George Christakopoulos, MD

George Christakopoulos

Contact Info

University of Athens, Greece

Postdoctoral Fellowship:

• Clinical Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

• Basic/Translational Research: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH


Following graduation from my medical school (University of Athens) I moved to the US to pursue clinical and research training in pediatrics hematology/oncology. After completing 3 years of post-doctoral research training, I was accepted at the University of Minnesota Pediatrics Residency Program, in the Physician Scientist Track. After residency, I am interested in subspecialty training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and BMT with a clinical and research focus on serious hematologic disorders including hereditary hemolytic anemias and inherited bone marrow failure syndromes such as Dyskeratosis Congenita, Fanconi Anemia etc.

Awards & Recognition

HONORS Award/Grant, American Society of Hematology (05/2019)

Achievement Award, American Society of Hematology (12/2016)



1.Risinger M, Christakopoulos GE, Schultz CL, McGann PT, Zhang W, Kalfa TA. Hereditary elliptocytosis-associated alpha-spectrin mutation p.L155dup as a modifier of sickle cell disease severity. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 Nov 4:e27531.[Epub ahead of print]

2.Christakopoulos GE, Christopoulos G, Carlino M, Jeroudi OM, Roesle M, Rangan BV, Abdullah S, Grodin J, Kumbhani DJ, Vo M, Luna M, Alaswad K, Karmpaliotis D, Rinfret S, Garcia S, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Meta-analysis of Clinical Outcomes of Patients Who Underwent Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for Chronic Total Occlusions. Am J Cardiol. 2015 115(10):1367-75.

3.Christakopoulos GE, Kotsia A, Christopoulos G, Abdullah S, Rangan BV, Roesle M, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Comparison of Iodixanol and Ioxaglate for Coronary Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging. J Invasive Cardiol. 2015 Dec;27(12):E287-90.

4.Han H, Chao H, Guerra A, Sosa A, Christopoulos G, Christakopoulos GE, Rangan BV, Maragkoudakis S, Jneid H, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Evolution of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Guidelines. JACC 2015; 65(25):2726-34.

5.Christopoulos G, Wyman RM, Alaswad K, Karmpaliotis D, Lombardi W, Grantham JA, Yeh RW, Jaffer FA, Cipher DJ, Rangan BV, Christakopoulos GE, Kypreos MA, Lembo N, Kandzari D, Garcia S, Thompson CA, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Clinical Utility of the J-CTO Score in Coronary Chronic Total Occlusion Interventions: Results from a Multicenter Registry. Circ Cardiovasc Interv.July 2015;8(7). pii: e002171.

6.Christopoulos G, Kandzari D, Yeh RW, Jaffer FA, Karpaliotis D, Wyman MR, Alaswad K, Lombardi W, Grantham JA, Moses J, Christakopoulos G, Tarar MNJ, Rangan BV, Lembo N, Garcia S, Cipher D, Thompson CA, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Development and Validation of a Novel Scoring System for Predicting Technical Success of Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Interventions: The Prospective Global Registry for the Study of Chronic Total Occlusion Intervention (PROGRESS CTO) score. JACC Cardiovasc Interv.; 2016 Jan 11;9(1):1-9.

7.Christakopoulos GE, Karmpaliotis D, Alaswad K, Yeh RW, Jaffer FA, Wyman MR, Lombardi W, Grantham A, Kandzari D, Lembo N, Moses JW, Kirtane A, Parikh M, Green P, Finn M, Garcia S, Doing A, Patel M, Bahadorani J, Christopoulos G, Karatasakis A, Thompson CA, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Contrast utilization During Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights from a Contemporary Multicenter Registry. J Invasive Cardiol. 2016 Jul;28(7):288-94.

8.Christakopoulos GE, Christopoulos G, Karmpaliotis D, Alaswad K, Yeh RW, Jaffer FA, Wyman MR, Lombardi W, Tarar MNJ, Grantham A, Kandzari DE, Lembo N, Moses JW, Kirtane A, Parikh M, Green P, Finn M, Garcia S, Doing AH, Hatem R, Thompson CA, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Predictors of Excess Patient Radiation Dose During Chronic Total Occlusion Coronary Intervention: Insights from a Contemporary Multicenter Registry. Can J Cardiol. 2017 Apr;33(4):478-484.

9. Christakopoulos GE, Danek BA, Karacsonyi J, Karatasakis A, Alame A, Kalsaria P, Mohammad A, Roesle M, Rangan BV, Banerjee S, Brilakis ES. Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Analysis of Coronary Chronic Total Occlusions. J Invasive Cardiol. 2016 Dec;28(12):485-488.

10.Christakopoulos GE, Tarar MN, Brilakis ES. The impact of percutaneous coronary intervention of chronic total occlusions on left ventricular function and clinical outcomes. J Thorac Dis. 2015 Jul;7(7):1107-10.

A complete of my publications can be found here.