Constantine Frantzides is a distinguished doctor with over thirty years of experience. Since moving to the United States in 1983, Dr. Frantzides has cultivated a practice as one of America’s top surgeons. Early in his career, he became a pioneer in the field of laparoscopic surgery. He is credited with the development and establishment of fourteen different minimally invasive surgical procedures, and has published three of the definitive textbooks on laparoscopic surgery.
When I first started doing laparoscopic surgery in 1988, there were only two or three surgeons doing it in the United States. I had to go to France, to DuBois in Port-au-Prince, to learn how to do these operations.
Dr. Frantzides has amassed an impressive series of honors over the course of his career. In the last six years, Castle Connolly has honored him four times as America’s Top Doctor. Most impressively, his work has been recognized by the National Institute of Health, who awarded him 1.8 million dollars in funding to continue his research. While contributing regularly to a large number of organizations in his field, Frantzides has published well over one hundred articles in prestigious medical journals. Outside of his normal medical practice, he has consistently performed pro-bono work in places abroad that have yet to be introduced to laparoscopic surgery.
As a leader in his field, Dr. Frantzides is known for his groundbreaking research and innovation. He performed the first in the world prospective randomized trial of laparoscopic mesh repair of large hiatal hernias (Archives of Surgery 2002) and he introduced “The Frantzides Technique” for the treatment of esophageal high grade dysplasia and Barrett’s esophagus (American Journal of Surgery 2010). He developed a new safer technique for the laparoscopic gastric bypass ("Triple Stapling Technique" Archives of Surgery, 2003.) In 2008, he published a DVD course, teaching his surgical methods.
I went into medicine because I wanted to help people. I didn't go into medicine to make money. Essentially, when laparoscopy came into play, I realized that what I didn't like about surgery was the butchery of it. When laparoscopy came, it was like a light at the end of the tunnel for me.
At this time, Dr. Frantzides’ career shows no sign of slowing down. His medical practice, research, public speaking career, and writing continue to occupy all his time, all while continuing his lifelong mission of helping his fellow human beings.
Detailed Career Information
Dr. Constantine Frantzides received his medical degree from the Medical School of Athens University in 1976. He completed his internship at Nicosia General Hospital in Cyprus in 1978, and his residency at Athens University in 1982. He also completed a fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1985.
He is currently the Director of the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Frantzides created the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and was the Director of the center from 1995-1997. Dr. Frantzides has served as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and professor of surgery at the University of Chicago from 1997 to 2000. He was also the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital from 1997-2000. Dr. Frantzides was the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and professor of surgery at Rush University. He was also the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery (2003-2006) and director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program (2003-2008) at Northshore University Health System (previously known as Evanston Northwestern Healthcare). Under his Directorship, and because of his high volume of procedures and excellent outcomes Evanston Northwestern Healthcare was named a "Center Of Excellence" by the American College of Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Frantzides was Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University from 2004-2009.
Dr. Frantzides is a member of the American Gastrointestinal Association, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, The American College of Surgeons, Colegio Brasilero de Cirurgia Digestiva, Society of University Surgeons, Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, Hellenic Surgical Association, Central Surgical Association, Western Surgical Association, United States Laparoscopic Founders’ Society, Hellenic Laparoscopic Society, and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
Dr. Frantzides has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his prestigious career. In recognition of his academic activities in laparoscopic surgery as well as his surgical skills he was given the "Achievement award for advanced laparoscopic surgery" by the American Society of General Surgeons. He was named in 2007 & 2008 America's Top Surgeon and as the Most Compassionate Doctor by the Consumers' Research Council of America (2010-2014). He was also named "America's Top Doctor" by the acclaimed Castle Connolly Medical Guide for six consecutive years (2009-2015). In addition Dr. Frantzides was named "Top Doctor" by the Chicago Magazine (2012-2014), and the US News and World Report for 2011 -2013. He was given the “Certificate of Excellence” by US News & World Report 2012 & 2013.