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Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos

Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos
Job title
Senior Consultant Thoracic Surgeon
Primary specialtyThoracic Medicine/Surgery
  • MBBS (Greece)
  • MMED THORAX-Specialist degree (South Africa)
  • MD University of Stellenbosch - Cape Town - South Africa
  • CCT - Cardiothoracic Surgery (Athens - Greece)
Professional memberships

Specialist registry (Cth) South African Medical and Dental Council

Greek Thoracic Society Specialist Registry

European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS)

European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS)

Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)

Yorkshire Thoracic Society

Society of Thoracic Surgeons - USA full member (STS)

Date of GMC registration (dd/mm/yyyy)25 October 1994
St James's Institute of Oncology
Level 3, Bexley Wing
Beckett Street
0113 206 8776
Professional profile

Mr Papagiannopoulos is a senior consultant Thoracic Surgeon at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and at Spire Leeds Hospital.

Mr Papagiannopoulos qualified from Heraklion Medical School in Greece.

He subsequently trained for eight years in the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Towncompleting the Specialist exams in Cardiothoracic Surgery and an MD thesis in surgical management of Tuberculosis in paediatric population.

He received further training as a qualified surgeon in Royal Brompton Hospital in 1999 and the University of Leuven, Belgium in 2000 in lung and esophageal surgery.

He was appointed Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in 2001 in Leeds and has served in this position for 12 years.

He developed the Thoracic service in Leeds by marketing and centralizing services from the Western Yorkshire area. As a result of this the Department has grown from a service Provider of 625000 population to a Regional centre serving 2.5 million citizens and receiving referrals from over 10 Hospitals in the region.

He has co-ordinated the transfer of the Department from Leeds General Infirmary to St James’s University Hospital in 2005 with amalgamation of services from Bradford and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and the subsequent transfer of the service in the St. James’s Institute of Oncology in 2008 offering a full range of specialist treatments for benign and malignant diseases of the chest.

He engaged early and established minimally invasive treatment for benign and malignant diseases of the lung and airway, atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), emphysema and metastatic malignant diseases of the lung such as colorectal cancer, breast cancer and sarcomas.

All treatments are offered through NICE guidelines and National and International protocols following discussions at 6 established Multidisciplinary Team meetings.

Areas of expertise
  • Minimally invasive treatment of lung cancer including chest wall (rib case)
  • Management of airway disease benign and malignant (wind pipe) with local resection, PDT and stents
  • Treatment of emphysema; surgical and endoscopic using special valves 
  • Treatment of chest wall deformities; pectus repairs without the use of metal bars both minimally invasive and open (Nuss or Ravitch)
  • VATS (key hole) surgery for malignant and benign diseases of chest with an established program in Leeds since 2005
  • Complex operations for lung cancer involving spine offering team approach with a senior Neurosurgeon
  • Minimally invasive treatment for Thoracic Outlet syndrome (key hole surgery)
  • Minimally invasive treatment (key hole) of atrial fibrillation
  • Management of mesothelioma
  • Offers second opinion for complex and failed procedures with National and International referrals
Medico-legal experience

Mr Papagiannopoulos undertakes medico-legal work. He has attended lectures and received the Cardiff University Bond Solon expert witness certificate.

Details of expert witness practice:

Claimant to defendant ratio: 80:20

Medical negligence cases: yes

Does not undertake medico-legal work under the age of 18

Workload: approximately 30-40 cases per annum

Experience in Coroner’s/Crown Court: yes

Are you prepared to appear in court?
Time frame for delivery of reports
Within twenty working days