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Biography of Dr. Ioannis Lyras


Dr Lyras,  regularly practices plastic surgery in Athens, Greece (Hellas),   >the city where he was born on January 1, 1961<.  He also professionally operates and attends his guests on schedule in Crete, Cyprus and Albania and on a philanthropic basis in various locations globally.  Dr. Lyras has studied and practiced medicine in Europe and the Americas. He graduated General Medicine in 1985 and received his board certifications in the medical  specialty of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in 1992 (Brazil) and 1995 (Europe).  Dr Lyras received a great part of his knowledge in Plastic Surgery as an assistant to Professor  Ivo Pitanguy at the Pontifical Catholic University – Carlos Chagas Medical post graduation Institute of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and with other eminent teachers worldwide.

Ivo Pitanguy is one of the most important Plastic Surgeons in the world and considered one of the leading figures of our century in Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of Brazil and currently holds seat No 22 at the National Academy of Letters of this country.  He has designed more than 35 new techniques since 1960 and more than 600 medical doctors from all over the world have visited his clinic over these past 60 years. A great philosopher,  Professor Ivo Pitanguy  loves harmony and helps patients from all over the world, resolve their physical problems of appearance even if they are not able to cover the expenses of complex procedures of reconstruction of accidents and burns. This nice attitude has been passed over to his assistants from all over the world.


The ideal of health and beauty which was conceived in ancient Greece, was an integral part of the way one perceives one self and others. The perfection found in a statue of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty or Apollo, the ancient Greek god of music and healing until this century were left to the hand of nature. Plastic surgery came as an inspiration after many generations of the human kind to prove our respect for the creation of God through it's maintainance.  Through this approach we can help the attainence of inner and outer peace of the interested persons..


Since setting up his practice in Greece, Dr Lyras has striven to wed the philosophy of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, with moral ethics and the latest technology. Hippocrates believed that the body must be treated as a whole not just a series of parts. He believed in the natural healing process of rest, a good diet, fresh air and cleanness.  In modern Greece a team of extraordinary physicians formed and directed by dr Lyras after his return from overseas as early as in 1996, performs the pursuit and realization of these goals. Believing actually  in team work, Dr. Lyras assembled an "artistically inspired",  based on  "safety first"  group of specialists to treat the patient as a whole. The high quality control of our work is eversince guaranteed by his multiple accreditations, certifications and responsible professional positions..



Today, according to what was sworn by all medical doctors under the original Hippocratic Oath after they graduated from their universities and as believed by great  modern era achievers and medical philosophers  like Brazilian artist Professor Ivo Pitanguy and Italian healer Professor Umberto Veronesi, the plastic surgeon can actually guide the hand of the nature.


Pitanguy's frequent visits to places where plastic surgeons that had visited him in the past operate now,  brings to mind the relationship between Aristotle and his "Peripatetics" inside his school called the "Lyceum".  Ivo Pitanguy visits most countries of the world frequently to offer his knowledge whenever he is asked to. Pitanguy's last visit to Greece was exactly in 1993 on the occasion of the Greek-Brazilian meeting of plastic surgery. Dr Lyras left Rio de Janeiro with Dr. Ptanguy for Greece in 1993 on the occasion of this historic international scientific event.  He brought with him from his tropical new country a brand new philosophy, composed by a blend of elements from north and south native american indians and other traditional cultures, enriched by all the best from  today's world science.


 Early upon his return to Greece, Dr Lyras was also involved in charity and community work. As President during 2003-2006 of the Greek-Brazilian Cultural Association which is based in Athens he offered financial, medical and social aid to the members of the Greek-Brazilian society in Greece while through his intervention as Honorary Consul of Brazil in Piraeus since 2006, offers legal and administrative help to citizens of both countries and any other person in need.  Another "artist  of life"- in music and politics in this case -  renowned musician and composer Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira, (a  key figure in the Popular Brazilian music and tropicalia movements of the 1960s, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment) , inspired Dr Lyras again. They met when Mr Gilberto Gil visited Athens as Minister of Culture of Brazil (2003-2008) and Dr Lyras was then president of the Greek-Brazilian cultural association.



 Is it beauty that seduces us the most ? We wonder if it is. But how can we define the sublime in beauty ? The right question should be: do we all see it the same way? Inspired and guided by these questions Dr Lyras created " beautyland"  which in his opinion reflects a journey through the universe of beauty. It also reflects the discovery of its codifications.

The way we see it, beautifying,corrective or rejuvenative surgery cannot be successful if the patient's self esteem, lifestyle and diet do not harmonize with a surgical undertaking and eventually a perfect understanding with his doctors. Actually, Greek words as: Morphe = Shape,  Symmetria = Symmetry,  Omorfia = Beauty,  Oreopyisis = Beautyfication,  Neotis = Youth,  Ananeosis = Rejuvenation,  Anaplasis = Reshape, Anagenisis = Regeneration,  Antigiransis = Antiaging,  frondida=care, aggigma=touch,  are the tools of  Dr. Lyras' day by day professional activities.

