About Soma Plastic Surgery

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George Papanicolaou, MD

Raised in Athens, Greece, Dr. Papanicolaou relocated to the United States to receive his training in General and Plastic Surgery also completing his fellowships in hand and craniofacial pediatric plastic surgery.

Dr. Papanicolaou has contributed to prestigious scientific journals of his expertise including numerous publications. His training and experience have given him the opportunity to excel in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery while fulfilling his sincere goal and passion of practicing within the highest standards and in a compassionate way.

Dedicated to Exceptional Care

During his fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern, Dr. Papanicolaou was trained in an array of cosmetic procedures of the face and body by the leaders in the field. Dr. Papanicolaou is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Papanicolaou believes in continued education and is an active member of the most prestigious societies in plastic surgery, including The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Athens University, School of Medicine, Athen’s Greece – Degree: MD, July 1994

Private practice: Sept 2010 – present. Lake Mary, FL

Orlando Cosmetic Surgery: September 2008 – August 2010 Orlando, FL

Craniofacial Fellowship: UT Southwestern Medical Center July 2007-June 2008

Plastic Surgery Fellowship: SUMMA Health System, Akron OH July 2005-June 2007

Hand Fellowship: Ch. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, KY July 2004-June 2005

Residency: Orlando Regional Medical Ctr., Orlando, FL July 2001-June 2004. Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. July 1999- June 2001

Internship (Gen. Surg.): Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. July 1998- June 1999

Research: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY Division of Plastic Surgery Research, July 1997-June 1998

Military: Physician, Medical Corps of Greek Armed Forces. March 1995-September 1996

Date Gaps: July 1994 – March 1995 Studying for USMLE September 1996 – July 1997 Interviewing in US hospitals and observing in Athens, Greece hospitals

  1. “Prevalence of nerve compression symptoms in the general population” G.Papanicolaou, J. Firrell, S. McCabe. Presented in the Residents’ Conference in the 53rd Amer. Soc. for Surgery of the Hand Annual Conference. (Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 98).
  2. “Supine portable ultrasound guided drainage of pleural effusion by critical care personnel.” Technique whose time has arrived?” J. Zuberi, T. Light, G.Papanicolaou, M. Hockstein. Submitted to “Chest” and presented as a poster in 66th annual assembly of Am. Col. of Chest Physicians. Also accepted for presentation in the ‘Research Day’ in Washington Hospital Ctr.
  3. “Methemoglobinemia after application of serium silvadene in severe burns” T. Light, G. Papanicolaou, M. Jordan, presented as a poster at the John Bostwick conf. for burn and wound management in Hawaii, Feb 2005.
  4. “Simultaneous Pronator and Carpal tunnel release. Our experience and algorithm of treatment.” Mursadic M., Papanicolaou G., Tsai,T. Presented at the Tristate meeting in Cincinati OH, June 3rd 2005.
  5. Treatment of keratoacanthomas with injection of Methotrexate. G. Papanicolaou , L Cervino,. Presented at the seniors Plastic Surgery residents’ conference, Feb. 1-3 2007, Pasadena CA
  6. Treatment of Keratoacanthomas with injection of Methotrexate. G Papanicolaou, L Cervino. Presented at the OHIO Valley Conference in Indianapolis, IN, May 18th 2007.
  7. Mandibular distraction in neonates. Our protocol and experience. R. Ha MD, A. Mitchel, MD, G Papanicolaou, MD Presented in the international craniofacial meeting in Oxford UK, Sept 2009
  1. “The Prevalence and Characteristics of Nerve Compression Symptoms in the General Population”. G.Papanicolaou, J. Firrell, S. McCabe. American Journal of Hand Surgery, May 2000.
  2. Can Chronic Electrical Stimulation Induced Angiogenesis Enhance Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Flap Survival for Application in Cardiomyoplasty? Overgoor, MLE, Carroll, SM, Papanicolaou,G., Carroll, CMA, Ustuner, TE, Stremel, RW, Anderson GL, Franken RJPM, Ken, M, Barker JH, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol 111, No1, Jan. 2003.
  3. Reducing Vascular Delay Period in Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Flaps for use in Cardiomyoplasty. Wan C, Maldonado C., Papanicolaou G., Anderson GL, Overgoor M., Kon, M., Barker, JH, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Vol. 109, No 5, April 2002.
  4. “The acute and delayed effects of hydrostatic dilatation of the rat femoral arteries”. T. Kakoulidis, G. Papanicolaou, W. Stadelman et al. Annals of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Oct 2004; 53(4):388-92.
  5. “Sternal wound reconstruction with transverse plate fixation”., O. Cicilioni, F.Steig, G Papanicolaou. Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Vol 115, No 5, April 2005, p. 1297-1303).
  6. “Simultaneous Pronator and Carpal tunnel release. Our experience and algorithm of treatment.” Mursadic M., Papanicolaou G., Tsai,T. Accepted for publication in PRS.

E.C.F.M.G. #: 0-522-881-2, April 27, 1995

U.S.M.L.E.Step 1: Sept. 1994, Step 2: Mar. 1995, Step 3: Dec. 1997

American Board of Surgery: March 2005, (Recertification Dec 2014)

American Board of Plastic Surgery: November 2009

Certificate of added qualifications: Hand Surgery (CAQHS) September 2010

University of Central Florida, voluntary faculty

Flordia: (ME 85966)

Texas: (NO344)

Greece: (39519)

Medical School, “Papadakis” scholarship. Awarded for excellence in Anatomy and Physiology.

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society Aesthetic Plastic Surgery>
  • American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery
  • American Cleft Palate Association
  • Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons

Dominican Republic (La Romana), (Member of a plastic and hand surgery team, Oct. 2000)

  • Greek: Native Language.
  • English: “Proficiency Cambridge” 1985, # 526022121
  • French: “Certificat de la langue Francaise” 1980, # 08863
Dr. Papanicolaou and his staff

Core values

Dr. Papanicolaou vehemently believes in educating his patients about all surgical and non-surgical techniques. At Soma Plastic Surgery it is incredibly important that patients feel heard and that they are able to develop trust. Dr. Papanicolaou spends time with each patient during the consultation to answer questions and provide detailed recommendations. The patient experience at Soma Plastic Surgery is of the utmost importance. Our goal with every surgery or treatment is to exceed patient expectations while always practicing patient safety.

TestimonialsWhat our patients
have to say

Eve F.

Dr Papanicolaou is the best! Very knowledgable and caring! So glad I found him! I definitely recommend putting your trust in him. Awesome office staff. They make you feel like family. Cant say enough good things about the whole staff.

C.V. Fig

Dr. Papanicolaou is the BEST Plastic Surgeon in Central Florida. He is smart, caring and honest.. I have been his patient for over two yrs. His staff is available, responsive and accommodating. They treat you like family. I feel very fortunate and grateful that I found Dr. Papanicolaou. He helped me during a very difficult process.

Yamile K.

Dr. Papanicolaou exceeded my expectations, he is a master at his craft, the entire process was relatively painless, his nurses are amazing, so caring. Also the Florida surgical center was great, they treated me like a princess. Overall I cannot be happier with my experience, I highly recommend Soma Plastic surgery.

Sheila O.

Dr. Papanicalou and staff are exceptional. The process was smooth from beginning to end and I am so pleased with the results. Very natural and as close to perfect as possible. I highly recommend Dr. Papanicalou!

Swandra W.

Dr. P and all of the staff are wonderful. They were amazing to me at the most vulnerable time in my life. I am thankful to have such caring, thoughtful, skilled, knowledgeable and talented human beings to reconstruct the damage that cancer caused. Forever grateful.

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