Associate Professor | University of British Columbia
Director of Emergency/Trauma Imaging | Vancouver General Hospital

Savvakis (Savvas) Nicolaou MD, FRCPC

Dr. Savvas Nicolaou is the Director of Emergency and Trauma Imaging at Vancouver General Hospital, as well as a Professor of Radiology at the University of British Columbia. He is also the UBC Vice-Chair of undergraduate education and continuous professional development. He completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto, and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at University of British Columbia.

 Dr. Nicolaou has been actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows and has served as a mentor for many of them. Within the Faculty of Medicine, he has been involved as the Director of the Undergraduate Radiology Education, where he has helped to integrate radiology into the medical curriculum. He has been the recipient of many teaching awards and was presented with the UBC Killam Teaching Prize in 2013, which recognizes all aspects of outstanding teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was also awarded the prestigious Royal College Regional Awards - Region 1 Prix d'Excellence Specialist of the year in 2018 and Mentor of the year in 2013.

 Dr. Nicolaou continues to contribute to the field of emergency radiology, publishing over 160 articles and over 400 abstracts in peer-reviewed conferences. Dr. Nicolaou’s enormous contributions to Emergency radiology was recognized by the American Society of Emergency Radiology as he was named Fellow of the ASER society in 2018, making him the first Canadian Fellow of the society to receive this prestigious award. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, he is relentlessly investigating ways to develop faster, safer, and more sensitive methods for diagnosing patients in the acute care setting. Major focus areas of research in the acute care setting are on Ultra Low dose techniques, Dual Energy CT, Polytrauma Imaging, Brain Perfusion in trauma and role of MRI and Artificial Intelligence.

2019 Presentations & Workshops

Good CT, Bad CT: Optimizing Image Quality in Patients with Metallic Implants
Friday | 15:30-15:45

MSK CT Update 2019 Part 1: Soft Tissue & Advanced 3D Applications of MSK CT
Friday | 16:15-16:30

2018 Presentations

Whole Body CT in Trauma: Scanning & Injection Techniques
Friday | 8:00-8:15
Session: Managing Emergencies

Role of CT in the Management of Minimal Aortic Injury
Friday | 8:45-9:00
Session: Managing Emergencies

CT of Penetrating Chest Trauma
Friday | 9:15-9:30
Session: Managing Emergencies

Business Case for Tumor Metrics & Quantitative CT
Friday | 10:15-10:30
Session: Better Patient Management Through Advanced Interpretation

Detection of Active Hemorrhage with Multi-Energy CT
Friday | 10:45-11:00
Session: Managing Emergencies

2017 Presentations & Workshops 

Dual-Source MECT
Saturday | 8:20-8:35
Multi-Energy Pre-Symposium Workshop

Saturday | 13:45-14:00
Multi-Energy Pre-Symposium Workshop

Panel Discussion: How To Start A MECT Practice
Saturday | 16:30-17:00
Multi-Energy Pre-Symposium Workshop

New Management Guidelines & MECT IN Gout
Sunday | 16:30-16:40
Track 1 | Cutting Edge Mini-Symposia

Debate: Why Should My Practice Invest In MECT?
Sunday | 16:50-17:10
Track 1 | Cutting Edge Mini-Symposia

Dual Energy Interpretation & Review: Maximizing The Opportunities
Monday | 14:50-15:00
Track 2 | CT Academy

Spine Trauma
Tuesday | 9:00-9:30
Track 3 | Readout With The Professor

2016 Presentations & Workshops

Session: Dual Energy Pre-Symposium Workshop

  • DECT Technology and Workflow | Siemens HealthCare

  • Q&A

Session: DECT Body Applications

  • MSK Applications

  • Q&A

Session: Renal and Adrenal | Tuesday June 21st, 2016

  • Imaging of Renal Trauma: Review and New Concepts

Session: Dual Energy | Tuesday June 21st, 2016

  • Workstation Demonstrations: Dual Energy Postprocessing Workflow and Getting to PACS

Session: Vascular | Wednesday June 22nd, 2016

  • Imaging of Traumatic Aortic Injuries: Review and New Concepts

  • Imaging of Blunt Vascular Injuries

Session: Musculoskeletal Trauma | Thursday June 23rd, 2016

  • Initial Experience of 3rd Generation DSCT in the Analyisis of Bone Marrow Edema in Acute MSK Trauma

  • Evaluating Types of Acute Pelvic Fracture Patterns in Association with active Arterial Hemorrhage