Δρ Χρήστος Κουτσαρνάκης

Dr-Christos-Koutsarnakis


Personal Details              

Date of Birth 29/9/1978
Address 12 Alkaiou Street, Ilisia, Athens, Greece
Telephone 00302107713803, 6945020663, 0044 (0)7470260923,
Email ckouts@hotmail.co.uk, chrkoutsarnakis@gmail.com.



 

 

 

 

 


Professional Details

GMC No: 6124389
License to Practice Yes
Specialist Registration (Neurosurgery) Yes    (since 7/2016)

 

Current post

9/2016-present Locum Attending-Consultant Neurosurgeon (interest in Surgical Neuro-oncology) Neurosurgery Department, University of Athens, Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece.
9/2016-present Scientific Coordinator/Supervisor Athens Microneurosurgery Lab - University of Athens. Director: Prof. George Stranjalis

Previous posts

7/2016-9/2016 Senior Specialist Registrar Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK.
9/2015-9/2016 Senior Clinical Fellow-Senior Specialist Neurosurgical Registrar (interest in Surgical Neuro-oncology)  Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
1/2015- 8/2015 Research Associate-Scientific Coordinator in Neuroanatomy Neurosurgery Department, University of Athens, Evangelismos Hospital.  Chair: Prof. Damianos Sakas
2/2014- 12/2015 Fellow Athens Microneurosurgery Lab - University of Athens. Director: Prof. George Stranjalis

 

Education

10/2016-10/2017 MSc in Surgical Anatomy – Department of Anatomy – University of Athens Director: Prof P. Skandalakis
2/2014-12/2014 Fellow Microneurosurgery Lab - University of Athens. Director: Prof. George Stranjalis
2/2014 Successfully passed the Neurosurgery Specialty License Exams
1/2013-1/2014 Senior resident Neurosurgery Department-University of Athens, Evangelismos Hospital, Chair: Prof. Diamanos. E. Sakas
6/2009-12/2012 Resident Neurosurgery Department-University of Athens -Evaggelismos Hospital, Chair: Prof. Diamanos. E. Sakas
9/2008-2/2009 Resident Neurology Department-251 Air force Military Hospital, Athens Greece (during 1 year obligatory national service)
7/2006-2/2008 Resident Department of General and Vascular Surgery Elpis Hospital, Athens Greece
5/2005-6/2006 Research Fellow (Brain trauma microdialysis) Neurosurgery Department-University of Athens -Evangelismos Hospital, Chair: Prof. Diamanos. E. Sakas
4/2005 Intercollegiate MRCS (Ed)
9/1998-2/2005 Medical Degree - University of Athens –Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Medicine (Overall Mark 7, 15/10)

 

International Publications (22)

1. Approaching the Atrium through the Intraparietal Sulcus: Mapping the sulcal morphology and correlating the surgical corridor to underlying fiber tracts.     
Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F, Kalyvas AV, Liouta E, Emelifeonwu J, Kalamatianos T, Sakas DE, Johnson E, Stranjalis G.
Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown). 2017 Aug 1;13(4):503-516. doi: 10.1093/ons/opw037.

2. Finger tapping and verbal fluency post-tap test improvement in INPH: its value in differential diagnosis and shunt-treatment outcomes prognosis.
Liouta E, Gatzonis S, Kalamatianos T, Kalyvas A, Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F, Anagnostopoulos C, Komaitis S, Giakoumettis D, Stranjalis G.
Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2017 Aug 21. doi: 10.1007/s00701-017-3301-2

3. The Superior Frontal Transsulcal Approach to the anterior ventricular system: Exploring the sulcal and subcortical anatomy using anatomic dissections and DTI tractography.
Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F, Kalyvas AV, Skandalakis GP, Komaitis S, Christidi F, Karavasilis E, Liouta E, Stranjalis G.
World Neurosurg. 2017 Jul 8. pii: S1878-8750(17)31069-0. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.06.161

4. Letter to the Editor: Approaches to the Ventricular Atrium.
Koutsarnakis C, Kalyvas AV, Stranjalis G.
J Neurosurg. 2017 Apr;126(4):1373-1374. doi: 10.3171/2016.7JNS161766.

5. Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia patient presenting with brain abscess due to silent pulmonary arteriovenous malformation.
Themistocleous M, Giakoumettis D, Mitsios A, Anagnostopoulos C, Kalyvas A, Koutsarnakis C.
Pan Afr Med J. 2016 Nov 11;25:145. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2016.25.145.11010.

6. Letter to the Editor: White matter fiber tract architecture and Ventricular Surgery.
Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F, Kalyvas AV, Komaitis S, Stranjalis G.
J Neurosurg. 2017 Feb 3:1-3. doi: 10.3171/2016.9 JNS162239. [Epub ahead of print]

7. Efficacy, complications and cost of surgical interventions for idiopathic intracranial hypertension: a systematic review of the literature.
Kalyvas AV, Hughes M, Koutsarnakis C, Moris D, Liakos F, Sakas DE, Stranjalis G, Fouyas I.
Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2017 Jan;159(1):33-49. doi: 10.1007/s00701-016-3010-2.

