Ioannis Virlos is a Consultant General Surgeon with expertise in the field of colorectal surgery, including colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticular disease as well as proctology (haemorrhoids, fistula in ano, pilonidal disease).
Mr Virlos is Senior Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, UK. He is also Associate Director at the Rectal and Pelvic Surgery Department of Metropolitan General Hospital, Athens. His practise is centred on minimally-invasive laparoscopic colorectal surgery, offering the latest technological advances in cancer surgery, including transanal surgery (TAMIS & TaTME). He is also an accredited endoscopist by the UK Joint Advisoty Group (JAG) for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and he performs colonoscopies and gastroscopies.
Mr Virlos offers the highest standards of care for his patients across a spectrum of colorectal and gastrointestinal conditions. A patient-centred approach is at the heart of his practise to ensure you are comfortable and confident with your treatment plan.
Mr Virlos graduated from Alexandroupolis Medical School, Thrace Democritos University and after completing his military service he was trained in General Surgery in Athens, Greece and in the UK between the years 1992-1999, when he became a specialist surgeon. He then gained a Master degree in Surgery and Diploma of Imperial College, at the Imperial College of London University, UK. Whilst completing Higher Surgical Training through the South Western Deanery including Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and the University Hospital Sir Charles Gairdner in Perth, Australia he gained a Medical Directorate from University of Manchester, UK.
Mr Virlos has presented his scientific work in several international surgical meetings across the globe, has a significant number of publications and is a regular reviewer of prestigious surgical journals, such as British Journal of Surgery.
Mr Virlos is an accredited general surgeon and a recognized expert in colorectal surgery with an impeccable track record of 0 % mortality in elective Colorectal surgery, an element of his practice published at the “surgeon outcomes of the ACPGBI”. His expertise includes laparoendoscopic techniques, minimally invasive surgery of rectal cancer, including local excision and rectum sparing techniques.
Mr Virlos is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - FRCSEd. - and Fellow of the Intercollegiate Board of Surgery of United Kingdom - FRCS (Gen Surg). He is also a Fellow of the European Board of Surgery – FEBS (Coloproctology).
PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE
Medicine represents a science, which if someone would attempt to compare it with a circle, should place at its centre the patients and their families, as disease affects the whole family environment. This signifies that doctors should be sensitive not only to the patients but to their relatives’ alike, as they as well mentally experience the consequences of the disease.
Moreover, a Doctor is called to inspire trust, to offer a helping hand and a smile as well as the certainty that there is hope when a patient is disappointed or even worse desperate. A patient represents a precious diamond and hence should be treated accordingly. We, as Doctors, should never forget that without our patients we would not exist as a scientific entity. We should realise that we constitute society pillars, which augments our responsibility towards our fellow beings and our patients.
During those many years I have served medicine at both the elective and emergency hospital front, nothing overcame my inner joy when I helped my patients to face what looked like an insurmountable obstacle, their disease. The value of this giving and its recognition by the patients constitutes an invaluable gift.
Colorectal conditions involve the last parts of the gastrointestinal system – the colon and the rectum as well as the anus. This commonly leads to disturbance in bowel habit, abdominal discomfort or pain, blood in the stool, and even anaemia and weight loss. To investigate such problems, you may need to undergo one or more investigations including a colonoscopy, CT or MRI scan. Mr Virlos is an accredited specialist in colorectal surgery, a member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and Fellow of European Board of Surgery (FEBS (Coloproctology) and offers the latest treatments for a variety of conditions.
Mr Virlos is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd.) and a Fellow of the Intercollegiate Board of Surgery of United Kingdom (FRCS (Gen Surg) and an accredited UK surgeon offering surgical treatment of conditions, such as haemorroides (piles), gallstone disease (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), hernia, including complex ones (laparoscopic and open hernia surgery) and acute surgical problems, such as appendicitis (laparoscopic appendicectomy).