AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Anastasios C. Polimenakos, a congenital heart surgeon with expertise in neonatal and adult congenital heart surgery, has been named Director of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. He also was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
Polimenakos comes to CHOG from The Heart Center for Children at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pa., where he held an equivalent position. He also served at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Del.; Rush University Medical College’s Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease in Chicago; The Heart Institute for Children at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.; and the University of Michigan School of Medicine and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
“Dr. Polimenakos brings a wealth of skill and knowledge in heart surgery to our Children’s Hospital, having worked at some of the finest children’s health care facilities in the nation. We are pleased to welcome him and excited about the expert care he brings to our young patients,” said Dr. Charles G. Howell, Co-Medical Director and Surgeon-in-Chief at CHOG.
Polimenakos received his medical degree from the University of Athens School of Medicine in Greece and completed general surgery residencies at New York Medical College at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in New York City and Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed a thoracic surgery fellowship at St. Louis University School of Medicine and a clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
His professional affiliations include the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, and he is an associate surgical editor of Pediatric Cardiology. Polimenakos is an Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF, which presented him the 2009 Award for worldwide commitment to Medicine and Health Protection of Children in need. He was also involved in cardiac surgery mission work in Jerusalem through the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and is part of the Mauritian Trust Fund for Specialized Care, a volunteer effort to provide comprehensive management to patients with congenital heart defects in Mauritius and Madagascar.
Polimenakos has been published extensively and has made numerous expert presentations in a variety of areas related to his specialty. He is working on several initiatives related to heart failure in animal research models and evaluates and treats all types of congenital heart defects in both children and adults.