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    Bio

    Dr. Ioannis Kontopidis, a board-certified surgeon and specialist in robotic assisted thoracic surgery, received his medical degree from the University of Athens in Greece and a research fellowship at the Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Athens. He subsequently completed residency training in General Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Danbury Hospital/ University of Vermont, followed by a Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. In addition, Dr. Kontopidis is the recipient of the Graham Foundation Fellowship in Thoracic Surgical Robotics, from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).

    Dr. Kontopidis plays an integral role in the success of Rutgers Health’s Thoracic Oncology Program, working alongside John E. Langenfeld, MD, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, to provide the surgical expertise for the Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Kontopidis offers in-person and virtual telemedicine appointments, as well as performs surgical procedures at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. With a particular interest in robotic and minimally invasive thoracic surgery, he specializes in lung and esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, chest wall deformities, benign esophageal diseases, tracheal tumors, and the diaphragm.

    In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice and faculty responsibilities, Dr. Kontopidis has varied research interests in the field of thoracic oncology and has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and European Journal of Public Health. He also serves as a peer reviewer for scientific journals. Dr. Kontopidis is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

    Dr. Kontopidis sees patients at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunwsick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset.

    Special Clinical Interests

    Lung and esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, chest wall deformities, benign esophageal diseases, tracheal tumors, and the diaphragm.