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KONSTANTINOS PAPAKOSTAS

MD PhD MPhil FRCS FRCS(ORL-HNS)

Date of birth: 29th April 1966

Contact: +30-2106428282, Mobile +30-6946250370 e-mail:papakostas@mac.com

Athens Medical Association: Membership number 37218

United Kingdom GMC number:   4259475 (Full registration).

OUTLINE

Mr Konstantinos I. Papakostas entered Athens Medical School of the University of Athens in 1984 and graduated in 1990. He was also proclaimed Doctor of Medicine in the University of Athens. He specialised entirely abroad for 12 years and specifically in New York, (USA), Liverpool and Cardiff (UK). During his specialisation, he trained in the full range of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, coming into contact with the modern face of this specialty. 

He then received a grant from the Wellcome Trust Research Foundation leading to innovative research in mechanics of the hearing organ, which was concluded successfully by writing a thesis in the field of Neuroscience. Then, through a rigorous selective process, he was offered a position in the six-year higher surgical training program in Great Britain in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. At this time he specialised in otological surgery, hearing and balance disorders, in paediatric otolaryngology, cosmetic and endoscopic nasal surgery, laryngeal surgery and lacrimal apparatus surgery. Throughout the duration of his training there is a continuous exposure to the treatment of malignant and benign tumors of the throat, face and neck with surgical resection and/or radiotherapy, with particular emphasis on post-treatment monitoring and functional recovery of patients. 

Konstantinos Papakostas progressed gradually to all levels of the British National Health System and in 2005 he was appointed Consultant (Director) at the University Hospital Singleton of Wales. In 2006 he decides to return to Athens, Greece where he has since been engaged in private practice in Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery in adult and paediatric patients at the private hospitals Athens Medical Center and Paediatric Medical Center. At the same time he has been working with a team of doctors of various specialties covering the complete range of treatment of head and neck tumours. 

Medical Services Provided

  • Conservative and surgical treatment of diseases of the ears and other hearing and balance disorders.
  • Treatment of nasal allergy. Endoscopic and cosmetic nose surgery.
  • Anatomical and functional larynx, pharynx and tracheal disorders. Voice disorders (voice clinic).
  • Coverage of the full range of paediatric otolaryngologic diseases with specialised surgical treatment of otological cases, hearing loss, congenital and acquired neck lesions and disorders of the upper and lower respiratory tract (tracheobronchoscopy, removal of foreign bodies).
  • Modern treatment of oncological head and neck diseases in collaboration with doctors in related specialties (Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, Radiotherapy, Oncology etc). 

QUALIFICATIONS

1990 Medical Degree, Athens University Medical School, Greece

1998 FRCS: Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

2003 MPhil: Master of Philosophy Degree by Research in Auditory Neurophysiology, Institute of Communication & Neuroscience, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK.  

2004 FRCS(ORL-HNS): Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, UK

2014 PhD: Doctor of Philosophy, Athens University Medical School 

EXAMINATIONS PASSED

  1. French: Certificat de l'Institut Francais d'Athènes, 1980
  2. French: Diplôme de l' Université de Sorbonne, 1982
  3. English: Cambridge University First Certificate in English, 1982
  4. National Medical School Qualifying Examinations, 1984
  5. German: Goethe Institut Grundstuffe Zertifikat, 1987
  6. U.S. Foreign Medical Graduate Examinations (ECFMG): July 1991, Athens; Clinical Science Component
  7. U.S. Foreign Medical Graduate Examinations (ECFMG): January 1992, Athens; Basic Science Component
  8. U.S. Federal Licensing Examination (FLEX): June 1993, Philadelphia; Basic and Clinical Science Component
  9. FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) Basic Science Examination: October 1996; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  10. FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) Clinical Science Examination (Otorhinolaryngology): January 1998; Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK
  11. FRCS (ORL-HNS): Intercollegiate Examination in Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, November 2004; Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK

OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGICAL APPOINTMENTS

PRESENT APPOINTMENT

January 2006 - today

Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head & Neck Surgeon in private practice, Athens Medical Center (Iatriko Athinon), Athens, Greece.

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

18 July 2005- 22 November 2005

Consultant Otolaryngologist-Head & Neck Surgeon, Singleton Hospital, Swansea, UK

17 April 2000- 10 July 2005

Higher Surgical Training:

Specialist Registrar, Higher Surgical Training Programme in Otorhinolaryngology-

Head & Neck Surgery, Deanery for Wales, UK.

Rotation in Detail:

1 October 2003- 10 July 2005 University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK.

1 October 2002- 30 September 2003 Singleton Hospital, Swansea, UK.

1 October 2001- 30 September 2002 Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Glamorgan, Wales, UK.

17 April 2000 - 30 September 2001 Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham, UK.

February 1999 – March 2000 Wellcome Trust Research Fellow MacKay Institute of Communication & Neuroscience, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. Supervisors: Dr D. N. Furness, Professor C. M. Hackney. Funding: The Wellcome Trust.

