Kostas Papagiannopoulos, MD, MMED THORAX, MD (CTh)

Department of Thoracic Surgery, St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK

Mr. Kostas Papagiannopoulos is a Senior Consultant Thoracic surgeon and a Senior Honorary Lecturer at St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds, UK.

He completed his Cardiothoracic Speciality studies in Cape Town, South Africa. He developed early a specific interest in Pathology of the Lungs and oesophagus. He further enhanced his experience with two Thoracic fellowships in Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK and Leuven, Belgium under the supervision of Professors Peter Goldstraw and Tony Lerut.

He was successfully appointed as a Consultant Thoracic surgeon in Leeds General Infirmary and then at St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds UK in 2001.

He has been appointed as Lead Clinician of the Department and has served on this role for over 10 years. He has also spearheaded the development of several programs including the minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery program since 2006 with over 1200 VATS lobectomies.

Mr. Papagiannopoulos is the Treasurer of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a member of the executive Committee since 2009. He is also a member of the ESTS school of Thoracic Surgery.He has also been elected as the President Elect of the European Society of Thoracic Surgery in 2016.

He is a member of several International Societies and a reviewer on peer reviewed Journals. He has published several papers with over 400 citations and has lectured on numerous International meetings and educational events. 

Terms of Appointment: Aug 2016 - May 2019; Jun 2019 - May 2021

His main clinical interests involve:

Innovation and Technology in Thoracic Surgery
Minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery
VATS lobectomies
Chest wall resections and reconstructions
Pectus deformities
Airway management
Management of emphysema (endobronchial treatment and LVRS).

Beyond his clinical interests Mr. Papagiannopoulos is a legal expert in cases of negligence and an expert witness for General Medical Council and several UK law firms.

Terms of Appointment: Nov 2016 - Nov 2018