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Antonios Pitsis

Antonios Pitsis, PhD, FETCS, FESC

Head of Cardiac Surgery, European Interbalkan Medical Center
Asklipiou 10, Pilaia
Thessaloniki  555 35
+30 2310 400850
+30 6945101201 (alternative)
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic



University Hospital of Patras,Greece, General Surgery Residency (1990-1992)

University Hospital of Lund, Sweeden, Cardiothoracic Registrar (1992-1993)

Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK, Cardiothoracic SHO (1993-1994)

South Cleveland Hospital, UK, Cardiothoracic Registrar (1994-1996)

University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK, Cardiothoracic Senior Registrar (1996-1998)

Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol, UK, Cardiac Surgeon, Consultant Senior Lecturer (1998-1999)

St. Luke's Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece, Head of Cardiac Surgery (1999- 2021)

Interbalkan Medical Center, Head of Cardiac Surgery, since May 2021

Clinical experience of more than 15.000 cardiac operations (as operating surgeon) and more than a thousand thoracic operations

Ex-member of the study group on Advanced Heart Failure of the Heart Failure of ESC (2005- 2010)

PhD on Mechanical Circulatory Support, University of Thrace, Greece (2006)

Founder and director of the St. Luke's Endoscopic Cardiac Surgery Training Centre (2019)

Founding member of the Endoscopic Cardiac Surgeons Club ( ECSC ) (2020).

Other Interests

Totally endoscopic mitral, aortic, tricuspid and adult congenital surgery
Totally endoscopic atrial fibrillation surgery
Totally endoscopic myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Surgical treatment of heart failure
Pulmonary endarterectomy


1: Pitsis A, Tsotsolis N, Boudoulas H, Boudoulas KD. Totally endoscopic aortic
valve replacement with concomitant trans-aortic mitral valve repair for mitral
regurgitation. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2021 Oct 30;16(1):318. doi:
10.1186/s13019-021-01694-6. PMID: 34717719; PMCID: PMC8557064.

2: Demerouti E, Karyofyllis P, Voudris V, Boutsikou M, Anastasiadis G, Anthi A,
Arvanitaki A, Athanassopoulos G, Avgeropoulou A, Brili S, Feloukidis C,
Frantzeskaki F, Karatasakis G, Karvounis H, Konstantonis D, Mitrouska I,
Mouratoglou S, Naka KK, Orfanos SE, Panagiotidou E, Pitsiou G, Pitsis A,
Stamatopoulou V, Stanopoulos I, Thomaidis A, Tsangaris I, Tsiapras D,
Giannakoulas G, Manginas A, On Behalf Of The Hellenic Society For The Study Of
Pulmonary Hypertension Hssph. Epidemiology and Management of Chronic
Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension in Greece. Real-World Data from the
Hellenic Pulmonary Hypertension Registry (HOPE). J Clin Med. 2021 Sep
30;10(19):4547. doi: 10.3390/jcm10194547. PMID: 34640577; PMCID: PMC8509504.

3: Ioakeimidis NS, Pitsis A, Ntelios D, Zegkos T, Kelpis T, Papamitsou T,
Parcharidou D, Efthimiadis G, Meditskou S. Routine histopathology of septal
myectomy for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in a greek cohort. Histol
Histopathol. 2021 Nov;36(11):1145-1153. doi: 10.14670/HH-18-369. Epub 2021 Jul
30. PMID: 34327701.

4: Papadimitraki ED, Patrianakos A, Pitsis A, Marketou M, Zacharaki A,
Parthenakis F. Mitral commissural prolapse. Echocardiography. 2021
Apr;38(4):646-656. doi: 10.1111/echo.14984. Epub 2021 Mar 22. PMID: 33749914.

5: Pitsis A, Boudoulas H, Boudoulas KD. Operative steps of totally endoscopic
aortic valve replacement. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2020 Sep 1;31(3):424.
doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivaa102. PMID: 32860037.

6: Boudoulas KD, Pitsis A, Boudoulas H. Rheumatic Fever Licks at the Joints, but
Bites at the Heart. Cardiology. 2020;145(8):529-532. doi: 10.1159/000508659.
Epub 2020 Jul 8. PMID: 32640445.

