Tsiftsis Dimitrios-Andreas

Tsiftsis Dimitrios-Andreas General Surgeon

Director, 5th Surgical Department HYGEIA

Education & Academic Qualifications


  • 2009 -: Head of the 5th Surgical Dept Hygeia Diagnostic & Therapeutic Center
  • 1988-2009: Professor of Surgery and Head of the Dept of Surgical Oncology. Crete University Medical School and University Hospital of Herakleion Crete
  • 1979-1988: Lecturer & Ass. Professor of Surgery. 2nd Surgical Dept of Athens University Medical School. Aretaieion Hospital
  • 1976-1979: Clinical Fellow and Research Graduate. Westminster Medical School. London University
  • 1972-1976: Resident in General Surgery. 2nd Surgical Dept of Athens University Medical School. Aretaieion Hospital.

ECFMG 1975

  • Doctoral Thesis. University of Athens 1976
  • Scholarship for training abroad in the Experimental Surgery of G.I. tract Malignancies. Scholarship Foundation of Greece 1977-1978
  • Research Graduate. London University 1978
  • Specialist Register (General Surgery). England
  • Clinical Oncology Study Course. London 1977
  • Radioisotope Organ Scanning. London 1977
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery. USA 1981
  • Emergencies in Gastroenterology. Lisbon 1984
  • Gastrointestinal Disease. USA 1985
  • Breast Cancer. USA 1991,1994,1997,1998
  • PhD Thesis. Altered patterns of mucin secretion and of the intracellular systems in precancerous lesions of the glandular part of the rat stomach (electron microscopy study). Universities of London & Athens 1986


  • Introduced in Greece the concepts of Sentinel Node Biopsy and Informatics in Medicine
  • Lectures by invitation: 115
  • Round Tables (Chair or Panel): 207
  • Participation in Congresses: 180 (Domestic), 125 (Abroad)
  • Contribution with 28 Chapters in Greek and English Textbooks of Surgery
  • Scientific Editor of 5 English and 7 Greek publications
  • Publication of Papers: 110 in Cited International Journals, 98 in non-cited Journals and Supplements, 215 in Greek literature
  • Citations: Over 2500


Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

Member of 34 international and domestic societies. Amongst them:

  •  American College of Surgeons

  •  The Society of Surgical Oncology (USA)

  •  Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (USA)

  •  Royal Society of Medicine (UK)

  •  European Society of Surgical Oncology

  •  European Society for Surgical Research

  •  European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA)

  •  Surgical Infection Society – Europe

  •  European School of Oncology 

  •  European Association for Cancer Education

  •  Αcademic Departments of Surgery in Europe

  •  The New York Academy of Sciences


Work Experience


  • 35 years tuition of General Surgery to medical students of Athens and Crete Universities and Clinical training in General Surgery to Junior and Senior Firms

  • 2 years tuition of Anatomy (Crete Univ)

  • 20 years Head of Residency Programs in General Surgery

  • Supervision of 25 doctoral and 3 PhD thesis

  • Head and Tutor of numerous Postgraduate Courses 

  • Member of the Curriculum Committees of the Universities of Athens and Crete


  • National Representative of Greece to the Directorate General XII (Biomedical Engineering) of the EU (1984-1991)

  • Deputy Dean of the Crete Univ. Med. School (1991-1993)

  • Director of the Interdepartmental Laboratory of Informatics. Crete Univ. (2001-2007)

  • Member of the Technical Council of the University of Crete (2000-2006)

  • Member of the Board of Governors University Hospital (1989-1991 & 2002-2005)

  • Member of the Board of the Examiners in General Surgery (1992-1998 & 2002-2009)

  • Chief of Medical Staff. University Hospital (2002-2005)

  • Member of the Oncology Committee. Ministry of Health (1992-1996)

  • President of the Greek Society of Surgical Oncology (2002-2006)

  • Chairman Dept of Surgery Crete University Medical School and University Hospital (1989-2001)

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Area Health Authority (Crete)

  • Member of the Curriculum Committees of the Universities of Athens and Crete

  • Member of Steering Committees and Partner in International Research Projects 


  • National Research Foundation

  • National Scholarship Foundation

  • Special Trustees Fund Westminster Hospital

  • Joint Research Committee London University 

  • University of Athens

  • University of Crete Research Fund

  • Erasmus Program EU

  • DG XII EU for two Concerted Actions (Euricterus and Acute Abdominal Pain)

  • Advanced Informatics in Medicine (AIM) EU

  • Special Developmental Program Ministry of Education

  • Central Health Council Ministry of Health


Clinical & Research Interest

Surgical Oncology and in particular:

  • Breast Cancer

  • Melanoma-Sarcoma