The top position in the field of robotic surgery is now held by the Greek surgeon of the Athens Medical Group, Dr. Konstantinos Konstantinidis, who was awarded by Intuitive Surgical as the world's leading surgeon in robotic surgery.
The US company, based in California, USA, is the manufacturer of the Da Vinci surgical robotic systems that have revolutionized the field of minimally invasive surgery. Recognized for 15 years of contribution in the field, the medical leadership, the extremely large number of successful operations, and the educational guidance offered by Dr. Konstantinos Konstantinidis to his fellow surgeons and medical students at a national and international level, the Greek general surgeon was ranked in the world's leading position in the field of General Surgery.
World leader in robotic surgery
Dr. Konstantinidis was the first surgeon in Greece and Southeast Europe to perform robotic surgery in 2006. At the same time, he was a pioneer and opened up the way when, at the invitation of Intuitive Surgical, he performed the world's first single-incision robotic surgery, which was later followed by many more firsts in the field of robotic surgery.
After 15 years as a robotic surgeon, he has performed more than 3.500 operations. Add to this another 16.500 laparoscopic surgeries and his experience in minimally invasive surgery exceeds the landmark of 20.000 operations.
In his 30-year career in Greece, the prominent robotic-assisted general surgeon at the Athens Medical Center has been a mentor of hundreds of Greek and foreign surgeons, who follow in his footsteps with their achievements in the hospitals of Europe and the US.
Intuitive Surgical awarded this important distinction to Dr. Konstantinidis, also considering the fact that the surgical operations he has performed extend to the whole spectrum of general surgery. In particular, his vast experience in surgery covers a number of procedures performed in the esophagus – stomach, pancreas, liver – bile duct, small and large intestine, as well as obesity and metabolic surgery, abdominal wall hernias, sports hernias, adrenal surgery, spleen and internal genital organs surgery and retroperitoneal tumors.
The Athens Medical Group an international training center
The leading figure of Dr. Konstantinos Konstantinidis as the expert in robotic general surgery and the advanced robotic surgery systems purchased by the Athens Medical Group act as a draw for many hospital surgeons worldwide, who go to Athens and the Athens Medical Center to be trained by the distinguished physician.
At the same time, he is honored every year with many invitations by his colleagues around the globe, who ask for his supervision in their first robotic surgery attempts.
Dr. Konstantinos Konstantinidis said during the award ceremony: "I feel deeply moved by this distinction from Intuitive Surgical. It is a great honor for me, my team, the Athens Medical Group and our country to offer our patients in Athens an excellent surgical solution to their problems with the help of state-of-the-art aerospace technology. Our results and vast experience have put us at the forefront of the world with this important distinction. I would like to thank the President of the Athens Medical Group Dr. George Apostolopoulos, the CEO, Dr. Vassilis Apostolopoulos and the Vice-President, Mr. Christos Apostolopoulos for having equipped us with cutting-edge laparoscopic and robotic technology, which allows us to take the lead in developments and always be, not one, but many steps ahead. This distinction from Intuitive Surgical obliges me to continue at the same pace to offer my patients the best techniques for an excellent result. But above all, I am bound to continue to teach robotic surgery to all young surgeons from around the world. I expect that the use of 5G technology in combination with the robotic platform as distance learning tools will allow us to train surgeons who are not able to visit the Athens Medical Center."