7: Boudoulas KD, Vallakati A, Pitsis AA, Orsinelli DA, Abraham WT. The Use of
MitraClip in Secondary Mitral Regurgitation and Heart Failure. Cardiovasc Revasc
Med. 2020 Dec;21(12):1606-1612. doi: 10.1016/j.carrev.2020.05.015. Epub 2020 May
19. PMID: 32461047.

8: Pitsis A, Tsotsolis N, Theofilogiannakos E, Boudoulas H, Boudoulas KD.
Preoperative determination of artificial chordae tendineae length by
transoesophageal echocardiography in totally endoscopic mitral valve repair.
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2020 Jul 1;31(1):20-27. doi:
10.1093/icvts/ivaa046. PMID: 32236536.

9: Boudoulas KD, Pitsis AA, Mazzaferri EL, Gumina RJ, Triposkiadis F, Boudoulas
H. Floppy mitral valve/mitral valve prolapse: A complex entity with multiple
genotypes and phenotypes. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2020 May-Jun;63(3):308-326. doi:
10.1016/j.pcad.2020.03.004. Epub 2020 Mar 19. PMID: 32201287.

10: Boudoulas KD, Pitsis AA, Theofilogiannakos EK, Madiai F, Koenig S, Kelpis
TG, Mohler PJ, Mazzaferri EL, Boudoulas H. Floppy Mitral Valve/Mitral Valve
Prolapse (FMV/MVP): An unrevealed genotype - Phenotype relationship. Hellenic J
Cardiol. 2020 Sep-Oct;61(5):354-356. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2019.12.007. Epub 2020
Jan 13. PMID: 31945479.

11: Boudoulas KD, Barbetseas J, Pitsis AA, Boudoulas H. Tricuspid Valve Disease:
The "Forgotten Valve". Cardiology. 2019;142(4):235-238. doi: 10.1159/000497816.
Epub 2019 Jun 25. PMID: 31238310.

12: Pitsis A, Kelpis T, Theofilogiannakos E, Tsotsolis N, Boudoulas H, Boudoulas
KD. Mitral valve repair: moving towards a personalized ring. J Cardiothorac
Surg. 2019 Jun 13;14(1):108. doi: 10.1186/s13019-019-0926-7. PMID: 31196216;
PMCID: PMC6567592.

13: Tourmousoglou C, Kallifatidis A, Karamitsos T, Nikoloudakis N, Asimaki A,
Pitsis A. Malignant interventricular liposarcoma. Hellenic J Cardiol. 2019 Sep-
Oct;60(5):329-330. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2019.01.011. Epub 2019 Jan 23. PMID:

14: Ninios V, Tourmousoglou C, Mezilis N, Ninios I, Dardas P, Tsikaderis D,
Theophylogiannakos S, Pitsis A. Simultaneous implantation of MitraClip devices
in a patient with severe mitral and tricuspid valve regurgitation. Hellenic J
Cardiol. 2019 May-Jun;60(3):207-208. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2018.09.005. Epub 2018
Oct 4. PMID: 30292473.

15: Ntiloudi D, Apostolopoulou S, Vasiliadis K, Frogoudaki A, Tzifa A, Ntellos
C, Brili S, Manginas A, Pitsis A, Kolios M, Karvounis H, Tsioufis C, Goudevenos
J, Rammos S, Giannakoulas G; CHALLENGE investigators. Hospitalisations for heart
failure predict mortality in pulmonary hypertension related to congenital heart
disease. Heart. 2019 Mar;105(6):465-469. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-313613. Epub
2018 Sep 29. PMID: 30269081.

16: Boudoulas KD, Marmagkiolis K, Pitsis AA, Boudoulas H. Hybrid Coronary
Revascularization and the Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Room. Cardiology.
2018;140(2):83-86. doi: 10.1159/000489040. Epub 2018 Jun 13. PMID: 29898435.

17: Kallifatidis A, Tourmousoglou C, Gogas G, Nikoloudakis N, Pitsis A. Caught
in the Act: Massive Pulmonary Thrombus Crossing a Patent Foramen Ovale. Ann
Thorac Surg. 2018 Mar;105(3):e139. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.11.009. PMID:

18: Tourmousoglou C, Karkos C, Fidanis T, Theofilogiannakos EK, Hytiroglou P,
Pitsis A. An Unusual Case of Arterial Embolism in an Adolescent With a Mitral
Valve Repair With a Ring. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Oct;104(4):e315-e317. doi:
10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.04.051. PMID: 28935324.

