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Vasilios Zerris

Professor, Neurosurgery


School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Academic Qualifications

Qualification Year Awarding Institution
Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery
Complex and Reconstructive Spine Surgery Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University Medical School, USA
Functional and Pain Neurosurgery Fellowship, Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University Medical School, USA
Neurosurgery Residency, Boston Institute of Neurosurgery at NEMC Tufts University Medical School, USA

Employment History

Period of employment Employer Location
From To
2018 -Current Chairman of Neurosurgery, Hygeia Hospital, Athens, Greece
2017 –Current Chairman of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Iaso Children Hospital, Athens, Greece
2014 – 2018 Chairman of Neurosurgery and Founder of the Center for Pain & Spine, Henry Dunant Hospital Center, Athens, Greece


Title Other authors Journal and Publisher / Conference
CT - Guided, Ethanol Sympatholysis for Primary Axillary – Palmar Hyperhidrosis. Tsitskani M., Friehs G., Zerris V., Georgiades C. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2016 Dec. 39 (12): 1722–1727
The effect of spinal osteotomics on spinal cord tension and dural buckling: a cadaveric study. Safain MG, Burke SM, Riesenburger RI, Zerris V , Hwang SW. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Apr 17:11-8.
Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the thoracic spine. Roguski M, Safain MG, Zerris VA, Kryzanski JT, Thomas CB, Magge SN, Riesenburger RI. J Cl in Neurosci. 2014 Oct; 21(10):1679-85.
Cytokine-mediated inflammatory reaction following posterior cervical decompression and fusion with BMP. Robin BN, Chaput CD, Zeitouni S,, Rahm MD, Zerris VA , Sampson HW Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Nov 1; 35(23):E1350-4.
Outcomes Following Single Treatment Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia with Minimum 3 Year Follow - up. Risenburger RI, Hwag SW, Zerris V , Wu JK, Mahn K, Kilmo Jr P, Mignano J, Thompson CK, Yao KC. J Neurosurg. 2009 Sep 25.
Images in clinical medicine. Combined – system disease. Heilman CB, Zerris VA New England Journal of Medicine. 2009 Jun 18; 360(225):2655.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery For Functional Disorders. G.M. Friehs, M.C. Park, V.A. Zerris, M.A. Goldman, G.C.Norén, P. Sampath. Neurosurg Focus. 2007; 23(66):E3. Review
Comparison of the mechanical and biologic properties of three bovine derived dural substitutes. J Biomed Mater Res B V.A. Zerris, K. James, C.B. Heilman. Appl Biomater. 2007 Apr 26.
Electrocautery - induced ignition of spark showers and self - sustained combustion of onyx ethylene - vinyl alcohol copolymer. C.M. Schirmer, V.Zerris, A.M. Malek. Neurosurgery. 2006 Oct; 59(4 Suppl 2):ONS413-8.
Targeting the Cranial Nerve: Microradiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia with CISS and 3D-flash MR Imaging Sequences. Zerris VA, Noren GC, Shucart WA, Rogg J, Friehs GM. J Neurosurg. 2005 Jan; 102 Suppl: 107 - 10.


Research Projects

Title Funded by Project Role*
450,000 $ Grant. Anaerobic bacteria as Tumor - Targeted Carriers for Oncolytic Cancer Therapy. A project in cooperation with the university of Nottingham. It sponsors and supervises a PhD student and investigates the efficacy of using bacterial spores as tumor specific carriers for chemotherapeutic and anti - angiogenic factors. Principal Investigator
Evidence Study - Re-operation vs. Spinal Cord Stimulation with Precision SCS System for failed back surgery. Co - Investigator
Medtronic Active Dystonia Therapy HUD- utilized for Parkinson and Psychiatric Disorders Co - Investigator
Infusion Systems - ITD system (intrathecal drug delivery system), Advanced Bionics Inc. Co - Investigator

Academic Consulting Services/Councils/Boards/Editorial Committees

Awards/International Recognition

Date Title
2016- Present Member of SOLAS
2007- Present Multiple Philanthropic Donations in honour of MD to the Scott and White Foundation, Texas, USA
2003 Oliver Smith Award, New England Medical Centre
1996-2000 First student at Brown University to complete an M.D. and two additional graduate degrees (M.M.Sc. & M.P.H) within the four years of medical school
1996-2000 M.D. with academic distinction. Graduated from medical school in the outstanding category, the highest academic category at Brown University
2000 Stanley Aronson cash prize for the graduating medical student who excelled in the neurosciences
2000 Elected full member to SigmaXi honors science society
2000 New England Hellenic Medical Society research award
1998 Fist student at Brown University to be awarded a Master in Medical Science from the department of Neuroscience

Other Achievements