Dr. Sotirios Papafragkou
Sotirios Papafragkou, MD, FACS is a triple board certified surgeon. Dr. Papafragkou is board certified in plastic surgery, general surgery and hand surgery. He is an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and has completed his Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand).
Dr. Papafragkou is dedicated to providing the most advanced techniques in plastic and reconstructive surgery, offering a personalized, innovative approach to all forms of treatment. He specializes in autologous breast reconstruction, and he was specially trained in this procedure by the world-renowned Dr. Blondeel. In addition, he also specializes in endoscopic brow lifts and blepharoplasties, with training from another world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Codner. He specializes in all forms of hand surgery, including reconstruction,
Dr. Papafragkou is committed to consistently expanding his areas of medical knowledge and offering the most advanced techniques available today. In 2018, Dr. Papafragkou completed a
fellowship in reconstructive breast and perforator flap microsurgery at the University of Ghent in Belgium under Dr. Phillip Blondeel, MD. Dr. Blondeel is an internationally leading expert on reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, and he is one of the pioneers in perforator flap surgery. In 2017, he completed an oculoplastic and aesthetic fellowship with Mark Codner, MD in Atlanta, Georgia. This followed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Georgia Health Science University, in which he gained a wide exposure to various techniques in reconstructive and hand surgery.
He graduated from medical school at the Second Medical Faculty at Charles University in Prague, one of the oldest medical schools in Europe. He pursued a five-year residency in general surgery at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadows, New York, where he dealt with a wide range of surgical procedures, including trauma and critical care management. He has been heavily involved in medical research, advancing knowledge within the profession, including studies at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center. He received the 2006-2007 award for outstanding resident research at that time.
He followed this with a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. At this orthopedic hand fellowship, Dr. Papafragkou managed acute trauma and post-traumatic hand reconstruction with a wide range of techniques, including free flap transfers, wrist scopes and brachial plexus explorations, including nerve transfers.
He has delivered multiple talks and presentations to his fellow surgeons on a wide range of topics on plastic and reconstructive surgery, general surgery and hand surgery. In addition, he is widely published in medical research and publications for practitioners.
Dr. Papafragkou is also dedicated to advancing his knowledge in all areas of health, pursuing a Masters’ of Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University focused on healthcare management. He speaks English, German and his native Greek and has personal interests in astronomy, chess, mountain biking and the SETI Institute.
Dr. Papafragkou’s Publications
- Sotirios Papafragkou, Virak Tan, John Capo, et al. “Stratification of the Risk Factors of Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Hand Infection,” Journal of Hand Surgery (J Hand Surg Am) 2010 Jul;35(7):1135-41. 2010 Jun 17.PMID:20610059.
- Sotirios Papafragkou, John Capo, Virak Tan. “Partial Rupture of Flexor Digitorum Profundus Tendon Following Blunt Trauma: A Case Report and Review of Literature.” Journal of Hand and Microvascular Surgery. October 2009.
- Sotirios Papafragkou, Ana Gasparyan et al. “Treatment of portal venous gas embolism with hyperbaric oxygen after accidental ingestion of hydrogen peroxide.” Journal of Emergency Medicine, October 19, 2009.
- Sotirios Papafragkou, Ludmila Haimovici, Steward Fox, et al. ” Salivary Gland Tumor of the Mediastinum. A case report and review of literature.” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2006 Sep; 132(3):724-5.
- Ludmila Haimovici, Sotirios Papafragkou, Edmond Kessler, et al. “Handlebar Hernia: Traumatic abdominal wall hernia multiple enterotomies. A case report and review of literature.” The Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2007 Mar;42(3):567-9.
- Sotirios Papafragkou, Ludmila Haimovici, Elizabeth Cirincione, et al: “Hepatic artery aneurysm erosion into the stomach: An unusual cause of gastrointestinal bleeding.” Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2010 Jul;39(1):32-4. Epub 2008 Oct.
- Sotirios Papafragkou, Andaz Shahriyour, Steward Fox, et al: “Leaking Diaphragmatic Blebs. A real-time video documentation.” Cardiothoracic Network. July 2006.