19: Lima SM, Pitsis AA, Kelpis TG, Shahin MH, Langaee TY, Cavallari LH,
Theofilogiannakos EK, Boudoulas H, Boudoulas KD. Matrix Metalloproteinase
Polymorphisms in Patients with Floppy Mitral Valve/Mitral Valve Prolapse
(FMV/MVP) and FMV/MVP Syndrome. Cardiology. 2017;138(3):179-185. doi:
10.1159/000477656. Epub 2017 Jul 28. PMID: 28750369.

20: Giannakoulas G, Vasiliadis K, Frogoudaki A, Ntellos C, Tzifa A, Brili S,
Manginas A, Papaphylactou M, Parcharidou D, Kampouridis N, Pitsis A, Chamaidi A,
Kolios M, Papadopoulos G, Douras A, Davlouros P, Ntiloudi D, Karvounis H,
Kalangos A, Tsioufis C, Rammos S; CHALLENGE investigators. Adult congenital
heart disease in Greece: Preliminary data from the CHALLENGE registry. Int J
Cardiol. 2017 Oct 15;245:109-113. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.07.024. Epub 2017
Jul 13. PMID: 28743482.

21: Ntelios D, Meditskou S, Efthimiadis G, Pitsis A, Nikolakaki E, Girtovitis F,
Parcharidou D, Zegkos T, Kouidou S, Karvounis H, Tzimagiorgis G. Elevated plasma
levels of miR-29a are associated with hemolysis in patients with hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy. Clin Chim Acta. 2017 Aug;471:321-326. doi:
10.1016/j.cca.2017.07.004. Epub 2017 Jul 4. PMID: 28684219.

22: Bazmpani MA, Arvanitaki A, Toumpourleka M, Pitsiou G, Panagiotidou E,
Mouratoglou SA, Sianos G, Hadjimiltiades S, Pitsis A, Mayer E, Stanopoulos I,
Karvounis H, Giannakoulas G. Epidemiology and management of chronic
thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: experience from two expert centers.
Hellenic J Cardiol. 2018 Jan-Feb;59(1):16-23. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2017.05.005.
Epub 2017 May 17. PMID: 28528258.

23: Tourmousoglou C, Nikoloudakis N, Pitsis A. Aortic Valve Stenosis in
Alkaptonuria. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jun;103(6):e557. doi:
10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.01.070. PMID: 28528068.

24: Tourmousoglou C, Nikoloudakis N, Kelpis T, Tsotsolis N, Ninios V,
Kallifatidis A, Ninios E, Theofilogiannakos EK, Thoma M, Asimaki A, Pitsis A.
Left Ventricular Cardiac Hemangioma. Am J Med. 2017 Aug;130(8):e337-e339. doi:
10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.02.043. Epub 2017 Apr 2. PMID: 28373114.

25: Tourmousoglou C, Pitsis A, Nikoloudakis N. eComment: "Repair of an acute
type A aortic dissection: how to deal with a residual dissected branchiocephalic
artery aneurysm ". Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2017 Feb 1;24(2):312. doi:
10.1093/icvts/ivw434. PMID: 28364484.

26: Tourmousoglou C, Nikoloudakis N, Pitsis A. eComment: Expanding aortic arch
pseudoaneurysm in a high-risk patient with previous coronary surgery: a
treatment strategy. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2017 Mar 1;24(3):473. doi:
10.1093/icvts/ivw447. PMID: 28364437.

27: Khoury M, Pitsis A, Poumpouridou-Kioura H, Soufla G, Kanthou C, Matoula N,
Angelidis A, Melissari E. Acute intraoperative heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
(HIT) and thrombosis during coronary artery bypass grafting: Two case reports
providing evidence for the role of preoperative LMWH in triggering
sensitization. Thromb Res. 2016 Oct;146:126-130. doi:
10.1016/j.thromres.2016.08.020. Epub 2016 Aug 20. PMID: 27597121.

