Jefferson University Hospitals

Jefferson Names Leonidis Koniaris, MD, FACS, New Vice Chair Of Surgery


Charles J. Yeo, MD, FACS, Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chair of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonidis Koniaris, MD, FACS, as Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, and Vice Chair of Surgery at Jefferson's Methodist Hospital. Dr. Koniaris replaces Melvin Moses, MD, FACS, who retired after more than two decades of leadership and service.

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Koniaris comes to Jefferson from the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine and specializes in hepato-pancreatico-biliary, cancer and general surgery. He will provide clinical services primarily at Methodist Hospital and will focus on research and teaching at both Methodist and Jefferson's Center City campus.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Koniaris to Jefferson’s Department of Surgery,” said Dr. Yeo of the new appointment. “As a nationally recognized surgeon, researcher and teacher, he will certainly add to the vibrancy of our community and be integral to continuing to build the department's clinical and academic programs at Jefferson's Methodist Hospital.”

Dr. Koniaris received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1986 and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1991. Remaining in Baltimore, Dr. Koniaris completed a surgical internship and residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1997, serving as Surgical Chief Resident from 1996 to 1997. He served as Assistant Chief of Service while performing a faculty fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgery from 1997 to 1998. From 1994 to 1995 he served as a research fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as a post-doctoral research fellow in that department from 1998 to 2000.

Dr. Koniaris began his career as an attending surgeon in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Strong Memorial Hospital. In 2003 he joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, serving for six years as Associate Professor of Surgery and providing clinical services through the Division of Surgical Oncology at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics.

As the author of more than 160 scientific papers, Dr. Koniaris primarily focuses his research on improving therapies for cancer patients. He is currently participating in research projects that are supported with over five million dollars of extramural funding.

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