Biography

Dr Vasilis Kouranos completed his training in respiratory medicine at the General Hospital of Thoracic Diseases, the largest university hospital in Athens.

He has completed a MSc in Thoracic Oncology with specific interest in the antibiotic prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced neutropenic lung cancer patients.

During his PhD he has focused on the use of CMR as screening tool of cardiac involvement in patients with biopsy-proven sarcoidosis. He was awarded a research scholarship grant for that study. This research study was published in a high-impact journal which influences current practice in the field.

Dr Kouranos has joined the Royal Brompton hospital since 2013 and has been an invaluable member of the consultant body of the interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis department. He has also contributed to the substantial development and growth of the cardiac sarcoidosis service at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Clinical expertise

Dr Vasilis Kouranos is highly specialized in pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and connective tissue disease associated interstitial lung diseases at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He has a sub-specialist expertise in sarcoidosis and particularly cardiac sarcoidosis, which was the subject of his PhD thesis.

He also has great experience in management of patients with general respiratory problems such as:

  • an unexplained cough or breathlessness
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • respiratory infections
  • bronchiectasis.

Dr Kouranos has developed significant experience in management of patients with long COVID as well as post COVID interstitial lung disease.

Research interests

Dr Vasilis Kouranos's PhD focused on the screening of cardiac sarcoidosis with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and he has also been awarded an MSC in thoracic oncology.

He is actively involved in clinical research with a main focus on sarcoidosis and as part of his research activities he has co-designed and participated as principal investigator in clinical trials in treatment of pulmonary and cardiac sarcoidosis. He is also the course organiser of the Annual Cardiac Sarcoidosis symposium with national and international delegates.

Publications

Dr Vasilis Kouranos is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles, including original papers, editorials, abstracts and book chapters. He has developed the Royal Brompton Hospital Cardiac Sarcoidosis Registry, which is the largest in the world.