Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Stavros Tombris was awarded the “Physician of the Year” for 2019 by the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation in the US. His specialty is the treatment of rare diseases, including vascular malformations affecting 1% of the population. internationally, but also acquired facial malformations.
This distinction is a recognition of Mr. Tombris’ longstanding contribution to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular malformations, while this is the first time in the 25-year history of the American Foundation that this award has been given to a physician working outside the United States. The name of the Greek physician is now among the top scientists who are given the same award and serve at Harvard clinics, John Hopkins, Lenox Hill Hospital and others.
Dr. Tombris is a graduate of the Democritus University Medical School and the Aristotle University Dental School of Greece. He was later trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Tufts University in Boston from 1997 until 2001. He served as a surgical consultant at the Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformation Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, the teaching arm of Harvard University Medical School, from 1998 to 2001.
In 2002, the surgeon continued his training on the treatment of vascular lesions of the face at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, under Prof. Milton Waner. Returning to Greece, Dr. Tombris served as the Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at Athens Naval Hospital between 2008 and 2011.