8. Trends in the Management and Hospital Outcome of Spontaneous Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in the Post-International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial Era in Greece: Analysis of 719 Patients During a 13-Year Period.
Stranjalis G, Loufardaki M, Koutsarnakis C, Kalamatianos T.
World Neurosurg. 2016 Apr;88:327-32. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.11.103.

9. Towards a revised Spetzler-Martin arteriovenous malformations grading scale. Redefining the “eloquent brain areas”.
Liakos F, Stranjalis G, Koutsarnakis C.
J Neurosurg Sci. 2016 Feb 18. [Epub ahead of print]

10. The Microsurgical Anatomy of the Orbitofrontal Arteries.
Mavridis IN, Kalamatianos T, Koutsarnakis C, Stranjalis G.
World Neurosurg. 2016 Feb 11. pii: S1878-8750(16)00236-9. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.0

11. Effects of intracranial meningioma location, size, and surgery on neurocognitive functions: a 3-year prospective study.
Liouta E, Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F, Stranjalis G.
J Neurosurg. 2016 Jun;124(6):1578-84. doi: 10.3171/2015.6.JNS1549.

12. Microsurgical Anatomy of the Precuneal Artery: Does It Really Exist? Clarifying an Ambiguous Vessel Under the Microscope.
Mavridis IN, Kalamatianos T, Koutsarnakis C, Stranjalis G.
Operative Neurosurgery. 12:68–76, 2016 DOI: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000001082

13. The Cerebral Isthmus: Fiber tract anatomy, functional significance and surgical considerations.
Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F,  Liouta E, Themistoclis K., Sakas DE, Stranjalis G.
J Neurosurg.2016 Feb;124(2):450-62. doi: 10.3171/2015.3.JNS142680

14. The role of white matter dissection technique in modern neuroimaging: can neuroradiologists benefit from its use?
Liakos F, Koutsarnakis C.
Surg Radiol Anat. 2016 Mar;38(2):275-6. doi: 10.1007/s00276-015-1546-0.

15. A laboratory manual for stepwise cerebral white matter fiber dissection.
Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F, Kalyvas AV, Sakas DE, Stranjalis G.
World Neurosurg. 2015 Aug;84(2):483-93. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.04.018.

16. Perioperative microdialysis in meningioma surgery: correlation of cerebral metabolites with clinical outcome.
Balaka C, Stranjalis G, Kalamatianos T, Koutsarnakis C, Bouras T, Boviatsis E, Sakas DE.
Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2014 Dec;156(12):2275-82; discussion 2282doi: 10.1007/s00701-014-2242-2

17. The "over the wire" technique for ventricular catheter revision and a proposed access kit for this purpose.
Koutsarnakis C, Liakos F, Stranjalis G.
Neurosurgery. 2014 Nov;75(5):E605-6. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000516.

18. Novel case of familial normal pressure hydrocephalus.
Liouta E, Liakos F, Koutsarnakis C, Katsaros V, Stranjalis G.
Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2014 Jul;68(7):583-4. doi: 10.1111/pcn.12176.

19. The Evangelismos hospital central nervous system tumor registry: Analysis of 1414 cases (1998-2009).
Stranjalis G, Kalamatianos T, Stavrinou LC, Mathios D, Koutsarnakis C, Tzavara C, Loufardaki M, Protopappa D, Argyrakos T, Rontogianni DP, Sakas DE.
Surg Neurol Int. 2013;4:23. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.107893.

20. PlGF and sVEGFR-1 in chronic subdural hematoma: implications for hematoma development.
Kalamatianos T, Stavrinou LC, Koutsarnakis C, Psachoulia C, Sakas DE, Stranjalis G.
J Neurosurg. 2013 Feb;118(2):353-7. doi: 10.3171/2012.10.JNS12327.

21. Twelve-year hospital outcomes in patients with idiopathic hydrocephalus.
Stranjalis G, Kalamatianos T, Koutsarnakis C, Loufardaki M, Stavrinou L, Sakas DE.
Acta Neurochir 2012;113:115-7. doi: 10.1007/978-3-7091-0923-6_23.

22. Primary cerebellar myxopapillary ependymoma.
Margetis K, Koutsarnakis C, Stranjalis G.
J Neurooncol. 2011 Sep;104(3):839-40. doi: 10.1007/s11060-011-0535-3

 

International Conference Presentations


  • Pre and Post-Operative Gait and Balance Analysis in Patients with Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.

Presented at the 5th Meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders, 30/06/2013, Athens, Greece
Darras N., Tziomaki M., Liouta E., Liakos F., Koutsarnakis C., Stranjalis G.

  • Pre and Post-Operative Gait Analysis of: a) DBS-STN and b) Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Patients.

