MD, BSc, MSc, PhD, FEBU
Center for Robotic & Laparoendoscopic Urologic Surgery
Athens Medical Center
Dr. Achilles Ploumidis was born in South Africa and raised in Athens. He graduated from the Medical School of the University of Athens (UOA), where he was introduced after national exams. He specialized at the “Asklepeion Voulas” General Hospital, during which specialty he trained in Pediatric urology at the Children's Hospital "Aghia Sophia" and gynecology at the General Hospital of Athens"G. GENNIMATAS". He graduated from the two-year program of postgraduate studies at the Medical School of Athens: "Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery and Telesurgery" with "Excellent".
He received his Doctorate at the Medical School of Athens with "Excellent" by making a doctoral thesis entitled: "Effect of hypercholesterolemia on the expression of interleukin-6 in the prostate of rats". He received Bachelor of laparoscopic surgery from the University of Strasbourg after written exams.
He was trained at the world-renowned university oncology center "Karolinska Institutet" of Sweden in robotic surgery on a scholarship from the Greek Urological Association after written exams. There he specialized in robotic surgery of the lower urinary tract (prostate, bladder, pelvic lymph nodes) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Wiklund, while simultaneously dealt with clinical research for prostate cancer. Then, he was trained in robotic surgery of the upper urinary tract (kidney, ureter) and urogynaikology at OLV Vattikuti Robotic Surgery Institute in Belgium (Prof. Alexander Mottrie) under a scholarship from the European Robotic Urological Association (ERUS).During which time he was an instructor in robotics and laparoscopic surgery at ORSI Robotic Training Center, a position that he holds till today. He was a postgraduate in endourology, the gritty and flexible ureteroscopy at the Hôpital Tenon, Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris on a scholarship from the European Society of Urology (EAU), under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Traxer. He has visited as visiting fellow, the university urological center of Ghent and the "Sava Perovic Foundation" in Belgrade, in order to retrain in Pediatric urology and genitalia and urethra plastic.
He has been an instructor in robotic surgery for many years teaching young urologists, not only in the conferences of Southeast Europe (International Workshop in Robotic Surgery for Southeastern Europe), but also in the European Congress of the European Society of Urology (EAU-HOT Robotic Courses). He teaches at the Medical School of Athens University in the Master "Minimum Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery and Telesurgery" and is responsible for the practical training of doctors in robotic surgery. He is an instructor in flexible ureteroscopy at the European Urology Residents Education Program (EUREP).
He has been honored with best paper award at the annual European Congress of Urology (EAU) for his clinical research in prostate cancer. He has also received best paper award from the European Society of Robotic Surgery (ERUS) for comparing robotic and open surgery. He is a member of the European College of Urologists (Fellow of the European Board of Urology) after written exams as well as several international medical companies in Europe and America. He is a board member of the Greek Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Greek Scientific Society of Robotic Surgery.
He has been involved in basic and clinical research for prostate cancer and bladder, benign prostatic hyperplasia and robotic surgery, both in Greece and abroad. He has over 50 papers in international conferences and over 80 in Greek. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences about robotic surgery. He has published articles in international (20) and Greek (2) medical journals with high impact factorwhile he has authored chapters in international textbooks on robotic surgery. He is a reviewer in (7) international scientific foreign language journals. He actively continues his research activities in collaboration with foreign universities and Greek.
He has his own private practice and works as a research associate at the Medical Center of Athens (Center Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgery Urology - Andrology).