Stories Talk | Presentation Skills and Effective Storytelling
By Christina Katsantoni
The doctor that revolutionized Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery in Greece was born in the Greek island of Karpathos and studied Medicine in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After his graduation in 1981, he started his internship in surgery at “Riverside Methodist” hospital in Columbus, US, where he became a general surgeon in 1988.
He attended a great number of postgraduate seminars all around the world, with emphasis on Robotic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Metabolic Surgery. In parallel, he had a stunning academic career as assistant professor in General Surgery in Ohio University, US, where in 2013, he was declared Adjunct Professor in Surgery.
For two decades he has been the head of General, Laparoscopic, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery section of the Medical Center of Athens and he has earned several awards for his medical and scientific work both in Greece and abroad.
In 1991, he became the first surgeon to have used a laser in Greece, in the Medical Center of Athens. In September 2000 he also became the first to use the system AESOP 3000 (Automated Robotic Endoscopic System for Optimal Positioning) in Greece and south east Europe. In 2006, he actualised robotic surgical operations with the da Vinci system for the first time in Greece.
In his Leaders Talk Konstantinos Konstantinidis, the internationally well-known surgeon that brought new methods of surgery in Greece, explains robotic surgery and what is the surgeon’s role in it. He speaks passionately about the objective of doctors that consider diseases their enemy, about his philosophy towards the patients, the value of life and the miracle that he often sees in the operation room.