Presented at the 5th Meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders, 30/06/2013, Athens, Greece
Darras N., Liouta E., Liakos F., Koutsarnakis C., Stathis P. Sakas D., Stranjalis G.

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), and/or Peripheral Subcutaneous Field Stimulation (PSFS) in the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Chronic Pain. A Single Center Experience of 72 Patients.

Presented at the XIV Congress of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 22/09/2010. Athens, Greece.  
Koutsarnakis C., Korfias S., Themistocleus M, Sakas D.E.

  • A Twelve Year Hospital Outcome on Patients with Idiopathic Hydrocephalus.

 Presented at the 5th International Hydrocephalus Workshop, 20/05/2010, Crete, Greece.
Koutsarnakis C., Stavrinou L., Kalamatianos Th. ,Loufardaki M, Stranjalis G.


Invited speaker at the 31st  National Neurosurgical Conference ( 15-18/6/2017)
Topic


White matter fiber tract anatomy and radiographic correlation.

Invited speaker at the 29th National Neurosurgical Conference
Topics


1) An introduction to White Matter Dissection.
2) Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: A systematic review of the efficacy and complication profile of the available surgical interventions.

Invited speaker at the monthly Scottish Neurosurgical training meeting (November 2016 Perth, Scotland)
Topic:      Temporal lobe anatomy


Patent


A new access kit for the first placement and revision procedure of the ventricular catheter using the “over the wire” technique.
Patented by the Hellenic Industrial Property Organization (2014).

 

Prizes

The cerebral isthmus: Definition, fiber tract anatomy and functional considerations.
Liakos F, Koutsarnakis C, Liouta E, Kalyvas A, Stranjalis G.

 

1st Prize for the best oral presentation (29th Hellenic Neurosurgical Conference)


Neuroanatomy Courses Attended


19/11/13-21/11/2013 Neurosurgical Approaches to the Cranial Compartments. Neurosurgery Course organized by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK. Convenor Mr. Ioannis P. Fouyas.
27/11/2012-29/11/2012 Neurosurgical Approaches to the Cranial Compartments. Neurosurgery Course organized by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK. Convenor Mr. Ioannis P. Fouyas.
13/04/2011-15/04/2011 Approaches to the Cranial Compartments. Course Organized by the Neurosurgery Department, University of Athens, Greece. Convenor: Professor Damianos E. Sakas.
13/11/2011-15/11/2011 Neurosurgical Approaches to the Cranial Compartments. Neurosurgery Course organized by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK. Convenor Mr. Ioannis P. Fouyas.
16/11/2010-18/11/2010 Neurosurgical Approaches to the Cranial Compartments. Neurosurgery Course organized by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. Convenor Mr. Ioannis P. Fouyas.
27/10/2010-01/11/2010 Hands-on Course: Sulci, Gyri, Ventricles and Dissecting Fibers.
Course organized by the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. Convenors: Evadro de Oliveira, Carlos Alegria and Cecilia Leão

Teaching Experience


31/10/2017-2/11/2017 Invited Faculty. Neurosurgical Approaches to the Cranial Compartments. Neurosurgery Course organized by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK. Convenor Mr. Ioannis P. Fouyas.
29/5/2017-2/6/2017 Trainer in the 3rd International Neurosurgical Anatomy and White Matter Dissection course organized by The National Neurosurgical Society, the Academic Neurosurgical Department of Evangelismos Hospital and under the auspices of EANS. Scientific Director: George Stranjalis
18/4/2016-22/4/2016 Invited faculty in the 2nd International Neurosurgical Anatomy and White Matter Dissection course organized by The National Neurosurgical Society, the Academic Neurosurgical Department of Evangelismos Hospital and under the auspices of EANS. Scientific Director: George Stranjalis
20/4/2015-23/4/2015 Trainer in the 1st International Neurosurgical Anatomy and White Matter Dissection course organized by The National Neurosurgical Society, the Academic Neurosurgical Department of Evangelismos Hospital and under the auspices of EANS Scientific Director: George Stranjalis
28/05/2014-30/05/2014 Trainer in the 3rd National Course in Neurosurgical Approaches to the Cranial Compartments Organized by The School of Medicine, University of Athens. Convenor: Prof. G. Stranjalis.
29/05/2013-31/05/2013 Trainer in the 2nd National Course in Neurosurgical Approaches to the Cranial Compartments Organized by The School of Medicine, University of Athens. Convenor: Prof. G. Stranjalis.
2012 (Autumn Semester) Tutor in Clinical Semiology, ΜSc in ICU and Emergency Nursing, University of Athens, School of Medicine
2011 (Autumn Semester) Tutor in Clinical Semiology, ΜSc in ICU and Emergency Nursing, University of Athens, School of Medicine

Languages


Greek (native)
English (Certificate of Proficiency, University of Michigan)
IELTS (2015) (academic module 8 /9)


Personal Interests

Art, Literature, Cinema, Physical Exercise