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Giorgos C. Karakousis, MD

Giorgos C. Karakousis, MD Surgeon

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Greek

Dr. Karakousis is employed by Penn Medicine.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Adrenal Gland Tumors
  • Anal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Endocrine Tumors
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Intra-arterial Chemotherapy for Liver Cancer
  • Isolated Limb Perfusion
  • Laparoscopy
  • Liver Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma Lymph Node Mapping
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Parathyroid Gland Removal Surgery
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
  • Thyroid Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


American College of Surgeons (ACS), National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National Association for Academic Surgery, National Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, Local Scientific Advisory Board, Melanoma International Foundation, National Scientific Review Panel for Review of Department of Defense Grants for Skin Cancer Section, National Scientific Review Panel for Review of Department of Defense Grants for Skin Cancer Section, National Society of Surgical Oncology, National Society of University Surgeons, National State of Melanoma Meeting; Resistance to therapy and adjuvant therapy section; sponsored by Melanoma Research Foundation at Society of Melanoma Research Meeting, San Francisco, CA, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Karakousis is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Neuwirth Madalyn G, Bierema Christine, Sinnamon Andrew J, Fraker Douglas L, Kelz Rachel R, Roses Robert E: Trends in major upper abdominal surgery for cancer in octogenarians: Has there been a change in patient selection? Cancer : 2017.

Collier Karole, Sataloff John, Wirtalla Chris, Kuo Lindsay, Karakousis Giorgos C: Understanding readmissions following operations of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. American journal of surgery 214 (3): 501-508,2017.

Sharoky Catherine E, Collier Karole T, Wirtalla Christopher J, Sinnamon Andrew J, Neuwirth Madalyn G, Kuo Lindsay E, Roses Robert E, Fraker Douglas L, Karakousis Giorgos C: Hospitalization in the Year Preceding Major Oncologic Surgery Increases Risk for Adverse Postoperative Events. Annals of surgical oncology : 2017.

Gangadhar Tara C, Savitch Samantha L, Yee Stephanie S, Xu Wei, Huang Alexander C, Harmon Shannon, Lieberman David B, Soucier Devon, Fan Ryan, Black Taylor A, Morrissette Jennifer J D, Salathia Neeraj, Waters Jill, Zhang Shile, Toung Jonathan, van Hummelen Paul, Fan Jian-Bing, Xu Xiaowei, Amaravadi Ravi K, Schuchter Lynn M, Karakousis Giorgos C, Hwang Wei-Ting: Feasibility of monitoring advanced melanoma patients using cell-free DNA from plasma. Pigment cell & melanoma research : 2017.

Sharoky Catherine E, Sellers Morgan M, Keele Luke J, Wirtalla Christopher J, Karakousis Giorgos C, Morris Jon B: Does Surgeon Sex Matter?: Practice Patterns and Outcomes of Female and Male Surgeons. Annals of surgery : 2017.

Sinnamon Andrew J, Neuwirth Madalyn G, Yalamanchi Pratyusha, Gimotty Phyllis, Elder David E, Xu Xiaowei, Kelz Rachel R, Roses Robert E, Chu Emily Y, Ming Michael E, Fraker Douglas L: Association Between Patient Age and Lymph Node Positivity in Thin Melanoma. JAMA dermatology : 2017.

Vining CC, Sinnamon AJ, Ecker BL, Kelz RR, Fraker DL, Roses RE: Adjuvant chemotherapy in resectable synovial sarcoma. J Surg Oncol. : 2017.

Vining Charles C, Sinnamon Andrew J, Ecker Brett L, Kelz Rachel R, Fraker Dougas L, Roses Robert E: Adjuvant chemotherapy in resectable synovial sarcoma. Journal of surgical oncology : 2017.

Sinnamon Andrew J, Neuwirth Madalyn G, Bartlett Edmund K, Zaheer Salman, Etherington Mark S, Xu Xiaowei, Elder David E, Czerniecki Brian J, Fraker Douglas L: Predictors of false negative sentinel lymph node biopsy in trunk and extremity melanoma. Journal of surgical oncology : 2017.

Datta J, Ecker BL, Neuwirth MG, Geha RC, Fraker DL, Roses RE: Review. Contemporary reappraisal of the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy in resected retroperitoneal sarcoma: Evidence from a nationwide clinical oncology database and review of the literature. Surg Oncol. Review. : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce St., 4 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2083
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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