Dr. Antonios Pitsis was born in Greece where he achieved his medical degree in 1988. He was trained in cardiac surgery in the UK, (Papworth Hospital, South Cleveland Hospital, University Hospital of Wales). He was appointed Consultant Senior Lecturer at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Heart Institute, in 1998.
In 1999 he returned to Greece and became the Head of Cardiac Surgery in St. Luke's Hospital, Thessaloniki, where he still works. Until now he has performed in excess of fifteen thousand (15,000) cardiac operations and is considered of the most innovative surgeons.
His main topic of interest currently include among others totally endoscopic aortic, mitral, tricuspid and adult congenital surgery as well as totally endoscopic surgery for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
He has established a highly successful endoscopic cardiac surgery training centre with many visitors from all over the world attending his practice.
He is the Director of the Thessaloniki Heart Institute, est. 2000, an institution devoted to the promotion of heart research and development.