Chair of the Section of Functional Neurosurgery
Dr. Damianos E. Sakas was born in Piraeus, Greece and is a graduate of the University of Athens, where he also completed his Doctoral Thesis. He received his training in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Athens, Evangelismos Athens Hospital (1982-1986). He has worked in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, U.S.A. (1986-1989), Institute of Neurological Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland (1990 – 1991), and National Center for Neurosurgery, Dublin, R. Ireland (1991 – 1993). He was subsequently appointed as Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Midland Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Birmingham, and the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, University of Warwick, England (1993-1999). He is a member of various professional societies and has held senior positions as President, Hellenic Neurosurgical Society (2000-2001) Chairman, Neuromodulation Committee, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS), (2006-2015) Member of the Training Committee, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) (2004-2006), Second Secretary (2006-2010), Secretary (2010-2014) and President of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ESSFN) (2014-2018), and Vice-Chairman (2011-2018) of the Section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, EANS. He is currently Honorary President of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and Chairman of the Section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, EANS (2018-present). His special interests include operative neuromodulation, epilepsy surgery, movement disorders and pain surgery, neurotrauma and vascular neurosurgery. Damianos E. Sakas has edited the book An Introduction to Neurosurgery (in Greek language), Parisianou Publications, Athens, 2003 and two books (in English language) entitled Sakas DE, Simpson BA, Krames ES (Eds.): Operative Neuromodulation. Functional Neuroprosthetic Surgery, and Sakas DE, Simpson BA (Eds.): Operative Neuromodulation. Neural Networks Surgery, both published by Springer-Verlag, Wien, 2007. This book has been translated in Chinese. He has worked as Associate Editor or Member of the Editorial or Advisory Board in the YearBook of Neurology and Neurosurgery, YearBook of Medicine, Neurosurgical Review and Neuromodulation. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles or chapters in books and his work has been cited more than 2000 times in the biomedical literature. In 2000, Dr. Sakas was elected as Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Athens, and appointed Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Athens, Evangelismos General Hospital, Athens, Greece. Since 2010, he has been elected as a Member of the World Academy of Neurological Surgeons.