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Area of expertise: cardiac surgery
- Graduated from the University of Athens Medical School in 1997.
- Completed basic surgical training at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London and at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals.
- Worked as a researcher in lung transplantation at the University of Newcastle and awarded a PhD in 2005.
- Trained in cardiothoracic surgery in the Southwest of England Training Programme (Plymouth and Bristol).
- Worked as a senior fellow at Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York, USA, where he trained in mitral repair and aortic root surgery.
- Employed as a consultant cardiac surgeon at the Bristol Heart Institute between 2012-2013.
- Appointed as a consultant cardiac and mitral surgeon at St. Thomas’ Hospital in May 2013.
Education and training
- Mitral repair surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York, USA (Dr David Adams - 2012).
- Aortic root reconstruction, Mount Sinai Medical Centre, New York, USA (Dr Paul Stelzer - 2011).
- Cardiac surgery training, Southwest Training Programme (Plymouth and Bristol), United Kingdom, 2007-2011.
- Postgraduate certificate in medical education, University of Dundee, United Kingdom.
- PhD, lung transplantation, University of Newcastle.
- Basic surgical training, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals, United Kingdom.
Mitral valve repair.
Heart valve surgery.
Surgery for atrial fibrillation.
Coronary artery bypass surgery.
Aortic root reconstruction.
Surgery for acute aortic dissection.
- Clinical trials.
- Lung injury.
Mr Avlonitis has published in the area of Lung Transplantation and Organ Donation, as well as in Cardiothoracic Surgery in general. Below is an example of his published work.
- Avlonitis VS, Wigfield CH, Kirby JA, Dark JH. Treatment of the brain-dead lung donor with aprotinin and nitric oxide. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2010 Oct;29(10):1177-84.
- Avlonitis VS, Wigfield CH, Golledge HDR, Kirby JA, Dark JH. Early hemodynamic injury during donor brain death determines the severity of primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation. Am J Transplant 2007; 7(1): 83-90.
- Avlonitis VS, Wigfield CH, Kirby JA, Dark JH. The hemodynamic mechanisms of lung injury and systemic inflammatory response following brain death in the transplant donor. Am J Transplant 2005; 5(4): 684-693.
- Avlonitis VS, Krause A, Luzzi L, Powell H, Phillips JA, Corris PA, Gould FK, Dark JH. Bacterial colonization of the donor lower airways is a predictor of poor outcome in lung transplantation. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2003; 24: 601-607.
- Ronald Edwards Medal 2004, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Medawar medal nomination 2004, British Transplantation Society.
- American Transplant Congress 2005 Travel Grant, British Transplantation Society.
- Travelling Fellowship 2011-2012, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.