Dr Savvas C. Hirides MD MSc PhD FACS
Dr Savvas C.Hirides is a General Surgeon specialised in advanced laparoscopic and robotic GI and hernia surgery. He studied medicine at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic for 6 years. As a surgical resident he worked initially in Athens Children’s Hospital, where he was introduced to all spectrum of pediatric surgery including pediatric hernia repair suturing tehniques. He continued his General Surgery residency in the State Hospital with adult patients and got extensive training in classic inguinal (Shouldice and mesh/Licthenstein) and ventral hernia repairs (open and laparoscopic) among other techniques. During his fellowship in the private sector (Athens Medical Center), he subspecialized in Robotic GI, Hernia and Bariatric Surgery and perfectioned his hiatal hernia, transabdominal (TAPP) and totally extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repairs(TEP). From January 2007 till August 2017, Dr Hirides actively participated in the First Greek Robotic Surgical Program in the country, while at the same time he attended hands-on workshops in centers of excellence around the world (Strasbourg, Grosseto, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Buenos Aires). Through that he mastered robotic hiatal hernia repairs, robotic inguinal (TAPP) and robotic ventral hernia (mesh) repairs. His total surgical experience overcomes the number of 3500 patients.
In addition, for two years he attended the postgraduate program on Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery in Athens Medical School, Kapodistrian University of Athens and received the title “Master of Science” (MSc) for Robotic Surgical Techniques in 2010. He received his PhD in 2016, from the Medical School, Kapodistrian University of Athens, upon completion of his research in Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes, Surgery in the experimental lab with porcine models.
He has published in international as well as local journals and has contributed as an author in numerous medical books about hiatal hernia, abdominal wall hernia and obesity surgery. He attends most of the large international surgical meetings and occasionally participates as a speaker in Europe (Seville, Geneve, Verne, Prague, Stockholm), USA (Quebec, Chicago, San Diego) and Asia (Beijing).
He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member of European Association for Endoscopic Surgery, SEERSS (European Robotic Association), International Federation of Obesity and Metabolic Surgery (IFSO), and Hellenic Surgical Society. In December 2009, he was elected General Secretary of Hellenic Scientific Society of Robotic Surgery and he held this position till March 2018. In November 2011 he was elected Executive Secretary of the European Society for Robotic Surgery (SEERSS) and actively participates in the organizing committee of its meetings. In May 2011, he participated in the organization of the 6th International Congress of Robotic Surgery (MIRA) as a Co-Chairman of the Scientific Program.
Today he works as a General Surgeon in Athens Medical Center and Hippocrateon Private Hospital of Nicoaia, and performs Laparoscopic and Robotic operations from all the spectrum of General Surgery. His team is among the first to perform robotic inguinal hernia repairs in Greece and hiatal hernia repairs in Cyprus. His interest focuses in research on obesity & diabetes surgery, evolution of hernia techniques, surgical instrument technology and Intraoperative Navigation Systems (Augmented Reality Robotic Surgery).