28: Boudoulas KD, Pitsis AA, Boudoulas H. Floppy Mitral Valve (FMV) - Mitral
Valve Prolapse (MVP) - Mitral Valvular Regurgitation and FMV/MVP Syndrome.
Hellenic J Cardiol. 2016 Mar-Apr;57(2):73-85. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2016.03.001.
Epub 2016 Apr 6. PMID: 27445020.

29: Tourmousoglou C, Pitsis A, Nikoloudakis N, Dougenis D. eComment. Is flexible
band or rigid ring the best choice for functional tricuspid regurgitation?
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2016 Jul;23(1):88-9. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivw165.
PMID: 27325654; PMCID: PMC4986759.

30: Tourmousoglou C, Pitsis A, Nikoloudakis N, Dougenis D. eComment: Aortic-root
enlargement procedures: an invaluable surgical technique. Interact Cardiovasc
Thorac Surg. 2016 Jun;22(6):749. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivw130. PMID: 27231247;
PMCID: PMC4986798.

31: Dardas PS, Thanopoulos V, Theofilogiannakos EK, Ninios V, Kallifatidis A,
Pitsis AA. Response to letter regarding article, "A word of caution: risk of
device erosion after percutaneous treatment of atrial septal defect in patients
with dilated aortic root". Circulation. 2015 Feb 24;131(8):e356. doi:
10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.012782. PMID: 25712063.

32: Tsaousi G, Pitsis AA, Ioannidis GD, Vasilakos DG. A multidisciplinary
approach to unplanned conversion from off-pump to on-pump beating heart coronary
artery revascularization in patients with compromised left ventricular function.
Crit Care Res Pract. 2014;2014:348021. doi: 10.1155/2014/348021. Epub 2014 Nov
12. PMID: 25478216; PMCID: PMC4244953.

33: Dardas PS, Kelpis TG, Ninios VN, Mezilis NE, Tsikaderis DD, Pitsis AA,
Thanopoulos VD. Successful transapical transcatheter prosthetic mitral
paravalvular leak closure. Hellenic J Cardiol. 2014 Nov-Dec;55(6):510-1. PMID:

34: Bagalas V, Paspala A, Sourla E, Akritidou S, Tsolakidou K, Boutou A, Pitsis
AA, Manika K, Kioumis IP, Stanopoulos I, Pitsiou G. Chronic thromboembolic
pulmonary hypertension: do not miss the chance for an early diagnosis. Am J Case
Rep. 2014 Sep 5;15:378-81. doi: 10.12659/AJCR.891014. PMID: 25203436; PMCID:

35: Theofilogiannakos EK, Boudoulas KD, Gawronski BE, Langaee TY, Dardas PS,
Ninios V, Kelpis TG, Johnson JA, Pitsis AA, Boudoulas H. Floppy mitral
valve/mitral valve prolapse syndrome: Beta-adrenergic receptor polymorphism may
contribute to the pathogenesis of symptoms. J Cardiol. 2015 May;65(5):434-8.
doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2014.07.020. Epub 2014 Sep 22. PMID: 25172623.

36: Christogiannis Z, Korantzopoulos P, Pappas K, Pitsis A. Flail septal leaflet
of the tricuspid valve due to rupture of chordae tendineae ten years after
pacemaker implantation. Int J Cardiol. 2014 Sep 20;176(2):e41-6. doi:
10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.07.060. Epub 2014 Jul 12. PMID: 25108684.

37: Efthimiadis GK, Pitsis A, Pagourelias ED, Kamperidis V, Kelpis T, Meditskou
S, Hadjimiltiades S, Ninios V, Mezilis N, Maron BJ, Styliadis IH. Surgical
septal myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Greece: a single-center
initial experience. Hellenic J Cardiol. 2014 Mar-Apr;55(2):132-8. PMID:

38: Dardas PS, Thanopoulos V, Theofilogiannakos EK, Ninios V, Kallifatidis A,
Pitsis AA. A word of caution: risk of device erosion after percutaneous
treatment of atrial septal defect in patients with dilated aortic root.
Circulation. 2014 Mar 25;129(12):e399-400. doi:
10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.007877. PMID: 24664220.

