I was born and raised in Athens, Greece, earning my medical degree at the University of Athens School of Medicine. After completing my Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, I moved onto a fellowship in Microsurgery and Complex Reconstruction at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. My clinical interests include oncologic and trauma reconstruction, microsurgery, lymphedema surgery, general plastic and cosmetic surgery. My passions involve innovative and cutting-edge surgical techniques, including DIEP and PAP flaps for breast reconstruction, neurotized free flaps, head and neck reconstruction using virtual surgical planning (VSP), targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR), and lymphovenous bypass surgery using super-microsurgery techniques. Since I joined the University of Tennessee Medical Center, I have led the development of the Comprehensive Lymphedema Service and I am Co-Chair of the TN Chapter of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN).
On the academic side, I have a strong interest in research, surgical education and contributing to scientific societies. I am involved in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. I have also participated in several national scientific committees and served as a member of task forces contributing to guideline development and patient care quality improvement. My research is focused on clinical outcomes, healthcare disparities and guideline development. I've published over 30 peer-reviewed articles along with five individual book chapters, and presented research in multiple regional, national and international conferences. Earning several prestigious research and teaching awards, including the Resident Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), Outstanding Plastic Surgery Resident, and the ASRM Outstanding Paper Awards were rewarding experiences.
oncologic, trauma reconstruction, microsurgery, lymphedema surgery, body, breast plastic surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, cosmetic surgery