Education & Academic Qualifications

  • 9/1988-7/1994,  Medical School; National and Kapodestrian University of Athens Medical Degree Grade: Excellent; Rank: Upper 2%
  • 9/1994-10/1994,  University of Berlin, Oscar Helene-Heim Hospital; Elective Clerkship in Orthopedics and Trauma
  • 9/1995-10/1996,  Internship in General Surgery; Athens Naval Hospital
  • 1/1997-1/1998,  Public Service, General Practice; Evia Island; Greece
  • 2/1998 – 3/2003, Resident in Orthopedics; 1st Orthopedic Dpt. University of Athens, School of Medicine, Greece
  • 1/2000-7/2000,  Visiting Resident in Orthopedics (6 months) Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2003, Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery Certification; Greece
  • 7/2003-6/2005, Fellow in Spinal and Scoliosis Surgery Hospital for Special Surgery, NY Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University, NY
  • 2003-2005,  Spine and Scoliosis Surgery Certification; USA
  • 2012, Scoliosis Research Society Travelling Fellowship

Doctoral thesis

“Pyriformis Syndrome”. Pathologic study in cadavers.

Department of Orthopedics, School of Medicine, University of Athens

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

  • 2005-  Hellenic College of Orthopedic Surgeons, Athens

  • 2003-  Hellenic Medical Society, New York

  • 2008-  FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine)

  • 2008- North American Spine Society Scoliosis Research Society

  • 2010-  European Spine Society

  • 2012-  Education Commity, Scoliosis Research Society

  • 2012-  Global Outreach Commity, Scoliosis Research Society

Work Experience

  • Orthopedic Resident at the KAT Athens Hospital

  • Spine Fellow at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University, New York, NY

  • Ass. Professor, Orthopedic Dept, University of Athens, School of Medicine

  • Attending Spine Surgeon at the HYGEIA HOSPITAL

  • Director of Spine Division, HYGEIA Hospital

Clinical & Research Interest

Clinical Interest:

  • Minimally invasive Spinal Surgery

  • Kyphosis-Scoliosis

  • Spinal Osteotomies (SPO, PSO, PVCR), Complex Spine Surgery

Research Interest:

  • SRS GOP (Scoliosis Research Society, Global Outreach Programs)

Honors & Awards

  • 1990-1994,  Papadakis Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement

  • 1993, Greek Ministry of Education

    Award for Excellence

    Ranked Third in Fifth year Medical School Class

  • 1994, Athens University Medical School Graduation Award

    Upper 2% throughout the Medical School

  • 2003-2006, Empirikion Foundation scholar

  • 2006, Spine Surgery Scholarship, Greek Orthopedic Society


Recent Publications

Accuracy of Single-Time, Multilevel Registration In Image-Guided Spinal Surgery

Elias C. Papadopoulos, Federico P. Girardi, Andrew Sama, HS Sandhu, Frank P. Cammisa, Jr

(Spine J; 2005 May-Jun;5(3):263-7; discussion 268)


Three-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with plate fixation: radiographic and clinical results

Elias C. Papadopoulos, Federico P. Girardi, Russel C. Huang, Keith Synnott, Frank P. Cammisa, Jr

(Spine; 2006 Apr 15;31(8):897-902)


Outcome of revision discectomies following recurrent lumbar disc herniation

Elias C. Papadopoulos, MD; Federico P. Girardi, MD; Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD; Patrick F. O’Leary, MD; Frank P. Cammisa, Jr, MD, FACS

(Spine; 2006 Jun 1;31(13):1473-6)


Postoperative infection in posterior and anterior interbody fusion for degenerative diseases of the spine

Ioannis p. Pappou, Elias C. Papadopoulos, Andrew A. Sama, Federico P. Girardi, Frank P. Cammisa

(Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Mar;444:120-8)


Pott’s disease in the thoracolumbar spine with marked kyphosis and progressive paraplegia necessitating posterior vertebral column resection and anterior reconstruction with a cage.

Ioannis P. Pappou, Elias C. Papadopoulos, A. Swanson, Federico P. Girardi.

(Spine. 2006 Feb 15;31(4):E123-7)


Lumbar microdiscectomy under epidural anesthesia

Elias C. Papadopoulos, Federico P. Girardi, Andrew A. Sama, Ioannis P. Pappou, Michael K. Urban, Frank           P. Cammisa

(Spine J; 2006 Sep-Oct;6(5):561-4)


Unipedicular Balloon kyphoplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures; early results

Elias C. Papadopoulos, MD; Folorunsho Edobor-Osula, MPH; Michael J. Gardner, MD; Michael K. Shidle,MD; Joseph M. Lane, MD

(Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques; 2008 Dec;21(8):589-96)


Sacral Stress Fractures complicating thoracolumbar fusion to the Sacrum

Elias C. Papadopoulos, MD; Frank P. Cammisa, MD, Jr; Federico P. Girardi, MD

(Spine; 2008 Sep 1;33(19):E699-707)


Late treatment of tuberculosis-associated kyphosis: literature review and experience from a SRS-GOP site.

Boachie-Adjei O, Papadopoulos EC, Pellisé F, Cunningham ME, Perez-Grueso FS, Gupta M, Lonner B, Paonessa K, King A, Sacramento C, Kim HJ, Mendelow M, Yazici M

Eur Spine J. 2012 May 25


Early outcomes and complications of posterior vertebral column resection

Papadopoulos EC, Boachie-Adjei O, Hess WF, Sanchez Perez-Grueso FJ, Pellisé F, Gupta M, Lonner B, Paonessa K, Faloon M, Cunningham ME, Kim HJ, Mendelow M, Sacramento C, Yazici M; Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine, New York, NY.

Spine J. 2013 Apr 25


Preoperative halo-gravity traction for severe spinal deformities at an SRS-GOP site in West Africa: protocols, complications, and results.

Nemani VM, Kim HJ, Bjerke-Kroll BT, Yagi M, Sacramento-Dominguez C, Akoto H, Papadopoulos EC, Sanchez-Perez-Grueso F, Pellise F, Nguyen JT, Wulff I, Ayamga J, Mahmud R, Hodes RM, Boachie-Adjei O; FOCOS Spine Study Group.

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Feb 1;40(3):153-61


Apex of deformity for three-column osteotomy. Does it matter in the occurrence of complications?

Sacramento-Domínguez C, Yagi M, Ayamga J, Nemani VM, Akoto H, Mahmud R, Wulff IA, Gupta M, Papadopoulos EC, Pellisé F, Sánchez-Pérez-Grueso F, Hess WF, Kim HJ, Hodes R, Boachie-Adjei O; FOCOS Spine Research Group.

Spine J. 2015 Nov 1;15(11)