39: Tsaousi GG, Pitsis AA, Ioannidis GD, Pourzitaki CK, Yannacou-Peftoulidou MN,
Vasilakos DG. Implementation of EuroSCORE II as an adjunct to APACHE II model
and SOFA score, for refining the prognostic accuracy in cardiac surgical
patients. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2015 Dec;56(6):919-27. Epub 2014 Feb 13.
PMID: 24525523.

40: Kelpis TG, Economopoulos VA, Nikoloudakis NE, Pitsis AA. Minimally invasive
transapical aortic valve implantation and simultaneous major pulmonary
resection. J Card Surg. 2013 Nov;28(6):660-2. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12223. Epub 2013
Sep 20. PMID: 24112463.

41: Pitsis AA, Kelpis TG, Pitsiou GG, Stanopoulos I, Tatlis A, Nikoloudakis NE.
Pulmonary endarterectomy for thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Hellenic J
Cardiol. 2013 Jan-Feb;54(1):58-9. PMID: 23340130.

42: Kelpis TG, Theofilogiannakos EK, Ninios VN, Pitsis AA. Left ventricular
lipoma: a three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiographic appearance. J Card
Surg. 2013 Jan;28(1):53. doi: 10.1111/jocs.12049. Epub 2012 Dec 4. PMID:

43: Kelpis TG, Ninios VN, Giannakoulas G, Spanos GP, Nikoloudakis NE, Pitsis AA.
Unroofed coronary sinus as a cause of right heart dilatation in an elderly
patient. Hellenic J Cardiol. 2012 Sep-Oct;53(5):390-1. PMID: 22995610.

44: Tsaousi GG, Pitsis AA, Deliaslani DV, Amaniti EN, Karakoulas KA, Vasilakos
DG. Cerebral oxygenation impairment and S-100β protein release during off-pump
coronary artery revascularization. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2013
Apr;27(2):245-52. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2012.06.009. Epub 2012 Jul 18. PMID:

45: Dardas PS, Tsikaderis DD, Theofilogiannakos EK, Spyrou AN, Mezilis NE,
Ninios VN, Pitsis AA. Bi-ostial coronary thrombosis due to heparin induced
thrombocytopenia. Int J Cardiol. 2013 Jan 10;162(2):e36-8. doi:
10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.05.069. Epub 2012 Jun 3. PMID: 22664366.

46: Pitsis AA, Visouli AN. Mechanical assistance of the circulation during
cardiogenic shock. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2011 Oct;17(5):425-38. doi:
10.1097/MCC.0b013e32834a75c1. Erratum in: Curr Opin Crit Care. 2011
Dec;17(6):672. Aikaterini, Visouli N [corrected to Visouli, Aikaterini N]. PMID:

47: Dardas P, Mezilis N, Ninios V, Theofilogiannakos EK, Tsikaderis D, Tsotsolis
N, Kolettas A, Nikoloudakis N, Pitsis AA. ECMO as a bridge to high-risk
rotablation of heavily calcified coronary arteries. Herz. 2012 Mar;37(2):225-30.
doi: 10.1007/s00059-011-3489-5. PMID: 21732095.

48: Pitsis AA, Visouli AN, Ninios V, Kremastinos DT. Total ventricular assist
for long-term treatment of heart failure. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011
Aug;142(2):464-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2010.11.014. Epub 2011 Feb 1. PMID:

49: Ziakas AG, Economou FI, Charokopos NA, Pitsis AA, Parharidou DG,
Papadopoulos TI, Parharidis GE. Coronary ostial stenosis after aortic valve
replacement: successful treatment of 2 patients with drug-eluting stents. Tex
Heart Inst J. 2010;37(4):465-8. PMID: 20844624; PMCID: PMC2929858.

50: Mebazaa A, Pitsis AA, Rudiger A, Toller W, Longrois D, Ricksten SE, Bobek I,
De Hert S, Wieselthaler G, Schirmer U, von Segesser LK, Sander M, Poldermans D,
Ranucci M, Karpati PC, Wouters P, Seeberger M, Schmid ER, Weder W, Follath F.
Clinical review: practical recommendations on the management of perioperative
heart failure in cardiac surgery. Crit Care. 2010;14(2):201. doi:
10.1186/cc8153. Epub 2010 Apr 28. PMID: 20497611; PMCID: PMC2887098.

