Demetri Yannopoulos

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Professor, Center for Resuscitation Medicine
Medical School, Twin Cities
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Demetri Yannopoulos, MD, is a professor in the Center for Resuscitation Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Yannopoulos is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include emergent cardiac care, coronary-artery disease, and congenital and peripheral intervention.

In collaboration with The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Yannopoulos is the University lead in increasing access to cardiac care in Minnesota through the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium by launching the ECMO truck, three ECMO SUVs and outfitting law enforcement agencies and first responders statewide with state-of-the-art automated external defibrillators.

Yannopoulos’s research involves cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hypothermia, and myocardial salvage during acute coronary syndromes. He is considered an authority in cardiorespiratory interactions and hypothermia during CPR. His work in the laboratories of Dr. Keith Lurie (at the University of Minnesota) and Dr. Henry Halperin (at Johns Hopkins University) has helped change current CPR practices.

Yannopoulos is a member of the American Heart Association’s CPR guidelines-writing committee, and of the basic life support and research working-group subcommittees. He also serves on the organization committee for the AHA’s Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS), the largest international conference addressing CPR and emergent cardiac/trauma care.


Notable Achievements

UMN Dean’s Distinguished Research Leadership Award, 2015
AHA Heart Association Heart & Stroke Hero Award, 2015
AHA Young Investigator Award in Resuscitation Science Symposium: “The Effect of Achieving Return of Spontaneous Circulation on Mitochondrial Respiration Following Prolonged Cardiac Arrest” w /Timothy Matsuura”, 2014

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