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Kostas Papagiannopoulos, Senior Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Leeds, UK

Kostas Papagiannopoulos, Senior Thoracic Surgeon, Leeds
Kostas Papagiannopoulos, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Leeds

Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in Leeds who offers treatment for benign and malignant conditions of the chest such as lung cancer, emphysema, chest wall deformities, thoracic outlet syndrome, atrial fibrillation and mesothelioma.

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About Consultant Thoracic Surgeon Kostas Papagiannopoulos

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.

Mr Papagiannopoulos' special clinical interests

  • 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

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  • MBBS (Greece)
  • MMED THORAX-Specialist degree (South Africa)
  • MD University of Stellenbosch - Cape Town - South Africa
  • CCT - Cardiothoracic Surgery (Athens - Greece) 

Positions held in National and International Organisations

  • Clinical Director Thoracic Surgery Leeds 2006 - 2011
  • Chair Thoracic Group, Yorkshire Cancer Network UK 2006 - 2008
  • Councilor European Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2008 - 2009
  • Treasurer European Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2009 - present
  • ESTS Annual Meeting Committee 
  • ESTS School of Thoracic Surgery Committee 
  • ESTS Textbook Committee 
  • Leuven 2007 Abstract Reviewers 
  • Bologna 2008 Abstract Reviewers 
  • Krakow 2009 Abstract Reviewers 
  • Valladolid 2010 Abstract Reviewers 
  • Marseille 2011 Abstract Reviewers 
  • Essen 2012 Abstract Reviewers 

Read more about Mr Papagiannopoulos' on The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network.

Published papers/abstracts

Mr Papagiannopoulos is author or co-author of several papers, and abstracts.

Teaching commitments

  • Bedside teaching of undergraduate students.
  • SSC literature review tutor for undergraduate students.
  • Assigned Educational Supervisor of FY and ST trainees.
  • Lecturer at Yorkshire School of Surgery.
  • Faculty member European School of Thoracic Surgery
  • Scientific Program committee member European Society of Thoracic Surgeons 

Read more about Mr Papagiannopoulos' on The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network

New minimally invasive treatment for emphysema now available at Spire Leeds

Membership of professional societies

  • 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)

Journal reviewer

  • Annals of Thoracic Surgery
  • Injury
  • European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery

Medico-legal work/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

Thoracic surgery in Leeds: Where can I get treatment?

NHS treatment

Mr Papagiannopoulos is a senior Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at the St James’s Institute of Oncology in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This is based with the newly developed Bexley Wing at St James’s University Hospital, part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He has Honorary contracts with several Hospitals in the region as the Department of Thoracic surgery is a regional center for treatment of diseases of the chest accommodating patients from the whole of West Yorkshire area.

He also offers second opinion on complex cases at national and International level.

St James's Institute of Oncology
Level 3, Bexley Wing
Beckett Street


0113 206 8776


0113 206 8824





Spire Leeds Hospital

Private treatment

Spire Leeds Hospital is a well established private hospital located in beautiful landscaped grounds in Roundhay in North Leeds. The hospital has a resident medical officer and offers inpatient, outpatient, and day case facilities.

The facility offers the full range of chest surgery procedures, benign and malignant. Mr Papagiannopoulos is performing ‘key hole’ surgery for benign and malignant disease and specialist treatments.

Spire Leeds Hospital
Roundhay Hall
Jackson Avenue


0113 269 8859 


0113 269 8859 






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Date of registration

25 Oct 1994

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