51: Kelpis TG, Ninios VN, Economopoulos VA, Pitsis AA. Aortic valve papillary
fibroelastoma: a three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiographic appearance.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Jun;89(6):2043. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.09.033.
PMID: 20494087.

52: Ninios V, Visouli A, Pitsis A. Images in cardiovascular medicine. Repeated
successful thrombolysis of a Jarvik 2000 left ventricular assist device in a
patient with noncompaction cardiomyopathy. Circulation. 2010 Jan
26;121(3):e13-4. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0b013e3181cdb410. PMID: 20100979.

53: Economopoulos V, Psaltis E, Kelpis T, Pitsis A. Subclavian artery stenosis
detected with transit-time flowmeter during OPCAB. J Card Surg. 2010
Mar;25(2):176-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2009.00970.x. Epub 2010 Jan 4. PMID:

54: Kelpis TG, Ninios VN, Dardas PS, Pitsis AA. Subaortic stenosis in an adult
caused by two discrete membranes: a three-dimensional transesophageal
echocardiographic visualization. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Nov;88(5):1703. doi:
10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.01.067. PMID: 19853150.

55: Pitsis AA, Visouli A. Mechanical circulatory support in the ICCU. Acute Card
Care. 2009;11(4):204-15. doi: 10.1080/17482940903177028. PMID: 19742354.

56: Parthenakis F, Nyktari E, Patrianakos A, Pitsis A, Asimaki A, Vardas P.
Asymptomatic papillary fibroelastoma of the aortic valve in a young woman - a
case report. Cardiovasc Ultrasound. 2009 Sep 2;7:43. doi:
10.1186/1476-7120-7-43. PMID: 19725951; PMCID: PMC2749026.

57: Kelpis TG, Mezilis NE, Ninios VN, Pitsis AA. Minimally invasive transapical
aortic valve-in-a-valve implantation for severe aortic regurgitation in a
degenerated stentless bioprosthesis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009
Oct;138(4):1018-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2009.05.020. Epub 2009 Jul 3. PMID:

58: Dardas PS, Pitsis AA. Focusing on atrial remodeling in chronic mitral
regurgitation: better prevent ventricular remodeling rather than treat.
Cardiology. 2009;114(2):130-1. doi: 10.1159/000224769. Epub 2009 Jun 12. PMID:

59: Jaarsma T, Beattie JM, Ryder M, Rutten FH, McDonagh T, Mohacsi P, Murray SA,
Grodzicki T, Bergh I, Metra M, Ekman I, Angermann C, Leventhal M, Pitsis A,
Anker SD, Gavazzi A, Ponikowski P, Dickstein K, Delacretaz E, Blue L, Strasser
F, McMurray J; Advanced Heart Failure Study Group of the HFA of the ESC.
Palliative care in heart failure: a position statement from the palliative care
workshop of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology.
Eur J Heart Fail. 2009 May;11(5):433-43. doi: 10.1093/eurjhf/hfp041. PMID:

60: Pitsis AA, Boudoulas H. Mitral regurgitation in acute heart failure: the
role of echocardiography. Cardiology. 2009;113(4):246-8. doi: 10.1159/000203642.
Epub 2009 Feb 25. PMID: 19246902.

61: Pitsis AA. Heart and lung transplantation: new flavours from old recipes.
Hellenic J Cardiol. 2008 Jul-Aug;49(4):238-40. PMID: 18935710.

62: Visouli AN, Pitsis AA. Will modern miniaturized left ventricular assist
devices offer a viable alternative to heart transplantation? Hellenic J Cardiol.
2008 Sep-Oct;49(5):335-48. PMID: 18846924.

63: Pitsis AA, Visouli AN. Update on ventricular assist device management in the
ICU. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2008 Oct;14(5):569-78. doi:
10.1097/MCC.0b013e3283097653. PMID: 18787451.

64: Pitsis AA, Visouli AN, Ninios V, Bougioukas G, Filippatos G, Kremastinos D,
Burkhoff D, Long JW. Elective bridging to recovery after repair: the surgical
approach to ventricular reverse remodeling. Artif Organs. 2008 Sep;32(9):730-5.
doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1594.2008.00596.x. Epub 2008 Jul 30. PMID: 18684205.

