Dr. Andreas Tzakis Awarded Prestigious Honorary Degree in Sweden

Andreas G. Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery and director of the Liver/GI Transplant Program at the Miller School and a world-renowned transplant surgeon, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Sahlgrenska Academy at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg.

Dr. Tzakis received the honorary degree at an October 21 conferment ceremony during which the university awarded 10 honorary degrees to notable experts in different fields. The Sahlgrenska Academy is the medicine and health sciences division of the University of Gothenburg.

“I am delighted and humbled to have been given such a high honor from one of the most notable institutions of Europe,” said Dr. Tzakis. “Although the honorary degree recognizes achievements, it also deeply inspires me to do even more for the patients we serve. My honor is the honor of the Miller School and the entire University.”

A native of Greece, Dr. Tzakis is best known for his work in intestinal and multivisceral transplantation and has pioneered numerous techniques in abdominal transplants for both children and adults.

According to the Sahlgrenska Academy, Dr. Tzakis has been supportive of the Sahlgrenska Transplant Institute since the early 1990s and was instrumental in establishing small-bowel and multivisceral transplantation programs in Gothenburg. He is now part of an international team working with Sahlgrenska Academy on uterus transplantation.

Last year Dr. Tzakis received a Doctor of Science honoris causa in Athens from The American College of Greece, Europe’s oldest and largest U.S.-accredited academic institution, which was founded in 1875. He also received an honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the Dimokrition University of Thrace, Greece in 2002.

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