Dr. Economou, a native of Austin, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His post-graduate general surgery training included one year at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and five years at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. He also completed two years of training in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Although Dr. Economou is skilled in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, he has a special interest in breast surgery of all types, body contour surgery and facial aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Economou is a principal in Plastic Surgery Consultants. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also published professional articles regarding plastic and reconstructive surgery in medical journals and presented scientific papers at professional associations.
In March 2017, Minnesota Oncology and Plastic Surgery Consultants, Ltd. announced a partnership to facilitate development of a Melanoma Center of Excellence in the Twin Cities. Plastic Surgery Consultants LTD, led by Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Sam Economou, MD, is a division of Minnesota Oncology. Dr. Economou is a leading melanoma surgeon in the Twin Cities and is the only Plastic Surgeon in the metropolitan area performing sentinal node biopsy for melanoma.
Visit the Plastic Surgery Consultants website to learn more and schedule an appointment or call (952) 746-6767.
Philosophy of Care
Because no two people are alike, I approach each new patient uniquely. Beginning with the first consultation, it's my chief objective to ascertain the patient's wishes and desired outcome of their surgical procedure. What do they want to change? Why do they want to change it? How do they hope to look after the procedure? How do they hope to feel about their body? The more I know about a person, the more I'm able to make an accurate appraisal of the patient and their surgical options and set reasonable goals for that surgery. I also stress the importance of achieving a natural look and assure them that I will follow them closely throughout the entire recovery process and deliver whatever care is appropriate or necessary. Changing your body is a dramatic event, one that requires a deep level of sensitivity and understanding on the part of the surgeon. This is why it's so important for me to know each patient on a more personal level, and not just examine their body. Because this knowledge helps me determine how I can give them the confidence to change and, in turn, instills their trust in me to help them make it.
I am skilled in all aspects of aesthetic/reconstructive surgery, including facial aesthetic surgery, breast surgery (augmentation, reduction, reconstruction), and melanoma treatment. I have a special interest in body contour surgery, especially in post bariatric surgery patients.
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities
General Surgery Residency, University of Iowa, Ames, IA
Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN
Board Certified in Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons