Moraitis Dimitrios

Moraitis Dimitrios General Surgeon

Education & Academic Qualifications

  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • General Surgery, Resident & Chief Resident, New York Medical College, New York, USA
  • Head & Neck Oncology Surgery, Senior Fellow Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA


Doctoral thesis

  • Correlation of smoking and carcinogenesis in the upper respiratory tracts. The role of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

  • Hellenic Association for Molecular Cancer Research, Athens

  • Hellenic Society of Head and Neck Oncology, Athens

  • Athens Medical Association

  • British Medical Association, London, UK

  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK

  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, USA

  • American Head and Neck Society, USA

  • American College of Surgeons, USA

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), USA

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, USA

  • New York Medical College Surgery Association, New York, USA


Work Experience

  • Surgery Lecturer, New York Medical College, USA

  • Head & Neck Surgery Lecturer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA


Clinical & Research Interest

Clinical Interest:

  • Oncology of endocrine glands (thyroid and parathyroid glands)

  • Salivary glands (parotid, submandibular glands)

  • Mouth

  • Buccopharynx

  • Larynx

  • Hypopharynx

  • Skin carcinomas and head & neck melanoma 

Research Interest:

  • Thyroid gland carcinogenesis & mouth/upper respiratory tract carcinogenesis


Recent Publications

  • Moraitis D, Karanikou M, Liakou C, Dimas K, Tzimas G, Tseleni-Balafouta S, Patsouris E, Rassidakis GZ, Kouvaraki MA. SIN1, a critical component of the mTOR-Rictor complex, is overexpressed and associated with AKT activation in medullary and aggressive papillary thyroid carcinomas. Surgery, 2014 Dec; 156(6): 1542-9.

  • Kouvaraki MA, Liakou C, Paraschi A, Dimas K, Patsouris E, Tseleni-Balafouta S, Rassidakis GZ, Moraitis D. Activation of mTOR signaling in medullary and aggressive papillary thyroid carcinomas. Surgery, 2011; 150(6): 1258-65.

  • D. Moraitis, A. R. Shaha. How I do it: Opening the”gift box”. A systematic approach to expose the superior thyroid vessels in complicated thyroid surgery. J Surg Oncol, 2006; 93(5): 417-9

  • D. Moraitis, B. Du, M De Lorenzo, J.O. Boyle, B.B. Weksler, E.G. Cohen, J.F. Carew, N.K. Altorki, L. Kopelovich, K. Subbaramaiah, A.J. Dannenberg. Levels of COX-2 are increased in the oral mucosa of smokers. Evidence for the role of EGFR and its ligands. Cancer Res, 2005, 65(2): 1-7