Vlastou Aikaterini

Vlastou Aikaterini Plastic Surgeon

Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Department HYGEIA Hospital

Education & Academic Qualifications

  • Medical School University of Athens (1971)
  • American Board of Surgery (1977)
  • Certificate of specialization in General Surgery in Greece (1979)
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (1980)
  • Certificate of specialization in Plastic Surgery in Greece (1981)


Doctoral thesis

  • PhD (degree “excellent”) Thesis: Microsurgical reconstruction of the severely injured lower extremity, free tissue transfers.

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

  • American College of Surgeons

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand

  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

  • World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (Executive Council Member)

  • Hellenic Society of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 

  • Hellenic Society for Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery (Founding Member – Chairman)

  • Senologic Hellenic Society

  • Hellenic Society for Head and Neck oncology 


Work Experience

  • Resident in Vascular Surgery Clinic at “KAT” HOSPITAL, 1971-1972

  • Resident in Surgery, Buffalo General Hospital New York State University at Buffalo, USA, 1972-1973

  • Resident in Plastic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1976-1978

  • Senior Instructor of Plastic Surgery Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1978-1980

  • Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1980-1995

  • Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Clinic At “HYGEIA” HOSPITAL, 1988 till today

Educational Experience:

  • Member of the Scientific Faculty in Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Daily training of students and residents in Plastic Surgery.

  • For 30 years participation in teaching and hands on experience at the Microsurgical Seminar organized by the Orthopedic Department of the University of Ioannina.

  • Participation in the educational program of the Plastic and Reconstructive Clinic at “AGIOS SAVVAS” HOSPITAL. “Facial Nerve Paralysis” , 6 March, 2001.

  • Participation in the educational program at “GENIMATAS” HOSPITAL, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic, “Peripheral nerve”, 14 March, 2001.

  • Organizing 11 Educational Seminars, on: “Flap preparation in living tissues”


Clinical & Research Interest

  • Breast Reconstruction after mastectomy

  • Free Flaps in Reconstructive Microsurgery

  • Facial Nerve paralysis 

  • Congenital anomalies of the Hand


Honors & Awards

  • Chairman of the Scientific Council at the 11th Congress of the International Microsurgery Society, Rhodes 1992.

  • Chairman of the Scientific Council at the 4th Hellenic Congress of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Athens 1999.

  • Chairman of the Editorial Board of the INFO – PLASTIC SURGERY.

  • Chairman of the Scientific Council of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Congress WSRM, Athens 2007.

  • Chairman of the Scientific Council Pre- WSRM meeting, Bucharest 2011


Recent Publications

  • Earle A.S., Vlastou C. Crossed Finger and Other Tests of Ulnar Nerve Motor Function. J. Hand Surgery 5:560-565, 1980

  • Vlastou C. and Earle A.S. Intraoperative Heparin in Replantation Surgery – An Experimental Study. Annals of Plastic Surgery 10(2):112-114, February 1983

  • Vlastou C., Earle A.S. A simple Method of Controlling Skeletal Rotation in Replanted Digits. J. of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 1(2):147-148, October 1984

  • Vlastou C. Earle A.S. Volar Cross Finger Flap for Coverage of Thumb Defects. J. Hand Surgery 10A: 566-569, 1985

  • Vlastou C., Earle A.S. Avulsion Injuries of the Thumb. J. Hand Surgery 11:51-56, January, 1986

  • Vlastou C., Earle A.S. Short Saphenous Vein Grafts as an Aid to Microsurgical reconstruction of the Lower Extremity. J. of Reconstructive Microsurgery 4:145-154, 1988

  • Vlastou C., Earle A.S. Beyond Replantation: Microsurgical Salvage of Complex Hand Injuries. Orthopedic Review, 14:139-146, 1987

  • Adelstein D.J. Sharan V.M., Earle A.S., Shah AC, Vlastou C, Haria CD, Carter SG, Damn C, Hines J.D. Long Term Results after chemo – radiotherapy for Locally Confirmed Squamous – cell Head and Neck Cancer. Am. J. Clin. Oncol (CCT) 13(5):440-447, 1990

  • Vlastou C., Earle A.S., Jordan R. Vein grafts in Reconstructive Microsurgery of the Lower Extremity. Microsurgery 13:234-235, 1992

  • Vlastou C. Alternatives in soft tissue reconstruction of the ankle and foot Acta Orthop. Scand. (Suppl 264) 66:27-30, 1995

  • Vlastou C. Facial Paralysis Microsurgery, 26:278-287,2006

  • Papagelopoulos P.J., Maurogenis AF, Mastorakos DP, Vlastou C, Vrouvas J, Soucacos PN. Free Vascularized tissue transfer and brachytherapy for soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities injury, Vol 39 Suppl.3: §83-§89, September, 2008