Specialties and Expertise
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Cardiac Surgery
- Cardiac Valve Surgery
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Coronary Artery Disease Involving Coronary Bypass Graft
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS)
- Marfan Syndrome
- Aneurysm of Aortic Root
- Maze Procedure For Atrial Fibrillation
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Aortic Dissection
"It is a unique honor and privilege to be part of a world-class team of cardiothoracic surgeons at the New York Presbyterian Medical Center and Weill Cornell College of Medicine. Our Department and I are committed to delivering the best surgical treatments in every disease of the heart and the great vessels, in a hospital that offers cutting edge technology and outstanding infrastructure. Our approach to every patient is humane and professional, making sure that we deliver the best possible outcomes and results, remaining faithful to the principles of teamwork and excellence. I am determined to continue this legacy and serve our patient population in treating the most complex cardiac and aortic diseases irrespective of when they occur or how serious they are."
Dr Avgerinos is an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Surgeon at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr Avgerinos earned his medical degree from Athens Medical School and also obtained a PhD from the University of Athens. He subsequently completed a residency in General Surgery at Mt Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he received multiple awards including the Leon Ginsburg Award for professionalism and clinical outcomes, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Award for scholarly activity. His pursued training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at The New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and remained at Weill Cornell for an extra year of advanced fellowship training in Complex Cardiac, Aortic and Endovascular Surgery. Dr Avgerinos is a member in multiple surgical societies, has taken part in various clinical trials, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed surgical journals. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, and has completed a post-graduate course at Cornell University on Healthcare Leadership.
Dr Avgerinos’ clinical interests include all aspects of adult cardiac and aortic surgery, including coronary bypass and surgery of the great vessels such as aneurysms and dissections of the entire thoracic aorta, including endovascular techniques (TEVAR). He is also quite experienced in mitral valve repair/replacement, aortic valve repair/replacement, minimally invasive and robotic techniques, transcatheter valve surgery (TAVR), and the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (MAZE). His research interests include aortic surgery and structural heart disease, including TAVR. He participates in various clinical programs, such as ECMO, minimally invasive valve and aortic surgery, transcutaneous valves and structural heart disease (as part of the Heart Team) PE treatment, and minimally invasive ablation for atrial fibrillation (MAZE and Convergent procedure).
Honors and Awards
Honors and Awards
Jan 2019: Highlighted Abstract, 55th STS Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, USA
Nov 2012: Named in Who is Who in Greece, 7th Edition
Dec 2011: Named in Who is Who in America, 65th Edition
Jun 2010: Leon Ginzburg Award for best chief resident of the year, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY
Jun 2010: Resident Achievement Award by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)
Jun 2009: Scholarly Activity Achievement Award for Senior Surgical Resident, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY
Jun 2007: Scholarly Activity Achievement Award for Junior Surgical Resident, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY
Nov 2006 – today: Scholarship from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for “Aspiring Cardiothoracic Surgeons"
Jan 2004 – May 2005: Full scholarship for Graduate studies from Tufts University and the National Science Foundation (Grant IIS 0238284)
Jan 2004 – May 2005: Full scholarship - Research Assistantship at Tufts University, Medford MA
May 2004: 3rd place award for best research study: The effects of cognitive distraction on performance of laparoscopic surgical tasks. 11th Annual Surgifcal Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day, Tufts-NEMC, May 21 2004, Boston, MA
1996-2002: Full scholarship from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Technology, Athens, Greece
- Surgery, Thoracic
Clinical and Academic Positions
- Assistant Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education and Training
- Ph.D., Athens University Medical School (Greece), 2014
- M.D., Athens University Medical School (Greece), 2002
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