Kostas Papagiannopoulos
Kostas Papagiannopoulos

Consultant Thoracic Surgeon


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Kostas Papagiannopoulos: Profile

Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos is a Senior Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and at Spire Leeds Hospital.

Training and experience

Mr Papagiannopoulos qualified from Heraklion Medical School in Greece. He subsequently trained for eight years in the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town completing the Specialist exams in Cardiothoracic Surgery and an MD thesis in the surgical management of tuberculosis in a paediatric population.

Following further training as a qualified surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1999 and in lung and esophageal surgery at the University of Leuven, Belgium in 2000, in 2001 Mr Papagiannopoulos was appointed Consultant Thoracic Surgeon in Leeds, a position he holds to this day.

Mr Papagiannopoulos 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 625,000 population to a Regional centre serving 2.5 million citizens and receiving referrals from over 10 Hospitals in the region.

Mr Papagiannopoulos 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.

As an early adopter of new technology and techniques, Mr Papagiannopoulos has 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 provided by Mr Papagiannopoulos are offered through NICE guidelines and National and International protocols following discussions at 6 established Multidisciplinary Team meetings.

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

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  

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

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

Research interests

Mr Papagannopoulos has a research interest in pre-malignant lesions of the lung, health economics, quality of life after surgical treatment for lung cancer and medical devices. 

He has authored and co-authored a number of papers and abstracts and is a journal reviewer for:

  • Annals of Thoracic Surgery

  • Injury

  • European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery



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I specialise in...

  • Lung cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Chest wall deformities
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Mesothelioma
  • Medico-legal services

Professional details



Qualified in 1990 in Greece

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 4143802
    Date of registration: 25-Oct-1994

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Memberships and associations

Kostas Papagiannopoulos is a member of the following professional associations and organisations...

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Greek