Biomedical Research Foundation Academy Of AthensAcademy Of Athens
Scientific Personnel

Dimitrios Dimitrios Vlahakos, MD, PhD
University Faculty, Affiliated Investigator

Telephone : +30 210 6597 069


Center :

Clinical, Experimental Surgery & Translational Research


Brief Bio

Dr. Vlahakos obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Athens Medical School in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Patras Medical School. His postdoctoral training was from 1982 till 1990 at Boston, in Boston University School of Medicine as a Research Fellow in Hypertension, in Tufts University School of Medicine as Instructor of Medicine and in Harvard University School of Medicine as a Research Fellow in Immunogenetics and Transplantation. He has served as a faculty at the Medical Schools of the University of Patras and University of Athens and from 2013 he is a Full Professor of Medicine and Nephrology at the Medical School of the University of Athens. From 1995 till 2000 he has served as Director of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens and from 2003 he is the Director of the Renal Unit, B' Propaideutic Clinic of Internal Medicine at Attikon University Hospital in Athens. His research focuses on several aspects of Nephrology with emphasis on the renal contribution in hypertension. In this field he has published in high visibility journals and holds several patents regarding therapeutic interventions.

Selected Publications

D.V. Vlahakos, V.J. Canzanello, M.P. Madaio, N.E. Madias.  Enalapril-associated anemia in renal transplant recipients treated for hypertension. Am J Kidney Diseases,   17(2):199-205, 1991.

D.V. Vlahakos,  M.H. Foster,  A. Ucci,  K.J.  Barrett, S.K. Datta, M.P. Madaio.  Murine monoclonal anti-DNA antibodies penetrate cells, bind to nuclei, and induce glomerular proliferation and proteinuria in Vivo.  J. Am.  Soc. Nephrol. 2:1345-1354, 1992.

D.V. Vlahakos, M.H. Foster, S. Adams, Ì. Katz, A.A. Ucci,  K.J. Barrett, S.K. Datta, M.P. Madaio. Anti-DNA antibodies form immune deposits at distinct glomerular and vascular sites. Kidney International, 41:1690-1700, 1992.

D. V. Vlahakos,  G. Hahalis,  P. Vassilakos,   K.P. Marathias  and  S. Geroulanos.  Relationship between left ventricular hypertrophy and plasma renin activity in chronic hemodialysis patients.  J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. 8:1764-1770, 1997.

D.V. Vlahakos, E.N. Cosmas, I. Dimopoulou, E. Economou, G. Jullien, P. Vassilakos and K.P. Marathias. Association between activation of the Renin-Angiotensin  System and secondary erythrocytosis in patients with COPD. Am J  Med, 106:158-64, 1999 .

D.V. Vlahakos, K.P. Marathias, B. Agroyannis, N.E. Madias. Posttransplant Erythrocytosis. Kidney Int.; 63(4):1187-94, 2003.

D.V. Vlahakos, K.P. Marathias, N.E. Madias. The role of the renin-angiotensin system in the regulation of erythropoiesis. Am J Kidney Dis. 56(3):558-65. 2010.

N. Arkadopoulos, D. Vlahakos, G. Kostopanagiotou, D. Panagopoulos, E. Karvouni, C. Routsi, K. Kalimeris, I. Andreadou, E. Kouskouni, V. Smyrniotis. Iron chelation attenuates intracranial pressure and improves survival in a swine model of acute liver failure. Liver Transpl. 2008 Aug;14(8):1116-24.

D. Vlahakos, N. Arkadopoulos, G. Kostopanagiotou, S. Siasiakou, L. Kaklamanis, D. Degiannis, M. Demonakou, V. Smyrniotis.  Deferoxamine attenuates lipid peroxidation, blocks IL-6 production, ameliorates SIRS and confers renoprotection after acute hepatic ischemia in pigs. Artficial Organs, 2011. Dec 21:1525-1594.

M. Sonikian, P. Metaxaki, D. Papavasileiou, F. Boufidou, C. Nikolaou, D. Vlassopoulos, D.V. Vlahakos. Effects of interleukin-6 on depression risk in dialysis patients. Am J Nephrol. 2010;31(4):303-8.

E.N. Brountzos, K. Tavernaraki, A.D. Gouliamos, D. Degiannis, A. Chaidaroglou, I. Panagiotou, G. Arsenis, D. Kelekis, D. Vlahakos. Systemic inflammatory response to renal artery percutaneous angioplasty with stent placement and the risk for restenosis: a pilot study. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2009 Feb;20(2):186-91.

P.Flevari, S. Kalogeropoulou, A. Drakou, D. Leftheriotis, F. Panou, J. Lekakis, D. Kremastinos, DV Vlahakos. Spironolactone improves endothelial and cardiac autonomic function in non heart failure hemodialysis patients. J Hypertens. 2013 Jun;31(6):1239-44

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