Zerris A. Vasilios MD, MPH, MSc, FAANS

Specialty
Adult Neurosurgery, Paediatric Neurosurgery, Complex Spine Surgery, Brain Tumors
Medical School

Medical Degree, with Distinction               Brown University, USA

Masters in Public Health                               Harvard University, USA

Masters In Neuroscience                              Brown University, USA

B.A.                                                                        Brown University, USA

Residency

Harvard University, USA

Tufts University, USA

Lahey Clinic, USA

Fellowships

Harvard University, USA                                Complex Spine Surgery

Brown University, USA                                   Functional and Pain Neurosurgery

McLane Childrens Hospital, USA                Paediatric Neurosurgery

Certification

Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Professional Highlights
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • Chairman of Neurosurgery, Hygeia Hospital  Greece
  • Chairman of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Mitera Children’s Hospital Greece
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, European University
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Cyprus
  • Professor of Neurosurgery Baylor Scott and White Hospital, Texas A & M University
  • Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Graduate and Specialty Training Harvard University, USA
  • Former Chairman Of Neurosurgery Henry Dunant Hospital Greece
  • Former Chairman of Pediatric Neurosurgery Iaso Hospital Greece
  • Forman Director of Neurosurgery University Medical Center, USA
  • Former Director of Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery, Baylor Scott and White Hospital USA
Academic Highlights

Principal Investigator   450,000 $ Grant.  Anaerobic bacteria as Tumor-Targeted Carriers for Oncolitic Cancer Therapy.  My project is based and is in cooperation with the university of Nottingham.  It sponsors and supervises a PhD student and investigates the efficacy of using bacterial spores as tumor specific carriers for chemotherapeutic and anti-angiogenic factors.

Co-Investigator          Evidence Study- Re-operation vs. Spinal Cord Stimulation with Precision SCS System for failed back surgery.

Co-Investigator          Medtronic Active Dystonia Therapy HUD – utilized for Parkinson and Psychiatric Disorders

Co-Investigator          Infusion Systems- ITD system (intrathecal drug delivery system), Advanced Bionics Inc.

Publications

BOOKS:

2019                         Vasilios A Zerris MD MPH MSc, FAANS. Neurosurgical Review: For Daily Clinical Use and Oral Board Preparation. Thieme. 2019        

2012                         Vasilios A Zerris MD MPH MSc, Howard Smith MD JD, Gerhard Friehs MD.  Texas Jurisprudence Study Guide. Xlibris. 2012

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

2015                         W. Shucart, C. B. Heilman, R. Bhadelia, V. A. Zerris.   Masses of the Lateral and Third Ventricles: Pathology, Imaging, and Treatment.  In R. H. Wilkins, S. S. Rengachary. Neurosurgery, Third Edition. McGraw-Hill Publishing

2011                         Donoghue JA, Bagley JH, Friehs GM, Zerris VA.  Neuroprosthetics.  In Winn Ed. Youmans Neurological Surgery, 2011.

  1. B. Heilman, V. A. Zerris, C. A. David. Operative Approaches to Petroclival Tumors. In A. Nanda ed.  Posterior Fossa:  Surgical Management.  Thieme, New York.

2005                         V. A. Zerris, G. M. Friehs, P. Sampath.  Surgical Management of Injuries of the Cervical Spine and Spinal Cord.   In HH Schmideck, WH Sweet, eds. Operative Neurosurgical Techniques. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 2005.

1999                         G. M. Friehs, B. C. Walters, V. A. Zerris.  Stereotactic Radiosurgery in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.  In J. K. Krauss, J. Jankovic, R. G. Grossman, eds.  Movement Disorders Surgery. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.

 

THESIS

 

1998                         Glial Derived Neurotrophic Factor Expression and Behavioral Testing after Striatal        Gamma-Knife Lesioning of Hemi-Parkinsonian Rats.  Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1998

 

 

SELECTED ORIGINAL PUBLICATIONS IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS:

 

2016                         CT-Guided, Ethanol Sympatholysis for Primary Axillary – Palmar Hyperhidrosis

Tsitskani M., Friehs G., Zerris V., Georgiades C.

Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2016 Dec. 39 (12): 1722 – 1727

 

2015                         The effect of spinal osteotomics on spinal cord tension and dural buckling: a cadaveric study.

Safain MG, Burke SM, Riesenburger RI, Zerris V, Hwang SW. J Neurosurg Spine. 2015 Apr 17:1-8.

 

2014                         Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the thoracic spine.

Roguski M, Safain MG, Zerris VA, Kryzanski JT, Thomas CB, Magge SN, Riesenburger RI. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Oct; 21(10):1679-85.

 

2010                         Robin BN, Chaput CD, Zeitouni S, Rahm MD, Zerris VA, Sampson HW.

Cytokine-meidated inflammatory reaction following posterior cervical decompression and fusion with BMP.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Nov 1; 35(23):E1350-4.

 

2009                         Risenburger RI,  Hwag SW, Zerris V, Wu JK, Mahn K, Kilmo Jr P, Mignano J, Thompson CK, Yao KC.  “Outcomes Following Single Treatment Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia with Minimum 3 Year Follow-up.” J Neurosurg. 2009 Sep 25.                

Heilman CB, Zerris VA. Images in clinical medicine. Combined – system disease. New England Journal of Medicine. 2009 Jun 18; 360(25):2655.

 

2007                         G. M. Friehs, M. C. Park, V. A. Zerris, M. A. Goldman, G. C. Norén, P. Sampath. Stereotactic Radiosurgery For Functional Disorders. Neurosurg Focus. 2007; 23(6):E3. Review

A. Zerris, K. James, C. B. Heilman. Comparison of the mechanical and biologic properties of three bovine derived dural substitutes. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2007 Apr 26.

M. Schirmer, V. Zerris, A. M. Malek. Electrocautery-induced ignition of spark showers and self-sustained combustion of onyx ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer. Neurosurgery. 2006 Oct; 59(4 Suppl 2):ONS413-8.

 

2005                         Zerris VA, Noren GC, Shucart WA, Rogg J, Friehs GM.  Targeting the Cranial Nerve: Microradiosurgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia with CISS and 3D-flash MR Imaging Sequences.  J Neurosurg. 2005 Jan; 102 Suppl: 107-10.

Chaves C, Freidberg SR, Lee G, Zerris V, Ries S, Chavali R.  Cerebral vasospasm following intracranial hypotension caused by cerebrospinal fluid leak from an incidental lumbar durotomy. Case report.  J Neurosurg. 2005 Jan; 102(1):152-5

2004                         G. M. Friehs, V. A. Zerris, C. L. Ojakangas, M. R. Fellows, John P. Donoghue.  Brain-Machine and Brain-Computer Interfaces.  Stroke. 2004 Nov; 35(11 Suppl 1):2702-5.

 

2002                         V. A. Zerris, D. Annino, C. B. Heilman.  Nasofrontal Dermoid Sinus Cyst: Report of Two Cases.   Neurosurgery. 2002 Sep; 51(3): 811-4; discussion 814.

A. Zerris, Z. Zheng, G C. Noren,, A. Sungarian, G. M. Friehs. Radiation and Regeneration: Behavioral Improvement and GDNF Expression after Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in the 6-OHDA Rodent Model of Hemi-Parkinsonism. Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2002; 84:99-105.

B. Heilman, V. A. Zerris. Transient choroid plexus cysts and benign asymmetrical ventricles: a case suggesting a possible link: case report.
Neurosurgery. 2003 Jan; 52(1):213-5.

Rosenberg, V. Zerris, J. Borden. Gamma knife radiosurgery for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. J Mass Dent Soc. 2001 Fall; 50(3):40-3, 49.

 

Contact Info

215, Spyrou Kyprianou Ave.
2047 Strovolos
P.O. Box 25610, 1311
Nicosia, Cyprus

Tel: + 357 22 476 636
Fax: + 357 22 476 640
Email: vassilisz@amc.com.cy