Dr. Constantine Frantzides, MD

Laparoscopic Surgery  |  
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Age 61
Dr. Constantine Frantzides, MD
Dr. Frantzides is the Director of the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (CIMIS). He is recognized worldwide as an expert in the field of laparoscopic surgery and is a charter member of the United States Laparoscopic Founders Society. His experience in laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery is one of the most extensive in the United States. Dr. Frantzides created the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center (MIS) at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and was the Director of the center from 1995-1997. Dr. Frantzides has served as the Director of the MIS Center and professor of surgery at the University of Chicago from 1997 to 2000. He was also the Chairman of the Dep. of Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital from 1997-2000. Dr. Frantzides was the Director of MIS at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and professor of surgery at Rush University. He was also the director of MIS (2003-2006) and director of the MIS Fellowship Program (2003-2008) at Northshore University Health System. Under his Directorship, and because of his high volume of procedures and excellent outcomes Evanston Northwestern Healthcare was named a "Center Of Excellence" by the American College of Surgeons. In addition Dr. Frantzides was Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University from 2004-2009. He has traveled internationally to perform and teach laparoscopic operations. In recognition of his efforts in teaching advanced laparoscopic techniques, he was named Honorary Member of the Brazilian Society of Surgery, the Hellenic Surgical Association, and the Greek Laparoscopic Society. He has organized 31 laparoscopic courses through which 331 surgeons were trained in laparoscopic surgery. He has created the first laparoscopic fellowship program in the US (1995) for training young surgeons in the art of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Frantzides is a member of numerous professional societies and has been the recipient of several awards and honors as well as grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the surgical industry. He has made more than 200 contributions to the medical literature and has written three books on laparoscopic surgery. He was the first in the world to introduce and perform 14 different laparoscopic procedures. He has worked extensively on the laparoscopic management of Gastro- Esophageal Reflux disease and Hiatal Hernia, Incisional Hernia, treatment of esophageal achalasia and the laparoscopic treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the colon. He has published in peer reviewed medical journals on the above mentioned ailments and other diseases managed in a minimally invasive approach. He performed the first in the world prospective randomized trial of laparoscopic mesh repair of large hiatal hernias (Archives of Surgery 2002) and he introduced "The Frantzides Technique" for the treatment of esophageal high grade dysplasia and Barrett's esophagus (American Journal of Surgery 2016). He developed a new safer technique for the laparoscopic gastric bypass ("Triple Stapling Technique" Archives of Surgery, 2003.) He was the first surgeon to define and publish the importance of preserving the Vagus nerve during a gastric bypass for avoidance of the dumping syndrome (Obesity Surgery 2011). In recognition of his academic activities in laparoscopic surgery as well as his surgical skills he was given the "Achievement award for advanced laparoscopic surgery" by the American Society of General Surgeons. He was named in 2007 & 2008 America's Top Surgeon and as the Most Compassionate Doctor by the Consumers' Research Council of America (2010-2014). In addition Dr. Frantzides was named "Top Doctor" by the Chicago Magazine (2012-2016). He was given the "Certificate of Excellence" by US News & World Report 2011, 2012 & 2013. He was also named "America's Top Doctor" by the acclaimed Castle Connolly Medical Guide for 8 consecutive years (2009-2016) Awards and Honors Link to Website: http://www.laparoscopicexperts.com/dr-frantzides-diplomas-and-certificates/# Media and Publications Link to Website: http://www.laparoscopicexperts.com/dr-frantzides-articles/

4905 Old Orchard Ctr Ste 409

Skokie, IL 60077

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(847) 676-2200

Dr. Constantine Frantzides, MD

Dr. Constantine Frantzides, MD

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Care Philosophy

Provide the best possible surgical care with the utilization of 'The Gentler Surgery'
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Dr. Frantzides' Experience

Dr. Frantzides' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Laparoscopic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastroenterological Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery

Board Certifications

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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Cancer
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Adhesions
  • Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Appendicitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Bile Duct Disorders
  • Bile Duct Obstruction
  • Biliary Disorders
  • Biliary Dyskinesia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Appendicitis
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colonic Diverticulosis
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia - Upper Limb Defects
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia, Congenital
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Distal Colorectal Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Duodenal Disorders
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Intestinal Diseases
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Liver Diseases and Disorders
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mucositis
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic Cystic Lesions
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peritonitis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Small Intestine Disorders
  • Small Intestine Diverticulosis
  • Spinal Fracture              
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia


