Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS

Associate Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair of Education
Director of MIS/Bariatric Surgery
IU Department of Surgery Skills Lab Director

Specialty: General Surgery
Medical School: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Medicine, Thessaloniki, Greece
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Fellowship: Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC


Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine in August 2016 where he is an Associate Professor of Surgery and serves as the Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Stefanidis received his medical school degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and did his doctoral work at the University of Bonn in Germany. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, a surgical simulation research fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and his minimally invasive bariatric surgery fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.


Dr. Stefanidis came to IU after 10 years at Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina where he had established a busy minimally invasive and bariatric surgery practice and served as Associate Professor of Surgery and the Surgical and Research Director of Carolinas Simulation Center. Dr. Stefanidis’ area of clinical practice is general and bariatric surgery with a focus on revisional and robotic surgery.


Dr. Stefanidis serves as a board member of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), as program chair of the 2017 ASE annual meeting, as the chair of the SAGES Guidelines Committee, the co-chair of the Research and Development Committee of the Accredited Education Institutes of the American College of Surgeons, the associate editor for the Journal of Simulation in Healthcare, and the ASE recorder of the American Journal of Surgery. He is an active member in numerous other national committees. His contributions to the education of surgeons and other healthcare workers have earned him the educator of the year award by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2012. He also received a presidential citation in 2016 for his contributions to simulation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.


Dr. Stefanidis has served as principle or co-investigator on research projects totaling over 2 million dollars, has more than 110 peer reviewed publications, written several book chapters, and has won numerous competitive grants and research awards. His research focuses on surgical education, simulation, surgical outcomes and patient safety. His most recent research projects, include the development of a mental skills curriculum for surgeons funded by the AHRQ and the development of a coaching mechanism for practicing surgeons funded by CMS. He has mentored numerous surgical fellows, residents, and medical students over the years and has helped them grow as clinicians and researchers.

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  1. Hull L, Arora S, Stefanidis D, Sevdalis N. Facilitating the implementation of the AmericanCollege of Surgeons/Association of Program Directors in Surgery phase III skills curriculum:training faculty in the assessment of team skills. Am J Surg. 2015 May 6. [Epub ahead ofprint]
  2. Johnston MJ, Paige JT, Aggarwal R, Stefanidis D, Tsuda S, Khajuria A, Arora S; Associationfor Surgical Education Simulation Committee. An overview of research priorities in surgicalsimulation: what the literature shows has been achieved during the 21st century and whatremains. Am J Surg. 2015 Aug 12. [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Butler KL, Chang Y, DeMoya M, Feinstein A, Ferrada P, Maduekwe U, Maung AA, Melo N,Odom S, Olasky J, Reinhorn M, Smink DB, Stassen N, Wilson CT, Fagenholz P, Kaafarani H,King D, Yeh DD, Velmahos G, Stefanidis D. Needs assessment for a focused radiologycurriculum in surgical residency: a multicenter study. Am J Surg. 2015 Aug 5. [Epub aheadof print].
  4. Britt R, Scerbo MW, Montano, Kennedy, Prytz, Stefanidis D. Intracorporeal Suturing:Transfer from FLS to Cadavers Results in Substantial Increase in Mental Workload. Surgery.2015 May 20 [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Anton N, Montero P, Howley LD, Brown C, Stefanidis D. What stress-coping strategies aresurgeons relying upon during surgery? Am J Surg 2015 May 23 [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Stefanidis D, Ingram K, Williams KH, Bencken CL, Swiderski D. Are Nursing StudentsAppropriate Partners for the Interdisciplinary Training of Surgery Residents? J Surg Educ.2015 2015 Sep-Oct;72(5):823-8.
  7. Honaker MD, Paton BL, Stefanidis D, Schiffern LM. Can Robotic Surgery be Done EfficientlyWhile Training Residents? J Surg Educ. 2015 May-Jun;72(3):377-80.
  8. Stefanidis D, Sevdalis N, Paige J, Zevin B, Aggarwal R, Grantcharov T, Jones DB Simulationin Surgery: What's Needed Next? Ann Surg 2015 May;261(5):846-53
  9. Stefanidis D, Cochran A, Sevdalis N, Mellinger J, Phitayakorn R, Sullivan M, Barney L.Research Priorities for Multi-institutional Collaborative Projects in Surgical Education. Am JSurg 2015;209(1):52-8. Epub 2014 Oct 22.
  10. Stefanidis D, Gardner C, Paige JT, Korndorffer JR Jr, Nepomnayshy D, Chapman D.Multicenter longitudinal assessment of resident technical skills. Am J Surg 2015Jan;209(1):120-5. Epub 2014 Nov 5.
  11. Stefanidis D, Grewal H, Paige J, Korndorffer Jr JR, Scott DJ, Nepomnayshy D, Edelman D,Sievers C. Establishing technical performance norms for general surgery residents. SurgEndosc 2014; 28(11):3179-85. Epub 2014 Jun 18.
  12. Stefanidis D, Montero P, Urbach D, Qureshi A, Perry K, Bachman SL, Madan A, Petersen R,Pryor AD, SAGES Research Committee. SAGES Research Agenda in Gastrointestinal andEndoscopic Surgery: Updated Results of a Delphi Study. Surg Endosc 2014;28(10):2763-71.
  13. Haggerty S, Roth S, Walsh D, Stefanidis D, Price R, Fanelli RD, Penner T, Richardson W;SAGES Guidelines CommitteeGuidelines for laparoscopic peritoneal dialysis access surgery.Surg Endosc. 2014 Nov;28(11):3016-45.
  14. Kim M, Navarro F, Eruchalu CN, Augenstein VA, Heniford BT, Stefanidis D. MinimallyInvasive Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Fundoplication Failure Offers ExcellentGastroesophageal Reflux Control. Am Surg 2014;80(7):696-703.
  15. Tsirline VB, Keilani ZM, El Djouzi S, Phillips RC, Kuwada TS, Gersin K, Simms C, StefanidisD. How frequently and when do patients undergo cholecystectomy after bariatric surgery?Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2014;10(2):313-21.
  16. Wormer BA, Dacey KT, Williams KB, Bradley JF 3rd, Walters AL, Augenstein VA, StefanidisD, Heniford BT. The first nationwide evaluation of robotic general surgery: a regionalized,small but safe start. Surg Endosc. 2014;28(3):767-76.
  17. Stefanidis D, Fanelli RD, Price RR, Richardson WS. SAGES Guidelines for the introduction ofnew technology and techniques. Surg Endosc. 2014;28(8):2257-71.
  18. Kohn GP, Price RR, DeMeester SR, Zehetner J, Muensterer OJ, Awad Z, Mittal SK, RichardsonWS, Stefanidis D, Fanelli RD; SAGES Guidelines Committee. Guidelines for themanagement of hiatal hernia. Surg Endosc. 2013 Dec;27(12):4409-28.
  19. Stefanidis D, Goldfarb M, Kercher KW, Hope WW, Richardson W, Fanelli RD. SAGESguidelines for minimally invasive treatment of adrenal pathology. Surg Endosc. 2013Nov;27(11):3960-80.
  20. Stefanidis D, Malireddy K, Phillips R, Zoog E, Kuwada T, Gersin K. Revisional BariatricSurgery: Perioperative Morbidity is Determined by the Type of Procedure. Surg Endosc2013;27(12):4504-10.

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