Georgios Vrakas

Georgios Vrakas, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCS

Program Director And Clinical Associate Professor

Business Phone: (352) 594-4111

About Georgios Vrakas

Since childhood, I aspired to be a surgeon like my father. I was fortunate enough to witness the hope and help he offered people that inspired my journey to accomplish the same as a transplant surgeon. As director of the UF Health Adult Kidney and Pancreas Program and an associate professor in the division of transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, my goal is to perform quality transplants. For us, every transplant operation is a rewarding experience to ignite hope for our patients by improving their longevity and quality of life. I perform kidney and multiorgan transplants. Additionally, I am a member of the organ procurement team and perform multiple organ operations.

My training began at the University of Crete in Greece, where I attended medical school. I earned my Master of Science in hepatopancreatobiliary surgery at Democritus University in Alexandroupolis. Thereafter, I attended the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where I obtained my doctoral degree in intestinal preconditioning. I finished my training with four years of transplant fellowships at Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College and Oxford University Hospitals in the UK. After completing my fellowships, I was appointed as a consultant transplant surgeon and clinical lead of the kidney transplant program at Oxford University Hospitals.

In 2014, I was nominated for the Medawar Medal by the British Transplantation Society for my involvement with abdominal wall transplants. Just one year later in 2015, I was honored by the University of Oxford Department of Surgery as the best instructor in the field of surgery. Additionally, I was awarded the Young Investigator Award in Hong Kong by The Transplantation Society for my research on the development of donor specific-antibodies (DSA) after a combined allograft and vascular skin graft (VSA) transplants. That same year, I received the honorary title of Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of the UK. Most recently, I was awarded the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of Greece.

Aside from practicing, I am interested in raising funds for transplant charities. In 2017, I climbed Mount-Kilimanjaro and rode a tandem bike between Paris and London.


Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix
2023 · President of Greece

Clinical Profile

  • Transplant Surgery
Areas of Interest
  • Abdominal transplant
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dialysis – peritoneal
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Kidney removal
  • Liver Transplant
  • Living Kidney Donation
  • Pancreas Transplant
  • Pediatric kidney transplant
  • Transplant services

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)



