comes across in their career. Apart from the surgery, our team shares its experience and publishes internationally on the treatment of conditions such as early-childhood scoliosis, severe kyphosis, etc.

In 2012 I became a Traveling Fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. Along with two other surgeons who were also selected from a worldwide basis, and accompanied by the emblematic Dr. Michael McMaster, I traveled to major spinal surgery centers in the US (St.Louis, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas), performing surgery and giving lectures.

 

I have so far published over 30 articles in prestigious US medical journals, such as Spine, the Journal of Spinal Disorders etc, as well as chapters in books, in English and Greek. I have also presented my research at major international and Panhellenic conferences.

 

I am passionate about research and find my enthusiasm never wanes for subjects such as spinal osteotomy, severe disfigurement, artificial disks, spinal  tumors and inflammations, osteoporosis and kyphoplasty, spinal fusion, scoliosis and kyphosis in children and adults and so on. I am in charge of several research programs that continuously publish results at international spinal conferences and have been a member of the Scoliosis Research Society training committee since 2013. Finally,  as a University Professor I train young doctors in spinal surgery.

 

I am an active member of the North American Spine Society ( www.nass.org ), the Scoliosis Research Society ( www.srs.org ) and the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine – FOCOS (www.orthofocos.org), the non-profit organization that operates in Ghana, West Africa.

 

I firmly believe  in the contemporary  team approach to nosology; it’s the only  way to achieve the best results in treatment. In orthopedics, and especially in my specialty, collaboration with physical therapists, pain doctors and neurologists is essential for each and every patient. It is also my firm belief that progress in medicine can only be achieved through honest, scientific research.

 

Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
  • Cervical Disc Arthroplasty
  • Atlantoaxial Fusion (C1-2 Fusion)
  • Occipitocervical Fusion
  • Vertebral Column Resection
  • Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy
  • Smith-Peterson Osteotomy
  • Scoliosis Correction
  • Kyphosis Correction
  • Sagittal and Coronal Plane Deformity Corrections
  • Lumbar Decompression and Fusions

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