Director Dr. John E. Skandalakis
Dr. John Elias Skandalakis was born in Molai, Sparta (Laconia),
Greece in 1920. He graduated summa cum laude from the University
of Athens, Greece, with a diploma in medicine in 1946 and a
doctorate in surgery in 1948. He received complete training in
general surgery at the First Surgical Clinic of Athens University
and the Naval Hospital in Piraeus, Greece. In 1950 he was
certified by the Greek Board of Surgery and in 1960 by the
American Board of Abdominal Surgery. In 1951 he immigrated to the
United States following his marriage to Mimi Cutis of Marietta,
Georgia. He became an American citizen in 1956.
From 1951 to 1957 Dr. Skandalakis completed his fellowship and
residency programs at Grady Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph's
Infirmary, and Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He became
licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the state of Georgia
in 1956. Following his licensure, Dr. Skandalakis began working
jointly at Piedmont Hospital as the director of surgical education
and at Emory University School of Medicine as an instructor in
anatomy. From 1974 to 1977 he was also the chairman of the Department
of Postgraduate Education at Piedmont Hospital.
Dr. Skandalakis began teaching anatomy courses at Emory University
School of Medicine in 1956. From 1956 to 1977, he received
progressive appointments as assistant professor, associate
professor, and professor of anatomy. In 1963 he received his Ph.D.
in basic science (anatomy) from Emory University. From 1971 to
1980 he also worked as a clinical assistant professor of surgery.
In 1977 Dr. Skandalakis became the Chris Carlos Professor of
Surgical Anatomy and Technique, and he was named a distinguished
professor in 1980. In 1999, Dr. Skandalakis received the
Distinguished Medical Achievement Award from the Emory University
School of Medicine.
In 1984 Emory University established the Thalia and Michael Carlos
Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique. Dr. Skandalakis became
its first director, a position which he holds today. In 1990, the
Alfred A. Davis Research Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique
was formed and Dr. Skandalakis was appointed its director, a
position he continues to hold. Presently, Dr. Skandalakis is also
professor of surgery at Emory University and clinical professor of
surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and Mercer University
School of Medicine.
Dr. Skandalakis is the author of 15 medical books and more than 300
scientific papers, chapters, book reviews, and editorials. He is
an active member of many national and international scientific
organizations and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He
is on the editorial board of American Surgeon, Hernia, and
Radiological and Clinical Anatomy. He has been guest editor for
American Surgeon, Journal of the Georgia Medical Association,
Problems in General Surgery, and Surgical Clinics of North America.
Dr. Skandalakis also served on the Georgia Board of Regents from
1981 to 1988, and acted as its chairman in 1983 and 1984.
Aside from his professional activities, Dr. Skandalakis has always
been deeply involved with his church as the president of the
Diocese of Atlanta and a member of the Archdiocesan Council of the
Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America. He has received
honors from the church on many occasions and was named the Great
Archon Aktouarios of the Great Church of Christ by the Patriarchate
of Constantinople in 1967.
Dr. Skandalakis has also served the country in which he was born
(Greece) with honors. He was a First Lieutenant in the Royal Greek
Navy Medical Corps from 1946 to 1950, and he was awarded a memorial
medal by the Greek government for his national underground activity
during World War II. He was awarded the Phoenix Medal by the Greek
government for his efforts to improve the relationship between
Greece and the United States. In 1999, Dr. Skandalakis received the
Leonidion Award of the Pan Laconian Federation of the United States
and Canada. In addition, Dr. Skandalakis belongs to many civic
organizations and has been honored many times for his active social