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Professor Vassilios Papalois, Male

Consultant renal transplant surgeon 4242464
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Vassilios Papalois is Professor of Transplantation Surgery and Consultant Transplant and General Surgeon in the Renal and Transplant Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT).  He was born in Athens Greece in 1965 and has Greek and British citizenship. He was trained in general and transplantation surgery and research at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota one of the biggest transplant departments in the world that has pioneered many aspects of modern transplant practice.

 The main clinical interests of Professor Papalois are high risk live donor kidney transplantation and extended criteria deceased donor kidney and pancreas transplantation.  He has pioneered the development of the live donor kidney transplant programme at the ICHT which is one of the biggest and most successful of its kind in Europe as well as the use of extended criteria kidneys from deceased donors pre-conditioned through machine organ perfusion that has significantly decrease post-operative complications and increased long-term graft survival.

Professor Papalois has been active in surgical research for more than 20 years and has published more than 170 papers in peer review journals, 15 book chapters and 5 books.  Currently, his Imperial College PhD students work on translational models of pre-transplant assessment of graft viability and graft pre-conditioning through machine (hypothermic and normothermic) organ perfusion, use of stem cells to re-generate chronically scarred kidney and pancreas allografts and issues related to ethics and health policy in modern surgical practice.

Professor Papalois is the Honorary President of the Division of Transplantation and currently the President of the Section of Surgery of the European Union Medical Specialists (UEMS).  He has pioneered the development of the UEMS exams for accreditation of transplant surgeons, physicians, coordinators and immunologists as well as the process for the accreditation of transplant centres for training in all transplant disciplines across Europe.  He has also developed a robust mechanism for quality control/ appraisal by the UEMS Council for European Specialists Medical Assessments (UEMS-CESMA) of the Exams organised by the UEMS Sections.   He Chairs the Education Committee of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (focusing on educational innovations for live and e-learning courses), the Ethics Committee of the ICHT and he is a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the UK Ministry of Defence. He is the past Chair of the Ethics Committee and currently member of Council of the British Transplantation Society (BTS) and he is also a member of Council of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), representing the AGBI in the Section of Surgery of the UEMS.

He organises an annual series of advanced national and international courses mainly on multi-disciplinary transplant training and clinical ethics and has given more than 60 lectures in international forums as an invited speaker.

His previous managerial experience include the posts of Lead for Clinical Governance and then Chief of Service of the Renal and Transplant Services of the ICHT which is the biggest Department of its kind in Europe as well as senior advisory roles in Committees of the NHS Blood and Transplant focusing on further development at a national level of live donor kidney transplantation and issues related to donor welfare.

Professor Papalois has been awarded a Bronze National Award for Clinical Excellence by the Department of the Health, a Senior Clinical Investigator Award by the European Society for Organ Transplantation and a Teaching Excellence Award by Imperial College.



Special interests

  • Transplant and general surgery
  • Renal transplants