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  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Bile Duct Surgery
  • Bowel Resection
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Duodenal Surgery
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery, Laproscopic
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hernia and Hydrocele Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Joint Fusion
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection
  • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Radical Prostate Removal, Laparoscopic
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Limassol Academy
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1970
  • Medical School Of Athens University
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Nicosia General Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Athens University-Athens, Greece
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Medical College Of Wisconsin
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Queen Mary's Hospital-London
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Hospital International, University Of Paris, France Minimally Invasive Surgery Course, Dr. Fracois Dubois
    Other Education | Completed 1989
  • University Of Bordeaux, France Minimally Invasive Surgery Course, Dr. Jacques Perissat
    Other Education | Completed 1990

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Greek
  • Polish

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Dr. Frantzides Says:

"It is a great pleasure and honor for me when patients, turned down by others, present to my office with challenging surgical issues that I am able to successfully treat with laparoscopic surgery".

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Patient Comments (7)
in Chicago, IL |
After a nightmare paraesophageal hernia repair with Nissen Fundoplication by a so-called doctor at Northwestern Hospital and a botched 2nd attempt by a dr at U of C Hospital, I was fortunate to have found Dr. Frantzides. Dr. Frantzides performed my 3rd surgery and saved my life. There is no other surgeon as knowledgeable and amazing as Dr. Frantzides. Not only is he brilliant but he is the most caring doctor you will ever find. I am forever indebted to Dr. Frantzides for giving me my life back.
in Kenosha WI |
I needed to have a lap band removal and gastric bypass at the same time. Dr. Frantzides was not only willing to do it, but guaranteed that he would do both laproscopicly During preliminary tests he also discovered that my band had slipped up to my esophagus and was constricting it. My esophagus was so constricted that I could barely swallow. He assured me he would also fix this. He explained everything in detail, and made me feel confident that the surgery would be successful
in South Holland, Illinois |
Dr.Frantzides is extremely thorough and patient with years of experience. Because of a prior surgery 20 years ago, Dr. Frantzides had to actually remove 19 wires that had moved INSIDE my stomach before he could do the procedure I was there for. Although the surgery took 8 hours my recovery was unbelievably easy. In pre op I met some of his extremely personable surgical team who also assured me that everything would be fine. The care did not end after I was discharged, I received check up calls
in Libertyville, IL |
Having surgery is never an easy decision to make. Dr. Frantzides helped me better understand my situation, and the options that were available to me. His experience and knowledge in the field, made me feel very comfortable about the choice I made. His open and understanding personality never made me feel pressured, in fact I felt reassured, about making this change in my life. Post surgery, his follow-up, attention to detail, and continued care about my well being were exemplary. Thank you!
in North Aurora, IL. |
When I first met Dr. Franzides he was very friendly. He explained all of the different procedures thoroughly. Most importantly, Dr. Frantzides did not make me feel ashamed for being obese. He also has the best people around him to make sure you get the best care from the beginning to the end. His office manager Teresa is very knowledgeable, helpful, and caring. The staff at Saint Francis is excellent. The nurses, Sonia, Larry, and the volunteers all made my hospital stay a great experience.
in Winnetka, IL |
Three years ago I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia and acid reflex. I would wake up in the middle of the night with no air and pain. I went to many doctors,asking for a solution. They put me on medicine that did not help, and only made it worse. Dr. Frantzides was the only doctor who truly cured me, and gave me my normal life back. Now, I can sing again. I finished my album. I also feel great! Thank you doctor Frantizides! You are my Greek God, a kind person, and the best surgeon!
When I saw Dr. Frantzides in consultation, there was instantly no doubt in my mind that he was the one that would fix my giant incisional hernia once and for all. I had multiple open surgeries over the years and thought I needed yet another one, this time It was different because I couldn't find anyone that was willing to do it. Dr. Frantzides welcomed the challenge and he did my surgery laparoscopically. I was told by other surgeons that laparoscopy was not even an option. I'm soo greatful !!!!
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