Emmanouil Giorgakis, M.D., Joins UAMS as Kidney, Liver, Pancreas Transplant Surgeon

By ChaseYavondaC

Giorgakis also serves as an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. Giorgakis will perform liver, kidney and pancreas transplants, as well as hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. UAMS is the only center in Arkansas that offers adult liver or kidney transplantation.

“We are lucky to hire a surgeon like Dr. Giorgakis,” said Lyle J. Burdine, M.D., Ph.D., director of solid organ transplantation. “He is an internationally trained transplant/hepatobiliary surgeon who came out of what I consider one of the most cutting-edge fellowship programs — the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Many people are in need of these lifesaving transplants in Arkansas, and we are working hard to make them accessible to more people.”

Giorgakis said there have been big advances in the transplant field. For example, transplants are available for patients with higher body mass indexes, when paired with simultaneous weight-loss procedures. The organ donor pool has expanded, and organ preservation techniques have improved.

“If you haven’t qualified for a transplant, it’s time to ask again,” Giorgakis said. “More people than ever before can successfully undergo these procedures.”

Giorgakis obtained his medical degree from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He also earned a Master of Science from University College London. He started his general surgery training in Greece. He advanced his surgical training initially at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York and then in London, where he trained in major trauma/ emergency, metabolic, hepatobiliary and transplantation surgery. Giorgakis received fellowship training in liver transplantation at King’s College Hospital in London and completed a multi-organ abdominal transplantation surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.