Department of Neurosurgery
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Dr. Vassilios Dimopoulos joined UB Neurosurgery in October, 2014, and will lead the department’s minimally invasive spine program. Born in Athens, Greece, he completed medical school at the University of Patras. After completing a mandatory year of rural service and twenty months of military service as a flight surgeon in the Hellenic Air Force, he began his neurosurgical training. Upon completion of his general surgery internship, he began his neurosurgical residency at the University of Patras one of the most prominent neurosurgical residency programs in Greece at that time. After several months, he moved to the US in search of further training and entered a pre-residency clinical fellowship program in Macon, Georgia. He completed his US residency training in 2006 from the University of Rochester in July, 2013.
Throughout his neurosurgical training, Dr. Dimopoulos was able to dedicate a significant amount of effort towards research and was rewarded with more than 30 publications and numerous presentations at national meetings.
Dr. Dimopoulos has a strong passion for spine surgery and disease. This became obvious to his mentor, Dr J. Huang, who encouraged him to work in his lab using a spine injury animal model. For this work he received the 2008 AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Apfelbaum Award in only his second year of residency. He feels fortunate to also have worked with Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, one of the most renowned scientists in the field of astrocyte research. Part of this work resulted in receiving the 2011-12 CNS Functional Fellowship Award.
During his training, Dr. Dimopoulos developed a special interest for complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. With encouragement from mentors Dr. Huang, and his chairman, Dr. Webster Pilcher, he pursued spine fellowship training in the University of Miami under the direction of Dr. Barth Green.