Andreas Tzakis, MD, PhD is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, one of the top transplant surgeons in the world, as well as a preeminent educator and research scientist. As Chief of the Division of Liver and GI Surgery, he directs a program that performs more than 250 life-saving surgeries each year and has achieved an unusually high degree of organ survival. A pioneer in multi-organ transplant, Dr. Tzakis was one of the first surgeons to transplant the intestine and has been instrumental in making the University of Miami home to one of the most active intestine and multi-visceral transplant programs in the country.
Dr. Tzakis is the founding director of the Miami Transplant Institute, a joint program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Institute is considered to be one of the leading transplant centers worldwide with a major role in kidney, liver, intestinal, heart, and pancreas transplantation, and in more unique transplant programs such as multi visceral transplants and the transplants of insulin-producing cells used to treat diabetes.
Born and raised in Greece, Andreas Tzakis attended the University of Athens Medical School and served in the Medical Corps of the Greek Air Force before coming to the United States in 1977. He spent the next six years as a resident, first at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and then at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
In 1979, Dr. Tzakis became a surgical fellow with the world-renowned transplant team of Dr. Thomas E. Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pittsburgh, Dr. Tzakis transformed himself into, the words of Dr. Starzl, “one of the best surgeons in the world”.
Dr. Tzakis is not only a great surgeon; having performed more than 2,000 liver transplants he has been a trailblazer in innovative techniques that have advanced transplant surgery in general. He won international acclaim in 1994 by performing two transplantations of baboon livers into humans. Since that time, he has led the way in successfully transplanting insulin-producing cells from the pancreas and performing intestinal and multi-visceral organ transplantations.
Dr. Tzakis’ accomplishments have made a major impact on thousands of people throughout the world. Those advances have been not only because of his skill as a surgeon but because of his research. Dr. Tzakis is recognized by his peers throughout the world as a brilliant surgeon. His patients and colleagues are impressed by his humanitarianism.