February 1996- January 1999 3-year training as Senior House Officer in Otolaryngology-Head/Neck Surgery: Merseyside rotation scheme for ENT Senior House Officers (SHO), at the Hospitals

  1. Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  2. Arrowe Park Hospital
  3. Royal Liverpool Children`s University Hospital (Alder Hey)
  4. Countess of Chester Hospital
  5. University Hospital Aintree

Non-Otorhinolaryngological appointments

1/10/99 – 31/3/00 Weekly Clinical Attachment during the research year in Keele University:  Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Whiston Hospital, Merseyside. Consultant: K. Hancock.

1/4/99 – 30/9/99 Weekly Clinical Attachment during the research year in Keele University:  Dept. of Neurosurgery, North Staffordshire Hospital. Consultant: Mr Dias.

1/7/94 – 30/6/95 Resident in General Surgery.  Professor Arthur Aufses MD FACS. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, USA

PUBLICATIONS

1. “The Efficacy of Manipulation of Nasal Fractures Under Local Anaesthesia and The Benefit From Plaster of Paris External Fixation.” D. J. Houghton, Z. Hanafi, K. Papakostas, M. Parton, A. S. Jones Clinical Otolaryngology, (1998), 23: 169-171.

2. “An Unusual Case of Stridor Due to Osteophytes of the Cervical Spine: (Forestier's Disease).” K. Papakostas, A. Thakar, V. Nandapalan, G. O'Sullivan. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, (1999), 113: 65-67.

3. “Epistaxis due to non-traumatic cavernous carotid aneurysm.”A. Karkanevatos, K. Papakostas, D. Moraitis, J. Lancaster.The Journal of Laryngology and Otology; 

4. “A Study of Cranial nerve Dysfunction following Carotid Endarterectomy.” J. Maroulis, A. Karkanevatos, K. Papakostas, G.L. Gilling-Smith,  M.S. McCormick, P.L. Harris. International Angiology, (2000), 19(3): 237-41.

5. “Pleomorphic adenoma of the soft palate causing acute airway obstruction.” D. Moraitis , K. Papakostas, A. Karkanevatos, J. Coast, S. Jackson. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, (2000), 114: 634-636.

6. “Ballooned trachea caused by cuffed tracheostomy tube”. K. Papakostas, P. Morar, J. Fenton.The Journal of Laryngology and Otology,(2000),724-726.

7. “Depressive symptoms in children after tonsillectomy” K. Papakostas, D. Moraitis, J. Lancaster, M.S. McCormick. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, (2003), 67: 127-132. 

8. ‘Airway loss after recent tracheostomy: use of digital confirmation.’ Stamou D., Papakostas K., Turley A. Anaesthesia, 2010, 65, pages 207–217.

PRESENTATIONS

1.     “Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions in Tinnitus Patients with Normal Hearing”   K. Papakostas, F. Zhao. Otorhinolaryngology Research Society, Bristol, 8/4/2005.

2.     “Tinnitus: Assessment of Peripheral Auditory System” Welsh Otorhinolaryngological Association, Annual meeting. Portmeirion, Wales, 29/10/2004.

3.     “Surgical Anatomy of the Endolymphatic Sac” British Association of Clinical Anatomists. Summer scientific meeting. University of Wales, Swansea. 21/07/03.

4.     “The distribution of the calcium buffer calbindin in the cochlea of the guinea pig” Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine, London, 2/05/2003.

5.     “Role and distribution of calcium in the cochlea of mammals and reptiles” Welsh Otorhinolaryngological Association, Annual meeting. Cardiff, 20/09/2002.

6.     “Calcium buffers in the mammalian and reptilian cochlea” Center for Hearing and Balance, Department of Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA, 5/06/02. 

7.     “Bone Anchored Hearing Aid insertion in Wrexham Maelor Hospital: Audit” Presented at the Hospital Symposium/Audit Day, Wrexham Hospital, 11/11/2001. 

8.     “Cranial nerve Dysfunction following Carotid Endarterectomy.” J. Maroulis, A. Karkanevatos, K. Papakostas, G.L. Gilling-Smith, M.S. McCormick, P.L. Harris. Joint meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS and the Panhellenic Society of Otolaryngology, Athens, 22/06/2001. 

9.     “Depressive symptoms in children after tonsillectomy” K. Papakostas, D. Moraitis, J. Lancaster, M.S. McCormick. Annual meeting of the British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Southampton, 13/10/2000.

10.    “Distribution of the calcium buffer calbindin in the cochlea of the guinea pig” K. Papakostas, C.M. Hackney, D.N. Furness. Otorhinolaryngology Research Society, Newcastle upon Tyne, 7/4/2000.

RESEARCH

1. Full time research (February 1999 – February 2000) after being awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship for one year, extendable up to three years, on: "Immunocytochemical and X-ray microanalytical approaches to the study of mechanotransduction and Ca2+ regulation in mammalian and turtle cochlear hair cells".

The research project has started in February 1999 at the MacKay Institute of Communication and Neuroscience, School of Life Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire and has led to a thesis for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil). 

This Institute has a unique international reputation for the study of normal and impaired auditory function. 

The aim of the research project was to investigate the exact location of mechanotransduction channels in the stereocilia of hair cells of the organ of Corti, a matter of considerable debate at present in auditory neurophysiology. This project employed state-of-the-art ultrastructural immunogold techniques and has been carried out in collaboration with the Department of Neurophysiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Wisconsin.