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Konstantinos Economopoulos, MD, PhD

House Staff
Start Year: 
University of Athens, School of Medicine
Medical School: 
University of Athens School of Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Clinical: Bariatric surgery, endocrine surgery, and thoracic surgery
  • Research: Biodesign and surgical innovation

What were you looking for in a residency program?

  • Track record of academic achievements and high clinical volume

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

Duke has the culture, energy, clinical volume, and research opportunities to shape an all-around training experience for the general surgery resident who aspires to become a future leader in Surgery.

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

If you are looking for a place to work hard and push yourself above and beyond your limits then consider Duke Surgery for your training. 

What do you like best about living in Durham and the Triangle?

Durham is one of the few places in the Unites States where a top-notch academic institution is actually located in an area with amazing weather that you can afford to live in and raise a family while you are in-training. The Triangle offers a surprisingly number of opportunities for outdoor activities and entertainment for kids and adults.

What do you like to do outside of Duke?

I like to play with my kids, watch movies, and run outdoors.

Honors and Awards

  • Poster of Merit Award from the Office of Research Career Development at Massachusetts General Hospital (05/2013)
  • Distinction in scholarship award from the American Physiological Society (06/2014)
  • American Thyroid Association Trainees' Grant (07/2014)


Gnarra, Maria, Gerald Behr, Alison Kitajewski, June K. Wu, Sudha A. Anupindi, Carrie J. Shawber, Nick Zavras, Dimitrios Schizas, Chris Salakos, and Konstantinos P. Economopoulos. “History of the infantile hepatic hemangioma: From imaging to generating a differential diagnosis.” World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics 5, no. 3 (August 8, 2016): 273–80.

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Kousoulis, Antonis A., Myrsini Ioakeim-Ioannidou, and Konstantinos P. Economopoulos. “Access to health for refugees in Greece: lessons in inequalities.” International Journal for Equity in Health 15, no. 1 (August 2, 2016): 122.

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Kousoulis, Antonis A., Stylianos P. Kympouropoulos, Dimitra K. Pouli, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, and Constantine I. Vardavas. “From the Classroom to Facebook: A Fresh Approach for Youth Tobacco Prevention.” American Journal of Health Promotion : Ajhp 30, no. 5 (May 5, 2016): 390–93.

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Symeonidis, Evangelos N., Dimitrios Nasioudis, and Konstantinos P. Economopoulos. “Laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) for major urological procedures in the pediatric population: A systematic review.” International Journal of Surgery (London, England) 29 (May 2016): 53–61.

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Economopoulos, K. P., N. L. Ward, C. D. Phillips, A. Teshager, P. Patel, M. M. Mohamed, S. Hakimian, et al. “Prevention of antibiotic-associated metabolic syndrome in mice by intestinal alkaline phosphatase.” Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism 18, no. 5 (May 2016): 519–27.

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Nasioudis, Dimitrios, Diamantis Tsilimigras, and Konstantinos P. Economopoulos. “Laparoscopic cholecystectomy during pregnancy: A systematic review of 590 patients.” International Journal of Surgery (London, England) 27 (March 2016): 165–75.

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Kir, Serkan, Hirotaka Komaba, Ana P. Garcia, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Wei Liu, Beate Lanske, Richard A. Hodin, and Bruce M. Spiegelman. “PTH/PTHrP Receptor Mediates Cachexia in Models of Kidney Failure and Cancer.” Cell Metabolism 23, no. 2 (February 2016): 315–23.

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Lubitz, Carrie C., Sareh Parangi, Tammy M. Holm, M Jordana Bernasconi, Aislyn P. Schalck, Hyunsuk Suh, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, et al. “Detection of Circulating BRAF(V600E) in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma.” The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics : Jmd 18, no. 1 (January 2016): 100–108.

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Economopoulos, Konstantinos P., Roy Phitayakorn, Carrie C. Lubitz, Peter M. Sadow, Sareh Parangi, Antonia E. Stephen, and Richard A. Hodin. “Should specific patient clinical characteristics discourage adrenal surgeons from performing laparoscopic transperitoneal adrenalectomy?” In Surgery, 159:240–48, 2016.

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Linos, Dimitrios A., Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Eren Berber, and Quan-Yang Duh. “Should specific patient clinical characteristics discourage adrenal surgeons from performing laparoscopic transperitoneal adrenalectomy? DISCUSSION.” Surgery 159, no. 1 (January 1, 2016): 248–49.