Doctor Nikolaos I. Dervenis, MD, MSc, PhD, FEBO, returned to Greece in spring 2021 after several years of training in the UK. He holds the title of the Honorary Clinical Fellow of the University of Liverpool with which he continues to have an active research collaboration in a series of studies related to retinal diseases. For two years (2021-23) he was an Academic Scholar of the First University Ophthalmology Clinic at AHEPA Hospital – one of the Heads of the Vitreous / Retina/ Macular service and one of the responsible surgeons for the surgical training of residents in the modern phacoemulsification techniques using latest technology (premium) intraocular lenses. The doctor divides his time professionally between Thessaloniki and Larissa.
The doctor grew up in the city of Tyrnavos, Thessaly, and completed primary and secondary education in the city’s schools. He succeeded in Panhellenic exams to study at the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (AUTH) in 2000 where he completed his studies (2006). He returned to Tyrnavos to fulfill the rural service and, after completing the mandatory military service, specialized in Ophthalmology both in Greece (General Hospital of Xanthi, University Hospital of Larissa) and in two tertiary hospitals in the UK that are referral centers for the wider regions (St James’s University Hospital, Leeds and the Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London). During his training, the doctor completed the necessary fundamental training in all subspecialties of ophthalmology (retina, cornea, glaucoma, uveitis, neuro-ophthalmology, adnexal, pediatric ophthalmology) according to the standards of the British portfolio for trainees.
After obtaining both the Greek and the European specialty title, he returned to the UK for additional training and had the opportunity to work in some of the country’s leading eye centers. He was trained at Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton (glaucoma and cataract fellow), Moorfields Eye Hospital in London (cataract fellow), Peterborough City Hospitals in Peterborough and St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool (vitreoretinal surgery fellow). For almost a year he held the title of the locum consultant of the NHS at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. During his seven-year stay in the UK, he performed more than 1,500 cataract surgeries and more than 500 vitreoretinal surgeries while he gained extensive experience in the conservative and surgical treatment of a wide range of eye diseases.
In addition to his medical degree, he holds a Master’s degree with honors in Medical Research Methodology from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2009). In 2019 he was awarded a PhD with honors (on ocular blood flow and retinal vessel diameters in a population-based setting) in Ophthalmology by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. He was honored with a scholarship by the Hellenic Vitreous / Retinal Society as he was among the leaders in the ophthalmology examinations of the European Board of Ophthalmology (2014).
Dr. Dervenis regularly performs high-volume cataract surgery, receiving several referrals from other ophthalmologists for routine and complex cases (only-eye patients, brunescent cataracts, small pupils, angle closure, vitrectomised eyes, etc). He regularly uses Premium Intraocular Lenses, incorporating the latest technology on the field in his practice. Dr. Dervenis has performed over 4000 cataract surgeries in his career.
He also performs high-volume retina surgery (straightforward and complex), receiving regular referrals from a vast network of ophthalmologists for several eye conditions such as Epiretinal Membranes, Macular Holes, Vitreous Haemorrhages, Retinal Detachments, Scleral Fixation of Intraocular Lenses, etc. Dr. Dervenis has performed over 1,500 vitrectomies in his career.
He performs both anterior and posterior segment laser eye surgery including refractive laser surgery for which he uses the latest refractive laser suite.
Dr. Dervenis is a highly experienced and skilled Ophthalmic Surgeon dedicated to providing his patients with the best possible care.
He is active in research, serving as a Principal Investigator in Research Studies, publishing in Ophthalmology Journals, and lecturing in National and International Ophthalmology Conferences. The doctor has published more than 55 articles in international and national peer reviewed journals with over 20,000 citations. He has presented more than 50 free papers / posters in international and national congresses.
He has participated as a co-investigator in more than 15 clinical trials in Ophthalmology in the UK and in Greece. He is also a reviewer in more than 10 international ophthalmological journals and has participated in the Greek translation of the second edition of the Moorfields Manual of Ophthalmology (2019, University Studio Press, ISBN: 978-960-12-2457-2).
- Training & Experience
- The Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
- Health Center of Tyrnavos, Regional Clinic of Verdikousia, Larissa.
- The General Hospital of Xanthi.
- The University Hospital of Larissa.
- The St James’ University Hospital in Leeds.
- The Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London.
- The Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton.
- The Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
- The Peterborough City Hospitals in Peterborough.
- The St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital in Liverpool.
- The North Cumbria University Hospitals.
- Clinical Interests /
Cataract surgery, Retinal surgery, Laser eye surgery for anterior and posterior eye segments.
- Research Interests
Medical and surgical retina conditions, Imaging of the eye.
- Conditions Treated
General eye conditions
Myopia – other refractive errors
Age related macular degeneration
- Other Locations Larissa
- Accreditation and Insurance
Euromedica of Thessaloniki
One Day Care, Thessaloniki
Patsidis General Clinic, Larissa