Dr. Panos Diamantopoulos is a Research Professor and Director of the Medical 3D Printing and Computer Guided Surgery Unit at the Physiology Laboratory of the Athens University Medical School.
He received a first Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) with focus on Implant Biomechanics from the University of Brighton (1995). He followed a Master Program (MPhil) in Computational Implant Biomechanics and received his Doctorate Degree (DPhil) in Biomedical Modelling from the University of Sussex (2001). His doctoral thesis demonstrated for the first time the practical integration of Medical Imaging with Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Simulation (FEA) and Rapid Prototyping (RP), setting the underlying technological framework utilized nowadays by Computer Guided Surgery.
As a research professor at University of Sussex, he founded the first of its kind Biomedical Modelling Unit in the world and pioneered the application of digital technologies (scanning, design, simulation, manufacturing) for pre-operative planning, surgical guidance, and implant customization. Many of his ideas have been adopted by Materialise N.V. Leuven, Belgium. He has collaborated with many leading universities including Oxford, UCL, Padova, EPFL and lately Athens. He has also worked with many hospitals and private practices for the clinical introduction of ‘digital technologies’, including CBCT, Computer Guided Implantology and Medical 3D Printing procedures. He has worked as a consultant on a very large number of clinical cases in many medical disciplines and has acted as an instructor for many companies in the underlying fields.
Dr Diamantopoulos is committed into proving and promoting the benefits of Digital Engineering in clinical practice. He has been recognized as a ‘Distinguished Researcher’ and has contributed to many peer-reviewed scientific journals, conferences, seminars and workshops. During the COVID-19 Pandemic he has been coordinating Medical 3D Printing activities in Greece on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Health. He is currently the President of the International Computer Aided Implantology (CAI) Academy, the scientific organization that pioneered the application of ‘digital technology’ in Dentistry.