Vassilios G. Dimopoulos, MD
3980-A Sheridan Drive
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
University at Buffalo Neurosurgery
State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Vassilios Dimopoulos joined UB Neurosurgery in October, 2014, and will lead the department’s minimally invasive spine program. Born in Athens, Greece, he completed medical school at the University of Patras. After completing a mandatory year of rural service and twenty months of military service as a flight surgeon in the Hellenic Air Force, he began his neurosurgical training. Upon completion of his general surgery internship, he began his neurosurgical residency at the University of Patras one of the most prominent neurosurgical residency programs in Greece at that time. After several months, he moved to the US in search of further training and entered a pre-residency clinical fellowship program in Macon, Georgia. He completed his US residency training at the University of Rochester, NY, in July, 2013.
Throughout his neurosurgical training, Dr. Dimopoulos was able to dedicate a significant amount of effort towards research and was rewarded with more than 30 publications and numerous presentations at national meetings.
Dr. Dimopoulos has a strong passion for spine surgery and disease. This became obvious to his mentor, Dr J. Huang, who encouraged him to work in his lab using a spine injury animal model. For this work he received the 2008 AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Apfelbaum Award in only his second year of residency. He feels fortunate to also have worked with Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, one of the most renowned scientists in the field of astrocyte research. Part of this work resulted in receiving the 2011-12 CNS Functional Fellowship Award.
During his training, Dr. Dimopoulos developed a special interest for complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. With encouragement from mentors Dr. Huang, and his chairman, Dr. Webster Pilcher, he pursued spine fellowship training in the University of Miami under the direction of Dr. Barth Green.
University of Patras, School of Medicine, 1989-1995 M.D. Degree (6 year accelerated, combined program)
Military Service Training
Graduation from Hellenic Airforce School of Aerospace Medicine
Neurosurgical intern. Neurosurgical Department. 251 General Hospital of Hellenic Airforce, Athens
Flight surgeon / Instructor in Air Force Sea Survival Training School
General Surgery Internship
General Surgery Department. General Hospital of Kalamata, Greece.
Pre-residency Neurosurgical Fellowship
Clinical fellow. Georgia Neurosurgical Institute. Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, GA
2001 – 2006
Residency in Neurological Surgery
Department of Neurosurgery. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Fellowship in Spine Surgery
University of Miami, Department of Neurological Surgery. Miami, FL
Professional Societies and Organizations
Member of Young Neurosurgeons Forum of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)
Member of Hellenic Medical Association
Member of Medical Association of Messinia
2011-12 CNS Functional Fellowship Award
2008 AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves: Apfelbaum Award
2008 Resident Annual Top Gun Award, University of Rochester, Department of Neurosurgery
2008 Resident Annual Academic Performance Award, University of Rochester, Department of Neurosurgery
2006 AANS Annual Meeting, Third Poster Award in History Section
1997 Top score in final exam Hellenic Airforce School of Aerospace Medicine
Who’s Who in America 2005
Who’s Who in America 2007
Who’s Who in America 2009
Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders 2006
Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders 2007
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2006
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2007