About John Anastasatos
The son of a Greek shipping executive, Dr. Anastasatos was born in New York during one of his father’s overseas assignments. Returning to Athens, Greece at the age of eight, he quickly discovered a love for science and math and a deep interest in medicine. As an honor student at the prestigious Athens College prep school, Dr. Anastasatos observed his first surgery at the age if 16 and found his calling. By the time he graduated from high school, he had assisted on over 30 surgical procedures. He got a full scholarship for the continuation of his education at Brown University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the famed Ivy League institution in only three years and was immediately accepted by the School of Medicine, where he was awarded his medical degree four years later. General surgical training followed at the esteemed Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia University. Leaving New York City, Dr. Anastasatos moved south to the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) for his cosmetic and reconstructive residency under renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Louis Vasconez. Dr. A also completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery, Upper Extremity and Micro Surgery. Upon his certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery. During this time, Dr. Anastasatos also served as Attending Surgeon at UAB Hospitals, The Children’s Hospital and Veterans Administration Hospital. The UAB health system is recognized as a southeast regional center of excellence in medicine and surgery.