One of Long Island’s top neurosurgeons died suddenly while vacationing in his homeland Greece, according to multiple sources in the medical field.
Georgio Klironomos — a groundbreaking doctor and a beloved member of the medical community for decades — died Aug. 24 while visiting his family in Greece. He was 48.
Based in Bay Shore, Klironomos performed life-saving surgeries at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He is being remembered not only as a top physician, but as a kind and joyous soul who deeply touched the lives of his family, friends and co-workers.
“George, also known affectionately as ‘Georgie’ and ‘GK,’ was a loving husband and father, a brilliant neurosurgeon, a hilarious friend, and a caring human,” Kliromos’ friend and hospital colleague Linda Liu Angelino wrote in a GoFundMe fundraising post established to support his wife, Maria, and his 8-year-old daughter, Danae.
“He was a talented neurosurgeon, yet humble and down-to-earth. He developed relationships with everyone, no matter their title,” Angelino continued. “He is fondly remembered by all as having a twinkle in his eye while he walked around in his scrubs on the second floor” of the hospital.
Klironomos spoke often at work about his wife and daughter, as well as about his love of Greece and Greek culture, Angelino noted. Prior to his death, Klironomos has spent two weeks visiting with family in his home town of Talanta.
Former patients were left devastated by the news of his passing.
“God used you to save my life and that of many more … we are going to miss you!!” Margarita Jimenez commented on Klironomos’ Facebook page
A colleague, Dr. Miltiadis Georgiopoulos, said in a post on the Frontiers in Neurology website that Klironomos was “a real gem as a person with a kind personality and a smile that always touched our hearts.”
Klironomos was also an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Hofstra and Northwell’s Zucker School of Medicine. Prior to his work as an attending neurosurgeon at Northwell Health, he was a clinical assistant professor in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh and received extensive fellowship training in cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery at North Shore/Lenox Hill University Hospital in New York and in neurooncology and skull base neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital of the University of Toronto.
At South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore in 2022, he performed the hospital’s first awake craniotomy.