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Catherine Vlastou


Plastic Surgeon
Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Clinic “HYGEIA” HOSPITAL

Academics & Education

  • Medical School University of Athens (1971)
  • American Board of Surgery (1977)
  • Certificate of specialization in General Surgery in Greece (1979)
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (1980)
  • Certificate of specialization in Plastic Surgery in Greece (1981)

PhD/ Thesis

  • PhD (degree “excellent”) Thesis: Microsurgical reconstruction of the severely injured lower extremity, free tissue transfers.

 Board Member 

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (Executive Council Member)
  • Hellenic Society of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
  • Hellenic Society for Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery (Founding Member – Chairman)
  • Senologic Hellenic Society
  • Hellenic Society for Head and Neck oncology

Professional Experience 

  • Resident in Vascular Surgery Clinic at “KAT” HOSPITAL, 1971-1972
  • Resident in Surgery, Buffalo General Hospital New York State University at Buffalo, USA, 1972-1973
  • Resident in Plastic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1976-1978
  • Senior Instructor of Plastic Surgery Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1978-1980
  • Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1980-1995
  • Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Clinic At “HYGEIA” HOSPITAL, 1988 till today.

Educational Experience 

  • Member of the Scientific Faculty in Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Daily training of students and residents in Plastic Surgery.
  • For 30 years participation in teaching and hands on experience at the Microsurgical Seminar organized by the Orthopedic Department of the University of Ioannina.
  • Participation in the educational program of the Plastic and Reconstructive Clinic at “AGIOS SAVVAS” HOSPITAL. “Facial Nerve Paralysis” , 6 March, 2001.
  • Participation in the educational program at “GENIMATAS” HOSPITAL, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic, “Peripheral nerve”, 14 March, 2001.
  • Organizing 11 Educational Seminars, on: “Flap preparation in living tissues”.

Special Clinical and Research Interest

  • Breast Reconstruction after mastectomy
  • Free Flaps in Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Facial Nerve paralysis
  • Congenital anomalies of the Hand


  • Chairman of the Scientific Council at the 11th Congress of the International Microsurgery Society, Rhodes 1992.
  • Chairman of the Scientific Council at the 4th Hellenic Congress of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Athens 1999.
  • Chairman of the Editorial Board of the INFO – PLASTIC SURGERY.
  • Chairman of the Scientific Council of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Congress WSRM, Athens 2007.
  • Chairman of the Scientific Council Pre- WSRM meeting, Bucharest 2011.

Recent Publications

  1. Earle A.S., Vlastou C. Crossed Finger and Other Tests of Ulnar Nerve Motor Function. J. Hand Surgery 5:560-565, 1980
  2. Vlastou C. and Earle A.S. Intraoperative Heparin in Replantation Surgery – An Experimental Study. Annals of Plastic Surgery 10(2):112-114, February 1983
  3. Vlastou C., Earle A.S. A simple Method of Controlling Skeletal Rotation in Replanted Digits. J. of Reconstructive Microsurgery. 1(2):147-148, October 1984
  4. Vlastou C. Earle A.S. Volar Cross Finger Flap for Coverage of Thumb Defects. J. Hand Surgery 10A: 566-569, 1985
  5. Vlastou C., Earle A.S. Avulsion Injuries of the Thumb. J. Hand Surgery 11:51-56, January, 1986
  6. Vlastou C., Earle A.S. Short Saphenous Vein Grafts as an Aid to Microsurgical reconstruction of the Lower Extremity. J. of Reconstructive Microsurgery 4:145-154, 1988
  7. Vlastou C., Earle A.S. Beyond Replantation: Microsurgical Salvage of Complex Hand Injuries. Orthopedic Review, 14:139-146, 1987
  8. Adelstein D.J. Sharan V.M., Earle A.S., Shah AC, Vlastou C, Haria CD, Carter SG, Damn C, Hines J.D. Long Term Results after chemo – radiotherapy for Locally Confirmed Squamous – cell Head and Neck Cancer. Am. J. Clin. Oncol (CCT) 13(5):440-447, 1990
  9. Vlastou C., Earle A.S., Jordan R. Vein grafts in Reconstructive Microsurgery of the Lower Extremity. Microsurgery 13:234-235, 1992
  10. Vlastou C. Alternatives in soft tissue reconstruction of the ankle and foot Acta Orthop. Scand. (Suppl 264) 66:27-30, 1995
  11. Vlastou C. Facial Paralysis Microsurgery, 26:278-287,2006
  12. Papagelopoulos P.J., Maurogenis AF, Mastorakos DP, Vlastou C, Vrouvas J, Soucacos PN. Free Vascularized tissue transfer and brachytherapy for soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities injury, Vol 39 Suppl.3: §83-§89, September, 2008.