About The Doctor

Dr. Giorgos Karakousis

Peritoneal Mesothelioma , Assistant Professor of Surgery

Famous for being one of the youngest surgeons to work at the Abramson Cancer Center, Dr. Giorgos Karakousis has gained ground fast. At age 37, in 2008, Dr. Karakousis earned his General Surgery Board Certification. In 2010, he had developed such a reputation that they appointed him professor of surgery, and he joined up with both the gastrointestinal and melanoma cancer programs.

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Multidisciplinary Care

Dr. Giorgos Karakousis uses a multidisciplinary approach to care for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. This rare disease that results from asbestos exposure attacks the abdominal cavity’s lining. It represents between 15 to 20 percent of mesothelioma cases. Dr. Karakousis has chosen to specialize in this rare form of an already rare disease to help the patients who need it the most.

Message of Hope

Dr. Giorgos Karakousis has worked as part of the family at the hospital for years.

Early Work

Dr. Karakousis earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his general surgery residency there as well.

During the early part of his career, Dr. Karakousis earned the honor of presenting on hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy and cytoreductive surgery for diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma at a conference at Penn Medicine. At the conference, patients, researchers, and physicians came from across the country to learn more about peritoneal mesothelioma.

Rare Cases

Dr. Karakousis asserts that only 300 to 400 new cases of this disease occur in the United States each year. He mentions that men seem to have a higher risk of developing the disease, perhaps because they are more likely to have been exposed to asbestos while working a blue-collar job.


Dr. Karakousis has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. He has won teaching awards, including the Inouye Award for Teaching in 2006. He has also been appointed the attending surgeon for the hospital he works at and has worked as part of the family at the hospital for years.


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