Demetri Yannopoulos

Demetri Yannopoulos

Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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Personal History

Born in London, UK, Dr Demetri Yannopoulos is one of the world’s leading researchers and advocates for the improvement of cardiac arrest care among cardiologists worldwide.4

In addition to being a Cardiologist, he is a Professor of Medicine, Research Director and Director of the Resuscitation Medicine Faculty at the University of Minnesota.1


Academic History

In 1999, he received his M.D. from the University of Athens in Greece. He completed his Medicine residency (2001 - 2004) and General Cardiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota (2004 - 2007) and an Interventional Cardiology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland (2007 - 2008).1


Career Overview

Dr Yannopoulos has been a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota since 2008. He became the Research Director for Interventional Cardiology in March 2010. He is also Director of the Resuscitation Medicine Faculty in the PhD Program in Integrative Biology and Physiology.1

He sees patients at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank Hospital and University of Minnesota Health Heart Care in Fridley.3

Dr 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.1

Dr 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.1

He 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.1

He has published more than 140 articles in the field of resuscitation and many book chapters. He is the PI of the ACCESS trial and the ARREST trial. Dr Yannopoulos, with the collaboration of the Twin Cities EMS directors, established the first ECMO-based resuscitation protocol in the US for refractory VF OHCA patients.1, 2


Career Timeline

  • 2008 - Present: Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview


Areas of Speciality

  • Interventional Cardiology



  • 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005: American Heart Association (AHA) Young Investigator Award in Resuscitation Science Symposium 
  • 2009: Best Resuscitation Abstract Award 2009 AHA Scientific Sessions
  • 2007: LW Miller Award of Clinical Excellence and Dedication to Cardiovascular Research





Articles by Demetri Yannopoulos, Professor of Medicine

Extracorporeal Life Support for Cardiac Arrest and Cardiogenic Shock

Andrea Elliott, Garima Dahyia, Rajat Kalra, et al


Citation: US Cardiology Review 2021;15:e23.