65: Pitsis AA, Visouli AN, Kelpis TG, Ninios VN, Nikoloudakis N, Parthenakis F,
Vardas P. Diverticulum of the left ventricle: etiology and surgical treatment.
Heart Surg Forum. 2008;11(2):E75-7. doi: 10.1532/HSF98.20071205. PMID: 18430659.

66: Dardas PS, Pitsis AA, Mezilis NE, Tsikaderis DD, Ninios VN, Boudoulas H.
Left atrial function and work after surgical ventricular restoration in
postmyocardial infarction heart failure. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2008
Jul;21(7):841-7. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2007.12.005. Epub 2008 Apr 2. PMID:

67: Pitsis AA, Kelpis TG, Visouli AN, Bobotis G, Filippatos GS, Kremastinos DT.
Left ventricular assist device as a bridge to surgery in postinfarction
ventricular septal defect. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Apr;135(4):951-2. doi:
10.1016/j.jtcvs.2007.12.004. PMID: 18374789.

68: Pitsis AA, Visouli AN, Burkhoff D, Dardas P, Mezilis N, Bougioukas G,
Filippatos G. Feasibility study of a temporary percutaneous left ventricular
assist device in cardiac surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Dec;84(6):1993-9. doi:
10.1016/j.athoracsur.2007.06.048. PMID: 18036923.

69: Pitsis AA, Kelpis TG, Ninios VN, Dardas PS, Visouli AN, Boudoulas HK.
Modified ross procedure: partially supported root replacement. Thorac Cardiovasc
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70: Metra M, Ponikowski P, Dickstein K, McMurray JJ, Gavazzi A, Bergh CH, Fraser
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71: Pitsis AA, Anagnostopoulos CE. Acute heart failure: is there a role for
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72: Pitsis AA, Bougioukas IG, Kelpis TG, Dardas PS, Mezilis NE, Tsikaderis DD,
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73: Pitsis AA, Visouli AN, Vassilikos V, Ninios VN, Sfirakis PD, Mezilis NE,
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74: Pitsis AA, Kelpis TG, Dardas PS, Mezilis NE, Tsikaderis DD, Boudoulas HK.
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75: Tziomalos K, Garipidou V, Houmpouridou E, Pitsis AA, Basayannis E. Mitral
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76: Pitsis AA, Dardas P, Mezilis N, Nikoloudakis N, Filippatos G, Burkhoff D.
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2004 Apr;77(4):1431-3. doi: 10.1016/S0003-4975(03)01305-5. PMID: 15063283.

77: Dardas PS, Pitsis AA, Tsikaderis DD, Mezilis NE, Geleris PN, Boudoulas HK.
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78: Ascione R, Williams S, Lloyd CT, Sundaramoorthi T, Pitsis AA, Angelini GD.
Reduced postoperative blood loss and transfusion requirement after beating-heart
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2001 Apr;121(4):689-96. doi: 10.1067/mtc.2001.112823. PMID: 11279409.

79: Watters MP, Ascione R, Ryder IG, Ciulli F, Pitsis AA, Angelini GD.
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80: Massey SR, Pitsis A, Mehta D, Callaway M. Oesophageal perforation following
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81: Ascione R, Lloyd CT, Underwood MJ, Lotto AA, Pitsis AA, Angelini GD.
Inflammatory response after coronary revascularization with or without
cardiopulmonary bypass. Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Apr;69(4):1198-204. doi:
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82: Ascione R, Lloyd CT, Underwood MJ, Lotto AA, Pitsis AA, Angelini GD.
Economic outcome of off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery: a prospective
randomized study. Ann Thorac Surg. 1999 Dec;68(6):2237-42. doi:
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83: Pitsis AA, Angelini GD. Off pump coronary bypass grafting of the circumflex
artery. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 1999 Oct;16(4):478-9. doi:
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84: Pitsis AA, Cullen HC, Musumeci F, Zaman AG, Butchart EG. A new strategy of
total arterial revascularization. Ann Thorac Surg. 1999 Apr;67(4):1186-7. doi:
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85: Pitsis AA, Angelini GD. Combined therapies for composite graft infection
after Bentall's procedure. Ann Thorac Surg. 1999 Feb;67(2):600. PMID: 10197720.

86: Spiliotis J, Scopa CD, Kyriakopoulou D, Pitsis A, Melachrinou M,
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