Consultant Profile

Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos

Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos MMED TORAX MD CTH
Practicing at:
Spire Leeds Hospital
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Lung cancer
    • Thoracic surgery
  • General medicine
    • Lung cancer
  • Oncology
    • Lung cancer
  • Respiratory Medicine
    • Lung Cancer
Special clinical interests:

Minimally invasive treatment of lung cancer including chest wall (rib case)
Management of airway disease benign and malignant (wind pipe) with local resection, PDT and stents
Treatment of emphysema; surgical and endoscopic using special valves
Treatment of chest wall deformities; pectus repairs without the use of metal bars both minimally invasive and open (Nuss or Ravitch)
VATS (key hole) surgery for malignant and benign diseases of chest with an established program in Leeds since 2005
Complex operations for lung cancer involving spine offering team approach with a senior Neurosurgeon
Minimally invasive treatment for Thoracic Outlet syndrome (key hole surgery)
Minimally invasive treatment (key hole) of atrial fibrillation
Management of mesothelioma
Offers second opinion for complex and failed procedures with National and International referrals.

Research interests:

Pre-malignant lesions of the lung
Health economics
Quality of life after surgical treatment for lung cancer
Medical devices

Current NHS and /or university posts:
Senior Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Clinical Director Thoracic Surgery Leeds 2006 - 2011
Chair Thoracic Group, Yorkshire Cancer Network UK 2006 - 2008
Councilor European Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2008 - 2009
Treasurer European Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2009 - present
ESTS Annual Meeting Committee
ESTS School of Thoracic Surgery Committee
ESTS Textbook Committee
Leuven 2007 Abstract Reviewers
Bologna 2008 Abstract Reviewers
Krakow 2009 Abstract Reviewers
Valladolid 2010 Abstract Reviewers
Marseille 2011 Abstract Reviewers
Essen 2012 Abstract Reviewers
Specialist registry (Cth) South African Medical and Dental Council
Greek Thoracic Society Specialist Registry
European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS)
European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS)
Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)
Yorkshire Thoracic Society
Society of Thoracic Surgeons - USA full member (STS)

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0113 218 5908/9 or 0113 269 8859
Private secretary:
Mrs Martha Kotti
Private secretary telephone number:
0113 269 8859 and 07729 861408
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos is a senior consultant thoracic Surgeon at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and at Spire Leeds Hospital.
Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos qualified from Heraklion Medical School in Greece.
He subsequently trained for eight years in the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town completing the specialist exams in cardiothoracic surgery and an MD thesis in surgical management of tuberculosis in the paediatric population.
He received further training as a qualified surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1999 and the University of Leuven, Belgium in 2000 in lung and esophageal surgery.
He was appointed as a consultant thoracic surgeon in 2001 in Leeds and has served in this position for 12 years.
He developed the thoracic service in Leeds by marketing and centralising services from the West Yorkshire area. As a result of this the department has grown from a service Provider of 625000 population to a regional centre serving 2.5 million citizens and receiving referrals from over 10 hospitals in the region.
He co-ordinated the transfer of the department from Leeds General Infirmary to St James’s University Hospital in 2005 with amalgamation of services from Bradford and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and the subsequent transfer of the service in the St. James’s Institute of Oncology in 2008 offering a full range of specialist treatments for benign and malignant diseases of the chest.

He engaged early and established minimally invasive treatment for benign and malignant diseases of the lung and airway, atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), emphysema and metastatic malignant diseases of the lung such as colorectal cancer, breast cancer and sarcomas.

All treatments are offered through NICE guidelines and National and International protocols following discussions at 6 established multidisciplinary team meetings.

Personal profile:
Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos enjoys travelling and outdoors activities. He has a wonderful family and spends as much free time as he can with his wife and three daughters.

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Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos

Mr Kostas Papagiannopoulos Cardiothoracic surgery, General medicine, Oncology & Respiratory Medicine Consultant, Leeds, West Yorkshire, private hospital specialist.

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