Gerasimos I Bamichas

Title: Placement of tunneled catheters for hemodialysis by nephrologists. Greek experience
Time: 10:20-11:00


He graduated from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, on May 1988. PhD of the Department of Medicine of the Democritus University of Thrace (2001 - 22 June 2005 Cert. no: 278). From April 2008 until June 2010 He was member of the Scientific Council of the “G PAPANIKOLAOU” Hospital.  From March 2010 until March 2012 hewas elected a member of the Board of the Greek Society of Nephrology. On 18/12/2103 he was elected as a representative of the doctors on the Board of interconnected Hospital "G.PAPANIKOLAOU" and the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki. From March 2016 he is the secretary of the Board of the Greek Society of Nephrology. He is member of the European Renal Association and of the International Society of Nephrology. His special interest is interventional nephrology, the placement of tunneled dialysis catheters by nephrologists.

Research Interest


Tunneled catheters became available in the late 1970s. In recent years, nephrologists in many countries have taken the initiative to perform nephrology related procedures. I think that nephrologists are ideally suited for this activity because of their unique clinical relation with renal patients and of course the better understanding of the problems related to renal replacement therapy. We all know that the dialysis access remains the “weakest link” in the management of ESRD patients. Also, we all know that nephrologists know the dialysis patients’ needs better.

Presentation of our experience on placement of tunneled catheters with retrograde technique. In recent years many nephrologists participated in the conversion, from temporary catheters (TC) to tunneled-cuffed catheters (TCCs) for hemodialysis. On the other hand, many clinicians believe that de novo access is required when converting temporary hemodialysis (HD) to TCC.  Leading focus of this presentation was to raise interest and awareness of the scope of interventional nephrology and especially the insertion of tunneled catheters by nephrologists.