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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)


Glass, Nina E., Afif N. Kulaylat, Feibi Zheng, Carly E. Glarner, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Osama H. Hamed, James G. Bittner, Joseph V. Sakran, and Robert D. Winfield. “A national survey of educational resources utilized by the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons membership.” American Journal of Surgery 209, no. 1 (January 2015): 59–64.

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Hamarneh, Sulaiman R., Mussa M Rafat Mohamed, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Sara A. Morrison, Tanit Phupitakphol, Tyler J. Tantillo, Sarah S. Gul, et al. “A novel approach to maintain gut mucosal integrity using an oral enzyme supplement.” In Annals of Surgery, 260:706–14, 2014.

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Economopoulos, Konstantinos P., Raphael Sun, Erin Garvey, Jessica Hogan, and Amy Bazzarelli. “Coaching and mentoring modern surgeons.” Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons 99, no. 8 (August 2014): 30–35.


Lubitz, Carrie C., Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Amanda C. Pawlak, Kerry Lynch, Dora Dias-Santagata, William C. Faquin, and Peter M. Sadow. “Hobnail variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma: an institutional case series and molecular profile.” Thyroid : Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association 24, no. 6 (June 2014): 958–65.

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Mavros, Michael N., Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Vangelis G. Alexiou, and Timothy M. Pawlik. “Treatment and Prognosis for Patients With Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Jama Surgery 149, no. 6 (June 2014): 565–74.

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Lubitz, Carrie C., Chung Y. Kong, Pamela M. McMahon, Gilbert H. Daniels, Yufei Chen, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, G Scott Gazelle, and Milton C. Weinstein. “Annual financial impact of well-differentiated thyroid cancer care in the United States.” Cancer 120, no. 9 (May 2014): 1345–52.

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Malo, Madhu S., Omeed Moaven, Nur Muhammad, Brishti Biswas, Sayeda N. Alam, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Sarah Shireen Gul, et al. “Intestinal alkaline phosphatase promotes gut bacterial growth by reducing the concentration of luminal nucleotide triphosphates.” American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology 306, no. 10 (May 2014): G826–38.

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Stefanopoulos, Anastasios, and Konstantinos P. Economopoulos. “Screening for urinary bladder cancer with the use of nuclear matrix protein (NMP) 22: is it feasible?” Tobacco Induced Diseases 12, no. Suppl 1 (January 2014): A6–A6.

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Moaven, Omeed, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Sayeda N. Alam, Nur Muhammad, Kanakaraju Kaliannan, Madhury Ray, Mussa M. Rafat Mohamed, Angela K. Moss, Madhu S. Malo, and Richard A. Hodin. “Intestinal alkaline phosphatase is an endogenous regulator of host microbiota.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 217:S14–S14. Elsevier BV, 2013.

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Hamarneh, Sulaiman R., Kimberly E. Kopecky, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, Qingsong Tao, Abeba Teshager, Palak Patel, Nondita S. Malo, Nur Muhammad, Madhu S. Malo, and Richard A. Hodin. “The effect of intestinal alkaline phosphatase on abscess fluid-induced inflammation.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 217:S44–S44. Elsevier BV, 2013.

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