Hellenic College Honored Dr. Andreas G. Tzakis with Doctor of Humanities Degree

Hellenic College Honored Dr. Andreas G. Tzakis with Doctor of Humanities Degree


Brookline, Mass.—On Saturday, Andreas G. Tzakis, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized transplant surgeon best known for developing surgical techniques that make live-saving transplants possible even for patients with the most complicated medical conditions, received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Hellenic College during its 74th commencement ceremonies.

In accepting his honorary degree, Dr. Tzakis told the graduates, “I want you to remember that this joyful day, that graduation, is not your destination it is the bridge to fulfill your life’s goal—serving the community.”

A native of Greece, Dr. Tzakis is the founding director of the Miami Transplant Institute. He recently built a transplant program at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida where this past March he led a team in performing the first uterine transplant in the United States. The following month he performed a successful seven-organ transplant on a 19-month-old baby from Texas.

Elizabeth Pomfret, MD, PhD, chair, Lahey Clinic Department of Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Diseases, an esteemed surgeon and educator in liver transplantation, has worked closely with Dr. Tzakis. “He is a true pioneer in transplantation who continues to innovate and push the envelope. He is a world leader in all aspects of transplantation. A truly compassionate man, Dr. Tzakis is unwavering in his determination to provide the best possible outcomes for his patients and their families.”

Dr. Tzakis attended the University of Athens Medical School and served in the medical corps of The Greek Air Force before coming to the United States in 1977. He spent the next six years as a resident, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In 1979, Dr. Tzakis became a surgical fellow at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of legendary surgeon Thomas E. Starzl, MD, who performed the first successful human liver transplant in 1967. Dr. Tzakis later led the University of Pittsburgh’s Pediatric Transplant Program for many years.

A prolific author and researcher, Dr. Tzakis has authored or co-authored more than 600 papers and often lobbied Congress and the national organ donor network to place more emphasis on patient need, and less on geographical boundaries, in deciding how to allocate life-saving organs.

Dr. Tzakis is the recipient of several awards including the Gabby (Greek America’s Best and Brightest) Award in Science/Medicine and the Consulate General of the State of Israel Humanitarian of the Year Award.

About Hellenic College

Hellenic College is a four year liberal arts college that cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and moral development of its students within the Orthodox Christian Community so that they might serve and contribute to society and the Church. Students are engaged in liberal arts and professional curricula that demand rigorous inquiry and academic scholarship. The College promotes spiritual and moral development by incorporating students into the practices, teachings, and liturgical life of an Orthodox Christian community. Hellenic College encourages its students to respond to their unique vocations by committing to education, faith, and service in all aspects of their professional and personal endeavors.

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is an Orthodox Christian seminary and graduate school of theology centered on the Trinitarian faith. Holy Cross educates its students to articulate and understand the biblical, historical, dogmatic, ethical, and liturgical traditions of the Orthodox Church. Students are prepared to become future Orthodox clergy and lay leaders who demonstrate faith, sensitivity, and compassion as they cultivate an attitude of offering a service of truth and love in the world. Through its graduate degree programs, Holy Cross offers men and women the opportunity to become spiritually mature persons through immersion in worship, theological studies, and service to the community.



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