Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as the Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery. He received his medical school degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and did his doctoral work at the University of Bonn in Germany. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, a surgical simulation research fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and his minimally invasive bariatric surgery fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Stefanidis came to IU after 10 years at Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina where he had established a busy minimally invasive and bariatric surgery practice and served as Associate Professor of Surgery and the Surgical and Research Director of Carolinas Simulation Center. Dr. Stefanidis’ area of clinical practice is general and bariatric surgery with a focus on revisional and robotic surgery.

Dr. Stefanidis serves as a board member of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), as program chair of the 2017 ASE annual meeting, as the chair of the SAGES Guidelines Committee, the co-chair of the Research and Development Committee of the Accredited Education Institutes of the American College of Surgeons, the associate editor for the Journal of Simulation in Healthcare, and the ASE recorder of the American Journal of Surgery. He is an active member in numerous other national committees. His contributions to the education of surgeons and other healthcare workers have earned him the educator of the year award by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2012. He also received a presidential citation in 2016 for his contributions to simulation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Stefanidis has served as principal or co-investigator on research projects totaling over 2 million dollars, has more than 110 peer reviewed publications, written several book chapters, and has won numerous competitive grants and research awards. His research focuses on surgical education, simulation, surgical outcomes and patient safety. His most recent research projects, include the development of a mental skills curriculum for surgeons funded by the AHRQ and the development of a coaching mechanism for practicing surgeons funded by CMS. He has mentored numerous surgical fellows, residents, and medical students over the years and has helped them grow as clinicians and researchers.