Dimitrios Stefanidis

Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD PhD

Professor of Surgery


Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS is a 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. Dr. Stefanidis 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 joined IU after 10 years at Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina where he had helped establish Carolinas Simulation Center, a dually accredited education institute by the ACS and SSH. He served as the center’s first medical director and later surgical and research director.    

Dr. Stefanidis has been actively involved with the Consortium of the Accredited Education Institutes of the American College of Surgeons since 2008 and currently serves as the co-chair of the Research and Development Committee and a member of the Patient Education committee. He also serves as a board member of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) and program chair of the 2017 ASE annual meeting, and as a board member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and chair of the SAGES Guidelines Committee. He is an 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 and a presidential citation.

Dr. Stefanidis has served as principle or co-investigator on research projects totaling over 2 million dollars, has more than 120 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.

Learn more about Dr. Stefanidis' clinial expertise as a surgeon at IU Health University Hospital below:


(317) 274-2304 

General Surgery
Indianapolis, IN


Titles & Appointments

  • Vice Chair, Education
  • Director, MIS/Bariatric Surgery
  • Director, Department of Surgery Skills Lab