Economopoulos George

Economopoulos George Cardiac Surgeon

Attending Physician, 2nd Cardiac Surgery Department HYGEIA Hospital

Education & Academic Qualifications

  • Athens Medical School: 1968 – 1974.
  • Surrogate Surgeon/ Greek Army,1974 – 1977.

Training in General Surgeon:

  • 1/1/1978 – 30/6 1979: Resident in Gen Surgery New York Medical College NY. NY, USA.
  • 1/7/1979 – 30/6/1980Q Resident in Gen Surgery University of Syracuse, Syracuse NY, USA.
  • 1/7/1980 – 30/6/1983: Resident and Chief Resident in Gen Surgery University of Connecticut, New Britain Gen Hospital, John Dempsey Gen Hospital, VA medical Center Connecticutt, USA.

Training in Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery:

  • 1/7/1983-30/6/1984: Fellow in Vascular and Cardio-Vascular Surgery: Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • 1/7/1984 – 30/6/1987: Resident and Chief Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Wayne state University Medical Center: Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Americann Board of Surgery (1984) ( Certificate No 29927).

Americann Board of Thoracic Surgery (1988, recertified in 1998, 2008). (Certificate No 4665).

European Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2002).

Greek Cardiothoracic Speciality (Ελλαδα) 18/1/1991 ( αποφ 22236/90/18-01-1991)


Doctoral thesis

  • The use of pericardial fat pad as homoestatic mechanism, University of Athens (2003).

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

  • Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • Denton Cooley cardiovascular Society

  • Fellow American College of Chest Physicians (FACCP)

  • Fellow European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (FEACTS)

  • Fellow International College of Minimal Invasive Cardiac surgery (ISMICS)

  • Fellow International College of Surgeons

  • Medical Association of Athens

  • Greek Society of Surgical Heart Throat

  • Hellenic Cardiology Society

  • Greek Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

  • Reviewer : annals of thoracic Surgery (1989 – 1990)

  • Reviewer :  European journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2015 – 2017)


Work Experience

  • HYGEIA Hospital, 12/2/2018- now: Associate Cardiologist.

  • General Hospital Ipokrateio, 10/2007 – 31/12/2017: Coordinator Director of 2nd Cardiosurgical Dept.

  • Metropolita Hospital,  6/2002 – 10/2007: Director of Cardiosurgical Dept.

  • Onaseio Cardiosurgical Center, 6/1993 – 6/2002: Αssistant Manager of 1st Cardiosurgery Dept. and Ηeart Τransplant Dept.

  • HYGEIA Hospital, 1991- 1993 Associate Cardiologist.

  • Tuscon Medical Center, Tuscon Arizona USA: 1990 – 1991 Private Practice in Cardiac Surgery.

  • Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Michigan, USA: Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

  • Harper – Grace Hospital Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 1987 – 1989 Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon.


Clinical & Research Interest

Clinical Interest:

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery

  • Aortic Pathology

  • Heart Valve Disease

  • Surgical Cardiac Insufficiency

  • Coronary Heart Disease

Research Interest:

  • Aortic Pathology

  • Valve Disease

  • Arrhythmia Surgery


Recent Publications

  • Antibiotic prophylaxis in cardiac surgery Kriaras I, Michalopoulos A, Palatianos G, Economopoulos G, Anagnostopoulos C, Geroulanos S J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino) 1997 Dec; 38(6): 605-10

  • Open heart surgery and abdominal aortic aneurysm Economopoulos G, Iliopoulos J Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2002 May; 73(5): 1691-2

  • 8 Management of catheter-related injuries to the coronary sinus Economopoulos GC, Michalis A, Palatianos GM, Sarris GE. Ann Thorac Surg 2003 Jul ; 76(1) : 112-6.

  • Superior Vena Cava stenosis : A Delayed Bioglue Complication Economopoulos G, Dimitrakakis G, Brountzos E, Kelekis D. J of Thorac Cardiovasc Surgery; 127/6, June 2004: 1819-21.

  • Delayed Pseudoaneurysm of the Mitral – Aortic Intervalvular fibrosa: George Economopoulos Annals of Thoracic Surgery; 2007: 83: 2233

  • Successful percutaneous aortic valve implantation via a stenotic left subclavian artery access. Vavouranakis M, Vrachatis DA, Toutouzas K, Economopoulos G, Kalogeras KI, Stefanadis C. Heart Vessel 2010. July; 25(4): 359-62, Epcib 2010 Jul 31.

  • Preoperative Atorvastatin Treatment in CABG patients Rapidly Improves Vein Graft Recox State by Inhibition of Ract and NADPH-Oxidase Activity Charalambos Antoniades, MD, Constantinos  Bakoyiannis MD, Dimitris Tousoulis MD, PHD, Mei-Hua Zhang PhD, Andreas Paschalis, MD, Alexios Antonopoulos MD, Michael Demosthenous MD, Antigoni Miliou MSc, Costas Psaros BSc, Kyriakoula Marinou MD, Nickolaos Sfyras MD, George Economopoulos MD, Barbara Casadei MD, DPhis FRC, Keith Channou MD FRCP, Christodoulos Stefanadis MD, FACC, FESC. Circulation 2010; 122: S66-S73

  • Atorvastatin treatment for three days before CABG improves myocardial redox state, by modifying NADPH-Oxidase activity and NOS coupling. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Chicago Illinois, 13-17 Nov. 2010. Circulation, 23 November 2010; 122: A17030. 1. Demosthenous, C. Antoniades, D. Tousoulis, M. Margaritis, A. Antonopoulos, A. Paschalis, G. Ekonomopoulos, S. Reilly, B. Cassadei, C. Stefanadis.

  • Atorvastatin rapidly improves eNOS coupling in human internal mammary arteries, by stimulating GTP-cyclohydrolase I expression and improving vascular tetrahydrobiopretin bioavailability. C. Bakogiannis, C. Antoniades, D. Tousoulis, A. Hale, M. Demosthenous, A.S. Antonopoulos, G. Economopoulos, C. Psarros, C. Stefanadis, K.M. Channon. European Heart Journal (2011) 32 (Abstract Supplement), 1119-1194.