The Greek Surgeon-Gynecologist Savvas Georgiadis (1857-1942) and the First Vaginal Reconstruction in Smyrna

Surg Innov. 2019 Oct;26(5):630-632. doi: 10.1177/1553350619842760. Epub 2019 May 2.


The Greek surgeon-gynecologist Savvas Georgiadis from Phocaea in Asia Minor had performed in 1897 an innovative surgical operation in a young female patient, reconstructing her vagina. Having been educated both in Greece and France, specialized in gynecology, he became a famous surgeon in the Hellenic Hospital of Smyrna "Agios Charalampos," where the operation was masterfully executed. Although among the pioneers in neovagina techniques, Georgiadis still is searching his place among the important figures in the history of plastic surgery.

Keywords: Agios Charalampos Hospital of Smyrna; hematocolpos; neovagina; plastic surgery.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Greece
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / history*
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / history*
  • Vagina / surgery*

Personal name as subject

  • Savvas Georgiadis