Konstadinos Plestis, MD, has been named Director of Aortic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital.
Dr. Plestis comes to Lenox Hill Hospital from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York where he served as Associate Director of Aortic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
As the Director of Lenox Hill Hospital’s new Aortic Wellness Center, Dr. Plestis will lead a service that offers integrated care of aortic disease - available at only a few hospitals in the nation – involving collaboration among cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, , structural cardiologists and internal medicine pysicians.
“Because of the complexity of treating aortic disease, Lenox Hill Hospital has created
the Aortic Wellness Center whose mission is to offer the best treatment available to the individual patient with an aortic problem. This has been achieved by having some of the best people in their individual specialties collaborating with each other,” said Dr. Plestis.
“Most patients even with very large aneurysms are asymptomatic or have very few symptoms. With widespread use of diagnostic technology, such as CT scans and echocardiograms there is now a higher probability of identifying aortic disease earlier,” Dr. Plestis added.
He graduated from the Aristotelian University Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece and earned his medical degree in 1987. He completed his residency in vascular surgery at Baylor College in Houston, Texas where he trained with Dr. Michael DeBakey during the beginning of the development of aortic surgery in the early 1990s.
After completing a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, he was named an assistant professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. In 2005 he joined Mount Sinai as an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery and associate director of the aortic surgery.
Dr. Plestis has made numerous original contributions to the medical literature, and participated in, or was the lead investigator in many clinical trials and is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad on aortic surgery.
He lives in Scarsdale with his wife and two children.