Benchmark Outcomes in Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation: A Multicenter Analysis of 80 996 Transplants From 126 Centers.
Transplantation direct. 10(5) [DOI] 10.1097/TXD.0000000000001618. [PMID] 38606349.
First Report With Medium-term Follow-up of Intestinal Transplantation for Advanced and Recurrent Nonresectable Pseudomyxoma Peritonei.
Annals of surgery. 277(5):835-840 [DOI] 10.1097/SLA.0000000000005769. [PMID] 36468404.
Soluble DNA Concentration in the Perfusate is a Predictor of Post-Transplant Renal Function in Hypothermic Perfused Kidney Allografts
medRxiv. [DOI] 10.1101/2023.05.16.23289983.
Effect of Utilizing More Than 20-Year Older Deceased Donor Kidneys for Young Recipients: An Analysis of the UK Registry.
Experimental and clinical transplantation : official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation. 19(5):405-410 [DOI] 10.6002/ect.2021.0055. [PMID] 33877038.
Good outcomes with a bad story.
American journal of surgery. 221(4):675-676 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.01.006. [PMID] 33454024.
Human intestinal tissue-resident memory T cells comprise transcriptionally and functionally distinct subsets.
Cell reports. 34(3) [DOI] 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.108661. [PMID] 33472060.
Recent progress and remaining hurdles toward clinical xenotransplantation.
Xenotransplantation. 28(3) [DOI] 10.1111/xen.12681. [PMID] 33759229.
The novel use of the Haemodialysis reliable outflow graft (HeRo®) in intestinal failure patients with end-stage vascular access.
The journal of vascular access. 22(6):1021-1025 [DOI] 10.1177/1129729820961972. [PMID] 32993420.
An analysis of the association between older recipient age and outcomes after whole-organ pancreas transplantation – a single-centre, retrospective study.
Transplant international : official journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation. 33(5):529-535 [DOI] 10.1111/tri.13575. [PMID] 31943392.
Current Review of Renal Autotransplantation in the UK
Current Urology Reports. 21(9) [DOI] 10.1007/s11934-020-00986-z. [PMID] 32666391.
The impact of intestinal transplantation on quality of life.
Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland). 39(6):1958-1967 [DOI] 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.08.023. [PMID] 31522787.
The future of organ perfusion and re‐conditioning
Transplant International. 32(6):586-597 [DOI] 10.1111/tri.13441. [PMID] 30980772.
De novo donor-specific HLA antibodies after combined intestinal and vascularized composite allotransplantation – a retrospective study
Transplant International. 31(4):398-407 [DOI] 10.1111/tri.13096.
Meeting Report of the 13th Congress of the International Society of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation.
Transplantation. 102(8):1250-1252 [DOI] 10.1097/TP.0000000000002207. [PMID] 29620616.
Urological Nephrectomies for Benign Disease: A Possible Missed Resource in Organ Donation.
Experimental and clinical transplantation : official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation. 16(5):515-521 [DOI] 10.6002/ect.2018.0158. [PMID] 30084762.
Diagnostic Lessons from a Complex Case of Postintestinal Transplantation Enteropathy.
Case reports in transplantation. 2017 [DOI] 10.1155/2017/2498423. [PMID] 28845319.
Intestinal transplantation: a review.
Current opinion in gastroenterology. 33(3):203-211 [DOI] 10.1097/MOG.0000000000000358. [PMID] 28282321.
Multidisciplinary care ensures successful pregnancy following intestinal transplantation: a case report.
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology. 124(5):825-828 [DOI] 10.1111/1471-0528.14420. [PMID] 27885776.
Synergistic Effect of Ischemic Preconditioning and Antithrombin in Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury.
Experimental and clinical transplantation : official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation. 15(3):320-328 [DOI] 10.6002/ect.2015.0331. [PMID] 28418287.
Abdominal Wall Transplantation: Skin as a Sentinel Marker for Rejection.
American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. 16(6):1892-900 [DOI] 10.1111/ajt.13693. [PMID] 26713513.
Could Sentinel Skin Transplants Have Some Utility in Solid Organ Transplantation?
Transplantation proceedings. 48(8):2565-2570 [DOI] 10.1016/j.transproceed.2016.06.040. [PMID] 27788782.
Skype clinics after intestinal transplantation – follow-up beyond post codes.
Clinical transplantation. 30(7):760-6 [DOI] 10.1111/ctr.12745. [PMID] 27140671.
The abdominal wall transplant as a sentinel skin graft.
Current opinion in organ transplantation. 21(5):536-40 [DOI] 10.1097/MOT.0000000000000352. [PMID] 27495916.
Markers of malnutrition after intestinal transplantation: the role of IGF-1 and calprotectin.
Journal of clinical biochemistry and nutrition. 56(1):64-5 [DOI] 10.3164/jcbn.14-14. [PMID] 25678753.
Modified liver-free multivisceral transplantation for a metastatic small bowel neuroendocrine tumor: a case report.
Transplantation proceedings. 47(3):858-62 [DOI] 10.1016/j.transproceed.2015.01.007. [PMID] 25689880.
Solitary pancreas transplantation: a review of the UK experience over a period of 10 yr
Clinical Transplantation. 29(12):1195-1202 [DOI] 10.1111/ctr.12650.
Chronic intestinal failure after Crohn disease: when to perform transplantation.
JAMA surgery. 149(10):1060-6 [DOI] 10.1001/jamasurg.2014.1072. [PMID] 25162284.
A comparison of the outcomes of one-stage and two-stage brachiobasilic arteriovenous fistulas.
Journal of vascular surgery. 58(5):1300-4 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jvs.2013.05.030. [PMID] 23810301.
Clinically significant peripancreatic fluid collections after simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation.
Transplantation. 95(10):1263-9 [DOI] 10.1097/TP.0b013e318289c978. [PMID] 23507700.
Selective embolization for massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding deriving from gastric angiodysplasia.
Journal of surgical case reports. 2012(3) [DOI] 10.1093/jscr/2012.3.11. [PMID] 24960815.
Endoscopic application of n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate on esophagojejunal anastomotic leak: a case report.
Journal of medical case reports. 5 [DOI] 10.1186/1752-1947-5-96. [PMID] 21392389.
Mechanical bowel preparation before elective colorectal surgery: is it necessary?
Techniques in coloproctology. 15 Suppl 1:S59-62 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-011-0733-1. [PMID] 21901518.
Primary hepatic gastrinoma: Report of a case and review of literature.
World journal of gastrointestinal pathophysiology. 2(2):26-30 [DOI] 10.4291/wjgp.v2.i2.26. [PMID] 21607163.
Anastomotic leakage following low anterior resection for rectal cancer.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S35-7 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0620-1. [PMID] 20694497.
Brain metastases in colorectal cancer.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S67-8 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0624-x. [PMID] 20683746.
Circumferential stapled procedure for bleeding ano-rectal varices.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S13-4 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0606-z. [PMID] 20683755.
Defunctioning ileostomy closure following low anterior resection by chemotherapy.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S77-8 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0628-6. [PMID] 20706760.
Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy due to colon cancer.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S71-2 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0625-9. [PMID] 20697924.
Laparoscopic sigmoidectomy for colon cancer.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S73-4 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0626-8. [PMID] 20694496.
Large bowel obstruction due to endometriosis.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S87-9 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0616-x. [PMID] 20683748.
Metachronous colorectal cancer.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S63-4 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0623-y. [PMID] 20700617.
Primary neuroendocrine tumor of the extrahepatic biliary tree mimicking Klatskin tumor.
Journal of gastrointestinal and liver diseases : JGLD. 19(3):341-2 [PMID] 20922208.
Progress in rectal cancer staging and treatment.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S29-31 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0619-7. [PMID] 20686807.
The handsewn anastomosis after colon resection due to colonic cancer.
Techniques in coloproctology. 14 Suppl 1:S57-9 [DOI] 10.1007/s10151-010-0612-1. [PMID] 20683752.


FRCS ad eundem
2016 · Royal College of Surgeons
Certificate of Completion of Training in General Surgery
2011 · General Directorate of Health and Social Welfare
Doctor of Philosophy
2010-2014 · Aristotle University
Master of Science in HPB Surgery
2008-2010 · Democritus University
MRCS Part 1 & 2
2006 · Royal College of Surgeons of England
Medical Degree
1998-2004 · University of Crete

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