Philosophically speaking though, the truth is that " optimizing divine harmony maintains human health"...





Awards , Honours and Memberships

 Dr. Ioannis Lyras is the awardee of the VICTOR SPINA, 1993 official award of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery for his original research on Wound Healing in the presence of medical foreign bodies (Silicone and Polyurethane Implants). The award was given to Dr Lyras by the President of the Society, Dr Liacyr Ribeiro during the official ceremony of the 30th Congress in Curitiba, Brazil. 

In 1998 he was accepted in the Athenian Club (established in 1875) which counts 1000 members of the most active members of the Athenian male society. 

In 2002 Dr Lyras was appointed Consulting editor for Marqui’s contemporary Who is Who, American Biographical Institute 

 In 2003 Dr Lyras was announced honorary member of Cidesco (International Committee of Aesthetics and Cosmetology) – Greek section 

 In 2004 Dr Ioannis Lyras became an medical assesor for the courts of Athens & Pireaus, Greece as a specialist  in Plastic Surgery.

In 2004, together with his European colleagues, he created the Pitanguy European surgical Association in  Rome. Italy and was elected vice-President .

In 2005 and 2006 he was elected President of the Pitanguy European surgical Association

In 2005 together with his European colleagues, he created the Pitanguy European Academy of plastic surgery in Athens, Greece and was elected President. (In 2007 this academy developed the idea of  the Pitanguy European libraries & clinics).

In 2006 Dr. Ioannis Lyras was appointed, as its honorary consul in Piraeus, Greece by the authorities of the Federal Republic of Brazil. The authorities of the Hellenic Republic aprooved and accepted this appoiintment in 2006

In 2006 Dr. Lyras became full member of the C.C.G (Consular Corps in Greece )

In 2006 Dr. Ioannis Lyras was one of the annual awardees of the << GUSI PEACE PRIZE >> The Gusi Foundation grants this award to personalities from all over the world who give their efforts to the promotion of Peace through their scientific or professional charity work. This year Dr Lyras received this prize for Greece in the field of Medicine, Plastic Surgery. The award was given to Dr Lyras by the President of the Republic of Phillippines, Mrs Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the Meralco Foundation in Manilla, Phillippines during an official ceremony.

After 2007 and upto 2012 he continued his involvement with the Gusi Foundation. In 2007-2009 as Chairman for European  and Latin American affairs,  in 2009-2010 as executive vice-president  and in 2011 as Honorary Vice President of this institution.

In 2008 he was elected member of the Board of Directors (treasurer) of the CCG (Consular Corps in Greece) for 2008-2010.

In 2012 he was elected for a second time (2012-2014)  as member of the Board of Directors (treasurer). of the C.C.G.  In 2014 he was elected again for a third consecuive term as member of the BoD (2014-2016). Then, in 2016-2017 and 2019-2021, was twice elected Auditor of the Board of Directors of the CCG (Consular Corps in Greece). (In total between 2010 and 2021, 3 terms director and 2 terms auditor)

In 2010 the President and the Board of Directors of the World Fenderation Of Consuls (FICAC), decorated Dr. Ioannis Lyras with the FICAC "Metal of Honour" duaring the second south-east Asia Conference of Consuls, held in Manila,  Philippines.

In 2016 and in 2018 Dr Lyras was twice appointed member of the Charity agreements and World Events Commitee of FICAC (the World Federation of Consuls)

Dr Lyras was twice elected in 2016 and 2017 as member of the Board of Directors and also of the counsil of Deontological ethics of the Hellenic Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Association. HESPRAS.

In 2017, he was honoured by the Brazilian Authirities  with the prestigeous official  "Friend of the Brazilian Navy" Medal and Award.

Also in 2017 he was elected member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Heath Tourism Association.

In 2018 Dr Lyras was elected member of the Counsil of Deontological ethics of the Athens Medical Association I.S.A.

In 2011 medical doctor Yannis Lyras recited the original Hippocratic oathin the ancient Greek language  as honorary member of the Hippocratic Institute (which is based on the island of Kos on the archaeological ruins of the ancient medical temple of Asclepius).

During his professional career,  Dr Lyras constantly participates in medical congresses, seminars, debates and continuing education scientific events and gives speeches and seminars in Europe.

 Dr Lyras is currently :

  • A member of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the International College of Surgeons
  • Member of the Athens Medical Association
  • Corresponding member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery SBCP
  • Full member of the Hellenic Society of Plastic Surgery HESPRAS
  • Member of the International, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Association ISAPS
  • Full member of AEXPI
  • President of the EAPS-ACEIP ( and the Pitanguy Libraries intl.
  • Director of department of Plastic Surgery of the Henri Dunant General Hospital, Athens.