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Konstadinos Plestis, MD, Named Director of Aortic Surgery at Lenox Hill HospitalDr. Plestis comes to Lenox Hill Hospital from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York where he served as Associate Director of Aortic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
As the Director of Lenox Hill Hospital's new Aortic Wellness Center, Dr. Plestis will lead a service that offers integrated care of aortic disease - available at only a few hospitals in the nation — involving collaboration among cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, , structural cardiologists and internal medicine pysicians.
"Because of the complexity of treating aortic disease, Lenox Hill Hospital has created
"Most patients even with very large aneurysms are asymptomatic or have very few symptoms. With widespread use of diagnostic technology, such as CT scans and echocardiograms there is now a higher probability of identifying aortic disease earlier," Dr. Plestis added.
He graduated from the Aristotelian University Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece and earned his medical degree in 1987. He completed his residency in vascular surgery at Baylor College in Houston, Texas where he trained with Dr. Michael DeBakey during the beginning of the development of aortic surgery in the early 1990s.
After completing a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, he was named an assistant professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. In 2005 he joined Mount Sinai as an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery and associate director of the aortic surgery.
Dr. Plestis has made numerous original contributions to the medical literature, and participated in, or was the lead investigator in many clinical trials and is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad on aortic surgery.
He lives in Scarsdale with his wife and two children.
Dr. Bhatti has been selected to be a recipient of the American College of Cardiology W. Proctor Harvey, M.D., Young Teacher Award.
Heroic Measures Extend Life of Surgical Pioneer and Stir Debate
[Konstandinos Plestis, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, is one of the legions of surgeons who trained under Dr. DeBakey, and as such acknowledges that he knows all the players, and has a personal bias in favor of intervention.]http://www.medpagetoday.com/Surgery/GeneralSurgery/4808
Konstadinos Plestis MD, speaks about Aortic Disease (Greek)